Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2022

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.