October is a transitional
month weather wise in Ohio as the shift toward colder weather
becomes more noticeable. Likewise, road crews begin the transition
from summer road projects to focus on cold weather maintenance
and snow and ice control. In keeping with this shift, an October
tradition at the Butler County Engineer's Office has road crews
gearing up for winter with the annual Snowfighters Truck ROADEO
which will get under way later this month, according to County
Engineer Greg Wilkens.
During this three day
event snow plow drivers from cities and townships throughout
Butler County will join BCEO crews for three days of in-class
training, review of safety procedures, salt truck preparedness,
and the actual roadeo competition. The competition provides an
opportunity for crews to practice truck maneuvers through an
obstacle course designed to simulate actual winter situations.
BCEO crews will also run their actual snow plow routes, familiarizing
themselves with various features along the way.
the key to safety, which is what this is all about for our road
crews and ultimately the motoring public," Wilkens said.
The roadeo will take place October 27-29, 2010 on the grounds
of the Butler County Engineer's Office.
Another component of
winter preparedness is the annual gathering of public safety
officials to discuss and facilitate better organization among
agencies during severe winter weather events. This year's BCEO
Snow Summit will be held on October 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00
noon at the Engineer's Office.
Those gathered will
learn, discuss, and work to better organize winter operations,
policies, and procedures. Attending the Summit will be management
teams and supervisors who play a role in winter weather operations
for the County, cities, townships, and various other agencies,
including the Red Cross, Police and Fire Chiefs Associations,
and representatives from local school districts.
Wilkens' goal is to
ensure that everyone is on the same page. Among those scheduled
to speak are:
- Greg Wilkens, Butler
- Scott Bressler, BCEO
- Jeff Galloway, Director,
Butler County EMA
- Matt Franke, Radio
Communications Director, Butler County Sheriff's Office
- Diana Clonch, Assistant
Maintenance Administrator, Ohio Department of Transportation
Among topics presented
will be Butler County's new Incident Resource Inventory System
(IRIS) which allows our local agencies to inventory equipment
for other agencies to view in the event of a disaster, the Butler
County Sheriff's new 800 Mhz radio communications system, and
partnership building. An open forum discussion will follow.
The Butler County Engineer's
Office awarded its salt contract last April to Cargill Deicing
Technology which submitted a low bid of $64.48 per ton. This
is only slightly more than the previous year's bid of $62.01
per ton from North American Salt. The BCEO continues to award
it's salt contract well ahead of many other agencies in an effort
to obtain the best price possible. Salt shortages in previous
years drove prices way up by late summer and into the autumn.