Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2023

GOING THE EXTRA MILE | 17 THURSDAY 9/28 Major Sponsor Showcase: FORCE America - Precise GPS Telematics, Varitech Updates // 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Tracks Part 2 // 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. From Salt to Asphalt and Back Again: 72 Hours in the Life of an Omaha Snowfighter Presented By: Austin Rowser, City of Omaha Get an overview of the City of Omaha’s street maintenance operations, and a general outline of its staffing and operating structure. Case history from recent winters will detail the extreme schedule demands for Public Works heroes serving their community. Meeting Recruitment and Retention Challenges In Alaska Presented By: Jason Sakalaskas and Dan Schacher, Alaska DOT Many government agencies are not able to adapt at the rate of private sector employers, resulting in limited resources to meet the traveling public’s expectations. Learn how Alaska DOT & PF Maintenance & Operations has responded to current recruitment and retention challenges. Discover innovations that have helped them overcome a 25-30% vacancy rate—brought about by the effects of the pandemic combined with mass retirement of long-term employees that also left a large gap in institutional knowledge. They’ll cover identifying mission critical staffing levels, using non-traditional methods of recruitment, and proposing long-term solutions to retain staff at all levels of the organization. Variable Speed Limits - High Tech in the Snowfighter’s Toolbox Presented By: Lee Perkins, Renfrew County Ontario The use of variable speed limits for winter conditions has been proven to curb driver behavior and reduce the severity of accidents. See how this agency in Canada is using technology to the advantage of their residents. Major Sponsor Showcase: Kois Brothers - AquaPhalt - Fix it and Forget It! Kuper - The Sharpest Blade in Town! // 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Tracks Part 3 // 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Safety Considerations in Winter Maintenance Operations Presented By: Bret Hodne, City of West Des Moines, IA Working around, and operating winter maintenance equipment can often be dangerous. Learn tips and ideas to minimize these risks. Highlights include pictures and videos of real-life accidents, and group exploration of what might have been done differently in these situations. Winter Driving in the Wild: How Wild Ideas Can Educate and Resonate with the Public Presented By: Jared Fiel, CDOT How do you get motorists to think about winter driving safety and the work our operators do in a new way that stands out? Explore how edgy and eye-catching communications can help change the public’s mindset for the better. Attendees will walk away with new ideas for storytelling, have a better understanding of the power of communications campaigns, and learn how to be a part of telling the operator’s story. Hiring and Retention - A Snapshot of What’s Working in Waukesha County Presented By: Nathan Wachtendonk, City of Green Bay and Tom Zembruski, Waukesha County, WI This session will discuss the practices adopted at Waukesha County, including outreach to technical colleges, facility tours, mentorship, employee feedback surveys and rounding. Learn how these actions have helped them recruit, hire, and retain technicians in an incredibly competitive job market. Major Sponsor Showcase: Bruckner’s Truck & Equipment - The ABC’s of Government Procurement: Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup; ITB, RFQ, RFP, etc. // 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Prize Drawing in the Exhibitor Hall // 4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join us in the Exhibit Hall for your chance to win valuable prizes!