NORTH TEXAS AREA Covering Amarillo, Childress, Lubbock, Wichita Falls, Fort Worth and Dallas.

Written by  AGCTX

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March and April were busy months for the North Texas Area. In addition to our usual board and committee meetings in Austin, North Texas Area members met with District Engineers in Wichita Falls, Amarillo, and Lubbock. Additionally, members also met for the DFW Monthly luncheon and participated in the University of Texas, Arlington Construction Career Academy.

And that was just March.

Area Chair Jerry Lee and District Engineer Larry Tegtmeyer hosted the Wichita Falls D.E. meeting March 9 at the Coyote Ranch Resort. Approximately thirty-five people attended the very informative and timely meeting. Topics of discussion included TxDOT operations, funding and letting schedules, specification updates, and availability of plans on the shelf.

The DFW Monthly Luncheon was held March 13 with Fort Worth Area Chair Eric Johnson presiding. Senator Wendy Davis provided participants with her perspective of critical issues facing the state and her outlook for the transportation industry during the next legislative session.

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Amarillo Contractors met with Area Chair Eric Walterscheid on March 15 to discuss various issues including State funding concerns, PAC contributions and pending DPS rules regarding the use of cell phones in trucks. Childress Area members met with D.E. Marty Smith on March 16 with Area Chair Eric Walterscheid hosting. Funding, letting schedules, and shelf ready plans were additional items discussed.

Lubbock District Engineer Doug Eichorst and Area Chair Doug Walterscheid hosted the Lubbock Area’s quarterly meeting March 20. Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin was in attendance as a guest of Mr. Eichorst, and together they participated in a discussion of the importance of highway connectivity to the region.

DFW area members participated with UT Arlington as they kicked off the 2012 Texas Construction Career Academy (TCCA). Funded by FHWA, the UTA Division of Enterprise Development was selected to provide supportive services to TxDOT’s OJT Program. The program provides basic training in highway construction. Contractors not only receive good faith effort for participation in these events, hiring a TCCA graduate will also earn you an OJT goal.

The joint TxDOT/AGC Safety Task Force met March 23 with Chair Paul Cradeur hosting. The committee is preparing for its next Annual Executive Safety Seminar on August 7. The event is a joint effort between TxDOT and AGC and features top executives from contractor members and TxDOT administration. The conference theme focuses our attention on “The Business of Safety.” If you didn’t attend last year’s seminar, you don’t want to miss this one.

The DFW Area monthly luncheon on April 10 was hosted by Dallas Area Chair John Young and featured speaker President Roger Albert. Roger addressed his 2012 priorities, which include a renewed focus on membership, energizing our political efforts, as well as efforts to enhance local area activities. With the waxing of new technologies and as the waning of travel budgets, membership activities at the local area are becoming more important.

The Fort Worth Area’s annual charity golf tournament benefiting Cook Children’s Hospital was held April 16 at Bear Creek Golf Course. This year’s event spread across two 18-hole courses with over 200 participants. This was the 18th year for the event, which has contributed nearly $180,000 to Cook Children’s Hospital, an outstanding example of this association’s strength to do good.

April found the Joint Safety Task Force in El Paso, as they hosted yet another Regional Safety Seminar. The seminar was held at the beautiful new El Paso Water Center and was a partnership of the City of El Paso, The El Paso Water Center, TxDOT, and AGC of Texas. The seminar featured sessions on traffic control, hazards in the work zone, flagging pre-con and flagger awareness, excavation safety/competent person, underground damage prevention, and work zone safety. It was an outstanding event with over one hundred attendees.

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The AGC Safety Committee also plans to head south in April to help the Railroad Commission conduct a series of seminars throughout the Houston area. Williams Brothers Safety Director Mr. John Fleck hosted one of the Railroad Commission seminars at the Williams Brothers facility in Houston on April 20. The seminar was part of the Railroad Commission’s Damage Prevention Week, which focused on the new damage prevention rules for excavating near pipelines. Participants learned about the changes to the rules, which included new penalties for violations.

DFW area members also will be able to participate in the areas’ annual PAC Sporting Clay Extravaganza April 25 at Elm Fork Shooting Range. The event raises money for the Chapter’s growing political efforts. Current funding levels for the State’s highway program are predicted to drop to maintenance levels or lower after 2013 if new funding measures are not found in the next legislative session. With budget deficits looming, it will take everyone’s participation to insure the highway industry’s viability in the years to come.

Discussions have already started about what we need to do beyond the next biennium and as we progress through 2012, we will be seeking assistance from every one of our members around the State. We need everyone to participate in local meetings and especially in PAC events.

If you need information, or would like to become more involved in the North Texas Area activities don’t hesitate to call me at (972) 580-8685 or check the AGC website and calendar of events, or simply send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask how you can become more involved. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in the near future at some of the activities across the state.

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