February 2019

NACE Update from President Rich Sanders

Well, winter has put its full grip on Minnesota over the past couple of months. Lows in the -40 range and highs around -15. At least that’s what it was when Mr. Stone came to visit the North Dakota County Engineers at their annual conference in Grand Forks, ND on January 30th. There he gave a Federal update and was able to discuss what happens on the hill with our ND colleagues. If you live in the SE part of the US you have to deal with hurricanes and they get named such as Katrina and Andrew. In NW Minnesota we deal with blizzards and they get named. We are up to Blizzard Emilia. So yes 5 blizzards so far this winter. The snow is piled high, which is causing issues with plowing. So, it’s time to contract out some Dozer time with a local contractor to push snow away from intersections so that you can see the oncoming vehicles.

I had the pleasure of going to the Minnesota County Engineers Conference and the North Dakota Association of County Engineers Conference the last two weeks of January. Both were fun conferences to attend. If you were following the NACE Twitter feed you were able to see pictures from both conferences and the award winners from both. Congratulations to all that received awards.

Wayne Sandberg, Washington County, took the reigns as President in Minnesota on January 25th… Congratulations Wayne. You will do a great job leading Minnesota this year.

It is crazy how fast the past 10 months have flown by. At the end of February, Lola and I will be using our passports and attending the Ontario County Engineers Conference in Toronto Ontario Canada. Funny thing is it will be at least 20 degrees warmer than in Crookston. Then we will attend the NACo Legislative Conference in Washington DC where the Executive Committee will meet and do a mini Fly-in and meet with the US DOT, Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (Majority), House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (majority) and (minority). We will also participate in the NACo Transportation Steering Committee Meeting and hold our own Executive Committee Meeting.

Ruth and I are both looking forward to our Annual Conference in Wichita, KS. Please make sure to have your spouse or significant other review Ruth’s Invitation. Kansas has worked really hard to provide a great Guest Program. It would be a shame if your spouse missed out. Also, our Committee Chairs have worked hard to plan great technical sessions to meet your every need. So, take advantage of our Early Bird Deadline and register for the conference by March 1, 2019.

NACE relies on the generous support from our state affiliates through sponsorship to make the conference a success. We hope that all our state affiliates will participate this year.





 

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