More than 80 current and lifetime OACES members met recently for the Spring 2018 OACES Conference. The conference, held at Sunriver, provided three days for Road Officials, Engineers, and Surveyors to meet, discuss current trends and best practices, and hear from area experts in their fields. Tammy Baney, Deschutes County Commissioner and Chair of the Oregon Transportation Council was the keynote speaker. She discussed the passage of HB 2017, “Keep Oregon Moving”, and the new opportunities it presented to counties for transportation funding.
Deschutes County Commissioner
The Road Officials and Engineers heard from representatives on topics ranging from Fleet Management options, the Emergency Relief Program, ATV Access on Highways and Local Roads, Workplace Conflict Resolution, Public Records Law Overview and Updates, and much more. In addition, groups broke out to discuss their current process and opportunities with Local Access Roads and Gravel Road Maintenance.
Don Newell, Marion County, discusses his use of GPS Insight for Fleet Maintenance
Chris Doty, Deschutes County, leads the Local Access Roads discussion
Gravel Road Maintenance discussion
Nathaniel Price, Federal Highway Administration
Ian Caldwell, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
speaking on AT V Access on Highways and Local Roads
Jason Hatfield, Wheeler County Surveyor, kicked off the conference for Surveyors with a presentation on a Dependent Resurvey in Wheeler County. Additional presentations included Relinquishments and Dedications, Right of Way Retracement, and a special presentation from Oregon Institute of Technology highlighting the NSPS National Geomatics Student Competition winners from OIT, as well as GIS Analysis in Support of Community Wellness and more.
Wheeler County Surveyor
NSPS National Geomatics Competition winners from Oregon Institute of Technology
Burke O’Brien, longtime Morrow County Public Works Director and OACES member, now recently retired, was honored for his many years of service with a plaque of appreciation and being voted into OACES as a Lifetime Member. The members were very appreciative of the service and dedication Burke has provided and look forward to his continued leadership in the years to come.
Burke being presented his achievement award
OACES Board and Burke O’Brien
OACES will hold its Fall Conference in October and look forward to electing new officers and gaining more information from its members. The next regular scheduled OACES meeting will be held on September 20 at the Marion County Public Works Department in Salem.