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The City Engineers Association of Minnesota

Annual Meeting

January 26-28, 2022









Join us in-person at the Earle Brown Heritage Center on

January 26-28th, 2022!

The CEAM Annual Conference is held in January with three days of general and concurrent education sessions and a business meeting to handle necessary association affairs and to install new officers. The conference offers opportunities to see how other cities are using new technologies and developing innovative construction projects, as well as a chance to network with other professionals and peers. 

We’re excited to see you safely back in person!

6155 Earle Brown Dr, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430


Ding Happens! How to Improvise, Adapt, and Innovate in an Ever-Changing World!

Wednesday, January 26th from 8:40am – 10:10am

Anyone can perform well when everything goes right. The real test of you and your organization is how you react when things go wrong – and they will! These make-or-break moments are the “Dings!” of life. Handle them well and you come out looking like a rock star. Handle them poorly and you can end up adding unnecessary stress, difficulty, and complication to your life.

This hilarious and energetic program will show you how to stop fearing and hating change and how to use the power of improv comedy to improvise, adapt, and innovate – no matter what happens!

Avish Parashar

Avish Parashar

Author & Speaker


Daily Agenda

Agenda and Sessions are subject to change. Last updated 10/12/2021

All times are listed in Central Time Zone.

  • 8:30am – Welcome
  • 8:40am – Keynote with Avish Parashar
  • 10:10am – Break
  • 10:30am – General Session 2: Workforce
  • 11:15am – General Session 3: League of Minnesota Cities Update
  • 11:40am – Awards
  • 12:35pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – Concurrent Sessions A
  • 2:45pm – Break
  • 3:15pm – Concurrent Sessions B
  • 4:30pm – Reception

All times are listed in Central Time Zone.

  • 8:00am – Welcome
  • 8:10am – General Session 4: TH169 Case Study
  • 9:10am – General Session 5: Politics
  • 10:10am – Break
  • 10:30 am – Concurrent Sessions C
  • 11:45am – Lunch
  • 12:45pm – General Session 6: Speed Limit
  • 2:00pm – General Session 7: LTAP Update
  • 2:25pm – Break
  • 2:45pm – General Session 8: Ethics
  • 3:45pm – General Session 9: Equity
  • 4:45pm – Reception

All times are listed in Central Time Zone.

  • 8:00am – Welcome
  • 8:10am – MnDOT Commissioner
  • 8:40am – State Aid Engineer
  • 9:00am – General Session 10: Pedestrian Safety
  • 10:15am – Break
  • 10:35am – General Session 11: CAV
  • 11:35am – Business Meeting
  • 12:45pm – Lunch/ Adjournment

Browse the Session Schedule Below or Download It (PDF):

All times are listed in Central Time Zone.

Session Title

Session Description

Workforce Trend Changes – Impact to Development

Workforce trends have continued to evolve with a large percentage of companies moving to work from home options, with a need for less office space. As these changes occur, it is shaping the way development and redevelopment is being considered.

John Breitinger, Cushman & Wakefield, Bill Neuendorf, City of Edina, Stacie Kvilvang, Ehlers, Inc.
Moderator: Will Manchester, City of Minnetonka

League of Minnesota Cities Update

This session will provide an overview of the League’s highest priorities and major trends happening in local government. Dave will highlight the League’s significant focus on member engagement and how this investment of board and staff time is helping the League fulfill its mission to serve all cities in Minnesota.

Dave Unmacht, League of Minnesota Cities
Moderator: Dan Coyle, Kimley-Horn

Transforming into the Digital Age for Paper Plans for the TH 169 Project

Utilizing technology for paperless plans and the power of a new delivery method and digital transformation have provided the State and the City of Elk River incredible freedom to make flexibility designs for the better of the project. Learn about how the agencies, WSB, and Ames used the technology to see significant cost savings and to construct a more efficient project.

Justin Femrite, City of Elk River, Jason Block, Ames Construction, Inc. Darren Nelson, MnDOT, Peter Muehlbach, WSB
Moderator: Steve Winter, MSA Professional Services, Inc.

Working with Elected Officials

Here is your opportunity to receive information and tips to improve your relationships and communications with elected officials. This session will offer different perspectives and ideas for you to consider to improve your effectiveness working with elected officials at various levels.

Ann Johnson Stewart, Minnesota Senator, Don Theisen, Washington County
Moderator: Kristine Elwood, MnDOT State Aid

Local Speed Limits – Update

Municipal Roadways is wrapping up and Impact of Speed Limit Changes on Urban Streets is just getting underway.

Chad Millner, City of Edina, Mark Maloney, City of Shoreview, Kate Miner, Stonebrooke Engineering, Gary Davis, UMN
Moderator: Marc Culver, City of Roseville

New Resources to Help Grow the Local Agency Transportation Workforce

Are you struggling to hire qualified staff for open positions within your agency or department? This session will explore several new resources developed by Minnesota LTAP to introduce youth to careers in local agency transportation departments and help provide training for current staff who show interest and aptitude for advancement.

Stephanie Malinoff, Center for Transportation Studies, Katherine Stanley, Center for Transportation Studies
Moderator: Paul Sandy, City of Brainerd

Practical Ethics for Tough Times

Today’s public sector engineers face great challenges, upholding their duties to make sound decisions and provide unbiased guidance during a time of marked conflict and divisiveness in society. This session will offer ethics-based techniques and approaches for upholding professional standards in service to the public while respecting the complex needs and conflicting perspectives of multiple stakeholders. These approaches include:
• Moral courage as a critical feature of strong professionalism.
• Mutual respect as a necessary condition for constructive discourse.
• Conflict mitigation and ethical persuasion as key skills for public sector engineers.
Engineers will also learn to identify and address some of the predictable challenges that arise at the intersection of technical factors, economic factors, public policy, and politics.

Chad Weinstein, Ethical Leaders in Action
Moderator: Joe Rhein, CEAM Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair, Bolton & Menk

Advancing Equity in Public Contracts and Procurement

MnDOT has been finding ways to provide contract opportunities to small businesses for the past several years and recently some local governments have used similar techniques to open more doors for small businesses to bid and respond to Requests for Proposals. In this session, MnDOT staff will provide information on ways cities can engage with small businesses and Ramsey County will present a sample project that was completed using different contracting techniques to attract small businesses. To better understand barriers faced by small businesses, the founder and CEO of Midwest Select Contracting, LLC will discuss her experiences.

Mary Schmidt, MnDOT, Ted Schoenecker, Ramsey County, Edna McKenzie, Midwest Select Contracting, LLC
Moderator: Kristine Elwood, MnDOT

Pedestrian Safety on City Streets

This session will include practical examples of pedestrian safety improvements in Urban and Suburban cities. MnDOT will share new initiatives to engage local agencies in Towards Zero Death efforts and to improve pedestrian safety and collaboration across agencies.

Brian Sorenson, MnDOT, Ethan Fawley, City of Minneapolis Public Works, John Gorder, City of Eagan
Moderator: Randy Newton, City of St. Paul

Holistic Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Update on MnDOT’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Program

Current vehicle safety standards, best practices, and approaches are not adequate to ensure the safety of an automated vehicle (AV), the motoring public, and vulnerable road users. The application of these technologies continually prompts the question: How safe is safe enough? A holistic approach to safety that considers all aspects of a safe AV deployment is crucial. The most effective way to cover all aspects of safety is an assessment and verification process, especially as an AV deployment requires many different elements, including the environment, management practices, and the vehicles. MnDOT will also provide an update on their Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Program.

Andrew Smart, Andrew Smart Consulting, LLC, MnDOT CAV Representative, MnDOT
Moderator: Dan Boyum, Stantec

Walking & Biking in Rural Communities: How Planning, Partnerships, and Equity Play a Role

This session is a panel presentation that will discuss best practices and lessons for implementing bike and pedestrian facilities in rural cities. Attendees will get an overview of how GIS tools can be used to equitably plan and construct these facilities with state highway projects.

Cody Christianson, Bolton & Menk, Inc., Jasper Kruggel, City of LeSeur, Sonja Piper, MnDOT
Moderator: Eric Seaburg, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Federal Process 101 – There is no such thing as a free lunch

Federal funding – what do I need to know? We all love free money, but money from the federal government has strings attached. Navigating the federal process is not hard if you know what you are getting into, but has some challenges and potential pitfalls if you don’t. This session highlights the before and after for federally funded projects by answering the most important questions:

• What to know before you apply for federal funding
• You received the funding, NOW WHAT?

The presenters will explain the process while interweaving stories and experiences from previous federally-funded projects to help you leave the session with confidence to manage your next federal project.

Sulmaan Khan, MnDOT, Elisa Bottos, MnDOT, Colleen Brown, MnDOT, Jack Corkle, WSB
Moderator: Jennifer Edison, WSB

Augmented Reality Technology for Design and Construction

Augmented reality (AR) is an enhanced version of the real physical world that is achieved through the use of digital visual elements, sound, or other sensory stimuli delivered via technology. It is a growing trend among companies involved in mobile computing and business applications. This presentation will review various AR products and uses.

John McDonald, Stantec, Dylan Jones, Frontier Precision Inc., Matt Schwartz, Frontier Precision Inc.
Moderator: Dan Boyum, Stantec

McCarrons Water Treatment Plant– Case Study in Overhaul of Aging Infrastructure

St. Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) is currently undertaking the largest drinking water project in Minnesota history. Since the mid-1910s, the McCarrons Water Treatment Plant has been providing drinking water to the residents of St. Paul and neighboring communities. At an estimated cost of about $180M, the improvements to the aging water treatment plant will be extensive. SPRWS has opted to deliver this project via Progressive Design Build (PDB), a delivery methodology in which one firm both designs and constructs the facility. This session will include discussion on the scope of the McCarron’s Water Treatment Plant improvements, including incorporation of more modern technologies, and how to successfully begin a Progressive Design Build project.

Will Menkhaus, St. Paul Regional Water Services, Roger Scharf, Jacobs
Moderator: Janna Kieffer, Barr Engineering Co.

MS4 Permit – Current Status and Lessons Learned

By January 2022, the MS4 permittees will be well into developing the revisions and new elements of their MS4 SWPPPs to comply with the new Minnesota MS4 General Permit. Most of the permittees received their permit coverage letters from the MPCA during the summer of 2021. After the receipt of that letter, each permittee has 12 months to revise their SWPPP or create new SWPPP elements to comply with the new Permit requirements. This session will review where most of the challenges are and what ideas and materials seem to work best for permittees.

Randy Neprash, Stantec, Representative, MN Cities Storm Water Coalition
Moderator: Steve Dodge, City of Inver Grove Heights

Session Title

Session Description

Utilities 101

This session continues the successful 101 Education Series, and will provide valuable information on the rights/responsibilities of local agencies for private utility coordination, the latest technologies in subsurface utility exploration, and utility inspections and testing.

Paul Hornby, WSB, Michael Picha, T2 Utility Engineers, Greg Anderson, SEH Inc.
Moderator: John Gorder, City of Eagan

Programs to Address Funding Shortfalls due to COVID

This session will give an overview of the funding programs that were initiated due to COVID and the resulting economic impacts; CARES, CRRSAA, ARP, infrastructure bill, return of federal legislator designated projects (earmarks) and increased funding for existing programs. Attendees will get an overview of available programs, the types of qualifying activities and any critical dates.

Anne Finn, League of Minnesota Cities, Daniel Lightfoot, League of MN Cities, MnDOT Representative
Moderator: Dan Coyle, Kimley-Horn

Going Solar: a Municipal Perspective

Interest in solar energy is gaining momentum with more and more municipalities considering solar energy projects. This session will focus on municipal solar energy projects from the perspectives of the owner, developer and project engineer. Discussion will include an overview of the project process, including siting and feasibility considerations that are unique to solar energy projects. The session will also include insights and lessons learned regarding implementation of municipal solar projects and discussion on the role(s) of the solar energy developer in municipal solar projects.

Tracy Hodel, City of St. Cloud, Carlos Ballinas, Barr Engineering Co., Rick Tisdale, Cedar Creek Energy
Moderator: Paul Sandy, City of Brainerd

Pavement Management and Maintenance

Roadways require a large investment from agencies, with proper maintenance and rehabilitation activities applied in a timely manner the overall cost of ownership can be minimized. In this session, a local geotechnical consultant will explore practical applications of different best management practices of pavement maintenance and management. Representatives from a metro city and county will also discuss their agency’s pavement management program and their approach to pavement maintenance.

Amy Grothaus, Braun Intertec, Trudy Elsner, Hennepin County, Mike Payne, City of Plymouth
Moderator: Bob Simons, City of Bloomington

MS4 Permit – Current Status and Lessons Learned

By January 2022, the MS4 permittees will be well into developing the revisions and new elements of their MS4 SWPPPs to comply with the new Minnesota MS4 General Permit. Most of the permittees received their permit coverage letters from the MPCA during the summer of 2021. After the receipt of that letter, each permittee has 12 months to revise their SWPPP or create new SWPPP elements to comply with the new Permit requirements. This session will review where most of the challenges are and what ideas and materials seem to work best for permittees.

Randy Neprash, Stantec
Moderator: Dan Boyum, Stantec


Session Title

Session Description

Asset Management – Let’s Innovate!

For many cities, asset management has become an everyday activity with the core goal to maximize value from infrastructure and resources. We will be discussing the emerging technologies and approaches in asset management that are changing the way cities manage not only their assets but also projects, project lifecycle, and data.

Our presentation will highlight these new technologies and approaches which include reality capture, 3D design, Building Information Modelling (BIM), location intelligence, digital delivery, and visualization. We will highlight each through examples from recent projects at MnDOT and other communities. You will learn how these technologies and approaches can be incorporated into your city’s future projects. Also, you will gain more insight into how they enhance design, collaboration, data delivery, and asset management.

Justin Hansen, WSB, Trisha Stefanski, MnDOT, Chris Kufner, MnDOT
Moderator: Jen Desrude, City of Burnsville

Full Depth Reclamation for City Streets

The Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) recently completed a study on the ability to use Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) in urban areas. It can be difficult to know if FDR is a feasible option for typical asphalt pavement rehabilitation projects. This session will describe the FDR process and urban setting considerations (curb-and-gutter, utilities, manholes, etc.) and provide helpful information to help determine if FDR is appropriate for your next pavement rehabilitation project.

Susan Miller, SRF Consulting Group, Tom Wesolowski, City of Shoreview, Joseph Stadheim, City of New Ulm, Dan Wegman, Braun Intertec
Moderator: Matt Hansen, SRF Consulting Group

Traffic-Transportation 101: Being a City Traffic Engineer

What does it mean to be the traffic expert for your City? This session will explore that question in three ways:
• Traffic Knowledge. Traffic is a very visible element that impacts everything within your City. This section will review the important City documents to understand, basic traffic engineering numbers to memorize, and key connections to make and maintain. Items reviewed could include the transportation section of the comp plan; parks and recreation plan; Capital Improvement Plan; key trip generation numbers; and daily volume thresholds for roads, warrants, etc.
• Working with your Council and Commissions. Elected officials and appointed commission members will look to you to answer their traffic questions. Providing education on basic traffic issues can help them understand our complex system before specific concerns are discussed. We will explore potential topics to provide a foundation of traffic knowledge for your Council and Commissions.
• Talking with Residents. It is important to be responsive to complaints, plainly discuss new development impacts, and provide important construction information to property owners. We will discuss working with the public and provide some tips and tricks to help communicate and track your communications.

Bryant J. Ficek, PE, PTOE, MnDOT Metro District
Moderator: Jack Griffin, FOCUS Engineering, Inc.

Public Art – It Takes Work to Look This Good!

This session will provide a general introduction to the process of incorporating art into public projects. Using several examples of projects across the country, we will discuss what public art can do, what forms it might take, how it can be integrated into larger construction projects, and how it can be unexpected. Case studies from Two Harbors, Rochester and St. Louis Park will highlight public art in unexpected places, the public art concept development and delivery process, and funding mechanisms.

Jen Krava, Forecast Public Art, Joe Rhein, Bolton & Menk Inc., Josh Johnsen, City of Rochester, Sean Walther, City of St. Louis Park
Moderator: Dan Coyle, Kimley-Horn

Bioretention Basins: Design, Construction and Maintenance, Oh My!

Bioretention basins can be effective stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to reduce stormwater runoff volume and filter pollutants. Bioretention basins have become fairly common in recent decades as communities respond to water quality improvement goals and regulatory requirements. However, while relatively simple in concept, bioretention basins can pose some unique challenges in design, installation, and maintenance. This session will focus on sharing tips and lessons learned to promote successful installation and operation of bioretention basins, with a focus on design, construction, and long-term maintenance.

Gregg Thompson, City of Eagan, Matt Metzger, Barr Engineering Co., Stephen Thomforde, Stantec
Moderator: Steve Dodge, City of Inver Grove Heights


The registration fee is $315 and includes all sessions, instructional materials, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, two receptions, and refreshment breaks. An optional lunch on Friday is available for an additional fee of $25 (total conference fee of $340). Participants also may pay for their annual CEAM membership ($60) while registering for the conference.

Please register online at www.ceam.org.

  • $375: Conference + CEAM Membership Renewal

Includes the registration fee ($315) and renewal of CEAM Annual membership ($60).

  • $315: Conference ONLY

Includes the registration fee ($315) only. Good for Lifetime Members who want PDHs and anyone not renewing a CEAM Membership. $60 CEAM Membership Only.

  • $60: CEAM Membership Renewal Only

Includes CEAM Membership renewal ($60) only. Does not include access to Annual Conference.

  • Add-on $25 – optional lunch on Friday



Conference & CEAM Membership Renewal


Conference ONLY


CEAM Membership Renewal


Students (Wednesday ONLY)

Lifetime members who are not interested in receiving PDHs at the conference

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2022 Planning Committee

Greg Anderson, SEH
Todd Blank, SEH
Dan Boyum, Stantec
Dan Coyle, Kimley-Horn
Marc Culver, City of Roseville
Jen Desrude, City of Burnsville
Steve Dodge, City of Inver Grove Heights
Jennifer Edison, WSB & Associates
Kristine Elwood, MnDOT
Justin Femrite, City of Elk River
John Gorder, City of Eagan
Jack Griffin, FOCUS Engineering
Nick Guilliams, WSB & Associates

Matt Hansen, SRF Consulting Group
Debra Heiser, City of St. Louis Park
Cody Holmes, City of St. Michael
Jeff Johnson, City of Mankato
Janna Kieffer, Barr Engineering
Will Manchester, City of Minnetonka
Bob Moberg
Randy Newton, City of St. Paul
Michael Payne, City of Plymouth
Joseph Rhein, Chair
Paul Sandy, Co-Chair
Eric Seaburg, Bolton & Menk
Bob Simons, City of Bloomington
Jim Studenski, TKDA
Michael Thompson, City of Plymouth
Steve Winter, MSA Professional Services