Episode 034 - Multi-Agency Salt Storage Facilities with Bret Hodne and Larry Schneider

June 23rd, 2008
 
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Bret Hodne is the Maintenance Superintendent for West Des Moines, Iowa and Larry Schneider is the Street Superintendent for Ft. Collins, Colorado. Both Bret and Larry are involved with multi-agency salt storage facilities . Listen in as they share their experiences and the benefits of creating and using a multi-agency facility.

A few pictures of Larry’s multi-agency facility in Ft. Collins are available in the Photo Gallery.

Our thanks to Bret and Larry for their time to share this valuable information with us.

If you have questions for Bert or Larry about multi-agency storage facilies, you can obtain their email address from the APWA Winter Maintenance Subcommittee Roster.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me using the Contact Me button or use our comment line at 206-309-0845.

This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 license.

Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

Episode 033 - The Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Conference with Wilf Nixon

June 9th, 2008
 
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The Pacific Northwest Snowfighters (PNS) Association held their winter maintenance conference in Kennewick, Washington on May 20th through the 22nd.

Wilf Nixon was the Key Note speaker and provides us with a summary of the Conference.

Our thanks to Wilf for taking the time to talk with us.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me using the Contact Me button or use our comment line at 206-309-0845.

This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 license.

Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

Episode 032 – A wrap-up on the 2008 APWA North American Snow Conference with Mark DeVries and Bret Hodne

May 19th, 2008
 
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Mark and Bret join me to bring you a wrap-up of the APWA Snow Conference.

Listen in and here about the Kentucky Derby Night Banquet, their tour of Louisville International Airports, and their concluding thoughts on this years Snow Conference.

So you know who’s talking:

Mark DeVries, is the Maintenance Superintendent with McHenry County, IL, and also the APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee Chair, and Bret Hodne, is the Public Works Superintendent with the City of West Des Moines, IA

Thanks again to Bret and Mark for all their time to bring you this insight of the Snow Conference.

Thanks for listening and let me know if there’s a topic you would like to hear on the podcast, and we’ll see if we can find an expert to talk with.

Use the Contact Me button to send me an email or call 206-309-0845 to leave a voice mail message on our comment line.

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Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

Episode 031 – Exchanging winter maintenance information in Europe with Bret Hodne and Mark DeVries

May 11th, 2008
 
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Bret Hodne, Public Works Superintendent with the City of West Des Moines, IA and Mark DeVries, Maintenance Superintendent with McHenry County, IL, had the opportunity during the last year to travel to Europe and exchange information about winter maintenance practices.

In this episode, Bret and Mark discuss the purpose of their trips, their experiences and the value of information exchange with other countries.

Check out a few of their pictures in the Photo Gallery.

Thanks to Bret and Mark for sharing their trips with us.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me by using the Contact Me button or leave a voice mail message on the comment line at 206-309-0845.

This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 license.

Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

Episode 030 – The APWA Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award with Mark DeVries and Bret Hodne

May 5th, 2008
 
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At the 2008 APWA North American Snow Conference, APWA President Larry Frevert presented the APWA Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award to five agencies. This was the first year this award was presented.

Mark DeVries, Maintenance Superintendent with McHenry County, IL, and also the APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee Chair, and Bret Hodne, Public Works Superintendent with the City of West Des Moines, IA provide us information on this new award.

The guidelines and nomination forms can be found on the APWA web site at: http://www.apwa.net/About/Awards/2008Awards/

Congratulations to the five award recipients:

  • City of Chicago, Illinois, Department of Streets and Sanitation
  • City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Public Work Department
  • North Texas Tollway Authority, Plano, Texan
  • Shingle Creek Watershed Commission, Plymouth, Minnesota
  • Westchester County, New York, Departments of Public Works
  • Thanks to Mark and Bret for taking to time to educate us about the award.

    Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me by using the Contact Me button or leave a voice mail message on the comment line at 206-309-0845.

    This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 license.

    Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

    Episode 029 – The APWA Snow Conference

    April 26th, 2008
     
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    The American Public Works Association held the 2008 North American Snow Conference in Louisville, KY on April 13th – 16th.

    Thanks to an APWA Press Pass, I was able to attend “The Show for Snow” and provide you this brief insight into the Conference.

    Speaker handouts of the education sessions are available on the APWA web site at: www.apwa.net/Meetings/Snow/2008/handouts/

    Thanks to the APWA for the Press Pass, and Larry Frevert, APWA President, for his comments on “Appreciation” and the APWA Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Awards.

    Congratulations to APWA for a well run, educational and fun Conference.

    Check the Photo Gallery for a few pictures of the Conference.

    Stay tuned; two more APWA podcasts are in the works. I was able to sit down with Mark DeVries of McHenry County, IL and Bret Hodne of the City of West Des Moines, IA and talk a little about the APWA Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award and their recent winter maintenance information sharing trips to Europe.

    Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me by using the Contact Me button or use our comment line at 206-309-0845.

    This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 license.

    Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

    Episode 028 - The Show for Snow with Peter King

    March 12th, 2008
     
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    The American Public Works Association’s 2008 North American Snow Conference will be held in Louisville, KY from April 13th through 16th.

    Peter King, the APWA’s Executive Director, joined us for a preview of this years Snow Conference.

    Our thanks to Peter for taking the time to speak with us.

    If you would like more information on the Snow Conference or APWA visit their web site at www.apwa.net.

    Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me by using the Contact Me button or use our comment line at 206-309-0845.

    This podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 license.

    Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

    Episode 027 - Salt Supplies with Dick Hanneman

    February 15th, 2008
     
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    The Salt Institute’s Salt & Winter Roadway Safety: For Roadway Maintainers (Snowfighters) Blog has a couple of articles about some public agencies and private contractors running low on salt. I spoke with Dick Hanneman, the President of the Salt Institute, to learn more.

    Our thanks to Dick for taking the time to talk with us.

    Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me by using the Contact Me button or use our comment line at 206-309-0845.

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    Thanks to Andre Louis for the music available at www.andrelouis.com

    Episode 026 - Part 1, A summary of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting with Wilf Nixon

    January 18th, 2008
     
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    Again this year, Dr. Wilf Nixon of the University of Iowa provides us a summary of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The 87th TRB Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on January 13 - 17, 2008. www.trb.org

    This episode is Part 1 of 2. Be sure to listen to Episode 25, Part 2.

    Our thanks to Wilf for taking the time to talk with us.

    If you gave a presentation related to winter maintenance at TRB and would like to share an audio summary with the winter maintenance community, please contact me.

    Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me by using the Contact Me button or use our comment line at 206-309-0845. Read the rest of this entry »

    Episode 025 - Part 2, A summary of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting with Wilf Nixon

    January 18th, 2008
     
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    Again this year, Dr. Wilf Nixon of the University of Iowa provides us a summary of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The 87th TRB Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on January 13 - 17, 2008. www.trb.org

    This episode is Part 2 of 2. Be sure to listen to to the first part of his report in Episode 26, Part 1.

    Our thanks to Wilf for taking the time to talk with us.

    If you gave a presentation related to winter maintenance at TRB and would like to share an audio summary with the winter maintenance community, please contact me.

    Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. Email them to me by using the Contact Me button or use our comment line at 206-309-0845. Read the rest of this entry »