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Column: End the political games over water pipes

By: Stephen V. Pangori The Internet is amazing. With just a few clicks, we have the entire spectrum of human knowledge at our fingertips. As much as that can be a boon, it is equally a detriment. There are certain things that should only be handled by well-trained and experienced professionals. One of those things is deciding what materials to use when replacing aging water and wastewater systems. The pipes that convey clean drinking water to our homes and carry wastewater away are critically important to the health and well-being of our communities. As our elected officials grapple with how...

MSPE Opposes SB 157 – Contact your Senator!

MSPE has been working with our design professional partners and several other groups (including ACEC, AIA, APWA, MML, MTA, CRA, AWWA, DIPRA and CPA) in opposition of SB 157.  The most recent version of the bill S01239'17 (S-2) Draft 2 was voted out of the Senate Committee on March 22.  Despite our best efforts and overwhelming opposition in both committee hearings from those attending, the bill was passed out 4-1 on party lines.  This bill would disallow standard city/county specifications, force the allowance of plastic pipe materials in all bidding for publicly funded water and sewer projects and cause potential long-term maintenance...

MATHCOUNTS State Competition held

The State Competition was held at the GM Warren Tech Center on Saturday, March 11. There were 138 students representing 53 schools attending. The students and coach representing Michigan at the National competition will be: Reagan Choi*, Boulan Park Middle School, 7th grade Alex Xu*, Boulan Park Middle School, 8th grade Varun Rajesh, Boulan Park Middle School, 8th grade Jeffrey Zhang, Hillside Middle School, 8th grade Mark Martin*, Coach, Boulan Park Middle School * 2016 State Team Members The 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Championship will be held in Orlando, Florida May 14th and 15th.  ESPN3 will once again provide live streaming of...