April 4, 2008
ITD urges motorists to be careful in construction zones
During the past 10 years, the annual number of persons killed in motor vehicle crashes in work zones nationwide has increased 45 percent – reaching 1,010 in 2006 – according to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) statistics. About 80 percent of those fatalities were drivers or occupants in passenger vehicles.
April 25 meetings should provide direction for implementing plan
Although the Legislature has adjourned and final bills have been forwarded to the governor for his signature, state agencies still don’t have clear direction on a compensation package for employees. Meetings planned for April 25 will help clarify the plan and provide state agencies a better idea of how to implement the CEC Committee's intended salary increases.
Intent is to distribute increases of 1 and 3 percent
Legislation that provides for changes in employee compensation is contained in House Concurrent Resolution 49, agreed to by both the Idaho House of Representatives and the Senate. The first section of the resolution directs the Department of Administration to distribute a 1 percent increase to “all performing state employees.” The intent also is to distribute the remaining 2 percent funding to employees who perform above minimum standards in an effort to retain “higher performers.”
Career, oak tree branched out from 1968 planting
They grew together in each other’s shadow for 40 years – Dennis Clark and a sprawling oak tree. Their history at the Idaho Transportation Department had a common beginning in 1968 after Clark accepted a position on the three-person landscape architect staff that also included Caron Beard and Leroy Brady.
Entries accepted for ITD award program
ITD’s Excellence in Transportation award program will formally recognize transportation-related projects from throughout the state during a June 26 ceremony in Boise. Successful projects will demonstrate innovation, context sensitive solutions, community and public involvement, partnerships and collaboration, quality of user experience and safety, maintenance and operations.
Policy changes slightly for outside employment
A policy related to ITD employees who hold secondary or part-time jobs outside of their regular work duties will be changed slightly in the near future. Under the new provisions, employees who hold or want to accept additional outside employment will be required only to notify their immediate supervisor.
• ITD helped ensure success of invitational games
• Thanks fore help in resolving over-legal issue
Greenhouse gas policy
Director outlines measures to reduce gas emissions, conserve energy
ITD Director Pam Lowe today called on employees to participate in the department’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing energy efficient practices. The director’s memorandum (see attached) issued today outlines nearly a dozen measures that “employees will immediately institute.”
D-1 crews create innovative way to fill sand bags
They say necessity is the mother of invention. A few years ago, the Kootenai River flooding in Boundary County provided the perfect opportunity for some very innovative thinking on the part of county and ITD maintenance crews. As the water levels in the river quickly rose, it became apparent that filling sandbags by hand was not keeping up with demand. That’s when the idea struck.
Online reinstatement process introduced for revocations, suspensions
A new online service introduced by the Idaho Transportation Department allows motorists to check their driving status at no charge and allows payment of reinstatement fees for drivers with suspended or revoked licenses. Idaho is one of the first states in the nation to offer this combination of online services.
View from the cab of a snowplow
The following perspective of winter as viewed from the seat of a snowplow operator appeared in the current edition of Six Bits, the District 6 newsletter. Written by Herb Drexler, the observation suggests "You know you are a snowplow operator when..."
D-6 Newsletter SixBits
View from motorists caught in sever winter conditions
What's it like to be caught on a mountain pass during a severe winter whiteout? An anonymous writer recalls the mission of mercy rendered by a 'faceless" snowplow driver.
D-4 puts ITD's best foot forward at career fair
It was difficult to predict the kinds of visitors and what information they were interested in receiving so ITD’s delegation at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) Career Fair last week had to prepare for everything. A small group set out from the District 4 offices in Shoshone to find a few good people and to garner some interest in positions currently and soon to be open within the district.
Softball tournament organized for employee appreciation day
ITD employees are invited to have a ball, literally, during the annual State Employees Appreciation Week activities May 10 in Boise. The first of what is planned to be an annual State of Idaho Employees slow-pitch co-ed softball tournament will be played at the Willow Lane Athletic Complex in Boise. The one-day tournament will be limited to the first 16 teams from state agencies that sign up. Agencies can enter more than one team if there are not 16 individual agencies represented.
Twilight golf league to begin April 14
Transportation employees in the Treasure Valley are invited to join a twilight golf league that is organizing for competition this summer. League play will be at Shadow Valley Golf Course on Idaho 55, north of Boise and will run from April 14 to Aug. 25. The ITD Twilight Golf League is open to employees/family members of ITD, the Federal Highway Administration Idaho Division and IDAHY Federal Credit Union. For more information, please see the flyer.