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.
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.