News Archive - 2009

News Archive - 2009

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

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

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.

Photos of the Spring Meeting can be seen online through this link.

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