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Sunday, April 29, 2012


7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    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. THE GOAL IS FOR PARTICIPANTS TO: Expand their knowledge of planning and preparation, Increase their understanding of winter weather and how it affects operations Identify how to better use traditional and alternative chemicals, Consider what equipment is available and how to maintain it Expand understanding of snow & ice control techniques Appreciate the environmental impacts of winter maintenance policies Stress responsible application WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Supervisors with winter maintenance responsibilities, Operators that aspire to be supervisors, Operators wanting a greater understanding of winter maintenance processes.

    Room :  202 ABCDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify how to better use traditional and alternative chemicals
    2. Expand understanding of snow & ice control techniques
    3. Stress responsible application of winter maintenance chemicals.


    SPEAKERS:
    • David L. Bergner, PWLF
       Monte Vista Associates, LLC,  Mesa,  AZ
    • Mark R. DeVries, PWLF
      Superintendent,  McHenry County Division of Transportation,  Woodstock,  IL
    • Bret Hodne, PWLF
      Public Works Director,  City of West Des Moines,  West Des Moines,  IA
    • John Paul Johnson, CET
      Operations Manager,  Wellington County ON,  Guelph,  ON
    • John Klostermann
      Street/Sewer Maintenance Supv,  City of Dubuque,  Dubuque,  IA
    • Warren Nicholishen, CRS CIG
      Supt of Roads and Traffic Operations,  Town of Richmond Hill-Community Svc, PW,  Richmond Hill,  ON
    • Dr. Wilfrid A. Nixon, PE, PhD, PWLF
      Professor,  University of Iowa,  Iowa City,  IA
    • John Scharffbillig
      Director PW Fleet Services,  City of Minneapolis,  Minneapolis,  MN
    • Jon D. Tarleton
      Marketing Manager/Meteorologist,  Vaisala,  Saint Louis,  MO
    • Jeffrey A. Tews, CPFP
      Fleet Operations Manager,  City of Milwaukee,  Milwaukee,  WI

    Category:
    • Snow and Ice
    • Fleet Services
    • Management
    • Environment/Sustainability
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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    Sustainability is all the rage these days, but what does it actually mean when it comes to plowing snow and salting roads? This session will explain what sustainability is (and is not) all about, and talk about how you can measure the sustainability of your own agency’s operations.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. • Describe what sustainability is
    2. • Show how the principles of sustainability can be applied to winter maintenance
    3. • Use a tool to measure the sustainability of their agency’s winter maintenance operations


    SPEAKERS:
    • Dr. Wilfrid A. Nixon, PE, PhD, PWLF
      Professor,  University of Iowa,  Iowa City,  IA
    • Lori Roman
      President,  Salt Institute,  Alexandria,  VA

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    Maximizing roadway safety, mobility and efficiency, while minimizing maintenance-related costs, is the common goal of winter maintenance engineers around the globe. Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) and Maintenance Decision Support Systems (MDSS) have proven track records in enabling road authorities to meet these goals. However there are many more benefits that these systems provide; both in economic terms and other less tangible benefits that have largely been overlooked. This session describes a tool whereby agencies can plug in their known operational and economic parameters to instantly calculate potential benefits of RWIS and MDSS.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Assess the benefits that these systems provide both in economic terms and other less tangible benefits
    2. Calculate the potential benefits of RWIS and MDSS
    3. Evaluate the necessity to invest in road weather systems


    SPEAKERS:
    • Paul Bridge
      Sales Manager,  Vaisala, Inc.,  Louisville,  CO

    Category:
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Management

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    This is a case study on the installation and usage of an Automated Vehicle Location System within the Waukesha County, Wisconsin, Department of Public Works. The discussion will center on system applications, website interaction, supervisor interface, and operational impact(s). The session will also focus on Interconnectivity with the Meridan Weather Management System.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Promote an awareness of AVL Systems and the value of daily usage in a Public Works environment.
    2. Provide techniques for installation and maintenance of sensors.
    3. Evaluate the initial assessment of the State of Wisconsin Pilot Program.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Robert Braovac
      Fleet Manager/ Territory Manager,  FORCE America,  Waukesha,  WI
    • Peter Chladil
      Field Operations Manager,  Waukesha County WI,  Waukesha,  WI
    • Robert W. Rauchle
      Fleet Operations Manager,  Waukesha County WI,  Waukesha,  WI

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Management
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
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    Traffic incidents occur in every jurisdiction and Public Works typically is been needed to help with these. Coordination and cooperation among the responders has often been hampered by poor planning, confused responsibilities, conflicting authorities and insufficient training in temporary traffic control. The National Traffic Incident Management Coalition, comprised of representatives from many different disciplines, promotes better communication, coordination and cooperation among the various responders to emergencies on roads and highways. This includes Public Works/ DOTS as well as police, fire and emergency medical services. Public Works is considered a "first responder" for all-hazard occurrences Employees of Public Works /DOT's are required to be trained in at least one NIMS (National Incident Management System) level. This session will review key Homeland Security programs and policies that directly impact Public Works.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Define Traffic Incident Management and the role of Public Works
    2. Recognize how protocols used in traffic incident management are used for all-hazards emergencies
    3. Develop plans and procedures to respond in disasters, incidents and other events


    SPEAKERS:
    • David L. Bergner, PWLF
       Monte Vista Associates, LLC,  Mesa,  AZ

    Category:
    • Emergency Management

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    Many supervisors have a pretty good understanding how weather affects their region, but they do not have the final piece of information to glue it all together. The session will begin with a detailed explanation of such weather concepts as surface maps, wind direction, and tracking low-pressure systems. Attendees will learn when it is the right time to look for this extra piece of information, and when to move on. These explanations will allow the attendee to monitor starting and ending times of winter events, and other key weather parameters. The second portion of the session will focus on forecasting the weather. What are weather models and how do they impact forecasting? It will go through the basic process of how a forecast is created, identifying the key variables meteorologists are watching to give them clues as to when a forecast could have potential problems, and thus cause them problems. This session will take the next step in the understanding of weather information and meteorology that any attendee can follow. All while maintaining a focus on what maintenance professionals really have to time to view.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Improve their response time to winter events.
    2. Increase their level in confidence in making decisions about the weather.
    3. Adapt quicker to changing weather conditions and changing forecasts.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Jon D. Tarleton
      Marketing Manager/Meteorologist,  Vaisala,  Saint Louis,  MO

    Category:
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Management

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Many times we are faced with snow fall that taxes all of our fleet, maintenance and streets personnel and equipment. This session will discuss how organizations can prepare and continue delivering services when the hit with back to back events. We will look at this process from both a Fleet maintenance and Streets maintenance perspective. The City of Cedar Rapids Fleet Services division implemented a “Winter Maintenance Program” last year that allowed us to stay at 95-98% availability of snow removal equipment throughout the winter months. We will discuss what makes up the maintenance program, how it is laid out and what agencies can take away to use in their own organizations. From a Streets Maintenance prospective we will discuss crews and equipment, rotating shifts, borrowed labor, and right sizing the equipment to the specific job.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Prepare for subsequent events
    2. Communicate the key aspects of a fleet maintenance program
    3. Manage available resources


    SPEAKERS:
    • Mike Duffy
      Street Operations Superintendent,  City of Cedar Rapids,  Cedar Rapids,  IA
    • Roger Hageman
      Fleet Equipment Coordinator,  City of Cedar Rapids,  Cedar Rapids,  IA
    • Carl J. Lantermans
      Lead Auto/Equipment Mechanic,  City of Cedar Rapids,  Cedar Rapids,  IA

    Category:
    • Emergency Management
    • Management
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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    There are numerous FAST systems across the country. The FHWA, Transportation Research Board & other snow & ice committees have done studies on the implementation of FAST technology. The systems enhance safety by reducing accidents, reduce corrosion to structures by using chemicals that are too expensive to use on all of the highways, & increase the level of service by providing pro-active responses to icing events. There are some systems that do not work. This session will provide a clear explanation to the participants on issues that cause systems to fail and how to deal with them.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Determine where spray systems are needed.
    2. Discern the different types of FAST systems and decide which type of system would be the most beneficial to their department.
    3. Identify the different types and frequency of maintenance activities that a FAST system requires.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Wayne Lupton
       ENVIROTECH SERVICES, INC,  Greeley,  CO

    Category:
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges

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    How can a manager manage all aspects of Snow and Ice control? There are decisions to be made every day relative to technology, chemicals, and new tools. One of the key missing pieces is the pressure to be more efficient in everything you do. Typically, "we need to spend money to save money”. This session will focus on how to make the correct decisions of "we need to spend money to save money”. Discussion will focus on when and what goes into the decisions to sell this concept to councils, or decision makers.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Develop strategy to justify expenditures
    2. Account for decisions made
    3. Educate decision makers as to the value of each benefit desired


    SPEAKERS:
    • Paul G Brown
      Director of Snow and Ice Operations,  MassDOT,  Boston,  MA

    Category:
    • Management

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday, April 30, 2012


7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Successful winter maintenance requires operators and fleets to be ready and able to meet the challenges of the oncoming storm. For many agencies, this is difficult. This interactive general session focuses on the relationship between fleets and equipment operators with specifics as to what can be done to enhance communication and understanding between these two critical components of storm response. Different expectations regarding communication, inspections, fuel and facilities will be discussed. Our panel of Fleet and Operations experts will lend their experience in addressing these issues and provide strategies you can take back to your agency. Come join us armed with your own questions, lessons learned and innovative solutions.

    Room :  Ballroom

    SPEAKERS:
    • Matt Dolan
      Public Works Operations Specialist,  City of West Des Moines,  West Des Moines,  IA
    • John Parsons
      Division Manager - Transportation,  City of London,  London,  ON
    • John Scharffbillig
      Director PW Fleet Services,  City of Minneapolis,  Minneapolis,  MN
    • T. J. Sorensen
      Public Works Superintendent,  City of Green Bay,  Green Bay,  WI
    • Jeffrey A. Tews, CPFP
      Fleet Operations Manager,  City of Milwaukee,  Milwaukee,  WI

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Snow and Ice
    • Management
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
       Exhibit Hours
9:30 AM - 11:10 AM
9:40 AM - 10:25 AM
    Vaisala began a tour across America on February 1st, highlighting new mobile weather technology. The tour is covering nearly 10,000 miles and stopping in 40 cities. Come hear about this exciting new product and our amazing adventure.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    SPEAKERS:
    • Jon D. Tarleton
      Marketing Manager/Meteorologist,  Vaisala,  Saint Louis,  MO

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Snow and Ice Hydraulic Systems employ increasingly advanced technologies to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of fighting winter storms. Groundspeed controlled spreading, Load-sense hydraulics, Pre-wetting, Anti-Icing, Counter-balanced plow controls, Infra-red road temperature sensing and Data-logging are some of the increasingly popular tools found on Snow and Ice Trucks today. Important concepts and terms of some of these technologies will be discussed and demystified.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    SPEAKERS:
    • Randy J. Fowler
      Sales Manager-Special Accounts,  Muncie Power Products, Inc.,  Muncie,  IN

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Learn how communities are using more environmentally sustainable products and practices for snow and ice removal in their communities, and controlling budgets at the same time. Some agencies have even noted a reduction in customer complaints about snow removal – in fact, some have even received rave reviews from citizens and businesses in their communities as a result of improved service!

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Promote sustainability in winter maintenance operations
    2. Identify cost-effective ways to introduce these changes in your community
    3. Identify sources for bid specs or RFP specs to assist communities interested in introducing these changes in their communities


    SPEAKERS:
    • Mary J. Anderson
      PWLF,  City of Port Orange,  Port Orange,  FL
    • Scott W. Weber
      Street Superintendent,  Village of Hanover Park,  Hanover Park,  IL

    Category:
    • Management
    • Environment/Sustainability

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    The Idaho Transportation department will share with other municipalities their needs and the unique solution developed to house, produce, and deliver salt brine to their plow trucks. Like many agencies, they needed to identify a mechanical way to stabilize brine salinities, construct a building near the salt supply to avoid transportation, simplify the loading and holding facility so that brine can be produced and loaded by two trucks simultaneously as well as be able to recover salt spillage and direct it back into the brine machine instead of contaminating area. All with the goal of producing significant cost savings compared to using Magnesium Chloride. If these challenges sound familiar, come see what they built.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify if their agency can utilize the same solution.
    2. Assemble an auger system to meter salt usage, and mechanically control salinities
    3. Design a comprehensive production and loading facility to meet specific budget, environmental and production needs


    SPEAKERS:
    • Keith H. Viebrock
      Operational Programs Manager,  IDAHO DOT,  Coeur D Alene,  ID

    Category:
    • Facilities

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    Snow plowing operations for typical storms are easily managed by most Snow Belt cities. But what happens when the ‘Big One’ hits. Planning for storms that exceed the capacity of normal operations can be done in advance using non DOT vehicles and non CDL drivers. Denver, CO, has a snow plow fleet of utility trucks to clear the local streets of snow during major snow events. This fleet is staffed by employees that do not usually work in operations so specialized training and resource plans have been developed so this snow removal operation can be implemented and managed on a parallel basis with the normal snow removal operations. Unique challenges are faced with this light plow fleet, deployment may only occur once every year or so, many other Public Works functions are affected by this deployment and budgets are strained by these emergency operations. Capital equipment needs for an operation of this type are designed so the equipment does not sit idle other times of the year. This light plow fleet is critical to maintaining a safe and open transportation network during and immediately after major storm events.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Develop a light plow fleet to work in tandem with a standard snow removal fleet
    2. Manage two snow removal opeations concurrently.
    3. Communicate the operations of a second plow operation to the public.


    SPEAKERS:
    • William P. Kennedy, PE
      Engr Sup- Denver Street Maintenance,  City & County of Denver CO,  Denver,  CO

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Management

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    340 “Severe Winter Storms” FEMA Presidential Declarations have occurred in our country - are YOU ready? This session will help prepare your Public Works Department and hence reduce vulnerability to your community through preparation and mitigation during severe winter storms. A panel of Emergency Management Public Works Professionals will provide you with tools to improve your preparedness and mitigation capabilities to improve your department’s ability to respond and recover more quickly and with lower costs from severe winter storms that occur in your community. Public Works plays the lead role during this type of disaster; however preparedness will enhance your readiness to meet the demands of winter storms ahead.

    Room :  202 DE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Prepare for severe winter weather utilizing the three most important resources needs for any community which are people, equipment and supplies.
    2. Conceptualize the importance of the Public Works role in Emergency Management with regard to severe winter storms.
    3. Utilize preparedness activities, strategies and tasks that have worked for other Public Works Agencies to improve overall response and recovery.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Brian G. Amundson, PE
      Director of PW (retired),  Eau Claire,  WI
    • Bruce Slagoski
      Streets Supervisor,  City of Beloit,  Beloit,  WI
    • Christine Walsh
      Director of Operations,  City of Beloit,  Beloit,  WI

    Category:
    • Emergency Management
    • Management

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    Have you ever wished for a flowchart that tells you the right approach to fighting the storm based on the observed condition? By utilizing the right tools as the storm approaches for information such as temperature, wind direction, humidity, and pavement condition you can plan for just about any contingency. Come see how.

    Room :  202 ABC

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Acquire understanding of what tools are available
    2. Compare their agency's planning process to the Presenters’
    3. Determine how to interpret weather information for planning their response


    SPEAKERS:
    • Mark R. DeVries, PWLF
      Superintendent,  McHenry County Division of Transportation,  Woodstock,  IL
    • Jon D. Tarleton
      Marketing Manager/Meteorologist,  Vaisala,  Saint Louis,  MO

    Category:
    • Management

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
       Roundtables
    These networking opportunities provide an informal environment to discuss critical issues. This year's roundtables will be: 1.How Do You Handle Sidewalks? Moderator: Mr. John Parsons, Division Manager – Transportation City of London, London, ON 2. New Diagnostic Tool for Snow Plows. Moderators: Mr. Brian Howard, Operations Manager Fleet, City of Richmond, Richmond, VA & Mr. John Ozman, City of Richmond DPW, Richmond, VA 3. Using Social Media for Winter Emergencies. Moderator: Mr. David L. Lawry, PE, Dir of Village Operations, Village of Wauconda, Wauconda, IL 4. Sustainability and Winter Maintenance. Moderator: Mr. Warren Nicholishen, Supervisor of Road Ops & Maint., Regional Municipality of Peel, Brampton, ON 5. Getting Started with Liquids. Moderator: Mr. John Paul Johnson, CET, Operations Manager, Wellington County, Guelph, ON 6. Who are the Pacific Northwest Snow Fighters (PNS) and what is the Qualified Product List? Moderator: Mr. Jay A. Wells, MS, Maintenance & Operations Superintendent, Washington DOT Olympia, WA 7. Training Your Operators. Moderator: Mr. Matt Dolan, Equipment Specialist, City of West Des Moines West Des Moines, 8. Aging Fleets and How to Deal with Them. Moderator: Mr. Jeffrey A. Tews, CPFP, Fleet Operations Manager, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 9. AVL & New Technology. Moderator: Mr. Danny Turner, Street Maintenance Superintendent, City of Olathe, Olathe, KS

    Room :  Exhibit Floor
12:50 PM - 1:35 PM
    Mayors, City planners, the people who make the financial decisions often times aren’t directly in touch with those who bring their ideas to fullness. Our case in point: snow removal. The two most commonly used pieces of equipment are the scoop loader (payloader) and the snowblower, neither of which has ever offered any protection for the operator should they catch an obstacle under the snow. Safeloader technology offers the first and only safety protection for those two important pieces of equipment. We’ll show you how this new technology can protect your operators and keep your equipment running longer.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    SPEAKERS:
    • Grant Hanson, SE
      Owner, Inventor of Snowalker,  Glenridge Inc.,  Glenwood,  MN

1:40 PM - 2:25 PM
    We will provide you with the most efficient and effective sales channel for your used and distressed inventory, using the best- in- industry platform, designed to exceed your needs.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    SPEAKERS:
    • Gregory A. Koltek
      Major Accounts Manager,  IronPlanet,  Elm Grove,  WI

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
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    Every year, citizens call asking when a truck will plow their street, if one is even in their area, or that their street has been missed altogether. Historically, determining where a truck is, where it has been and if a street has been missed required a supervisor field visit to visually determine the status of streets. GPS has changed that. GPS provides route information in terms of efficiency, accuracy and coordination. Agencies are able to reduce fuel and vehicle costs by reducing the miles being put on the units, idle times, and more efficient routing. It provides the ability to monitor routes for missed streets, cul-de-sacs or trouble locations. This information can also be published on public websites allowing citizens to view the locations of the units and updates are forwarded to Twitter and Facebook. This session will present Olathe’s & Overland Park’s experience with real-time GPS units for snow events and the subsequent benefits to other operations. We will provide an overview of our evaluation and decision making process, visuals of the mapping system in use, what we would have done differently and our future plans for GPS.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Convince governing bodies of the benefits of adopting a smart growth technology
    2. Coordinate activities during snow removal operations
    3. Identify missed streets and trouble locations


    SPEAKERS:
    • Gregory L. Scharff
      Superintendent of PW Maint,  City of Overland Park,  Overland Park,  KS
    • Danny Turner
      Street Maintenance Superintendent,  City of Olathe,  Olathe,  KS

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Management

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    The FCC has issued rules requiring public safety users to narrowband their radios by January 1, 2013. Many public safety agencies are not aware these requirements. This presentation will provide an overview of the requirements and the effects that narrowbanding will have on radio systems. Being able to communicate with other public works agencies as well other public safety providers (police and fire) is important during both emergencies and routine events. Information on public works mutual aid response and IPWMAN, Illinois' public works mutual aid association will be discussed. This presentation will focus on both technical changes required by the FCC and the important functions that radio communications and interoperability provide for public works operations with a focus on snow and ice operations and disasters.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Present information on FCC requirements for radio system changes.
    2. Promote the importance of communications and interoperability in public works
    3. Discuss experiences with communications interoperability in public works operations.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Tim Peters
       IDOT-Central Bureau of Operations,  Springfield,  IL

    Category:
    • Emergency Management
    • Management

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    Each day, traffic, incident, maintenance, and emergency managers and staff, as well as the traveling public, make decisions that directly affect roadway safety, mobility and the environment. To this end, the FHWA Road Weather Management Program has supported a number of initiatives involving Road Weather Information Systems. These include Clarus and Aurora. This information is a key source of free information for your agency and is available with a keystroke. Come see how your agency can benefit from these great weather services

    Room :  202 DE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Communicate what weather management programs are available through the FHWA
    2. Determine what benefits their agency would receive from participation
    3. Advocate participating in the Clarus system


    SPEAKERS:
    • Brenda Boyce, PMP
       Booz Allen Hamilton,  Overland Park,  KS
    • Mark R. DeVries, PWLF
      Superintendent,  McHenry County Division of Transportation,  Woodstock,  IL
    • Jon D. Tarleton
      Marketing Manager/Meteorologist,  Vaisala,  Saint Louis,  MO

    Category:
    • Management
    • Emergency Management

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    This session will discuss the best practices on gaining support from the private sector to supplement snow and ice management operations. Learn how to write a request for proposal that will apply to both small and large organizations and how to maximize your municipality’s “Blizzard Contingency” without blowing the budget.

    Room :  202 ABC

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Acquire support from the private sector to supplement snow and ice management operations.
    2. Compose a proposal that will apply to both small and large organizations.
    3. Increase your municipality’s “Blizzard Contingency” without blowing the budget.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Eric P. Hartmann
      Vice President of Operations,  Tovar Snow Professionals, Inc.,  East Dundee,  IL

    Category:
    • Emergency Management

    Chlorides are a persistent pollutant and a growing problem for Minnesota’s freshwater systems. An innovative approach to chloride pollution prevention has been started in 2006 and has grown in popularity and success in Minnesota. It is a statewide voluntary certification training program directed at winter maintenance professionals. The training program that has been developed goes through all aspects of winter maintenance and how to integrate science into maintenance activities to significantly reduce salt use but not lower level of service. Over 3,000 people have been trained and certified since the program started. Significant reductions of salt use, cost savings for maintenance organizations and more innovative winter maintenance efforts have been documented. This presentation will outline the MN voluntary certification program, including training topics, successes, failures of developing and implementing a statewide program. Participants will be encouraged to think about how a similar program could be implemented to help the winter maintenance industry and freshwater eco-systems of their communities.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Explore the benefits of maintenance and environtmental professionals working togther to develop a sustainable maintenance program for your roads, lakes and drinking water.
    2. Acquire information about a popular state-wide winter maintenance training program.
    3. . Inspire the changes needed to improve your industry.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Connie Fortin
      President,  Fortin Consulting Inc.,  Hamel,  MN

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Storm Water / Flood Control

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM
3:15 PM - 3:15 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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    What is the future of brines and equipment to produce brines? This session will focus on how salt brine is used for anti-icing and deicing operations. Included will be discussions on costs, effectiveness and challenges associated with brine operation. Don’t miss this opportunity to see new ways to save money and provide excellent service for your community with the use of salt brine.

    Room :  202 ABC

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify opportunities for automation
    2. Compare their agency's brine and blending systems to those of the Presenters'
    3. Determine how to automate their operations


    SPEAKERS:
    • Mark R. DeVries, PWLF
      Superintendent,  McHenry County Division of Transportation,  Woodstock,  IL
    • Bret Hodne, PWLF
      Public Works Director,  City of West Des Moines,  West Des Moines,  IA
    • Robert Westman
       McHenry County Division of Transportation,  Woodstock,  IL

    Category:
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Management

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    Liquids are often uncharted territory in the highway deicing world. However, improved resources exist to help new liquid users understand how to start a liquid program. After an overview on liquid technology, the City of Overland Park will discuss how they have experimented with liquids and found a successful approach for effective snow & ice control. They will talk about their experiences using de-icing liquids and their approach in deciding when to use them. They will also share the issues and benefits their approach has encountered. Criteria for choosing the right liquid for the right climate will be discussed, including the right storage temperatures, corrosion reduction, ultra low temperature performance/cost trade off, and environmental impacts of different liquids, including how to mitigate the impact to concrete and vegetation. In tough budget times, liquids can reduce cost, improve level of service, and reduce environmental impact providing a win-win-win for the government-citizen-environment.

    Room :  202 DE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Explore how to improve deicing performance with liquid technology
    2. Demonstrate that liquids can be used to improve a highway program, when implemented properly
    3. Explain how liquids really work


    SPEAKERS:
    • Jason Bagley
      Business Director - Specialty Products,  North American Salt/Sifto,  Overland Park,  KS
    • Richard J. Profaizer
      Mgr. Maintenance Operations,  City of Overland Park,  Overland Park,  KS

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Engineering and Technology

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    Join in an open discussion about challenges that operators face each year during the snow season. Every agency has its own unique challenges. Take this opportunity to listen to what others are doing and to share your own ideas. There is no right or wrong answer because every agency is unique. This discussion will be led by two operators from the City of West Des Moines, IA. Some of the topics discussed will be: application rates, cleaning cul-de-sacs and dealing with parked cars.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. . Evaluate their winter maintenance program.
    2. Collaborate ideas with other agencies.
    3. Expand ideas to improve efficiency.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Matt Dolan
      Public Works Operations Specialist,  City of West Des Moines,  West Des Moines,  IA
    • Nathan Geil
       City of West Des Moines,  West Des Moines,  IA

    Category:
    • Snow and Ice

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    Recommended Practices for Fleet Mechanics and the Technology Behind it….The use of Alternate Fuels for Public Fleets is not just a trend but a necessity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, advance our national security and create clean energy jobs here at home. The use of alternate fuels demonstrates that municipalities are dedicated to doing business in the most SUSTAINABLE WAY possible as well as reducing the cost of operations for tax payers. During this session, the City of Milwaukee fleet manager along with alternate fuel subject area experts will share their successful experience in the use of Bio-Diesel and Compressed Natural Gas for snow removal equipment, and the use of electric hybrid vehicles by snow administration staff. The City of Milwaukee is currently the largest fleet in the state using Bio-Diesel, displacing well over 508,000 gallons of diesel fuel since 2006. City uses Bio-Diesel in all snow removal equipment during winter months. Fleet mechanics will learn the methods to keep engine and fuel tanks clean and snow removal equipment operating without trouble. The latest natural gas engine technology will be discussed to as well as how an agency can plan to convert its fleet to alternate fuels for snow removal equipment.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Implement recommended maintenance practices based on successful implementation of BIO-DIESEL and CNG operated snow equipment in Milwaukee.
    2. Provide greater knowledge of the technology behind CNG engines and electric hybrid vehicles.
    3. Discuss the proven methods to keep engines and fuel tanks clean and snow equipment operating without trouble while using alternate fuels e.g. BIO-DIESEL and CNG.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Rich Cregar
      Professor/Faculty,  Wilson Community College,  Clayton,  NC
    • Jeffrey Gerdin
      Territory Manager, So. Wisconsin,  Cummins NPower LLC,  Oak Creek,  WI
    • Venu J. Gupta, PE, PWLF
      Dir-Facilities Dev & Mgmt, (retired),  Milwaukee,  WI
    • Jeffrey A. Tews, CPFP
      Fleet Operations Manager,  City of Milwaukee,  Milwaukee,  WI

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management

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    This presentation will focus on the importance and benefits of a comprehensive manual and guide attendees through the process of developing a new manual or revising an existing one. It will be useful for any agency (local, state or special district or institution; rural, suburban or urban; small to large) regardless of how much snow it typically receives. New topics to be discussed cover Debris Management and Sustainability.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Assesstheir agency’s current practices, procedures, policies and plans regarding snow removal and ice control  
    2. Compare to recommended best practices by other agencies and organizations
    3. Develop a comprehensive and systematic winter operations manual that provides better information, improves communication, ensures continuity and consistency and reduces liability exposure


    SPEAKERS:
    • David L. Bergner, PWLF
       Monte Vista Associates, LLC,  Mesa,  AZ
    • Jay A. Wells, MS
      Maintenance & Operations Superintendent,  Washington DOT,  Olympia,  WA

    Category:
    • Management


Tuesday, May 1, 2012


8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
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    This session is presented from the team at the City of Beloit that won the 2009 North American Excellence in Snow & Ice Control Award. The team is represented by fleet, operators and management who worked diligently for years to transform an out-of-date snow & ice program to a cutting edge, role model program that is operated 12 months of the year. The program’s sole purpose is saving the city money by being sustainable while at the same time providing a high level of customer service. Hear from the unique perspective of three levels of the team that make this work for the City while you learn what it takes to be a winner!

    Room :  202 ABC

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Assemble an award submittal for the APWA North American Snow & Ice Excellence Award.
    2. Inspire your staff to participate in changes in technology, while reducing costs and being environmentally friendly.
    3. Convince your elected officials, local media and residents that change is required and perhaps service levels will need to change.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Dan Lutz, CPFP
      Fleet Manager,  City of Beloit,  Beloit,  WI
    • Bruce Slagoski
      Streets Supervisor,  City of Beloit,  Beloit,  WI
    • Brad Trewyn
       City of Beloit,  Beloit,  WI
    • Christine Walsh
      Director of Operations,  City of Beloit,  Beloit,  WI

    Category:
    • Career and Personal Development
    • Management

        Reducing Fleet Creep
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    In today’s tough economic times, with skyrocketing repair and replacement costs, fleet managers across the world are looking to other options. One of which is the cross functioning of equipment. We all have seen how versatile a skid steer loader can be with all of the available attachments. This case study of the City of Conover will take it a step further with an overview of Unimog and discussion of the success the city has had with their hooklift program. They have greatly curtailed Fleet Creep by purchasing trucks mounted with hooklift hoists instead of mounting specialty beds whether a dump body, flat bed, box bed or leaf bodies and have not purchased a so called dump truck since 2000.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Enhance their vehicle operations
    2. Challenge their agency to reduce fleet creep
    3. Implement a hooklift program.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Ronald D. Brown, CPFP
      Fleet Maintenance Supervisor,  City of Conover,  Newton,  NC

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Management

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    Do we really lose 30% of dry salt versus treated or wet salt? For years this has been an accepted fact based on a study done in Michigan. McHenry County partnered with Compass minerals to put this to the test using dry salt, treated salt, pre-wetted salt and the new slurry generators. This session will discuss the results of this case study. It will explain how treated and wetted salt can be a benefit to your agency.

    Room :  202 DE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Evaluate dry salt vs. treated salt
    2. Discuss the benefits of wetting materials
    3. Compare previous tests vs. this test


    SPEAKERS:
    • Mark R. DeVries, PWLF
      Superintendent,  McHenry County Division of Transportation,  Woodstock,  IL
    • Neil Rosenburgh, PhD
      Technical Development Manager,  Compass Minerals UK,  Winsford,  GB

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management

    Heavy traffic during the spring thaw causes faster degradation of the pavement and leads to increased maintenance fees. To reduce the damage, many northern states and most Canadian provinces implement spring load restrictions for heavy traffic. Given that conditions often veer from climatology, imposing load restrictions at fixed dates every year is not optimal: it can lead to increased road damage and/or increased costs to the transportation industry. AMEC has developed an objective guidance system to help Departments of Transportation determine the appropriate dates to begin and end seasonal load adjustment periods based on the subsurface conditions. Arrays of subsurface probes combined with intelligent subsurface forecasts provide advance warning when restrictions will be needed, giving the road transportation industry enough time to adjust their plans.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the benefits of flexible seasonal load restrictions.
    2. Determine how subsurface temperature forecasting can aid in the decision to apply load restrictions.
    3. Analyze subsurface model performance in Nova Scotia where this technology is actively being used to determine dates for spring load restrictions.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Elizabeth Loder
      Meteorologist,  AMEC,  St. John's,  NL

    Category:
    • Management
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges

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    Sustainable winter road safety is a structural and preventative approach in which the motoring public’s safety along with good road maintenance is incorporated. The purpose of this presentation is to aid in the coordination or creation of a platform for the exchange of views, knowledge and experience regarding the process of how to design a sustainable road infrastructure that is best geared to the present and future needs. With operations taking part in the discussion and review of the planning and design, items such as snow storage, turning lanes, sight line obstructions, drainage, traffic calming devices and pedestrian needs may be identified, evaluated and modified to fit the long term maintenance programs of your operations best practices. The presentation will illustrate typical design layouts that have presented scenarios which influence how operations must either change or adapt. The results can affect everything from your Fleet, staffing, budgets, operational practices and Levels of Service to the local economy and essential (emergency) services. By knowing your agencies limitations and abilities, you will be better prepared to not only provide, but also resolve and recommend alternatives.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the needs of other internal branches within your agency when it comes to road and asset building infrastructure.
    2. Create a review process / protocol or action plan of how roads / asset projects are commented on.
    3. Discern the operational and economic consequences of not being pro-active instead of re-active.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Warren Nicholishen, CRS CIG
      Supt of Roads and Traffic Operations,  Town of Richmond Hill-Community Svc, PW,  Richmond Hill,  ON

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges

8:50 AM - 10:10 AM
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    Exhibitor Showcase Presentation: All ice melters are accompanied by claims of how they perform: melting in different temperatures, environmental friendliness, how they are safe for concrete, pets or vegetation, etc. Some ice melters are marketed by attacking other products with negative performance claims. Since there are no generally accepted standards for measuring the performance attributes of ice melters, it has led to a plethora of misleading and confusing claims. Most snow and ice managers would readily acknowledge the helpfulness and utility of a “Baloney Detection Kit” for deicer performance claims. A “Baloney Detection Kit” can help skeptical thinkers separate fact from fiction and marketing hype from reality. The purpose of this session is to review several common performance claims and apply the “baloney detection” tools to determine the merit of each claim in order to make the most informed ice melter purchasing decision.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Review several common deicer performance claims
    2. Identify origins of performance claims and discuss the applicability of performance claims to real-world situations
    3. Utilize a “Baloney Detection Kit” to help them differentiate credible from misleading performance claims


    SPEAKERS:
    • Joseph B. Althouse
      Technical Representative,  Occidental Chemical Corporation,  Ludington,  MI

9:45 AM - 9:45 AM
9:50 AM - 10:35 AM
10:10 AM - 11:00 AM
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    WWhat type of training do you offer your operators for snow removal? Listen to operators from the City of West Des Moines talk about how they developed an in-house training program as well as a metro snow plow operator training class (SPOT). Many of the ideas came from the Minnesota DOT’s SPOT program. In this day and age with increased liabilities and equipment technology, the need for training is more important than ever.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Expand upon their current training program.
    2. Build a program to produce more efficient snow plow training.
    3. Promote the importance of operator training.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Matt Dolan
      Public Works Operations Specialist,  City of West Des Moines,  West Des Moines,  IA
    • Nathan Geil
       City of West Des Moines,  West Des Moines,  IA

    Category:
    • Management

    Who are the customers in our communities? How do we meet public driving expectations? What are the latest communication tools? How do you measure all that data? Hear the latest strategies about how to communicate with the community during storms including the latest storm information, road conditions, and other important news. Learn techniques to obtain feedback from the public, and what the community’s expectations are when they hit the road during storms.

    Room :  202 ABC

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Communicate quickly with the public and media on breaking information.
    2. Develop a crisis communications plan fo winter weather.
    3. Integrate social media into crisis communications in an effective way.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Larry Schneider
      Street Superintendent,  City of Fort Collins,  Fort Collins,  CO

    Category:
    • Management
    • Emergency Management

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    Municipalities struggling to meet budget constraints often look to labor costs, because that is usually the largest expense in any Public Works operating budget. So what can a Public Works official do to get the snow removal operations completed when layoffs, elimination of positions, or the intentional failure to fill vacant positions deplete the staff, and how do you keep all the vehicles on the round when an operation goes around the clock? One Wisconsin city addressed this problem in a way that allows personnel from other departments, and even non-represented employees, to take an active part in snow removal operations.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Create a snow removal operation that begins with the goal of filling every vehicle with an operator around the clock.
    2. Identify and schedule personnel from other departments that can be enlisted to help out with snow removal operations.
    3. Implement a program for training individuals from other departments to qualify for a CDL so they can operate snow removal vehicles, and/or other small equipment that doesn’t require a CDL.


    SPEAKERS:
    • John Prijic
      Streets Superintendent,  City of Kenosha,  Kenosha,  WI

    Category:
    • Management

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    This presentation will focus on the way different weather factors and situations impact pavement temperature and condition. Not only the current weather conditions will be addressed, but also how a good weather forecast can lead the attendee to make plans about pavement changes in the near future. The ultimate goal of the snowfighter is to return roads, sidewalks and parking lots to clear and dry conditions ASAP. However, Old Man Winter has other ideas. Air temperature and pavement temperature are rarely the same before, during or after a snow event. Sunshine, cloud cover, wind speed and direction, air mass changes and radiation cooling can cause minute by minute or hourly changes to pavement temperature and condition. Additionally, existing chemicals, the make-up of the pavement and base and even the color of the pavement cause different pavement areas to react differently during winter weather. Knowing and understanding pavement temperature and condition characteristics can save a lot of money. Come learn how questions such as how many man hours, what type of chemical and how much, can be answered more efficiently with knowledge of pavement behavior.

    Room :  202 DE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize and evaluate how different weather conditions impact pavement condition.
    2. Prepare a plan of attack that includes the type and amount of chemicals to fight snow and ice.
    3. Manage costs by planning a cost efficient snow and ice fighting operation.


    SPEAKERS:
    • David F. James
      Sales & Marketing Meteorologist,  Murray & Trettel, Inc.,  Palatine,  IL

    Category:
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Management

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    Winter maintenance training is usually focused on the operator because they are the people who are on the roads, maintaining them for the benefit of the motoring public. Sometimes we train or should train our supervisors because they are the ones calling the shots. But seldom if ever do we train our mechanics specifically for winter maintenance. Not how to plow or apply liquids but why we plow and why we use liquids. Mechanics are an invaluable part of any winter maintenance operation because without a functioning fleet we can’t do our job. Managers sometimes implement ideas they learned while at the Snow Conference such as adding liquid to you winter operation without consulting the mechanics as to what demands this new technology will add to their job. Empowering the mechanics with knowledge on why we want to use liquids, the benefits of it and how it is used allows the mechanics to understand what the operator of the equipment needs that equipment to do. It makes the mechanics part of the solution.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. . Identify how their mechanics can benefit for Winter Maintenance Training
    2. Enhance their winter operation by including training for their mechanics
    3. Assess the benefits of including their mechanics in winter maintenance training..


    SPEAKERS:
    • John Paul Johnson, CET
      Operations Manager,  Wellington County ON,  Guelph,  ON

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Management

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM
    This presentation will focus on the use of laser rangefinders in the process of snow removal and asset management. Laser rangefinders represent a fresh approach to traditional manners of operation. Specific to snow removal the discussion will include ways in which to measure salt volume while in storage facilities, as well as measuring the volume in trucks as they enter and exit the facility. Furthermore, there will be discussion on the use of mobile laser systems for mapping of roadways to plan for growth and development.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    SPEAKERS:
    • Dan Freveletti
       Measurement Devices Ltd. (MDL),  Chicago,  IL

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
       Showcase: Blend Boss
    This presentation will discuss the benefits of incorporating VariTech Industries, BLEND BOSS – chemical mixing system into a municipality’s snow and ice regimen. The BLEND BOSS is a stand-alone chemical blending station that will allow up to, three different liquid de-icing chemical products to be blended, in-line prior to storage or application tank loading. Product Benefits: ability to produce “hot mix” blends using any de-icing chemical; adjust blend before and during a storm as precipitation or temperature changes; ability to fill truck as needed; unit is password protected to prevent unauthorized changes; closed-loop control ensures fast efficient blending with auto shutdown.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    SPEAKERS:
    • Benjie Schoenrock
      Product Manager,  Force America Inc. / VariTech Industries Inc.,  Alexandria,  MN

12:20 PM - 1:05 PM
    With shrinking budgets, governments are mandating fleet reductions and fuel efficiency as a way to cut costs. Brian Miles of Networkfleet will demonstrate how GPS technology can answer these questions and provide actionable information for public works fleet managers, including: • Work status - What roads were snow plowed and when? • Fleet utilization – can I reduce my fleet size? • Excessive idling – how can I reduce fuel usage and meet new emission standards? • Automatic meter readings – how to collect accurate odometer and engine hours in order to schedule preventative maintenance. • Integration into fleet maintenance applications – capturing meter readings and getting DTC codes into fleet maintenance programs to streamline the process and reduces costs. • One GPS system for all departments – Setting up one system that can meet all departments’ fleet management needs.

    Room :  Exhibit Booth 259

    SPEAKERS:
    • Brian K. Miles
      Strategic Account Manager,  Verizion Networkfleet,  Fenton,  MI

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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    This session explains how Johnson County setup an annual Training Session with Snow Fighters to include a practical on-site Snow Rodeo with existing staff. You will get insight on how to include all staff, to increase staff morale, bolster better communication and utilize the hidden talents of your existing staff. Items to be discussed will be: training videos considered and used, documents passed out, snow policy review, assignment of staff to equipment and routes, and what goes into setting up an internal Snow Rodeo: how to do it, techniques incorporated and why, scoring procedures, changes to make the Rodeo better for the following events and closure of the event. The goal is to show how other agencies can provide department training at a no to low cost that will boost morale, improve internal communications, and achieve a safer more productive Snow Fighter.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Conceptualize how to put together a Snow Training Session and Snow Rodeo with internal staff
    2. Teach existing staff and have fun while getting effective training accomplished.
    3. Motivate staff and build internal morale boosting efforts that benefit the Traveling Public, and department


    SPEAKERS:
    • Greg Parker
      County Engineer,  Johnson County Secondary Roads,  Iowa City,  IA

    Category:
    • Management

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    Environment Canada undertook an extensive study of salt use for winter maintenance which prompted a working group who developed a Code of Practice for Managing Road Salts. The problem was that they did not address salts used on private lands and seriously under-estimated the amount of salts that are used on private and public parking lots. To remedy this, they created a program called Smart About Salt and with the assistance of partners in the building owners’ management group, parking lot maintainers and Provincial organizations formed a Smart About Salt Council. The focus of the council is to develop training and encourage the property owners and facility maintainers to use new technology, techniques and alternatives to rock salt as well as reduce, where possible, the amount of salt being applied to private lands. This presentation will give an overview of how it got started, how it works and the successes and challenges that have been encountered.

    Room :  202 DE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. . Identify how SAS can be beneficial in their municipality
    2. Recognize the importance of such a program for their municipality
    3. Advocate for the adoption of this type of program in their jurisdiction.


    SPEAKERS:
    • John Paul Johnson, CET
      Operations Manager,  Wellington County ON,  Guelph,  ON

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management
    • Parks and Grounds

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    We are proud to announce the winners of the APWA National Excellence in Snow & Ice Control Award: the City of Ankeny Public Work, Ankeny IA and the City of Overland Park Public Works, Overland Park, KS. This session provides a platform for this year’s winners to describe their programs and what they did to warrant winning the national Award. This session is a great way to learn new best practices and to see what advancements are being made by a couple great Midwest agencies. The City of Ankeny Public Works department prepares for winter year round. Just like every snow flake is different, each snowfall presents a different challenge to keep our streets effectively cleared for drivers. The department’s mission is to provide a safe and unobstructed transportation network throughout the City with minimal delays or disruptions and 24-hour emergency access is always maintained. They also aim to accomplish the needed snow and ice control without causing unnecessary harm to the environment. As a city, public safety is focused on 365 days of the year, but is especially heightened during the winter maintenance season. Though preparation for snow and ice control occurs all year, an intensified readiness extends from as early as August until the temperatures warm in the spring. Each year, the City of Overland Park implements its snow and ice control program which runs from November 1 to April 1. This program is a unique blend of precision management, innovative use of technology, and dedicated staff. It starts with the City’s cultural mission to make quality snow and ice control one of, if not THE highest winter mission. This cultural mission has developed the snow program into a citywide effort, one that enjoys cooperation and support across all departments. In general, the program establishes a thorough plan for quality of services, staffing, equipment, material resources, training, and customer service assistance. Their session will outline the City’s innovative use of technology and resources to create a comprehensive snow and ice control program. From the unique use of underground caves to store salt to the creation of a customized public information system, the program has received several awards, including the 2011 Excellence in Operations Program Award from the Kansas City Metro Chapter of APWA.

    Room :  202 ABC

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Communicate the value of preparing for snow and ice control all year
    2. Evaluate their agency's plan for quality of services, staffing, equipment, material resources, training, and customer service assistance.
    3. Determine what changes to implement to improve their agency's chances to win the award


    SPEAKERS:
    • Dennis R. Guillaume
      Public Works Administrator,  City of Ankeny,  Ankeny,  IA
    • Paul Moritz, PE
      Assistant City Manager,  City of Ankeny,  Ankeny,  IA
    • Alan L. Olson
      Retired,  City of Ankeny,  Ankeny,  IA
    • Richard J. Profaizer
      Mgr. Maintenance Operations,  City of Overland Park,  Overland Park,  KS
    • Gregory L. Scharff
      Superintendent of PW Maint,  City of Overland Park,  Overland Park,  KS

    Category:
    • Management
    • Environment/Sustainability

        Let's Talk Winter
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    Managing winter operations is a significant challenge. Not only are there storms to deal with, managers are faced with the challenges of how to incorporate new technology, secure funding, maintain service levels, deal with an aging workforce, increase recruitment and retention and provide effective training. This panel of featured conference speakers will discuss the present and future challenges of winter operations.

    Room :  201 B

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Compare other agencies policies and procedures to their own
    2. Determine if technology enhancements, methods improvement, or equipment upgrades are needed in their agency
    3. Identify training needs and potential training resources


    SPEAKERS:
    • Paul G Brown
      Director of Snow and Ice Operations,  MassDOT,  Boston,  MA
    • Diana W. Clonch
      President,  D. W. Clonch,  Columbus,  OH
    • Jay A. Wells, MS
      Maintenance & Operations Superintendent,  Washington DOT,  Olympia,  WA

    Category:
    • Snow and Ice
    • Management

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    Before, During and After the Snow Keeping your snow-fighting equipment in top shape is a continuous process that begins when the last snow of the season has fallen. Learn about the different stages of winter preparedness, how to avoid having to do basic and emergency repairs when you need your equipment the most, and how to optimize snow equipment and related repairs without impacting day-to- day fleet operations.

    Room :  203 CDE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Prepare snow-fighting equipment to be in peak condition before it is needed.
    2. Implement an effective repair program during snow and ice events.
    3. Complete a comprehensive inspection and prepare equipment for storage and readiness for next winter.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Venu J. Gupta, PE, PWLF
      Dir-Facilities Dev & Mgmt, (retired),  Milwaukee,  WI
    • Jeffrey A. Tews, CPFP
      Fleet Operations Manager,  City of Milwaukee,  Milwaukee,  WI

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Management

1:10 PM - 1:55 PM
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
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    This presentation will focus on communications - speaking with the public and communicating your plan effectively. It will include communicating with residents that call in, educating residents and businesses up front as to what to expect during a storm, handling difficult people and the use of social media to keep your community up to date. Highlights of communication plans from various communities will be highlighted to help you better let your town know what is happening.

    Room :  203 AB

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Develop a communication plan for your snow operations
    2. Communicate effectively with the public in a variety of media
    3. Enhance your current plan with best practices from other agencies


    SPEAKERS:
    • Laura L. McGovern, PE
      Senior Vice President,  Alfred Benesch and Company,  Chicago,  IL

    Category:
    • Management

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    The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) entered the world of GPS/AVL just in time for the 2011 winter season. GPS/AVL was installed in all 500 of their snow fighting equipment. At the same time, NJDOT contractors (totaling over 1500) were provided radios so they could also be tracked. The MARVLIS system was used to track the movement of the snow fleet. This initiative helped bring the state complaint with P25 interoperability. Come see how one state implemented GPS/AVL on a large scale.

    Room :  202 DE

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Evaluate the effectiveness of implementing GPS/AVL on a large scale.
    2. Inquire about the step NJDOT took to determine which vehicles to include and how to set priorities.
    3. Discern if their agencies could implement AVL/GPS on a scale of this nature or should they just implement the GPS without the ability to visualize the actions of the equipment?


    SPEAKERS:
    • Richard Mark Shaw, MPA
      Asst Commr of Ops,  NJ Dept. of Transportation,  Trenton,  NJ

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Management

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Keynote Speaker: Mark Mayfield, CSP, CPAE Mark Mayfield is one of those rare individuals that is equally adept at performing standup comedy and presenting high content speeches. He excites, educates and always entertains. Content based, yet comedy driven, it’s pretty simple what he does... he talks about VERY SERIOUS stuff in a VERY FUNNY way. If you want to learn about change, or teamwork, or stress, why not have a great time doing it? Mark is the author of the popular book Mom’s Rules, a comedic yet poignant look at those things Mom said to us as kids, and has been inducted into the CPA Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association. From comedy shows to seminars, his philosophy is simple... say it with humor and people will take the message home. A national convention planner recently called Mark “one of the very few, really funny, inspiring men in America today.” This session will be a humorous approach to the serious subject of creativity as the key component in coping with change. You’ll learn change theory and creative exercises in this upbeat, fast paced program that will leave you laughing and also leave you with some great change management skills.

    Room :  Ballroom
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
       Harley-Davidson Event

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM