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* News Release *
 
Friday, October 1, 2010
For Immediate Release

OCTOBER USHERS IN WINTER PREPARATIONS AT ENGINEER'S OFFICE
Snow Summit and Roadeo

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.

"Preparation is 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.

Snow Summit

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 County Engineer
  • Scott Bressler, BCEO Operations Deputy
  • 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.

Salt Contract Awarded Early

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.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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