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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:
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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

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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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15th Annual MCAPWA Golf Classic

The 15th Annual MCAPWA Golf Classic was held on Friday, September 9th at the Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.  We had 42 players this year which is slightly down from previous years, though the competition was extremely heated.  We had 12 companies sponsoring holes with two new companies, Adams & Fogg and CDM Engineers, this year.  We would like to thank our sponsors:

  • CLD Consulting Engineers
  • Pike Industries
  • Gorrill Palmer Consulting Engineers
  • Nitram Excavation
  • Coastal Metal Fab
  • Oak Engineers
  • HP Fairfield
  • Cummins Northeast
  • Woodard & Curran
  • Wright Pierce
  • CDM Engineers
  • Adams & Fogg

The battle for Low Gross came down to a tie breaker between the teams of Joe Colucci and Jeff Ross of the City of South Portland Public Works and Paul Bolduc and Steve Berry of Coastal Metal Fab.  Paul and Steve won the Low Gross and the coveted trophy emblazoned with their names forever.  Joe and Jeff came in second and John Johnston of Jay Public Works and Tom Graham of Tenco came in third.  Barry Sheff and Randy Tome of Woodard & Curran placed first in the Low Net category.  Other winners were:

  • Jeff Ross, Steve Berry, Chris Hinckley and John Bryant for closest to the pin
  • Logan Pardilla for longest drive.

It was a beautifully sunny 75 degree day with good food and camaraderie.  Thank you for all that sponsored a hole.  Your generosity resulted in a $300 profit that will go toward our scholarship funds.   

Thank you also for our players this year.  We hope to see you next year on Friday, September 7, 2012 and please bring your friends and colleagues so we can get our attendance back up.


MCAPWA's Annual Report

Eric Labelle, MCAPWA Chapter Delegate has submitted our annual report to National APWA.  For an overview of our chapter work for the year, download the report here.


MCAPWA State Roadeo Championship

Thanks to teams and judges from across Maine for participating in the MCAPWA State Roadeo Championship at the Fairfield DOT Training Center.  Please join Roadeo Commissioner Kevin Noyes of Portland Public Services and all of our Roadeo Committee members at the Highway Congress Closing Ceremonies at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds  on June 2nd to find out who won the competition and will represent Maine at the 2011 Western Snow and Ice Conference National Snowplow Roadeo Championship. 

Click on the link below for photos (courtesy of Tim Searles) of today’s competition. https://picasaweb.google.com/MichaelClaus2003/SnowplowRoadeoMCAPWAChampionship2011#.


National Public Works Week - Kittery Trading Post Event May 18th

The towns of Kittery, Eliot, York and Wells greeted visitors to the Kittery Trading Post with smiles, equipment, maps and public works plans as a demonstration of the variety of work done by done by their Public Works Departments.  Tractors, plow trucks, roll off 
equipment and graders were among the equipment shown to the public.  Kittery provided a tent to allow residents to meet with public works employees and ask questions.  (photo below)  Mary Ann Conroy of Kittery Public Works tries out a skidsteer loader.  (photo to right).  Special thanks to Myranda McGowan of SMRPC for helping to organize this event.  Also a warm welcome to Joel Moulton, Eliot’s new Public Works Director, for participating in his first MCAPWA event.  Thanks to all for participating in National Public Works Week. 


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Cumberland County Snow Plow Roadeo

The Cumberland County Snow Plow Roadeo saw 27 teams compete at the Scarborough DPW facility on May 11th . Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Standish, Westbrook and Windham were represented in the 19th Cumberland County Roadeo.

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Tom Bernier and Andy Jones of Scarborough finished first, with Tom having the lowest number of points charged against him during his turn at the wheel. Tom is holding the trophy in the photo, with Andy to his left. Falmouth Public Works will also be represented at the State Roadeo Championships as Tim Martin and Mike Coffey of Falmouth finished 2nd in the County competition.


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Fifteen Maine Public Works professionals completed 6 days of Supervisor Training at the Gorham Municipal Center on May 12th.  The training program is divided into two -3 day sessions with the first session concentrating on Leadership Skills and the Second Session focusing on technical and safety issues in Public Works along with practical field training exercises.  Course work was taught by Mike Schulde of Quality Leadership Network, Pete Coughlan and his Maine Local Roads team, MCAPWA members Rob Pontau and Steve Bradstreet, with special technical assistance from Spillers survey professionals.  The Maine Chapter APWA looks forward to making this training available to future supervisors in upcoming years.   


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National Public Works Week May 15th to May 21st : 

  • Wednesday, May 18 at the Kittery Trading Post, Kittery from 10:00am-1:00pm.  This event will be located at the Kittery Trading Post parking lot and will include a display of various public works equipment used every day to keep our infrastructure clean and working properly. 

  • The City of Westbrook will be hosting an Open House and Reception at their facility on Saco Street in Westbrook on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am-12:00pm. This event will include tours of the facility, refreshments, and equipment will be on display.  This event will also give the resident of Westbrook a chance to speak to management and staff of the Westbrook Department of Public Services and to learn more about a possible new Public Services facility.

  • Scarborough is inviting the second grade class from the Blue Point Elementary to tour the Public Works Facility during National Public Works Week.  Staff at the Scarborough Public Works Department will organize several stations where students can learn about equipment safety, catch basin cleaning, street sweeping, line striping, roadside mowing, recycling, and excavation.

  • Yarmouth will be visiting the public schools to talk about how their public works facility operates and to demonstrate how the equipment works. 

  • Portland Public Services will be hosting an Open House at their Central Maintenance Facility on Hanover Street in Portland.  Equipment will be on display and refreshments will be available from 10am-1:00pm on Saturday, May 21.   This is a great opportunity to meet the Director and members of the workforce to learn about the many functions of the Department. 

Public Works Week in the State of Maine

Maine Chapter APWA would like to thank Governor Paul R. LePage for proclaiming May 15th to May 21st Public Works Week in the State of Maine.   In addition the Maine Chapter APWA would like to thank Representatives Melissa Walsh Innes of Yarmouth and Paul Edward Bennett of Kennebunk for sponsoring our proclamation

Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. This annual observance is designed to educate communities and their leaders on the importance of our nation’s public infrastructure and public works services. This proclamation declares the significance of public works to the quality of life and affirms the contributions of public works professionals to our state.

National Public Works Week also serves as a time to recognize the contributions of public works professionals who design, build, plan, operate, and maintain the transportation, water supply, sewage and refuse disposal systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential to our nation’s economy and way of life. Their dedication and expertise at all levels of government and the private sector are a capital investment in the economic growth, development—and ultimate stability—of the nation.


York County Snowplow Roadeo Winners

Congratulations to Kevin Renk and Todd Toussaint of Kennebunk Public Works for winning the 2011 YorkCounty Snowplow Roadeo and to the 2nd Place team of James Nightingale and Rob Hames of Kittery Public Works.  Both teams will represent York County at the 2011 State Snowplow Roadeo Championships in Fairfield on May 26th. 


Congratulations to MCAPWA board member Dennis Cox, who is heading south to Topsham as their new Public Works Director.  Click on this link for The Forecaster news story on Dennis.


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Gerry James, Public Works Director from Presque Isle, Retiring

Gerry James, Public Works Director from Presque Isle, made the last of many long drives to Augusta to attend our monthly MCAPWA Board Meeting on December 2nd.  Gerry is planning on retiring in May and is heading off of our Board after many years of service to the Maine Public Works Community . 

Gerry has administered our University of Maine and Community College Scholarship Program which started in 1996.  If you ever put on Highway Congress or Roadeo gear it was Gerry who organized getting that to you.  Most of all Gerry will be missed for his common sense approach to solving Public Works problems and keeping our MCAPWA Board moving as we were doing our best to educate, entertain and advance Public Works in the State of Maine.  

Good Luck Gerry and thank you for your service. 


Kennebunk Plow Drivers on the Podium at National Snowplow Championship

Todd Toussaint and Kevin Renk of Kennebunk Public Services finished 3rd in the Single Axle Truck Competition at the National Snowplow Roadeo in Estes Park, Colorado on September 21st.  

The competition, held at the Western Snow and Ice Conference, included a written test, a diagnostic test and a Road Corse set up to test plow skills.  Kevin and Todd won the State of Maine Roadeo Championship in June to qualify for the National Championship and their travel and hotel expenses for the conference were paid for by the Maine Chapter of the American Public Works Association.  The 24 teams in the competition represented drivers from across the country.  

Todd and Kevin were awarded Roadeo Belt Buckles for their 3rd place finish.  Congratulations to Kevin and Todd.


2010 MAINE CHAPTER APWA GOLF CLASSIC

1st PLACE -72
Jeff Ross-South Portland
Joe Colucci-South Portland

2nd PLACE-72
Robbie Chadwick-EJ Prescott
Jason Chadwick-EJ Prescott

3rd PLACE-73
Dave Sargent-Pike Industries
Jeff Kent- Pike Industries

Closest to the Pin
Hole #4 Bill Meader 6’ 2”
Hole #7 Dan Goyette 4’ 8”
Hole #10 Calvin Francis 17’ 0”
Hole #13 Pete Sherr 29’ 4”

Longest Drive 
Jeff Ross


2010 APWA National Congress in Boston

Maine Chapter has been having a great time at the 2010 APWA National Congress in Boston. Over 50 Chapter members have attended Congress as both attendees and volunteers. From the Mayor's Reception to the Get Acquainted Party and all through the exhibits and technical sessions, the Boston Congress has been one of the most popular APWA events in years. The New England Chapter has put together a great organizing committee and and should be thanked for hosting this spectacular event. See the photo of Tom DeMaio introducing Boston Mayor Tom M. Menino at the Mayor's Reception.

For photos follow the following link: http://picasaweb.google.com/michaelclaus2002/Boston2010APWANationalCongress#


Maine Chapter American Public Works Association will host our 14th Annual GOLF CLASSIC on Friday, September 10, 2010 at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, Maine.

Break out the clubs! It is time for a relaxing day of golf and chance to touch base with those involved in public works from throughout the state.  The Chapter is encouraging any City, Town, MDOT, Turnpike, or Sponsor to show off their skills by competing with a 2 person team in a Scramble Golf Tournament. Trophy’s and Prizes to the Top winners as well as food for all.  REGISTER EARLY!! The Tournament is limited to the first 144 golfers. This is a fun tournament, which encourages communication and camaraderie.

Look for the registration page link in our calendar events column. Cost: $70.00 per person includes Green Fee’s, Cart, burgers and barkers at the turn and refreshments.


The State of Maine Roadeo Championships were held at the Fairfield DOT Training Facility, June 24, 2010.  11 teams participated representing Maine Counties, the Maine Turnpike Authority and Maine DOT.  The winning teams were:

First Place:  York County, Kevin Renk and Todd Toussaint representing Kennebunk Public Works
Second Place:  Cumberland County, David Baker and Chris Bolduc representing Falmouth Public Works
Third Place:  Cumberland County, Jeff Goldrup and David Wormwood, representing Freeport Public Works

Many thanks to all that participated and our judges.  Special thanks to Kevin Noyes, the crew from Portland Public Services and all those who got to Fairfield at 5 am to set up the course.  The Maine Chapter APWA will pay travel and accommodations for the First Place Team to take part in the National Roadeo Championship at the Western Snow and Ice Conference in September, where we hope they will give Maine our 1st National Championship since Maine DOT’s 1999 National Championship.  Look for 2011 Roadeo information to go out to the membership next spring, where we hope to have another great turnout.  For a look at some 2010 Roadeo Photos, please click on the following link:

http://picasaweb.google.com/MichaelClaus2003/2010MCAPWASnowplowRoadeo#


Mike Bobinsky, Appointed Chair of APWA Audit Committee

Michael J. Bobinsky, Director of Public Services for the City of Portland has been appointed to a one year term as Chair of the American Public Works Association Audit Committee.  The Audit Committee serves as the liaison between the APWA Board of Directors and an Independent CPA firm in relation to audit and tax services for National APWA operations.  The Audit Committee is responsible for review, acceptance and recommendation of the annual audit reports to the APWA Board of Directors.


Eric Labelle, PE, Appointed to APWA Water Resource Management Committee

Eric Labelle, PE, Community Services Director for the City of Auburn has been appointed to a two year term on the American Public Works Association Water Resource Management Committee.  This Committee serves as a center of expertise on water resource issues for APWA.  The Committee recommends and advances APWA policies and positions regarding legislation and regulations that affect public works practices in the disciplines of water resources management; provides forums for APWA members to exchange ideas, technologies, and information on public works practices; addresses water resources issues including laws, regulations, and services to the public; identifies and promotes research needed to advance public works practices in the area of water resources management; and enhances service to APWA members by providing educational opportunities, information exchange, and representation.


APWA Spring House of Delegates Meeting

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MCAPWA Spring Meeting

The over 200 public works fans from around the state attending the MCAPWA Spring Meeting at the Waterville Elks Club gave Dave Cote of Brewer Public Works a nice round of applause for putting on a great program this year.  Speakers discussed Winter road maintenance and had a lot of data on actual salt usage throughout the state.  We heard about new environmental regulations on the horizon for public works and some change in culvert operations that are probably on the way.  Butch Bradley spoke on visiting Maine and his admiration for some of the tasks public works employees undertake every day.  Tom DeMaio and Richard Stinson spoke of their plans to make the 2010 National Congress in Boston the best ever.  David Jones of Lewiston was awarded the 2009 Public Works Leader of the Year Award.  Friends and Co-Workers came to say thanks to David for all the hard work and accomplishments he has achieved in Lewiston. 

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Friends and Co-Workers congratulate David Jones of Lewiston on his award for 2009 Public Works Leader of the Year

Don Hillman received the life membership award.
Don Hillman received the life membership award.

For more pictures at this year’s event click on the following link: http://picasaweb.google.com/MichaelClaus2003/MCAPWASpringMeeting2010#


Maine Volunteer Day in Boston at the 2010 National APWA Congress

Many of us have never had the opportunity to attend an APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition.  This summer the National Congress will come as close to Maine as it probably ever will.  The National Congress is being hosted by the New England Chapter APWA in Boston at the World Trade Center August 15 — 18, 2010.

If you do not plan to attend for the entire conference or don’t have a budget amount available for a daily session, the Maine Chapter has come up with a price you may like.  FREE for a half day, with our bus travel included.  You can attend free for a half day and contribute to the success of our meeting by participating as a half day 2010 Congress volunteer. 

On Tuesday, August 17th, the Maine Chapter APWA will be sponsoring Maine Volunteer Day.

We need 50 people to serve as room monitors for each of the 50+ education sessions and workshops, and for crowd control during the general sessions. If you can spare a half-day of volunteering we will give you a free half day on the Congress and exposition floor, with your volunteer help we can assist the New England Chapter in making this year’s Congress our best yet! All volunteers will receive a free congress T-shirt.  Please note this will be an all day event.  I hope that Public Works Departments throughout the State consider allowing interested employees to attend the 2010 National Congress Maine Volunteer Day.

MCAPWA has hired a coach bus to pick up and drop off volunteers at I-95/Maine Turnpike Authority Park and Rides in Bangor, Augusta, Auburn, Portland and Wells. We plan on stopping for supper after leaving Boston on the way back to Maine. Please plan on this trip being an extended all day event.

Volunteers will be accepted on a first come first serve basis with a 50 person volunteer limit. If you would like to volunteer your time on August 17th, please complete the volunteer registration form by Friday April 30, 2010, and we’ll see you in Boston!


Don Hillman of Bangor Public Works has received a “Life Member” award from National APWA

Maine Chapter APWA is proud to announce that Don Hillman of Bangor Public Works has received a “Life Member” award from National APWA.  It took patience and hard work to achieve this award.  A chronology of Don’s service for the City of Bangor follows, but it only tells the tale of time spent with Public Works, not the knowledge, friends and experiences Don has accumulated during his tenure in Bangor. 

Don Hillman came Bangor Public Works as a temp laborer on April 25, 1962 and was promoted to a full time position as a truck driver on February 17, 1963. He left for about 6 months in 1966 but returned as a Heavy Equipment Operator I on November 7, 1966. He was promoted to Labor Foreman September 13, 1971 and to Construction Foreman October 29, 1973 and was involved in mostly sewer maintenance and construction. Don was promoted to general foreman January 14, 1980, the position he still holds, where he is responsible for daily operations of the highway division of Bangor Public Works. Don is a graduate of Bangor High School and resides in Milford with his wife Eileen.   Don will receive this award at our Spring Meeting April 1st in Waterville.  We encourage as many of you as possible to attend not only for a great program, but to help pay tribute to Don’s public service achievement. 


Public Works Training Program Available

Maine Chapter APWA, along with Maine Local Roads, Quality Leadership Network and MMA are providing a three-day program designed for supervisors that 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.  Sessions will be held in the Bangor area this April and May.  Click here for the brochure.


Mary Ann Conroy has started on the job as Commissioner of Public Works in Kittery. 

Mary Ann is a former MCAPWA Director and we look forward to seeing her and the Town of Kittery Public Works crew at future MCAPWA events.  Click on the seacoastonline.com link below for the news story on her appointment.  

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100118-NEWS-1180330


Retirement Celebration for Tom DeMaio, Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts

On January 14th Eric Labelle, Mike Bobinsky and Mike Claus attended a Retirement Celebration for Tom DeMaio, Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts.  Tom retired after 30 years of service to Brookline and 360 friends from New Jersey to Maine came to wish him well.  Look for Tom to play a major role in overseeing the 2010 National APWA Congress in Boston this August.  The Maine Chapter APWA would like to thank Tom for his dedication to APWA and remind him that he is always welcome for lunch at the Skowhegan Highway Congress. 

Retirement Celebration for Tom DeMaio, Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts


New Rules for Maintenance and Replacement of Road Cross Culverts at Stream Crossings

The Maine DEP has responded to testimony and written comments on new rules for maintenance and replacement of road cross culverts at stream crossings in accordance the Natural Resources Protection Act, involving Chapter 305 and Permit by Rule requirements.  Their Basis Statement (link to Basis Statement) responds to testimony and comments and Adoption Memo (link to Adoption Memo) gives their recommendation on rule changes to the Board of Environmental Protection. 

These rules will be brought to the Legislature this session for its consideration.  As we become aware of the scheduling for hearing the rules, we will keep you posted.

Additional information can be found on the State of Maine website:  http://www.maine.gov/dep/blwq/docstand/nrpapage.htm

Chapter 305 Stream Crossing Adoption Memo

Chapter 305 Stream Crossing Basic Statement

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MCAPWA's Fall Meeting was held at the Augusta Civic Center on October 8,
2009

The following MCAPWA members were elected to a one year term as Chapter
Officers:

Michael Claus - President
Robert Burns - Vice President
David Cote - Treasurer
Rob Pontau - Secretary
Michael Bobinsky - APWA National Delegate.

Two new directors were elected to serve 2 year terms on the Board. Public Works Directors Chip Swan of Hampden and John Giroux of Winslow bring a wealth of experience along with their service to MCAPWA.


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Bruce Van Note of Maine DOT spoke on Maine's Highway Budget and discussed a planning meeting on the 'Highway Simplification" study from LD 333 to be held on October 15th at Room 209 in the State Office Building (Cross Bldg).  Bruce spoke of the expected funding gap between highway maintenance and reconstruction needs and projected revenues for MDOT.  Bruce spoke of a needed dialog between state and municipal forces to deal with capital and maintenance costs for the many roads where our mutual jurisdictions intersect.

Pete Coughlan of Maine DOT spoke on Local Road Inventories and E911 and introduced our group to the State GIS team that will be taking over road inventory data input responsibilities from the Maine Local Roads Center.

Jeff Austin of MMA spoke on Tabor II and Excise Tax Referendums, and how the MMA is trying to get information out to voters on these two questions.  Jeff noted that there are other high profile referendums on the ballot that are gathering more media scrutiny than these tax referendums, and asked that our membership help inform the public on the issues involved with these referendum questions.

Michel Metras of Tenco spoke on the upcoming XIII International World Winter Road Congress to be held in Quebec City from February 8 - 11, 2010.  Michel discussed the theme of Sustainable Winter Service for Road Users which will be featured at the Congress.  This is the first time the International Conference has been in North American and there is an excellent opportunity for Maine Public Works Officials to attend this conference.  (Photo of Michel with Steve Bradstreet, Dave Cote and Steve Johnson discussing highlights of any trip to Quebec City)

Our MCAPWA Luncheon was held at the Augusta Elks Lodge with many in attendance.  Thanks to Joan Kiszely and the Affiliates Group staff at MMA, the Elks, all who came and Dave Cote for putting our program together and .


Rick Rossiter, Kittery Public Works Commissioner, is retiring after 34 years of service to the Town of Kittery, including 31 years as Commissioner. 

If you are driving through Kittery, there is a good chance Rick has paved or rebuilt the road you are on.  From the Transfer Station to concrete sidewalks, Rick has had his hand in overseeing Kittery’s infrastructure development since the late 70’s.  Kittery will have a tough time replacing him. 


 

2009 Highway of Congress

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It was a sunny day at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds for over 900 attendees and 106 vendors who came to the 18th Annual Highway Congress.  Many thanks goes out to the Lions Club for cooking an all you can eat breakfast then turning around and barbequing 1300 chicken dinners for everyone on the Fairgrounds.  Maine Local Roads Center had people at 6 Time Out for Training stations that saw a near record turnout for completed training slips.
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Our vendors brought new and interesting equipment to the show with the latest in ice and snow attachments shown on some great trucks outfitted for many towns in Maine. 

Click for Larger Picture Public Works drivers and operators took advantage of the try out area in the infield to test new equipment.  Demonstration of “Sponge Blasting” to clean rust from truck bodies and wet cutting of concrete were hits of the show.  The Maine Antique Tractor Club dropped off 6 of their member’s best tractors for attendees to take a look at. 
The Maine Turnpike Authority showed off the skill of their truck drivers by winning the State Snowplow Roadeo Championship.  Their drivers will represent the State of Maine at the National Championships in Colorado this September.  At our closing ceremonies we heard from the Town leaders of Skowhegan and Chris Lockwood of the MMA spoke on the upcoming vote on Excise Tax reductions.  Awards were given to new Roads Scholars and the Public Works Excellence Awards were presented to Large, Mid-size and Small Maine Towns.
   

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MCAPWA’s Spring Meeting was held at the Waterville Elks Club on April 2, 2009

180 public works, construction and engineering personnel attended the Maine Chapter APWA Spring Meeting.  After introductions from Chapter President Steve Bradstreet and Spring Meeting Chairperson Bob Burns attendees heard from Kat Fuller, MDOT’s Chief of Planning, on the status of Highway Funding in Maine.  Kat went directly from her presentation to meet with the Maine Legislature Transportation Committee to present MDOT’s 2010-11 Workplan. 

We heard from two speakers on different approaches to meeting emission standards for 2010 model year truck engines.  We were told that new exhaust technologies and engine design will bring NOX emissions to extremely low levels.  Richard Tibbetts of Contech showed some interesting local bridge projects which helped municipalities recover from recent flooding events. 

Mike Bolduc, Saco Public Works Director was named 2009 Public Works Leader of the Year.  Saco City Officials, employees and members of Mike’s family attended the presentation ceremony.  MCAPWA will be issuing a press release on Mike’s Award.

Pete Coughlan of Maine Local Roads presented 10 Roads Scholar Awards to attendees.  Troy Pennell and George Hamm spoke to the audience on keeping perspective in the workplace.  Their thoughts were appreciated by all.

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2007 Public Works Leader of the Year

Anthony (Tony) W. Hayes was selected by the Maine Chapter of the American Public Works Association (MCAPWA) as the 2007 Public Works Leader of the Year.
Tony is the first recipient of the Chapter’s prestigious recognition of an individual who has made significant contributions to the public works profession over their career.  Tony was nominated by a group of his peers within the Town of Falmouth and local engineering consultants.

 

Tony’s career spans over 36 years.  He spent his first 15 years as the Director of Public Works for the Town of Sanford, Maine.  His next 21 years were spent as Director of the Public Works/Wastewater departments and Town Engineer for the Town of Falmouth.  Tony was responsible for organization, financial management and general administration of his departments, repair and construction of the Town’s road system, and management of the Town’s solid waste and wastewater operations.

 

Tony instituted a “pay-per-bag” trash pick up systems which decreased disposal volumes by 35% and increased recycling by 44%.  Tony was instrumental in developing the close of area landfills as an effort to save local community dollars.  He secured over $500,000 in FEMA disaster grants for upgrading stormwater systems in anticipation of future storms.  This is estimated to have saved the town millions of dollars in storm damage repair.  He established a returnable bottle/can program for non-profit and school organizations.  This program has generated over $263,000 which goes directly back into the community.  He played a significant roll in helping the town produce one of the most innovative open space programs in New England.

 

Tony has received many awards including” Eco-Excellence Award for Recycling, Recognition Award for Commitment to Alternative Energy Sources, Certificate of Appreciation from Maine DOT, and the Melvin Jone Fellowship Award (the highest achievement award to a Lions Club Member).

 

Tony was recognized by the MCAPWA at the Spring meeting in Waterville, on April 3, 2008.


ANthony W. Hayes 2007 Public Works Leader of the Year


2008 York County Snow Plow Roadeo

The York County Snow Plow Roadeo was held on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Seacoast Medical Center in Sanford. Seven teams from five towns participated.

                                    Open Results Here. . .


MCAPWA Spring Meeting

The Maine Chapter would like to thank all those who attended our Spring Meeting on April 3rd. A special thanks to Brian Burne of MDOT for his thoughts on snow and ice control and to the Cargill folks for making the long trip from Pennsylvania. If you would like more information from Dirigo Slipform or Cimline’s Durapatch equipment, we expect both of those speakers to attend our Highway Congress in June. Special thanks to Tony V. Congratulations to all our new Roads Scholars and to Tony Hayes as 2007 Maine Public Works Leader of the Year. See you all next year.

Photos from the April 3, 2008 meeting in Waterville

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