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President's Message

Is It Spring Yet?

This morning, while I was on the treadmill, the local weatherman tried to convince me that Spring would officially begin in Wisconsin on Tuesday, March 20, with the Vernal Equinox. My response to that was “yeah right – stick your nose outside your studio buddy, and take a look around!”

March, for me, is always the cruelest month here on the frozen tundra.  As much as we want it to be spring – Wisconsin’s winter just isn’t ready to give up yet. Thank goodness that our dedicated Public works crews will stick it out – plowing, moving the snow, salting, and making travel safe for us all.

No – it won’t be spring for a while here – but spring will come. When you ask? Well for me it won't be Spring until we hold the APWA-WI Spring Conference! We are  looking  forward to another great Chapter Spring conference May 2-4 in Green Bay. The conference committee is putting together a great program for us all to enjoy, including a golf outing on honest to goodness GREEN GRASS. That thought alone will get me through the rest of winter.

After the Spring Conference we can all look forward to National Public Works Week, May 20-26, a  fun summer outing July 19, PWX August 26-29 in Kansas City, MO  an exciting  Snow Plow Roadeo in September in Green Bay, and we will finish the year strong with a great fall conference October 31 – November 2 in Sturgeon Bay. I refuse to think beyond November  - the snow will fly again– but I will look forward to the great APWA events in store for us this year.  

Many thanks to all of our members who serve the public as Public Works professionals day in and day out. You all create the quality of life we enjoy here in WI every day and make winter travel safe – not always fun, but certainly tolerable, until we can all enjoy the warm sun again! Be proud, and think warm thoughts!

Scott Solverson
APWA-WI Chapter President 2018


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