A beautiful sunny day greeted the 99 drivers as they competed for the bragging right to say they are the best snowplow driver in the State of Wisconsin and to compete for the top 2 spots for an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Western Snow Plow Roadeo in Loveland, Colorado. The event again included two drivers from the State of Minnesota and 35 vendors and sponsors, who participated in an equipment show.
This year’s obstacle driving course included six different obstacles: a sweeping curve with hazards; a round-about; an outside curve; slalom; stop/backup and turn and start/stop line. The slalom and round-about elements contributed to an extremely challenging and stressful course.
The day’s activities also included a 25-question written test provided by Ben Jordan, Program Director for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and a disabled vehicle inspection event sponsored by Monroe Truck Equipment that stressed the importance of a thorough pre-trip visual inspection of the plow truck before operation.
A big-thank you to the 32 members of the Fleet Services Committee, including committee chair Nathan Wachtendonk, Fleet Manager for the City of Green Bay, who planned and coordinated the day’s events. Also, thank you to James Schmitt, Mayor for the City of Green Bay and Steven Grenier, Director of Public Works for the City of Green Bay, who hosted the event.
The National APWA Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate training included 85 attendees and six speakers talking about the newest in equipment, planning and policy, use of chemicals, snow and ice control, and extreme weather events. A special thank you to our speakers including Mark DeVries, Ben Hershey, Kevin Hensley, Dave McDermott, Wilfrid Nixon and Jeff Tews.
Mechanic training was attended by 31 participants and 2 presenters. Special thank you to Jack Feiweger with Force America who presented on Force America hydraulic spreader and plow controls along with Paul Kuyper with Meritor who presented on air brakes, ABS systems, traction control and new technology.
Finally, thank you to the Green Bay Packers organization, Stadium View Bar and Grille, Tundra Lodge and all the vendors, sponsors, and judges who participated, graded, and exhibited equipment during the day’s event.
And the Winners are:
1st Place: City of Green Bay– Darren Olson
2nd Place: Waukesha County - Rick Gillis
3rd Place: Dane County – James Pugh
4th Place: Waukesha County – Andy Klokow
5th Place: City of West Allis – Gregg Malkowski
Full driver competition results are available below or through this link: