July/August 2018

NACE Update from President Rich Sanders

May feels just like yesterday... Seems like we were just in the Wisconsin Dells for our NACE Annual Conference.

To say we’ve been busy since the conference would be to put it mildly.  As you may know, the Executive Committee hired a new Executive Director, Kevan Stone. To read more about Kevan, click here.  Committee Chairs have been appointed and the committee makeup has been set.  You can go to the NACE Website to see who has volunteered on each committee.  Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, which you can do by clicking here.

On June 5 – 7, I attended the Washington State Association of County Engineers Annual Conference at the beautiful resort of Alderbrook in Union, WA.  Ruth (Lola) and I had a great experience spending time with our Washington friends.  This conference will be Gary Rowe’s last duty as Executive Director of WSACE.  Thank you, Gary, for all your years of service as a County Engineer, as a former NACE President, and your years of service as the Executive Director of WSACE. We wish you and Cynthia a happy retirement.

Washington is going thru some tough times with the Salmon Migration Legal Dispute.  The state was sued because salmon cannot make it all the way up stream to pre-settlement areas due to culverts (obstructions) in the way.  Therefore, the state is spending millions of dollars to convert culverts into span bridges on any stream that salmon could swim.  I know most of us would add a couple of culverts and move on.  However, that is not an option in Washington.  The State of Washington appealed to the Supreme Court, and lost.  Stay tuned for further developments in this case. It will affect counties and cities in the State of Washington and may also affect states such as Montana, Idaho and others with similar issues.

Kevan flew into Fargo, ND and stayed at our home in preparation for the June 13 – 15 Minnesota County Engineers Association Summer Conference.  It was held at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN.  I had invited Kevan to attend when he was still with NACo to give an update on the President’s Infrastructure Plan.  With a legislative update, he also provided a glimpse for our Minnesota members of some exciting things to come for NACE this year.  It was another successful conference.  MCEA raised over $4000 at our Silent Auction on Wednesday Night as part of MN Night.  This money goes toward funding scholarships for Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Technician Students in Universities/Colleges in Minnesota and the surrounding states.  MCEA typically gives away over $26,000 in scholarships per year.  Without the help of our Friends of the industry, these scholarships would not be possible, so a big “thank you” goes out to those who donated silent auction items.

The Executive Committee held their July meeting in conjunction with the NACo Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.  The Transportation Steering Committee was held on Friday.  During this I gave the NACE update.  Secretary/Treasurer McGolpin and NACo Board Delegate Beyer introduced resolutions that were approved by the Committee.  As part of the NACo Business meeting, next years committee makeups were announced.  Randy Miluchnik of Carver County MN was chosen as the Transportation Steering Committee Chair.  Richie Beyer, NACo Board Delegate and Elmore County Alabama Chief Engineer was selected as Vice Chair.  Congratulation Richie and Randy.  You will do great.
Kevan and I wrapped up July at the LTAPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, where we were given the chance not only to present, but to promote NACE to a bevy of new potential members.  

Between Kevan and myself, we will be attending many State Affiliate Meetings throughout the year.  We look forward to spending time getting to know you as members better.  If you are not on one of our schedules yet and would like to be, please give Kevan a call at the NACE office, and we will try to make sure one off us is there.

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