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The Colorado Public Works Journal Jo Taylor, Managing Editor Editor PUBLIC WORKS COLORADO J O U R N A L his month I was invited to join Transportation & Construction GIRLS Career week. This was the second week (the first was in June) geared towards middle and high school girls, giving them the opportunity to learn from different companies that make up the transportation and construction industry. That is where I met Thalia Garman, who is a junior at Lakewood High School. Here is how our conversation went: How did you hear about T&CGIRL and their careers week? My Dad had been sent an email from my school in the form of a newlsteer and suggested I attend. What were you expecting from this week? I had thought we would be on construction sites all day, learning how to operate machines, doing demos and organizing permits. I am glad it was not. We learned so much more, in the office and on site. The amount of opportunities that are available and different career fields are endless. Will you be telling your friends about this experience? I would definitely recommend it to my friends as there was a lot of information about jobs that I did not know even existed. It’s insane that people my age can go into this industry and make a change. I am personally interested in the civil industry and when I saw that Fiore & Sons were one of the companies hosting I was intrigued to be there in person. There would be nothing to be gained by doing something like this virtually. To see the passion that the presenters had about their work was inspiring. The two weeks were made up with visits to: Encore Electric, Fiore & Sons, Kiewit, Kodiak Building Partners, Holcim, Martin Marietta, OE Construction, RTD, Trimble and Wilson & Company which made for a varied insight of some of the leading companies in the industry and what types of careers are available with them. What has this week given you to take back to school with you? It has shown me that there is a lot more truly open to me and if I want to be involved I have the opportunity to do that. Also, that I can constantly grow inside the companies. I plan to go to the School of Mines to study : environmental engineering ,minoring in aerospace. If I can get an internship at a company that would be ideal. I think shadowing someone would be helpful. Continuing to learn is the most valuable thing you can do. So there you have it, one very bright young lady who knows what she wants and thanks to T&C GIRL she now knows how to go about it. Our next issue will feature a section dedicated to the careers within the infrastructure industry, for both men and women. We will highlight not only the roles, but also, what qualifications are needed, if you can train while on the job, what salaries to expect and what education is required. We will also have a section covering the training that is available within our community, much of which is free, or at a low cost. As so many companies in our industry are looking for staff we feel this will be a valuable tool to hand out to those you know whoare looking for a rewarding career with prospects for the right candidate, working with the great people that make up the infrastructure industry. If you have a job opportunity, a training program, or can consult on the topics please reach out to me as I would love to include you. Please share it in our next issue and let’s show the next generation what a great career the construction world can be. We believe that the issue will have a huge pass along factor well into 2023. T REMEMBER that Colorado Public Works Journal can be read online, on your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Please go there, take a look and let us know what you think. Coloradopublicworksjournal.com CPWJ Summer 2022 | 3
4| ColoradoPublic Works Journal 06 : Works News Equipment 10 : Works News Updates 14 : Snow Day Sean O’Keefe 17 : Snow & Ice 2022 Ready, Set, Snow! 53 : Industry Insight Doug Dean 54 : Association News APWA, NUCA, RTD, CDOT, CAPA, ACPA, CCA, CSSGA 64 : PS! (Parting Shots) Out and About at Events in Colorado 66 : Advertisers Index Our corporate partners Summer 2022 : Volume 18, No.4 Contents Cover Image: Hwy 40/CO Rd 197 ©Arapahoe County Snow Day - page 17 Mailing List Maintenance - COVID update Working from home and miss seeing your copy of CPWJ? No problem, send us your address and we will have your copy of CPWJ mailed to your home address rather than to your office. You may resume delivery to your office at any time. Please take a moment to let us know of any co-workers who may have moved on and no longer need to be on our mailing list. THANK YOU for helping us save resources and be kind to the environment. COLORADO PUBLIC WORKS JOURNAL (ISSN 1555-8258) is published bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September and November CPWJ is published by Coterie Press Ltd., 5 White Birch, Littleton, CO 80127. (303) 933-2526 coloradopublicworksjournal.com Managing Editor: Jo Taylor, (720) 360-6737 email@example.com Editor: William Taylor (303) 933-2526 firstname.lastname@example.org Volume 18. No.4, July 2022 Production: Coterie Press Design: Violet Cruz Printed by: One Stop Printing Subscription, Mailing Services and Accounting email@example.com Subscription $30.00 per year in the USA Periodicals Postage Paid in Denver, Colorado. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Coterie Press Ltd., 5 White Birch, Littleton, CO 80127. Contents copyright © 2022 by Coterie Press Ltd. All rights reserved Colorado Public Works Journal is an independent publication designed to be of service and interest to those providing civil services related to infrastructure construction and maintenance and allied fields, including government officials, heavy/civil contractors, engineers and architects, distributors, dealers and manufacturers of equipment and materials, and providers of services to government agencies and the construction and development industry Colorado Public Works Journal accepts no responsibility or liability for the validity of information and articles supplied by contributors, vendors, advertisers or advertising agencies. Opinions expressed are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers of CPWJ.
6| ColoradoPublic Works Journal EQUIPMENT Works News At the beginning of this year. WIRTGEN celebrated the market launch of its completely redesigned generation of compact milling machines. Industry-leading state-of-the-art technologies from the proven F-series large milling machines have now been integrated in the W 100 Fi, W 120 Fi and W 130 Fi compact milling machines. WIRTGEN will also be showing another innovation at Bauma 2022. For the first time, compact class machines can be fitted with a comfort cabin. This not only increases the safety of machine operators, but also the comfort of their workplace. The first WIRTGEN Cold Milling Machine with Environmentally Friendly Engine Technology from John Deere: The front loaders with working widths of 1.0m, 1.2m and 1.3m feature the latest and currently most environmentally friendly engine technology compliant with EU Stage 5/US Tier 4 Final exhaust emission standards. The state-of-the-art diesel engine delivers a rated output of 265kW/355hp. Wirtgen and John Deere have precisely tuned the torque characteristic of the engine to meet the specific needs of the cold milling process. The engine already delivers sufficient torque at engine speeds as low as 1,200rpm, achieves maximum torque at 1,500rpm and offers a very wide working speed range of 1,200 to 2,100rpm. As a result, the machines use significantly less fuel, even when delivering the highest productivity and milling at the maximum depth of 330mm. Mill Assist and WPT for the One-Meter Class: Also onboard are the digital assistance systems Mill Assist, Wirtgen Performance Tracker (WPT) and the Level Pro Active leveling system, which have already delivered customer benefit in the F-series large milling machines. Now, customers can look forward to the benefits of high milling performance, maximum efficiency, and clear documentation in the compact milling machine class. Mill Assist for Increased Milling Efficiency: In automatic mode, Mill Assist selects the operating strategy with the most favorable balance between milling performance and operating costs. This increases milling performance while simultaneously reducing not only diesel fuel, water, and pick consumption, but also CO2 emissions. Mill Assist automatically controls the engine speed and simultaneously provides a wide range of usable milling drum speeds for an enormous spectrum of applications. The low-speed range enables significant reductions in fuel consumption and minimizes pick wear. The upper speed range enables the achievement of an optimal milling pattern, even in the case of higher area performance rates. The operator can additionally select one of three operating strategies for each milling job: “ECO”, “performance-optimized” or “milling pattern quality”. This makes it possible, for example, to Wirtgen F-Series Compact Milling Machines for Cost Efficient and Sustainable Cold Milling pre-define the required milling pattern quality incrementally from coarse to very fine at the press of a button. A Wide Range of Applications and Maximum Flexibility Compact dimensions and optimized machine weight for easy transportation predestine these machines for a multitude of different construction site scenarios. Whether on highways, main roads, parking lots or innercity streets – these high-performance machines are ideal for a broad spectrum of applications. Due to their outstanding productivity, they are ideal for surface layer rehabilitation and complete pavement removal on construction sites of all sizes. Thanks to the ability to quickly change the FCS milling drums with different pick spacings and working widths, the compact milling machines from Wirtgen can also be rapidly reconfigured on-site to adapt to changing applications. State-of-the-art cockpit, also available with an enclosed cabin The newly developed operator’s cabin is characterized by ergonomically designed control elements with high-quality haptics and maximum ease of operation. In addition to the slender wasp waist of the machine, up to five on-board cameras provide an ideal view of all important working areas. The new 5-inch control screen in the multifunctional armrest displays all machine-relevant information. The access ladder to the cabin at the rear of the machine is fitted with an automatic height adjustment system. This assures that the machine operator can easily and safely access the platform in all working situations.
Summer 2022 | 7 EQUIPMENT Works News June 14, 2022 — John Deere announced an expanded relationship with Wacker Neuson, a leading manufacturer of compact and construction machines, for 0-9-metric-ton excavators, to include North America. John Deere and Wacker Neuson will collaborate on the development of excavators less than 5-metric-tons, including battery electric excavators, that will be manufactured by Wacker Neuson. Additionally, John Deere will have control of the design, manufacturing, and technology innovation, for the 5-9-metric-ton models, leveraging a solid foundation from Wacker Neuson. “Excavators are an integral part of our customers’ jobsites, and we anticipate growing demand to continue,” said Domenic Ruccolo, senior vice president, sales, marketing, and product support, global construction equipment, John Deere. “As we look to the future of our excavator line-up, this agreement will allow us greater flexibility as we continue to deliver a robust product portfolio that prioritizes the operator experience.” Distribution, parts, service, and support will continue through our worldclass John Deere dealer network that customers have come to rely on. “We’re excited about the expanded agreement as it supports our goal of bringing productivity-driven features and industry leading technology to customers with greater agility,” said Jerred Pauwels, vice president, excavators, strategy and business development, John Deere. “Through this relationship, we’ll innovate faster, and offer additional features and performance differentiation for our customers.” The Wacker Neuson Group is an international group of companies headquartered in Munich, Germany, employing around 6,000 people worldwide. As a leading manufacturer of light and compact equipment, the Group offers its customers a broad portfolio of products and a wide range of services. For more information, customers can contact their local dealers or visit http://www.johndeere.com/ John Deere Announces New Global Agreement with Wacker Neuson on 0-9-Metric-Ton Excavators
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Summer 2022 | 9 Targeted Discussions to Help Solve Challenges Facing Your Agency. Response During and After the Marshall Fire. New Tech - for Utility Locates, Improved Water Quality, and More. Lifting Settled Asphalt and Other Projects with Sustainabilty in Mind. How Colorado is Preparing for the Future of Transportation. The Annual Chapter Awards Luncheon. Exhibitors Sharing Their Latest Technology and Expertise. z z z z z z z Working Together Towards Tomorrow October 24-25, 2022 Denver Marriott West Golden, CO COLORADO CHAPTER The 8th Annual APWA Colorado Chapter Conference Visit colorado.apwa.net for updates and to learn more! We Are Dedicated to Keeping You up to Date.
10| ColoradoPublic Works Journal UPDATES Works News APWA Colorado Celebrates 60 Years! The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and to mark the milestone, the Chapter hosted a celebration on June 30 at John Meade Park in Cherry Hills Village. This was the perfect place to host the event as the redevelopment of this park was the 2021 APWA Colorado Project of the Year! Public works professionals from around the state gathered and enjoyed networking and catching up with each other as well as some great BBQ! Several of the Chapter’s past presidents attended including one of the charter members from 1962, Jerry Weiss. Mr. Weiss (see right) was also president of the Chapter in 1969 and is the first father-son occurrence in Chapter history, his son, Chuck Weiss is now a Director on the Colorado Chapter board! John Burke, Chapter Director, did a brief recognition of past presidents, board members and Korbitz winners and took a nostalgic trip down memory lane of music, events, and prices in 1962 – how things change and yet some are still relevant! It was great to see so many old friends and new faces at the celebration and APWA hope you will join them at events throughout the year to continue to celebrate! According to a new report from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), cradle-to-gate emissions associated with U.S. asphalt mix production represented approximately 0.3% of total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2019. By comparison, U.S. EPA data indicate that transportation emissions from fossil fuel combustion represented 27.8% of total emissions in 2019, while industrial emissions represented 25.3%. The report, GHG Emissions Inventory for Asphalt Mix Production in the United States (SIP 106), is the first national cradle-to-gate assessment of GHG emissions associated with the production of asphalt pavement mixtures that uses a life cycle assessmentbased methodology. “Publishing this report puts NAPA and the asphalt pavement industry at the forefront of transparency among carbon emitters,” said NAPA President & CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E. “We’re demonstrating our commitment to doing better by taking stock of where we are and identifying proven as well as innovative strategies to reduce carbon emissions.” NAPA Releases First-of-its-Kind Emissions Inventory for Asphalt Pavement Mixtures Jim Mertes, Director of Environmental Affairs at Construction Resources Management, Inc., A Walbec Group Company, and Chair of NAPA’s Sustainability Committee, described the report as “a comprehensive industry benchmark, which can be used to measure future industry improvements in carbon reduction.” Additionally, “it identifies what we can achieve using existing strategies and technologies and demonstrates the unprecedented technological challenge ahead to get to net zero.” By identifying ‘avoided emissions,’ the report demonstrates how existing environmentally preferable technologies like RAP, WMA, and switching to alternative fuels for plant operations have already had an industry-wide impact on limiting emissions. In 2019 alone, the industry avoided 2.9 million metric tons (MMT) CO2e emissions – equivalent to the annual emissions from approximately 630,000 passenger vehicles. “New technologies and additional innovative practices will need to be developed and implemented to achieve more significant GHG emission reductions,” the report states
UPDATES Works News Portland Limestone Cement Every cement supplier will be ceasing production of ASTM C150 Type I/II cements this year and replacing them with ASTM C595 Type IL cements. This is part of the cement industries push for carbon neutrality. CDOT has been using Type IL cements since 2006 in our pavements, but the ready mixed side has not due to building codes and architects unwilling to update their specifications. Due to recent changes in building codes, the architects are being forced to update their specifications Subsection 601.05 states (in part): The Contractor shall submit a new Concrete Mix Design Report meeting the above requirements when a change occurs in the source, type, or proportions of cement, slag cement, fly ash, high-reactivity pozzolan, silica fume, or aggregate. This will affect CDOT projects once the ready mixed concrete supplier can no longer obtain Type I/II cement and will be required to use Type IL cement. Per CDOT specifications, a change in cement source or type requires a new mix design which takes a minimum of 28-days plus for review. The cost of a typical trial mix is $5,000-$9,000. Type IL cement and Type I/II cement are very similar. Type I/II cement is a clinker that is ground with up to 5% limestone and represents about 3-4% in the Colorado market. Type IL cement uses the same clinker but is ground with 5-15% limestone. The Type IL cements in Colorado typically have 10-12% limestone. The cement companies determined how much limestone to use based on performance. These companies have determined that the Type IL cements with 10-12% limestone perform similarly to the existing Type I/II cements in workability, strength gain and ultimate strength. CDOT Materials has met with industry representatives and have approved the following transition plan through the Materials Advisory Committee, to minimize the impact on projects statewide: 1. All Concrete mix designs on the CDOT Approved products list set to expire in 2022 will be extended to December 31, 2022, if they are using an ASTM C150 cement. 2. ASTM C595 Type IL cement from the same source can be swapped pound-for-pound with ASTM C150 cements on approved mixes provided the following conditions are met: a) If the mix design aggregate has been determined to be alkali-silica reactive (ASR) through ASTM C1260 (a mix design requirement) then the ASR mitigative measures with the new Type IL cement must be tested and pass per ASTM C1567. b) The sulfate resistance requirements in Subsection 601.04 have been met for the sulfate resistance class on your Project. 3. Concrete mix designs that make a change to Type IL cement will expire at their natural expiration date after December 31, 2022. 4. Concrete mix designs expiring after December 31, 2022, will require a new mix design upon expiring if they have not already changed over to Type IL cement. If a Contractor needs to make the mix change involving Type I/II and IL cement, the PE/PM should contact the Concrete & Physical properties lab at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your existing mix design(s) reviewed and re-issued with the new cement type. On Projects with concrete pavement, a new process for strength will be created when the change is made. Questions can be addressed by Staff Materials Lab or Region Materials Engineer. Summer 2022 | 11 CCA Awarded Planning Grant CCA Awarded Planning Grant to Create New Civil Construction Bootcamp for Young People Interested in a Career in Construction. CCA has been awarded a planning grant to fund, over the next four weeks, the creation of a Civil Construction Bootcamp that will prepare participants for careers in the construction industry. The Civil Construction Bootcamp will provide training to participants to increase their readiness to work and provide them with several industry-recognized credentials that employers highly value in new hires within the construction industry. The Civil Construction Bootcamp is a four-week training course tailored for Coloradoans who are interested in entering the civil construction industry. The training courses will be offered in areas covering all of Colorado, as well as through a virtual learning format, to provide geographic equity across the state. The Civil Construction Bootcamp course will utilize a nationally recognized curriculum created by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The NCCER provides a highly recognized standard in a multitude of construction skilled trades curriculum and instruction. Much of the NCCER's core curriculum will be the key focus of the coursework. This will include instruction in basic safety, construction math, hand and power tools, construction drawings, material handling, employability skills and more. Civil construction activities will be emphasized to better prepare attendees for the rigors of the unique environment of underground utility installation, asphalt and concrete paving, reinforcing and structural ironwork, bridge construction, and roadway/work zone safety. Once CCA successfully completes the four-week planning period, the next step will be awarding the remainder of the grant that will fund the program over the next 12-24 months. Watch for more information as CCA moves forward with this innovative and exciting new program to help fill the workforce gap for CCA members! Metro Water Recovery Expands Fort Lupton is Metro Water Recovery’s newest member connector since the City of Brighton and South Adams County joined the organization in July 2009. “Positioning Fort Lupton for the future, our inclusion with Metro is a positive move for our citizens and businesses. Metro’s voice when dealing with Colorado’s regulatory agencies is far better heard than ours alone,” said Mayor Zo Stieber-Hubbard. Metro will accept Fort Lupton’s flows at its Northern Treatment Plant in Brighton no later than December 31, 2025, with the option to extend the connection by one year to December 2026. The agreement was signed on June 7, 2022. Metro’s service area now extends to the north of Brighton and straddles both sides of U.S. 85. Meet Metro’s Newest Member Connector Anchored along the South Platte River and established as a trading post in 1836, the City of Fort Lupton has served an important role in Colorado’s history for nearly 200 years. With a population of 7,995 (2020 census), Fort Lupton maintains a small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life within commuting distance to larger population centers – including Greeley, Denver, and Fort Collins.
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14| ColoradoPublic Works Journal Snow Day Jeff Goble, Public Works Director Town of Frisco As the Public Works Director for the Town of Frisco, CO, Jeff Goble knows a thing or two about snow removal. Located in the heart of ski-country, Frisco sees anywhere from 150 to 200 inches of snow annually, with the heaviest dumps coming in March and April. While the volume is great for the local economy and Colorado’s watershed, for Goble and a dedicated crew, the effort to keep the streets, bridges, and sidewalks around town clear is extensive. “Frisco has approximately 35 lane miles of roads and paths that we plow throughout the winter and early spring,” says Goble. “We employ between 10 and 12 operators, whose sole duty is snow removal. We do it with a variety of equipment including four front-end loaders, two large plow trucks with sander boxes on the back, and small plows for sidewalks and paths.” Goble points out that the part of snow removal the public sees is plowing to clear roads, but in the case of Frisco and many of Colorado’s mountain communities, the snow does not simply go away. Once it’s pushed off the sidewalks and roads, the Town is challenged to find creative ways to store the snow while it melts, which can take months. “The snow is contaminated with oil and greases, so we can’t just push it into the reservoir,” says Goble. “We have to be very creative about where we put it. We have a series of short-term storage areas where we collect it. Then we have a mid-term area where snow is put after big storms, and finally, we’ve got a huge open field, where everything that remains eventually goes to melt. As we lose more Town-owned properties, our options become more constrained. Currently, we’re considering adding a snow melt machine to the works.” Having inherited his responsibilities from a long-standing team of public servants, Goble shares that many years of process refinement prior by his predecessors set him up for success. On Main Street, for example, the process calls for running the sidewalk machines first to get that snow in the street, then pushing both sides of the street to the center. The six-foot high strip running the length of Main Street is then blown into the back of a haul truck as it drives the length of the pile. “I was fortunate to come into a position where the people before me had established a great system,” says Goble. “I was the benefactor of a lot of trial and error by others.” During the winter months, Goble’s entire crew works around the clock on either of two shifts per day. The same crew stays on full time during the summer and fall, working in either the Town’s parks and outdoor spaces or on roadway or building maintenance. Goble believes cultivating his employees’ commitment to public service through his commitment to them is his most important job. “What I try to do every day is make sure the people working for Public Works are happy, healthy, and enjoy what they do for the Town,” says Goble. By Sean O’Keefe A state of many varied climates, Colorado averages 67.30 inches of snow a year. While Denver and much of the Front range receive less than 60 inches of snow annually, mountain communities get three times as much, and the western slope, well sometimes hardly any. A little or a lot, as a matter of public safety, snow must not be allowed to remain on roads and bridges for long. Here we consider the task of snow removal and the challenges thereof with three proven public servants who make customer service the centerpiece of success. The scoop on snow removal across Colorado from those in the know.
Summer 2022 | 15 Bryan Weimer, Public Works and Development Director - Arapahoe County Balanced resource management is the foundation of the snow removal process employed in Arapahoe County by Public Works and Development Director Bryan Weimer. He shares that his team strives to exemplify service, trust, respect, vision, integrity, and excellence in all that they do. Stretching 72 miles east to west, Arapahoe County encompasses approximately 806 square miles traversing a combination of municipalities and unincorporated areas. “Arapahoe County includes 13 cities and towns, 9 school districts, and 450 local improvement or special service districts,” says Weimer of the County’s coordination challenges and opportunities. “Our landholders are very diverse from urban, suburban, and rural, commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural to industry-leading assets like the Denver Tech Center, the Bronco’s training center, and Centennial Airport.” In Public Works, where resources are limited and the work is yearround, asset management, customer service, and dollars and cents all add up. “We employ 58 people full time in the Road and Bridge Division, which is responsible for snow removal throughout the county. We have 23 plows, 6 motor graders with V-plows plus four loaders for salts and sands. We have a detailed winter storm operations plan that prioritizes county roads by the level of service and storms by size based on volume. Of course, we also must consider where the snow is accumulating across 800 miles of land area.” Weimer reports that the County tracked 17 snow events in 2021 with an average accumulation of around 3 inches. His team plowed roughly 47,000 lane miles with trucks and another 800 miles by grader at a combined cost of $956,000. He shares that though the county maintains snow removal through internal forces, they do have an on-call contract if needed. “We’re pretty cost effective doing it ourselves,” says Weimer. “We’re at about $19 a mile, which is lower than what we’d pay a contractor.” Located on the eastern edge of southeast metro-Denver, Weimer points out that a lot of the snow that hits the ground in Arapahoe County will melt relatively fast. Frequent plowing, of course, adds to summertime maintenance work in roadway patches and repairs. As a County populated by 13 other municipal interests, Weimer tries to leverage mutually advantageous relationships with the other entities to achieve efficiencies. “We hold an annual snow clean-up workshop with all 13 municipalities and dissect the snow removal routes,” he shares. “If we cross through their jurisdiction during a storm event and plow that road as we go through, they will pick up areas on our roads in exchange.” Arapahoe County also offers residential communities the opportunity to enter into agreements for higher levels of service if they are willing to pay for it themselves, which some are. “We’re working within a budget and as a public resource, my obligation is to balance the best way to spend the money to achieve the greatest long-term benefit across the County’s entire spectrum of roads and bridges, citizens, businesses, and natural areas. It’s a lot to consider. I’m proud of the commitment and level of service our team provides within budget constraints.” Trent Prall, Director of Public Works City of Grand Junction One of America’s great gateways, aptly named Grand Junction is the hub of Colorado’s western slope. Home to some 65,000 residents in the city and 160,000 in the county, weather-wise, Grand Junction sits in what Trent Prall, the City’s Public Works Director, calls a banana belt. “Grand Junction averages a total of about 15 inches of snow a year, which arrives over the course of four or five events between Thanksgiving and Easter,” says Prall whom has been with the City for 27 years. He worked his way up from a project engineer role and became the Public Works Director in 2018. Today, he oversees the engineering for all capital projects in both buildings and infrastructure and orchestrates the City of Grand Junction’s Street maintenance and repair program, snow removal, and leaf clean-ups. “Within city limits our elevation ranges from 4,500 feet to 4,800 feet We are fortunate that for most of the snow we get, the sun and warm roads melt it off pretty quickly.” Though significant accumulation is infrequent, Prall points out that there are inversion periods where the snow stays. It’s his job to keep the streets clear. “Our snow removal is limited to arterial and collector roads. We do our Main Street and the adjoining alleys but not neighborhood roads,” says Prall. “We queue up eight dump trucks on eight routes with in-house resources.” In addition to the City's forces, Prall points to a fleet of independent operators who business owners hire to plow parking lots for commercial accessibility. He points out that though on occasion residents or businesses question the logic of leaving residential streets to mother nature, experience has shown otherwise. “We tried working on the neighborhood streets once but after plowing the arterials and collectors most people had already dug out their driveways. Our trucks started pushing snow back into people’s driveways and the phone started ringing before we were two blocks into it.” Like his counterparts in Frisco and Arapahoe County, Prall simply cares about good customer service and the people he asks to provide it. Asked about the most important thing he wants readers to know, Prall is on point. “Every day, I come to work looking at it as a chance to change people’s perception of local government,” he finishes. “Snow removal, like everything else we do in Public Works, is all about good customer service.”
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Featured Speaker : Charles Marshall Presenting “The Power of Kindness; Impacting Your Community Through the Subtle, Unassailable Force of Kindness” Thursday, 9/29 - 8:30 AM In an era of escalating tensions due to constant health crises, rising costs, staff shortages, and supply chain issues, kindness is a response that will elevate your personal and professional life. In this thoroughly inspiring and uplifting program, Charles Marshall invites you to consider the power of kindness in everyday life, and maintains that consistent daily acts of kindness will propel your success and ensure your legacy. Charles Marshall is one of the most popular humorous motivational speakers speaking today and has over 20 years’ experience speaking to audiences all over the United States. Each year, Charles travels 100,000 miles to perform in over 100 corporate and civic venues from New York to California. His animated delivery and original observations have captivated over 1,000 audiences over the past two decades, including many Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of several books including: The Seven Powers of Success and I’m Not Crazy But I Might Be A Carrier. He also has produced and performed two full-length comedy videos, Fully Animated and I’m Just Sayin’! Shuttle to the Roadeo Site Wednesday, 9/28 We’ve made it easier than ever to catch all the fun at the National Snow Roadeo with our free shuttle. It runs all day Wednesday from the north (back) side of the Embassy Suites Conference Center, to “The Ranch” – the Roadeo site at the Budweiser Events Center. Operator Training Program Friday, 9/30 - 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM This session is focused on Operators, and what they need to know about both common and cutting-edge snow equipment, materials, and operations. Register now for this half-day session that includes multi-modal techniques, safety tips, equipment review, interactive discussion and other important topics related to snow operations. A certificate of participation will be provided to those who complete the training. Please note: There is no additional fee to your conference registration to take part in the Operator Training Program, but pre-registration is required. Conference Highlights MAJOR SPONSORS
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4 | REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.WESTERNSNOWANDICE.COM Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Workshop Thursday, 9/29 & Friday, 9/30 The APWA Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Workshop provides a well-rounded overview of all aspects of snow and ice control for individuals charged with supervising their winter maintenance operations. This course examines all the aspects of winter maintenance management, including a winter maintenance plan, deciphering winter weather patterns, determining the proper material and equipment to use, examining different snow and ice control techniques, and dealing with unusual winter situations. The workshop will also consist of testing throughout the day. Attendees receive a certificate of completion upon receiving a score of 80 percent or above. The Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Workshop is a fantastic training opportunity for new Supervisors, Senior Operators, or anyone wanting a good overall understanding of winter maintenance operations Please note: pre-registration is required for this workshop, and there is an additional $25 fee added to the conference registration cost for those who participate. SPONSORED BY Featured Speakers: Daniel Schacher, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and Mike Coffey, EnviroTech Services, Inc., Presenting “Turning the Page: Adapting to Varied Leadership Roles Throughout Our Careers” Friday, 9/30 - 12:00 PM Adapting to new challenges, responsibilities, and authority are keys to successfully navigating one’s career. During our careers, we must learn from those who came before us, and then pass on our wisdom to the next generation. This presentation will focus on two long-time public works professionals that have greatly impacted one another’s careers. Learn how a now-retired Baby Boomer and a Generation X leader supported, collaborated, mentored, and then reverse-mentored each other to help grow their influence in the public works field. As Fairbanks District Maintenance and Operations Superintendent, Dan Schacher oversees highway maintenance crews responsible for more than 2,000 lane miles, 81 traffic signals and two rural airports. His team keeps Alaska moving safely around Fairbanks, the northern Parks Highway, the Elliott and Richardson Highways, and the Steese Highway. Learn more at the hashtag #AlaskansServingAlaskans. Michael Coffey retired from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOTPF) in 2017 after nearly 37 years. During his time with the ADOTPF he served in several different leadership roles. After his retirement from the State of Alaska, Mike joined Envirotech Services Inc as a technical expert, where he currently serves as a technical resource helping clients, agencies, etc. to improve their operations. He works with them to solve problems, offers training opportunities and serves as customer support. Conference Highlights RHOMAR 7
NEVEREST EQUIPMENT COMPANY Tuesday / Wednesday At-a-Glance Wednesday, 9/28 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Roadeo Registration Hours 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration Hours 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Hall Hours Tuesday, 9/27 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Roadeo Course Setup and Judges Orientation 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Early Registration for Conference and Roadeo ROADEO WATER SPONSORED BY COFFEE & SNACK BREAKS SPONSORED BY Education Innovation Snow Best Practices Roadeo Events Major Sponsor Showcase ROOM SNOWBERRY GOLDENGLOW ELDERBERRY ASPEN DAISY AND THE RANCH CARTER LAKE A&B 7:00 a.m. Roadeo Registration 8:00 a.m. Roadeo Competitors Orientation 9:00 a.m. Sand and Street Sweeping Program How New Mobile Technology Helped Agencies Reduce Salt and Save Money Winter Readiness - Emergency Management Team Coordination 9:15 AM - Completion Roadeo Competition: Single Axle Tandem Axle Loader Grader Skid Steer John Deere 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Roadeo Written and Diagnostics Test: Single Axle Tandem Axle Loader Grader Skid Steer 10:15 a.m. BREAK - Visit Our Exhibitor Hall 10:45 a.m. A Slow Start and a Late Finish: Reviewing the 2021-2022 Snow Season and Looking Ahead to Winter Building a Weather Program for Your Agency Oh My GARsh! Communicating and Planning Winter Maintenance CompassCom 12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. The Ecosystem Impacts of Road Salt Use First Time Snow Operator Recruiting and Retaining Talent DawsonIS 2:00 p.m. BREAK - Visit Our Exhibitor Hall 2:15 p.m. After 20+ Years of Use, What Are the Benefits of Liquid Performance-Based Chloride Deicers Psychology of the Pandemic: Mental Health and Wellness Implications General CDL Requirements and Safety Professional Snowfighters Association 3:15 p.m. Building a New Operations Facility – Lessons I Learned Along the Way! Life is Messy: Why Work/Life is a Balancing Act Fairbanks Christmas 2021 Extreme Winter Event Response and Public Outreach 4:30 p.m. Prize Drawing - Exhibit Hall Join us in the Exhibit Hall for your chance to win valuable prizes. Be sure to register on the Guidebook app for a list of all available prizes, and for your chance to win. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. “Blades Up” Social Sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment Enjoy a fun-filled night and network with your peers.
6 | REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.WESTERNSNOWANDICE.COM Roadeo Course Setup & Judges Orientation // 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All Roadeo judges and committee members should report. Early Registration for Conference & Roadeo // 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roadeo Registration // 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Conference Registration Opens // 7:00 a.m. Roadeo Competitors Orientation // 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Roadeo Written & Diagnostics Test - Single Axle, Tandem Axle, Loader, Grader, Skid Steer // 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Roadeo Competition - Single Axle, Tandem Axle, Loader, Grader, Skid Steer // 9:15 a.m. – Completion Major Sponsor Showcase: John Deere // 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Morning Tracks // 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Sand and Street Sweeping Program Presented By: Jessica Ferko and Mike Silverstein, Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) RAQC, in conjunction with local and state street maintenance departments, developed a street sanding program, which has achieved a weighted average, regionwide emissions reduction of around 50%. Learn how this success story in improved air quality program was created! How New Mobile Technology Helped Agencies Reduce Salt and Save Money Presented By: Larry Schneider, City of Ft. Collins Streets Department; Bret Hodne, City of West Des Moines, IA; and Mark DeVries, Vaisala, Inc. This session will focus on new mobile sensors that were installed on snow plows and supervisor vehicles, and the positive effect the data had on agencies. Learn about these sensors, the software, and what they are capable of. Winter Readiness - Emergency Management Team Coordination Presented By: Jesse Ross and David Manzanares, CDOT; and Sgt. Bart Trippel, Colorado State Patrol This session illustrates the ins and outs of coordinating with multiple agencies, local muncipalities, counties, and states. Major Sponsor Showcase: CompassCom // 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Morning Tracks // 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A Slow Start and a Late Finish: Reviewing the 2021-2022 Snow Season and Looking Ahead to Winter Presented By: Russ Shoemacher, CSU Colorado Climate Center Get an overview of the last snow season, and see what the outlooks are showing for the upcoming winter. Building a Weather Program for Your Agency Presented By: Mark DeVries and Bert Murillo, Vaisala, Inc., Larry Schneider, City of Ft. Collins Streets Department; and Tony Coventry, Federal Highway Administration Many agencies are still relying on media sources for their weather information. While this information has improved, this session will highlight many affordable, new and existing options that agencies can implement to help them make informed winter maintenance decisions. Oh My GARsh! Communicating and Planning Winter Maintenance Presented By: Caitlin Frye, Michael Baker International; Wilfrid Nixon, Professional Snowfighters Association; and Sarah Schacher, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities When you’re responding to a storm and helping people get back on the road in the winter, what does the public care about how you get your job done? As anyone with a social media account knows, they care a whole lot! Learn why your story matters, and how a public outreach strategy can pay dividends for your agency’s credibility. Learn specific strategies from a case study that ties together planning, communications, winter maintenance, and capital projects. Lunch // 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Major Sponsor Showcase: DawsonIS // 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday Tuesday, 9/27 & Wednesday, 9/28 9
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Wednesday 9/28 Afternoon Tracks // 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Ecosystem Impacts of Road Salt Use Presented By: Allison Madison, Wisconsin Salt Wise Once salt goes down, it doesn’t go away. Salt levels are rising in lakes, streams, and drinking water across the country. This can harm native freshwater organisms at both the species and ecosystem levels - reducing food sources, lowering rates of reproduction and growth, and altering biogeochemistry. We’ll break down the science of freshwater salinization and build on the case for smarter salting in your communities. First Time Snow Operator Presented By: Jaime Ward, CDOT Learn safe snow plow operation with wing plow – when and what materials to use, and proper snow plowing techniques. Recruiting and Retaining Talent Presented By: Rebecca Doane, Arapahoe County Recruiting and retaining talent is challening. COVID has created extra changes to our working environment. Private businesses and government agencies alike not only compete for quality talent, but are often shackled by salary caps, benefit programs and other reasons that can make finding the perfect candidate complicated. Learn a number of innovative tactics to attract and retain the right candidate. Major Sponsor Showcase: Professional Snowfighters Association // 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Tracks // 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. After 20+ Years of Use, What are the Benefits of Liquid Performance-Based Chloride Deicers Presented By: Robert M. Greene, Glacial Support Services, LLC Enhanced liquid deicers have helped many highway departments improve their level of service. How do these products continue to evolve, help improve highway safety, save money and protect the environment from excessive chloride use? How can these products help alleviate pressure from rising fuel costs and supply chain disruptions? Psychology of the Pandemic: Mental Health and Wellness Implications. Presented By: Dr. Robert Mines, MINES and Associates The psychological impact of the pandemic has affected all of us and our communities. Understand the range of psychological reactions people have, signs and symptoms that employees may observe, and suggestions for your own psychological self-care. General CDL Requirements and Safety Presented By: TBD In 2022 aspiring commercial drivers will need to complete the new federally mandated Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) with a certified trainer before they can obtain a CDL. Learn the details of how this changes training and certifications to obtain a CDL. Afternoon Tracks // 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Building a New Operations Facility – Lessons I Learned Along the Way! Presented By: Bret Hodne, City of West Des Moines, IA Building a new maintenance facility can be a daunting task. For some agencies the facility may be constructed on an existing site, while others may elect to obtain land to build on. Depending on the size and scope of your project, the entire process can be challenging to say the least. In this session we will discuss what the City of West Des Moines learned throughout the planning and construction phases of their new Public Services Facility. Life is Messy: Why Work/Life is a Balancing Act Presented By: Dr. Robert Mines, MINES and Associates Life is messy. Social media would have us think that there is a perfect work/life balance. Unfortunately, that is not anyone’s experience. Learn ideas, tactics, and brain hacks to help you find the personal “balance”, that works for you and your relationships. Sometimes good enough is an OK outcome. Fairbanks Christmas 2021 Extreme Winter Event Response and Public Outreach Presented By: Dan Schacher, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and Caitlin Frye, Michael Baker International During the 2021 holidays, interior Alaska was hammered with a series of snow and ice storms so epic that it was dubbed “Icemageddon.” Learn how snow fighters responded and kept the public informed – both during the intial record-precipitation event, and as the inches of ice on roadways hung around for months. Prize Drawing in the Exhibitor Hall // 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. “Blades Up” Social Sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment // 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.