Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2022

Summer 2022 | 59 APWA INSIGHTS Pete Adler Here comes the Annual Western Snow & Ice Conference It feels so good to get as close to normal, at least as the public works world was in 2019, this year. We in the public works world all have stories about getting through the past couple of years, including remembrances for those colleagues we lost to COVID. Normal is a relative term, as it is probably more appropriate to refer to 2022 as the new normal. A very important milestone in 2022 is this year marks the 60th anniversary of Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association. From the vision brought fruition by Bill Korbitz and other public works professionals in 1962, our chapter has grown to be one of the most respected of the 63 chapters in APWA, and we are currently the tenth largest chapter. It has been my fortune to have attended chapter activities since 1994 (I still have the canvas event bag from the 1994 Western Snow and Ice Conference in Greeley), been a member of this great chapter for 22 years, and my privilege to be in my 15th year on the Chapter Board of Directors. I still remember the excitement I had when Dave Frazier, then Chapter President, called me in November 2007 to let me know I had been elected to the Board. I had no idea what a great path was ahead for me. What makes our chapter special are two things. The first is the people I have worked with on events and on the board for so many years. You will not find a better, more dedicated group of professionals working towards improving our profession than on past boards, the current board, and those who continue to work on our events. The most important aspect of the Colorado Chapter is the focus of our events. We have five major events each year: the Construction Inspectors Conference in early February, Spring Streets Conference in mid-April, West Slope Snow and Ice Conference in early September, the Western Snow and Ice Conference and National Snow Roadeo at the end of September, and our Annual Conference and Awards luncheon in late October to finish the year. The Western Snow and Ice Conference includes certification sessions for Winter Maintenance Supervisor and Winter Maintenance Operators certifications. When the annual Public Works Institute is included in these educational opportunities, you will note the focus of this chapter has been education for our field works and first line supervisors. When I talk about the Colorado Chapter with fellow Chapter Delegates throughout APWA, they are interested on how it has evolved where our focus is. This emphasis on field operations training to a great extent is what makes us unique among the chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Colorado Chapter in 2022 has been awarded the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE) for the sixth consecutive year. This prestigious Chapter Award is granted when it is demonstrated the Chapter has met far reaching criteria, showing we accel at all aspects sought by the American Public Works Association. I would be remiss in not recognizing and thanking Pamela Weimer, our Chapter Administrator, for all of her great work to keep us on track for the PACE. I have had the privilege of working with Pam on Chapter activities and operations for over a decade, and her commitment to the Chapter and our events can never be underestimated. She is the most important cog in our operation. Speaking of getting back to normal, we want to remind everyone the 42nd Western Snow and Ice Conference and the 36th National Snow Roadeo is returning to Loveland September 28-30. The Roadeo is on Wednesday the 28th, but this continues to be the premier competition of this type in North America. Surprising to many of us, the attendance in 2021 was close to the attendance of 2019, and I would anticipate we will surpass the number of attendees by a large amount in 2022. This is the best conference to prepare for the upcoming snow season through educational classes, equipment and snow-fighting tools on display inside and outside, and a great opportunity to network with your peers. We are fortunate that Keith Pugh, the national President of APWA, will be joining us for the roadeo and conference. Of course, watching the mechanical bull riding at the social event on Wednesday night is a treat itself. The author Pete Adler is APWA Colorado Chapter Delegate and he can be reached on rockies325@gmail.com

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