News Archive - 2010

News Archive - 2010


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.


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:

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:

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

Click here for the minutes.

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:

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 link below for the news story on her appointment.

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:

Chapter 305 Stream Crossing Adoption Memo

Chapter 305 Stream Crossing Basic Statement

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