June 18, 2015

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Roy Neimeyer Earns Governor's State Employee Award of Distinction

Northeast District Maintenance Supervisor Roy Niemeyer was selected as the 2014 State Employee Award of Distinction winner in the Leadership category. He was recognized for the accomplishment at a special ceremony at the Northeast District Office on June 16, 2015. Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger presented the Governor’s Award to Roy in the presence of his coworkers and family.

Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger presents the State Employee Award of Distinction to Northeast District Maintenance Supervisor Roy Niemeyer. The award was a surprise to Roy who did not know he had been nominated. See more about the presentation on the Northeast District page of Connections.

Niemeyer was nominated by Northeast District Maintenance and Traffic Engineer Jennifer Hinson. She wrote:

Roy has been recognized numerous times by the general public, elected officials and his peers for his outstanding display of pride as a state employee, helpfulness, leadership and encouragement. In the recent past, Roy received a Noteworthy Award by MoDOT for his actions to help stranded motorists on U.S. 61 who had a health issue. Most recently, however, and the reason for this nomination, Roy was sent a personal letter from the Mayor of Clarksville and the Emergency Management Office, on behalf of the entire city, for his leadership and helpfulness to provide traffic control and clean up the roads quickly in their community during and after significant flooding. In the letter, the Mayor, emergency management team and the Board of Alderman expressed deep appreciation and gratitude for his assistance, citing that “Without the assistance of a person like you, the devastation to the City in such an emergency situation would be far greater and likely impossible to survive. Words cannot fully convey the gratitude of Clarksville….”

Roy’s leadership skills prompted him to take quick action as the Mississippi River began to consume roads, actual streets, within the City of Clarksville in spring 2014. Not only did he work directly with their emergency management office and their volunteers, he provided leadership to the group, working with them on a plan to ensure all workers and drivers in the community were safe. Roy went above and beyond to check barricades and water levels as he was driving by on his own time. He took many phone calls off hours, as well as made many, just to ensure everything was still in place and it was safe.

While Roy could not have physically accomplished this major task alone, as a supervisor, he has engaged his employees, serving as a role model to do not just what needs to be done, but to do it right and with care, all with safety and outstanding customer service in the forefront of his leadership.

While Roy has many skills that make him a terrific maintenance supervisor, his morals and values contribute to his success. While raising a family that includes a wife and three daughters who are all very active in sports, the community and their church, Roy has found time to attend MoDOT public meetings on his own time, not serving as a representative of MoDOT, but there because he cares about his community and neighbors.


Becky Allmeroth Named MoDOT's New

State Maintenance Engineer

St. Louis District Maintenance and Traffic Operations Engineer Becky Allmeroth has been named MoDOT’s state maintenance engineer following the retirement of Beth Wright. Allmeroth is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla. She has been with the Missouri Department of Transportation for the past 19 years. She started her career in the former District 9 (Willow Springs) as a Highway Designer. In 1996, she transferred to the St. Louis District and has worked in Planning, Federal Aid and Traffic.

New State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth is most excited about working on the Maintenance Management System.
For the past six years, Allmeroth has served as the Maintenance and Traffic Operations Engineer for the St. Louis Region of MoDOT. This has given her the opportunity to chase her passion of developing new leaders within MoDOT. She has been working with her team to develop a Maintenance Leadership Academy over the past few years to prepare Maintenance for upcoming retirements. That Academy has gone statewide, and she has had the opportunity to travel the state to help train mentors and instructors.

“In my new role, I am most excited about working on the Maintenance Management System,” said Allmeroth. “With the upcoming implementation of the Maintenance 325 plans, we have got to get a tool in the hands of our maintenance supervisors that helps them better plan, track and improve their work processes while allowing them to get out in the field more. I know this tool will make their jobs easier, and I am excited to get it moving.”

The changes coming with the Maintenance 325 plan will be Allmeroth’s biggest challenge. “ We have some outstanding crews that give everything they have, on a daily basis, to keep our roads and roadsides looking amazing. Telling the crew they have to decrease their level of service is going to be difficult on all of us,” said Allmeroth. “It is going to be challenging, but I have already seen some great ideas coming out of the Maintenance 325 teams.”

Allmeroth stays very busy during her time away from MoDOT. Her and her husband Anthony are the parents of three boys. She is currently serving as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 442 and as a Den Leader for Den 9 of Pack 442. She is very active with the Four Rivers Area Swim Team, the Union Squids Swim Team and at First Christian Church – Washington. In addition, she volunteers her time to the Impact Student Ministries, the Union High School Band Boosters, the Ninos de Mexico ministries, Autism Advocacy and the Adopt a Highway. She enjoys going to concerts, running, and watching her boys swim, play soccer and march in the band.


New Back 2 Basics Safety Video

Available – Take a Look!

Those of us who do not work in maintenance might think we have an idea what our crews encounter when working on a rural road or busy interstate. But watching the latest Back 2 Basics safety video on mobile operations will give you a new appreciation for what those employees do every day and why focusing on safety is so important.

The latest installment in the Back 2 Basic’s safety video series walks through the process of mobile operations safety. The video highlights safety practices beginning with the morning safety discussion and risk-based assessment review through equipment inspections and working on the roadway.

For our maintenance employees, these safety videos are just one of many tools to help keep safety in the forefront of the work they do every day.

Supervisors are asked to share the video with their maintenance work units before heading out to tackle a moving operation. It’s a good way to get the safety discussion started.

The newest Back 2 Basics safety video features the St. Louis District maintenance crews safely performing moving operations. Producing the videos is a team effort involving many employees.

Back 2 Basics

Video Production -

A Team Effort

Employee Development Specialist Brandon Anderson is the driving force behind the Back 2 Basics safety video series. Working with the Back 2 Basics team, safety focus team and safety and health managers, video topics are determined to coincide with seasonal operations. Once the topics are set, Brandon develops the list of safety topics to highlight in the video with input from the safety and health managers and team members to ensure the most critical safety processes are included.

Once everything looks good on paper, field personnel are enlisted to be the voices and faces of the video. For this particular video, filming took place in the St. Louis District. Assistant Maintenance Supervisor Kevin Burditt narrates and guides viewers through the mobile operations process. As the video ends, you see the list of all the teams and individuals involved in making the video.

“It’s a total team effort putting everything together to get ready for filming the video footage,” said Anderson. “All of these people, and particularly the field personnel and safety and health managers, give a lot of time to making sure we’re getting it right.”

When all the video pieces are filmed, Anderson edits the video to its final format. Senior Multimedia Services Specialist Steve Bushko also lends assistance with the final editing process. Then it’s ready for one final review by the teams and safety mangers for approval before launching.

“I’m so grateful to so many people for their involvement in this process,” said Anderson. “These videos are a great discussion starter for the crews to help talk about safety. At the end of the day, it’s all about the bottom line: everyone going home safe. If these videos have helped that happen in any way, it’s more than worth the work it takes pulling it all together.”

The latest video has been added to the comprehensive safety site and can be viewed here – Mobile Operations Safety.


Team Talk - Getting People Safely

Where They Want to Go

Hello Team MoDOT! There are many things that bring us joy in life such as family and friends or a hobby you are passionate about. My question to you today is, “what in your work life brings you joy?”

The author and playwright George Bernard Shaw (think Pygmalion, which morphed into My Fair Lady) said, “the true joy of life is being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” I’m not sure about you, but that makes me feel kind of noble; that I could spend my life on something mighty.

graphicA few weeks ago I got to do opening remarks at a safety conference in Columbia, Missouri where the head coach for the Mizzou wrestling team was the motivational speaker. He told a story about a cancer hospital where no matter who you speak with, if you ask them what they do, they will tell you, “I cure cancer.” It doesn’t matter if you ask the janitor, cafeteria cook, nurse or doctor; each of them will tell you, “I cure cancer.”

That declaration sends an incredibly powerful message to the people who receive treatment there. Everyone is working to get you healthy. But it also sends a powerful message to everyone who works there. Every employee is mission critical. Every employee knows their job is essential to the main goal of the facility. Every person matters.

Hearing that story made me wonder what we at MoDOT would say we do if we were talking not about the job for which we were hired, but the purpose that job promotes. I talked about it with employee groups I’ve spoken to recently. I pondered it as I drove to the places my purpose-driven life is taking me. Sally Oxenhandler (Central District) had an idea very similar to one that came to me. Matt Davis (HR) had a suggestion, and I modified it a little. In the end, this is what spoke to me:

I get people safely where they want to go.

I am proud that as a team we support the traveling public and are always focused on making that travel safe. It is a purpose that is vital to the everyday lives of millions of people. Seeing us working as a team to make it happen brings me both joy and satisfaction.

I don't do the nuts-and-bolts things that ensure people can get from Point A to Point B. In the cancer hospital scenario, I'm not the doctor. But I do have the extraordinary privilege of being, for a few months, your director. I am living the dream of serving Team MoDOT as we get people safely where they want to go.


When Roads are Closed,

Turn Around - Don't Drown

With more than 30 roads closed across the state and heavy rains predicted over the next few days, here are some safe driving tips that can help avoid delays and unsafe conditions during rainy weather.

don't drowndSafe Driving Tips
• Turn on your headlights when windshield wipers are needed. It's the law.
• Slow down, use caution and don't use cruise control when driving in rain to avoid skidding and hydroplaning.
• Leave plenty of following distance behind the vehicle in front of yours.
• Never move or drive around barricades placed on roadways due to high water. Barricades are a warning designed to protect you from an unsafe condition. You can put yourself at serious risk if you proceed into a flooded section of road.
• If a road is closed, find another route.
• Do NOT drive into high water. Stop and turn around. Notify local police, the sheriff or the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
• "Turn Around - Don't Drown" as highways become impassable.

MoDOT crews will open roads after the water recedes and routes are cleared for safe travel. For more information, visit or contact the MoDOT Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636).

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June Retirements
Terry A. Summers – KC – 18 years
Nelson Jordan – KC – 9 years
George W. Parker – KC – 13 years
Mark A. Durham – KC – 33 years
Ray A. Mercer – KC – 24 years
Edward R. Vaughn – KC – 29 years
Kenneth J. Walby – KC – 24 years
William K. Miller – SL – 11 years
Monty B. Hawks – SW – 21 years
Dewayne D. Ligons – SE – 28 years
Michael W. Hyslop – SE – 25 years
Paul J. Todey – CO – 22 years
Wilma J. Degraffenreid – CO – 26 years
Sheila A. Otto – CO – 7 years
Kathy J. Hatfield – CO – 15 years
Elizabeth A. Wright – CO – 30 years
In Memoriam

Donald Willingham
former D3 – May 18
Stephen Hague
CO – May 25
Roy Lilley
CO – May 26

Glen Creach
former D4 – May 27
Frank Kemp
former D10 – May 28
Ralph J Marquart
former D6 – May 30
Joe Price
former D8 – June 5
John Blackwell
former D2 – June 9
Roger Sullenger
former D4 – June 10

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