Winter 2014 Vol. 22, No. 1

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Equipment

Track assets, cut costs with a fleet capital equipment program
Developing and implementing an efficient, cost-effective fleet capital equipment program (CEP) is a fundamental part of delivering quality and sustainable public services. In a presentation at the American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter fall conference, Dakota County fleet manager Kevin Schlangen discussed the basics of how Dakota County has created a successful fleet CEP.

Communications

New tool helps you engage the public
County transportation agencies face many challenges, not the least of which are declining resources and rising expenses. The public is typically unaware of these road-funding challenges—and therefore not engaged in the necessary decision-making process surrounding local road funding and service levels. To help overcome this communication barrier, University of Minnesota researchers created an engaging presentation meant for a general audience that presents Minnesota’s road funding challenges in an accessible yet comprehensive way. 

Infrastructure

Public infrastructure: neglect it now, pay more later
Ancient Romans understood the importance of infrastructure to maintaining their empire and quality of life, Professor Roberto Ballerini asserted in the keynote address at the American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter fall conference. The same holds true today, he contends, in that a nation’s security depends on its infrastructure.

Minnesota 2050 creates tools to advocate for infrastructure investment
Minnesota 2050 was launched in 2009 to help make the case for increased infrastructure investment—to today’s citizens and leaders, and to those yet to come.

Stormwater

Design standards aim to unify, simplify stormwater management
The Minimal Impact Design Standards, or MIDS, is an attempt to unify and simplify stormwater standards to create consistency in design and performance.  Klayton Eckles, public works director for the City of Woodbury, and other speakers gave highlights of the standards at the American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter fall conference.

Reissued MS4 general permit requires updates to stormwater plans
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reissued the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) State Disposal System (SDS) General Permit (MNR040000) for discharges of stormwater associated with small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) last year. Municipalities reauthorized to discharge stormwater under the reissued permit are required to update their existing stormwater pollution prevention program to include best management practices applicable to their MS4. Randy Neprash, technical consultant to the Minnesota Cities Stormwater Coalition, gave an update at the APWA–Minnesota Chapter fall conference.

LRRB Update

OPERA spotlight: Sign Inventory Storage Cabinets
Olmsted County developed a storage cabinet system that is durable and can handle signs being repeatedly slid in and out of the storage compartment.

Synthesis: dust control of aggregate roads
The LRRB has developed a new document, Aggregate Roads Dust Control—A Brief Synthesis of Current Practices, that summarizes a complete list of various dust suppressants, their effectiveness, and impacts.

New videos
Grab some popcorn and take a look at these helpful videos.

Workshops and Training

Training helps workers advance from line to leadership
The “gray tsunami”—the tidal wave of aging baby boomers—could mean big changes in the workplace. Organizations need to be thinking now about grooming their younger employees to become effective supervisors and fill the shoes of retiring boomers. Minnesota LTAP partnered with Hennepin Technical College (HTC) last fall to help local transportation agencies meet this critical workforce development need. They offered a one-day workshop: “From Line to Leadership: Transitioning from Operations to Supervision.”

Demo Day in Alexandria this year
The Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day will be held this year on May 15 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College.

Information Services

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources