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Public Works Departments perform a variety of duties while conducting their day to day operations. These duties include but are not limited to the maintenance, repair, and installation of roads, bridges, water mains, sewer mains, storm sewers, pump stations, parks, recreation fields, facility maintenance, grounds maintenance, transportation, vehicle maintenance, mosquito control, planning, engineering, traffic signals, solid waste, and recycling. Professional licenses held by Public Works employees include but are not limited to Certified Public Works Manager, Water and Wastewater Operator, Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, Professional Planner, Certified Recycling Coordinator, Licensed Electrician, Licensed Plumber, and Certified Pesticide Applicator.
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Trendsetters: Mothers of invention

Four readers who have tweaked tools and equipment to get more done with less.

Trendsetters: Mothers of invention Credit: Frank Aiello Studios

Kenny Kraus and his salt-brine truck (salt-brine tanks can be seen in the background). Salt brine delays the formation of frost and ice on pavement, making snow removal easier. It also allows public works crews to use less rock salt during a typical winter, minimizing cost as well as the amount of salt entering storm drains, brooks, streams, and eventually reservoirs.

Salt-brine maker

Ken Kraus
Department of Public Works Foreman
Borough of Tenafly, N.J.

When Ken Kraus, a foreman with New Jersey’s Borough of Tenafly, stopped to investigate a truck watering a road in 2009, he discovered a real-life anti-icing demonstration. Salt brine, a simple mixture of sodium chloride and water, keeps snow from adhering to and ice from forming on pavement during the critical first hours of a winter storm.
Kraus and Department of Public Works Director Bob Beutel priced the equipment necessary to institute a salt-brine program: nearly $80,000 for a production-and-storage facility and truck.

“We thought, ‘How can we do this cheaper?’” says Kraus. He and fellow foremen Randy Blauvelt, Mark Schmidt, and Greg Zaremba answered the challenge by inventing a system.

They called in favors from everyone they knew, including the owner of a tree care company who donated used 250-gallon plastic storage tanks. They used PVC pipe left over from various projects, valves found at the borough’s recycling center, a decommissioned fire hose, and a pool pump salvaged from a local home being demolished.

For the delivery system, they installed two tanks in a flatbed truck public works had been using to haul debris during warmer months. To save even more money, they decided to rely on gravity instead of a sprayer to disperse the solution.
Final cost: less than $500.
Once word got out on how well the system works and how little it costs, phone calls came pouring in from neighboring jurisdictions.
“So we started putting them together for other towns,” says Kraus. He estimates that between 30 and 40 municipalities in the area now use the salt-brine stations. According to Judy Muller, administrative assistant for the department, Kraus often drives out to other towns on his downtime to help build their systems.
“Whatever I can do to help them save money, I do,” says Kraus.
Although this isn’t the first homegrown brine-production system we’ve heard of, it earned a spot on our list of reader innovations because Kraus and his co-workers have done a lot more for Tenafly than melt snow. Their cooperative spirit opened the lines of communication with colleagues in surrounding communities, enabling all of them to operate more efficiently.
— Victoria K. Sicaras

New Building and Location

“Due to problems with the existing D.P.W. building we need to relocate and build a new facility. I am looking for any information from our members that have a newer facility that they have built such as a Butler type of building so that we may come and visit them to get ideas for our new building that we are going to be putting up this summer. Members that can give us info can reach me at 973-835-1465. Thanks


Benjamin Steltzer C.P.W.M.
Director Pompton Lakes D.P.W.

Letter to the Association Members Regarding Region IV Inactivity

Paul L McCall, CPWM President issues letter regarding Region IV Inactivity
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