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ASCE November Luncheon

November 21, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Big Walnut Park Shelterhouse
5000 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, OH 43227
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Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch will begin at approximately 11:50 AM with the program set to begin shortly after 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is November 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM. Registration is required. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available and will be assessed a $5 surcharge. Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Contact [email protected]

About the Presentation

Officals from the City of Columbus Division of Sewerage and Drainage, Division of Water, and Recreation and Parks Department will provide attendees with an update on each of their respective departments. The presentation will discuss initiatives, work completed in 2019, and projects planned in the coming year. 


DANELLA PETTENSKI, DIVISION OF WATER ASSISTANT ADMINSTRATOR — City of Columbus, Department of Public Utilities, Divsion of Water

Danella Pettenski is the Assistant Administrator for the City of Columbus Division of Water. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University. She worked 18 years for an engineering consulting firm designing and managing various water and sewer utility projects for both small and large clients. In 2007, Danella moved over to the public sector and became employed by the City of Columbus Division of Water to oversee their Distribution Engineering group. In 2012, she was promoted to Assistant Administrator and is now responsible for overseeing supply, treatment and distribution operations which includes three water treatment plants, four supply reservoirs, one well field and over 80 water booster stations and elevated storage tanks.  

JOHN NEWSOME, DIVISION OF SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE ADMINSTRATOR — City of Columbus, Department of Public Utilities, Divsion of Sewerage and Drainage

John Newsome currently serves as the Administrator of the Division of Sewerage and Drainage (DOSD) within Department of Public Utilities, City of Columbus. John’s responsibilities include the City’s two wastewater treatment plants, biosolids compost facility, sewer maintenance operation center, pretreatment program, stormwater regulatory compliance, and all stormwater and wastewater engineering functions. The Division consists of approximately 450 employees with annual operating budget exceeding $270 million including capital debt service, maintenance, and operations. 

James Miller, Design and Construction Section Manager — City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks Department

Jim Miller is a Public Servant and Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience working in the private and public sectors. The first half of his career was spent in the private sector delivering projects that required a technical focus on construction management, bridge, roadway, and traffic engineering.  In 2008, Jim entered the Public Sector and is now the Section Manger of the Design and Construction Section for the City’s Recreation and Parks Department. The Department’s mission, To connect people through the power of Nature, Wellness, and Creativity is partly facilitated by 29 community centers, 5 athletic complexes, 6 golf courses, 8 pools, 6 splash pads, over 130 miles of regional trails, 14 Nature Preserves, 2, soon to be 3 skate parks, 5 bark parks, and over 370 parks all on over 8,200 acres of land. While keeping Customer Service a focus, to facilitate, maintain, and sustain such a large cross section of public amenities, Jim's section oversees, Architects, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers and various trades to accommodate the needs of the City.


An assortment of wraps and sandwiches, chips, tossed salad, fruit salad, and cookies and desserts. Vegetarian option of stir fried vegetables and steamed rice available upon request during online registration.

CPD Hours

A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program.


$20.00 ASCE member
$25.00 after 12:00 pm November 14

$15.00 ASCE life member
$20.00 after 12:00 pm November 14

$10.00 ASCE student
$15.00 after 12:00 pm November 14

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)
$30.00 after 12:00 pm November 14