Department of transportation wins award for snow & ice removal
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently received the American Public Works Association Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award for 2013. ODOT is the only state department of transportation in the country to receive this distinguished honor.
“Our people do great things every day and it’s nice to be recognized for the superior level of service we are providing to our customers – the motoring public,” stated ODOT Director Jerry Wray in a departmental news release. “Motorists are less tolerant of failure in snow and ice control than in any other highway function. Unless a storm is handled capably by our maintenance forces, it can upset the daily routines of individuals, adversely affect business, and endanger public safety.”
ODOT was selected for the award because of the agency’s standard of service for snow and ice removal on 43,000 miles of highways, using 1,600 snow plows, 3,000 employees, and more than 650,000 tons of salt stored at 200 locations around the state.
So far this winter, the department has used 738,948 tons of salt statewide at a cost of almost $81 million. Compare that to last year’s mild winter when ODOT used 368,669 tons of salt and spent $43,817,204 to date.
The Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works snow and ice operations. The award also promotes the best practices in snow and ice removal, while minimizing environmental impacts. Any public works agency actively involved in snow and ice removal and operations is eligible.
Denise Martin will be honored at Toledo City Council Tuesday with a proclamation for her 30 years of service to East Toledo residents. Martin works for Martin & Martin Agency, Inc., which has been in business in East Toledo since 1943 and has operated at the current location on Nevada since 1959.
Denise is a Martin by marriage. The agency was started 70 years ago by her husband’s grandfather.
Martin is a graduate of Waite High School, and the University of Toledo and is a member of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, the East Toledo Historical Society and has been a volunteer for Hospice of Northwest Ohio since 2004.
As an independent agent, Denise continues to represent the same companies her family has represented for more than 50 years.
Schools & skills
Amy Smith, a newly certified Jazzercise instructor, has begun offering classes in Elmore and Fremont. Smith recently completed an intense three -day workshop and audition held in Brighton, Michigan sponsored by the Franchise Programs and Services Department of Jazzercise, Inc. She was required to learn approximately 15 Jazzercise routines for her audition; pass a written exam on basic anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition; learn Jazzercise business practices; and become certified to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Jazzercise combines effective exercise with jazz dance-based choreography and popular music. Each 60-minute high-energy class includes a warm up, aerobic segment, muscle toning and flexibility exercises, and a cool-down.
At the clubs
Alicia Wagner, founder of Heels Coaching, will talk about the five generations in the workforce and how to better communicate with them, Thursday, April 25, 7:30 a.m. at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S. Wynn Rd in Oregon.
Wagner is also the executive director of WEN (Women’s Entrepreneurial Network).
The free presentation is sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to 419-693-5580.
Engineers from the Ohio Department of Transportation will speak to the public about the three-year rehabilitation project scheduled for the Anthony Wayne Bridge (High Level Bridge) Thurs., April 25.
The talk, sponsored by the East Toledo Club, will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the East Toledo Senior Activities Center, 1001 White St. A question and answer period will follow.
The historic bridge, which was built in 1931, is expected to be closed for two construction seasons, beginning either this year or in 2014, according to an ODOT spokesperson. When it reopens, there will be lane restrictions for one season to allow for painting.
A timeline for the project is expected to be released sometime this month
The public is encouraged to attend. A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 for East Toledo Club members and $8 for non-members. RSVP to Jodi Gross at 419-691-2254, Ext. 213.
The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation will host is annual Business and Industry Awards Program Wed., April 24 at Camp Perry Clubhouse in Port Clinton.
The event starts with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Call 866-734-6789.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Fri., April 19, 8 a.m. at Rudolph Libbe, 6494 Latcha Rd., Walbridge. Call 419-693-999 for more information.
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is launching a Business over Breakfast Networking & Education Series on Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. The event is designed to help chamber members meet regularly, exchange contact details and share information. Reservations are required for the catered hot breakfast. Call 419-898-0479.
The Oregon/Northwood Rotary will host its annual golf scramble Fri., June 21 at Chippewa Golf Club.
Sponsors and teams are sought for the Third Annual United Way Golf Invitational to be held Fri., May 3 at Catawba Island Club. Contact MJ Siewert at 419-734-6645 or email
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