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2013 Highway Congress, Thurs., June 6, 2013 - Event Brochure and Registration form
2013 Snow Plow Rodeo, held at the 22nd Annual Highway Congress, June 6, 2013 - Event flyer
MCAPWA 2013 Public Works Excellence Awards Competition
Any State of Maine municipality is eligible to enter the contest.
National Public Works Week: Scarborough Regional Events - Saturday, May 18 and Thursday, May 23, 2013
Location of May 18 event: Gateway Shoppes, 260 Payne Road, Scarborough (home of Cabela's and other retail stores). Bring the kids. Explore Dump Trucks and other equipment.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Location of May 23 event: Kittery Trading Post, 301 US Route 1, Kittery. Bring the kids. Explore Dump Trucks and other equipment.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The 2012-2013 recipient for the Brian C. James Scholarship is Lucas Merritt from Washington County Community College.
Calendar of Events 2013
Supervisory Leadership in Public Works Programs Part I & Part II
April 16th-18th, May 21st-23rd, 2013
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 > > >
MCAPWA Spring Meeting
An overflow Public Works crowd filled the Waterville Elks Club for a program on Diesel Engine Emission changes, CDL medical card information, Back Injury Prevention and even some laughs from a 54 year old guy. Congratulations to Kevin York of Yarmouth Public Works for winning the shotgun raffle (donated by HP Fairfield Company). At the conclusion of the meeting the MCAPWA Board of Directors voted to use the proceeds from the raffle to help promote 2012 National Public Works week May 20-26. For more photos take a look at: https://picasaweb.google.com/MichaelClaus2003/MCAPWASpringMeeting2012
Doug Howard has been appointed South Portland’s new Public Works Director. Doug’s first day will be February 21st.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the hiring of Doug Howard as the City’s next Public Works Director. Doug grew up and still lives in South Portland. Doug worked for the City’s Public Works Department for 19 years before leaving to pursue his own business in 2002. Not long after starting his computer business, the City of Saco contacted Doug about their Public Works General Superintendent position a position he held for two years. Doug is currently Saco’s Environmental Utilities Supervisor, responsible for a wide variety of duties including underground utilities, fleet, GIS and plowing. When in South Portland, Doug was South Portland’s first Maine “Roads” Scholar and was the 2001 recipient of the City’s “Service Above and Beyond” award. Doug serves on numerous internal and external committees, including being the Chairman of the Maine Wastewater Collection Association.
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.
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.
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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