Led by President-Elect Roger Albert, the 2011 Administrative Conference at South Padre Island was a great event, and we were happy to spend some time with those who attended. The speakers were very well informed on their subjects. If they received a question and didn’t have an answer, they promised to work on the answer and get back to us. I have attended the Administrative Conference for a number of years, and truly, this was one of most informative I have ever attended.
While on the Island, Tropical Storm Don blew in, bringing winds and about half of an inch of rain. Beachgoers retreated for the duration but were back in the ocean before nightfall.
As of September 1, Beaumont has a new District Engineer: Mr. Tucker Ferguson. He is from Pennsylvania. I know that the AGC members will be happy to meet and welcome him to Beaumont.
The East Texas Districts of Tyler, Atlanta, Lufkin, and Paris joined together for a Quarterly Meeting on July 2 at the Holly Tree Country Club in Tyler. Robert Adamson of Longview Bridge & Road chaired the meeting, as Area Chairman Reese Sterling was unable to attend. He recognized the DEs present: Randy Hopmann, Tyler Area; Dennis Cooley, Lufkin Area; Bobby Littlefield, Paris Area; and Bob Ratcliff, Atlanta Area.
Adamson called on Tom Johnson, AGC Executive Vice President of AGC of Texas, to review the legislation passed this session. He then introduced Senator Robert Nichols of Jackson- ville who praised TxDOT’s department personnel who have maintained our road system and continue to do a good job with the funds they have to work with. He said he will continue to work for other sources of revenue to support the highway system.
Although we will see several new faces in our districts and in Austin, we owe a debt of gratitude to those that worked hard to secure funding and preserve our partnerships around the state. Though they may not be there to reap the benefits, their efforts helped those that will come after them, which helps all of us in turn.
Adamson then introduced Mr. Amadeo Saenz Jr., Executive Director of TxDOT, as guest speaker. Mr. Saenz spoke about the status of TxDOT. He said that TxDOT had appointed John Barton as Acting Deputy Executive Director of TxDOT until the Commission appoints a new Executive Director. He reviewed the funding passed by the legislature and the reorganization of TxDOT. He said that the department has a group of personnel that will continue to make Texans proud.
As we enter the last few months of 2011, and the temperatures are blessedly back in the double digits, we are heading into 2012 with a much improved work forecast thanks in large part to our friends in the legislature and at TxDOT. Although we will see several new faces in our districts and in Austin, we owe a debt of gratitude to those that worked hard to secure funding and preserve our partnerships around the state. Though they may not be there to reap the benefits, their efforts helped those that will come after them, which helps all of us in turn. If you do work in a district in which the engineer is retiring, or if you see Amadeo or Steve, make sure to thank them for their service to this state. With their hard work, AGC of Texas is able to say it has a better relationship with its DOT than anywhere else in the country.