|For Immediate Release
December 10, 2012
Public Information Office
Highway Maintenance Dist. 4
|Innovative NHDOT Waste Wood Plan Wins National Award
Project Team Devises Process For Recycling And Revenue
A five-member team working to become public sector managers has been recognized with a national award for a project which provides a safer and more efficient process of handling logs and clean wood waste from roadside maintenance. A major goal of the project was to reduce expenses for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
The George C. Askew Award from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers (CPM) recognizes projects that are innovative, result in expected cost savings, and “demonstrate an improvement in quality within the work unit.”
The New Hampshire CPM team, which included three NHDOT employees, set out to find a better way to address a three-year backlog of large logs and stumps in the southwestern part of the state that otherwise have to be handled by a private contractor at a rate of $500 an hour. The team worked out the details of the project, including costs and liabilities, and found a nearby company that expressed an interest in purchasing the waste wood.
According to the Askew Award recognition, “This project will bring revenue back to the DOT. It will promote a positive image of the DOT to the taxpayers because of the recycling of the clean wood waste as well and the offsetting of operational costs. Last but not least, it will give DOT a safer and more efficient way of collecting roadside logs from road maintenance.”
Members of the New Hampshire CPM team include: Ben Tatro, Robert Hebert and Glenn Smith, all from the NHDOT’s Highway Maintenance District 4, Erika Randmere, NH Department of Employment Security, and Jason Johnson, Milford Area Communications Center.