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Snow Rodeo & APWA Mid-America Roadeo & Equipment Expo

On September 13, Water Utilities employees competed in the annual Snow Rodeo competition held by Lee’s Summit Public Works. Drivers competed in the One Ton and Dump Truck events. Three drivers from Water Utilities placed in the top 10 in the One Ton event and four drivers placed in the top 10 in the Dump Truck event.

Snow Rodeo Water Utilities Finalists

One Ton

Dump Truck

John Thomas - Top Ten

Zach Bagby - First Place

Matt Laposha - Top Ten

CJ Hoover - Third Place

JD Johnson - Top Ten

Kenny Moore - Top Ten

 

John Craiglow -  Top Ten

 

 

 

 

 

Lee’s Summit Water Utilities places an emphasis on training and development of each employee and requires certifications in skid steer and backhoe operation. As a component to training and certification, the department held an internal equipment operation competition with employees on September 3 at our training facility. Participants competed in the skid steer and excavator obstacle courses. The top qualifying participants were selected to compete in the annual APWA Mid-America Equipment Expo, held on September 24 and 25 in Independence, Mo.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) invites utilities from around the metropolitan area to compete against one another in various events. Kansas City, Olathe, Roeland Park, Independence, Grain Valley, Gardner, Leawood and Lee’s Summit were just a few of the participating cities. Lee’s Summit Water Utilities competed in Skid Steer Loader, Snow Plow and Track Excavator events. Six employees competed in the Skid Steer Loader, four competed in the Track Excavator and two competed in the Snow Plow. Competitors were evaluated on time, navigation and course difficulty with score based off the total number of points recorded. After two full days of competition, results were announced at the APWA awards ceremony. Congratulations to Lee's Summit Water Utilities for proudly representing the City of Lee’s Summit!

APWA Water Utilities Finalists

Skid Steer

Snow Plow

Excavator

Jimmy Johnson - 2nd Place

CJ Hoover - 4th Place

Pat Torello - 5th Place

CJ Hoover - 5th Place

 

CJ Hoover - 7th Place

Ryan Ratcliff - 8th Place

 

Clint Webb - 10th Place

**Zack Bagby was unable to attend APWA due to prior commitments

 

Snow Rodeo from left to right: Terry Reynolds, Zack Bagby, CJ Hoover

APWA from left to right; Front: Pat Torello, Larry Webber, Jimmy Johnson, Clint Webb

Back: CJ Hoover, Matt Wansing, John Thomas, Ryan Ratcliff

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