Friday, April 5, 2019

Sustainable Winter Road Maintenance Workshops

AdkAction is set to offer Sustainable Winter Road Maintenance Training Workshops for Departments of Public Works and Highway Departments in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties during the week of April 8-12, 2019 as part of their ongoing Road Salt Reduction Project.

Registration is required and open to town, county, and state road maintenance crews and there is no fee to register. Lunch and coffee will also be provided free of charge.

Three separate training sessions, each following the same agenda, will be offered. Each training workshop will include four-hour classroom sessions and two-hour afternoon sessions with hands-on demonstrations of best practices. Printed and digital resources will be given to participants, including a collection of winter maintenance policies for reference and a brief, easily-interpreted guide for individual winter maintenance operators.

These training workshops will be relevant to both Departments of Public Works, Highway Superintendents and Deputy Superintendents, and to operators in the field. The training will consist of an overview of road salt impacts on infrastructure and the environment, decision-making tools, an overview of when to use various materials, application rates and timing, plowing and removal best practices, and new technology. Liability protection and reducing sidewalk salting will also be covered, in addition to calibration training for both salt and sand application. There will also be a hands-on, train-the-trainer session for equipment calibration.

The team of four trainers will be led by Diana Clonch, who has over 35 years of experience in public works with a diverse background in operations and management and snow and ice control at the county, city and state levels. Clonch has spent many years working with local and national groups promoting the advancement and application of best practices and innovative technology within operations and snow and ice control.

Since retiring from the public works system in 2012, Clonch has been providing consulting services focusing on management, operations, snow and ice control training, and innovative technologies. She holds an Associate degree in Civil Engineering and an undergraduate and Masters in Business. Diana is a longstanding Director and past President for the Ohio Chapter American Public Works Association State Board, original member and past Chair of the National APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-committee, an active member of SIMA and various TRB committees.

Scheduled trainings as follows:

Franklin County Training
Monday, April 8th, 2019
8 am to 2 pm at Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake

Clinton County Training
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
8 am to 2 pm at Westside Ballroom in Plattsburgh

Essex County Training
Friday, April 12th, 2019
8 am to 2 pm at High
Peaks Resort in Lake Placid

AdkAction is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that creates innovative projects to address unmet needs, promotes vibrant communities, and preserves the character of the Adirondacks. These training workshops are provided with funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

To register or learn more, email

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