Public Works Director Appointed to National Position

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Santa Barbara County Public Works Director Scott McGolpin was installed as 2018-2019 Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their recent annual meeting and technical conference.  McGolpin’s term will run through April of 2019.

NACE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association in its 62nd year, representing over 2,400 county road officials and related professionals in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., local roads account for about 75% of highways and roads, or 2.93 million miles. Counties manage 1.74 million miles of those roads. Counties also own 231,000 bridges and operate one-third of the nation’s transit systems.

“I am honored to serve the nation’s county road professionals,” said McGolpin.  “County road maintenance is like a stool standing on the legs of local, state, and federal funding. Our Board has ensured future local funding through their 18% deferred maintenance plan. I have worked at the state level for California funding through SB1. I look forward to working now with my colleagues across the country as we engage Congress and the administration to ensure adequate federal funding for county transportation infrastructure maintenance.”

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PitMix Jun 27, 2018 11:54 AM
Public Works Director Appointed to National Position

Capital Budget Summary E-6 One Year CIP for Recommended Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018, by Department (In thousands of dollars) Overview of Maintenance Does it include Maintenance? Starting in FY 2015- 16 and continuing for FY 2017- 18 , a Maintenance Funding Policy has been implemented as approved by the Board of Supervisors in FY 2014-15. This policy allocates 18% of the unallocated general revenue growth for ongoing maintenance needs. The annual distribution of the new funding is decided as part of the budget development process. I looked up that 18% reference and this is what I found: "There are 15 Capital Maintenance projects in the Capital Improvement Program for FY 2017-22, totaling $350.6 million. Of these projects $74.3 million are funded and the remainder are currently unfunded.........The Public Works Department has a robust system to evaluate the inventory and condition of County maintained roads. Monitoring the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is an existing practice within Public Works and the PCI is annually reported to the Board. As shown in the following graph, a lower PCI reading indicates a worse condition of pavement and a higher value indicates a better condition. In Santa Barbara County, the overall PCI is 58, with a higher PCI in more urban areas (66) to compared rural areas (55). To maintain the current condition would require an estimated $12 million annually. On average, the Department spends between $3.0 and $3.5 million on pavement preservation, leaving an annual need of approximately $9 million. "

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