Thursday, May 6, 2010

Good News, Good News and Bad News

Recently, George Alton, ACHD's Senior Pavement Management Technician, was awarded the Northwest Pavement Management Association's 2009 Pavement Manager of the Year. George took over ACHD's pavement management program in 1997 when it was little more than a database of what roads were under ACHD and what condition they were in. Since then, George has created a system of classifying the condition of roads in Ada County in order to select which roads will be paved, chipsealed, redone, etc, all with an eye towards minimizing costs and maximizing the public's resources.

Congratulations George.

For the second year in a row, ACHD has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officer's Association. This was due mainly to the efforts of ACHD's budget analyst Pat Heckman. Meeting the requirements for the award are quite rigorous and show that ACHD's budget is well done, well communicated and incorporates an operational plan to meet the goals, which in ACHD's case are maintenance of the roadway system, upgrading roads where appropriate and developing sidewalks, bike lanes, intelligent traffic light systems, etc.

Congratulations Pat.

The bad news? Pat Heckman has taken a job in Colorado and she'll be leaving ACHD at the end of May. She'll be missed but we're sure she'll continue to be as professional in her new job as she was for ACHD.

Good luck Pat.


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