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2014 Snow Plow Rodeo - 22nd Annual State Championship

The State Championship Rodeo will be held at the 23rd Annual Highway Congress on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. The competition will be in the morning, which will allow all the participants to partake in classes, seminars, other competitions, and see Maine’s biggest and best equipment show. You are only required to be at the Rodeo for the registration/walk through at 8:00 a.m. and the actual driving/vehicle check competition itself.

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2014 - 23rd Annual Highway Congress, June 5, 2014

Register | Attention Exhibitors | Vendor Registration Form | Activity Release Form



Supervisory Leadership in Public Works Programs - April 15-17 & May 20-22, 2014 - Gorham, Maine

This six-day program is designed for supervisors and focuses on developing leadership and communication skills; setting performance expectations; improving performance; and other issues supervisors face in today’s workplace. An active pace is punctuated with discussion, technique enhancement, and role play to develop confidence.

Click here to register online | View brochure



MCAPWA's Annual Spring Meeting - April 3, 2014

T and B's Celebration Center, 6 Jefferson Street, Waterville, Maine - Click here to register online



MCAPWA's 17th Annual Golf Classic, at Riverside Golf Course in Portland, Maine on Friday, September 6, 2013

On Friday September 6th the MCAPWA two man scramble was held at the Riverside Golf Course in Portland. This was the 17th annual MCAPWA tournament, and for the first time it was held in Southern Maine. Fifty players enjoyed a perfect day for golf. Coffee, muffins were provided for the 8:30 shot gun start. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and salads were included for lunch at the end of the tournament. A raffle was held after lunch and several players walked away with sleeves of golf balls and some even walked away with free rounds of golf and various gift cards.

Closest to the pin was awarded on two holes with Jeff Ross coming closest on hole #3 and Joe Colucci on hole #13. The longest drive for the men was won by Logan Pardilla, and Paula Bernard took the longest drive for the woman.

At the end of the day the strong pairing Jeff Ross and Joe Colucci came home with the trophy. For a list of the winners click here.

This year’s tournament was a success with MCAPWA raising close to $1,700. The chapter uses this money to fund scholarships for up and coming college students. The success of the tournament is largely due to our sponsors. We had 16 sponsors this year. For a complete list of our sponsors click here.

Finally a big shout out to Steven Bradstreet for his hard work organizing and setting up this year’s tournament. Next year the tournament will be held at Val Halla on September 5, 2014. We hope everyone returns and we also hope to see some new faces next year.



2013 - 22nd Annual Highway Congress, Thurs., June 6, 2013

2013 Snow Plow Rodeo, held at the 22nd Annual Highway Congress, June 6, 2013 - Event flyer
Snow Plow Rodeo Results

View a video of the 2012 Highway Congress:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4489117579035&notif_t=like


MCAPWA 2013 Public Works Excellence Awards Competition

Any State of Maine municipality is eligible to enter the contest.

Click here for details / official entry form


The 2012-2013 recipient for the Brian C. James Scholarship is Lucas Merritt from Washington County Community College.

Calendar of Events 2013

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Supervisory Leadership in Public Works Programs Part I & Part II

April 16th-18th, May 21st-23rd, 2013

Click here for details and registration information - Download brochure


MCAPWA Highway Congress

The 21st Annual Highway Congress was held on June 7th. The show had 113 vendors and approximately 900 attendees. It was one of the largest and most successful Highway Congress events in recent years. There were 13 "all day" demonstrations. There were 12 additional demonstrations scheduled at regular intervals throughout the day, including training by DEP staff which was certified for water and wastewater operators.  $400 was given away in cash prizes, in addition to 140 donated prizes for those who completed the time out for training.

Thank you all and we'll see you next year!

Here is a link to the closing ceremony photos: http://www.facebook.com/mcapwa/photos_stream


MCAPWA Annual Fall Meeting

The MCAPWA Annual Fall Meeting was held on October 4, 2012 at the Augusta Civic Center.  President  Bob Burns, Vice Pres.  Rob Pontau, Treasurer  Dave Cote and Secretary  Dennis Cox were voted in as a slate for 1 year terms.  Delegate  Eric Labelle was voted a new three year term and Peter Owen, Chris Bolduc, Steve Johnson and Megan Bates were voted on as 2 year term directors. 

Speakers were all informative for a group of about 50 attendees.  Maps were a hot topic as Commissioner David Bernhardt gave us some insight to MaineDOT’s future plans.  David told us of upgrades to the MaineDOT website and the ability to see the status of roads around the state.   Andrew Land of Ransom Consulting, Inc. added that cities and towns can use GIS information to present residents and road users with good mapping data about what is going on in their jurisdiction.  Rob Pontau talked about low cost internet applications that are of everyday use to the public works profession.  Pete Coughlan and Jerry Douglass gave a demonstration of how to use MaineDOT’s Mapviewer to bring information to towns and updated the audience on 2012 MUTCD updates relating to signs.  The meeting adjourned to the Augusta Elks Club for lunch and good conversation. 


National APWA Public Works Leadership Fellow

Congratulations to Mike Bobinsky for being selected a National APWA Public Works Leadership Fellow.  Mike was awarded this Fellowship based on his accomplishments, experience and contributions throughout his Public Works career. For more information on the those selected as Leadership Fellows > > >


Report on the Economic and Environmental Issues with Road Salt

The Cary Institute in New York has put out a report on the economic and environmental issues with road salt and deicers dated December 2010.  This report can keep you up to date with issues that selectmen and residents bring forward on road salt use in a practical manner.   If you have addition studies on road salt use we should post, please send them to us.  Click on this link to download the report > > >

In addition the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center has published a 156 page report on Maine Winter Roads Click on this link to download the Maine report >>>.  This report has detailed analysis that can be used to answer specific question road salts and deicers.   If you have addition studies on road salt use we should post, please send them to us. 


John Charest

It is with sadness that we note the passing of John Charest.  Many of you knew John from his many years with the City of Augusta.  Below is a link to his obituary and recent newspaper article on his retirement.  John was selected as our 2010 Public Works Leader of the Year.  John is pictured at our 2011 20th Annual Highway Congress.  

http://obituaries.kjonline.com/obituaries/mainetoday-kennebecjournal/obituary.aspx?n=john-h-charest&pid=155232613

http://www.kjonline.com/news/director-loved-his-job-from-day-one_2010-12-14.html


Technical Tour in Toronto

On returning from a joint Maine and New England Chapter International Affairs Technical Tour in Toronto this August, Eric Labelle from Portland Public Services and Rob Robinson of Manchester, NH Public Works wrote a paper on water quality innovations from the Toronto Region.  For a copy of their upcoming APWA Reporter article and a look at what the technical tour was all about, click on this Toronto Water Quality link

If you have any ideas on an International Technical Tour that may be useful to your town or city, let one of the MCAPWA Executive Committee members know and we can work on getting you into the International Affairs program.   


 

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