January 29, 2015

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Action Teams Addressing Survey Concerns
In 2014, 52 percent of MoDOT employees provided feedback in the statewide employee engagement survey. As a result, several areas were identified for improvement. Five teams of employees have been formed to work on the areas of employee teamdevelopment, one team MoDOT, total compensation, under representation and use of resources. The teams have been formed and are starting to meet and work on their objectives. Updates will be provided on a regular basis while the teams are working to understand the issues and develop solutions. The teams have four to six months to provide recommendations to senior management with implementation within the year.

Watch for more information in the coming months for ways employees can provide input to these teams. The team members are provided here and employees are invited to contact any member of the teams with questions, comments or suggestions.

Employee Development
- This team is charged with ensuring MoDOT employees are aware of all programs and processes that provide opportunities for recognition, employee development and promotions. Employees can email the team at:
Team Lead: Laurel McKean, district traffic engineer, KC
Sponsors: Brenda Morris, financial director, CO and Eric Schroeter, state design engineer, CO

Rebecca Allmeroth, district maintenance engineer, STL
Kristen Bagwill, human resources employee development manager, CO
Shirley Bock, financial services manager, CO
David Bower, senior right of way specialist, KC
Stephen Butler, maintenance supervisor, STL
Karl Desch, senior equipment technician, CD

Angela Eden, senior customer relations specialist, SW
Anthony Forrest, senior design technician, NE

Arij Humeida, highway designer, KC
Kyle LePage, senior multimodal operations specialist, CO
Jennifer Nelp, executive assistant, CO
Britney Richardson, human resources specialist, NW
Jose Rodriguez, traffic operations engineers, NW
Mary Shrubb, senior human resources technician, SE
Michael Spanberger, construction inspector, SW
Arthur Stewart, senior maintenance worker, SW
One Team MoDOT - This team is charged with building the value of One Team by focusing on effectively communicating with employees so they have the information they want and need. Employees can email the team at:
Team Lead: Todd Grosvenor, financial services special projects coordinator, CO
Sponsors: Paula Gough, district engineer, NE and Scott Marion, motor carrier services director, CO
Michele Compton, senior customer relations specialist, KC
Steff Copeland, motor carrier investigations administrator, CO
Jim Feeney, maintenance crew leader, STL
Devin Frank, resources management analyst, CO
Lindsay Harris, senior traffic studies specialist, KC
Dana Kaiser, senior executive assistant, CO
Andy Long, senior construction technician, NE

Frank Miller, district planning manager, SW
Sally Oxenhandler, customer relations manager, CD
Tom Reed, intermediate construction inspector, STL
Richard Russell, maintenance supervisor, SE
Mike Shields, senior maintenance worker, CD
David Wyman, area engineer, SE

Under Representation - This team is charged with improving the numbers of any underrepresented demographic group in any job category. The team will focus on ways to improve this trend through a variety of means. It is a complicated problem and the team hopes to find simple solutions. The team is asking how do we get better employees here, keep them and promote them. Employees can email the team at:
Team Leader: Eric Curtit, administrator of railroads, CO

Sponsor: Dan Niec, district engineer, KC

Steve Butler, maintenance supervisor, STL

Michael Catching, maintenance crew leader, STL

Tim Chojnacki, maintenance liaison engineer, CO

Josshe’ Inez Palm, highway designer, NW

Melissa Mahoney, construction inspector, KC

Cathy Morrison, senior multimedia services specialist, CO

Katie Morton, senior transportation enforcement investigator, STL

Jeanne Olubogun, district traffic engineer, STL

Elizabeth Reed, senior human resources specialist, CO

Angela Sutton, senior civil rights specialist, CO

Nicole Thieret, customer relations manager, SE

Albezza Treasure, human resources specialist, SW

Use of Resources - This team is charged with increasing the transparency and flexibility of the budgeting process, and developing strategies to improve the effective use of resources. Employees can email the team at:
Team Lead: Karen Yeomans, district design engineer, STL

Sponsor: Matt Seiler, assistant district engineer, SE

Tona Bowen, financial services administrator, CO

Josh Chinn, maintenance worker, NE

David Cole, senior maintenance worker, SW

Angela Downey, senior human resources specialist, NW

Marisa Ellison, customer relations manager, NE

Nathan Hunt, maintenance supervisor, SE

Joe McNeill, senior highway designer, NE

Shirley Norris, project manager, STL

James Pflum, assistant resident engineer, KC

Steven Pike, support services manager, NE

Patrick Robinson, senior structural technician, CO

Bryan Ross, senior multimodal operations specialist, CO

Patrick Skain, traffic studies specialist, Central

Total Compensation - This team is charged with improving employee satisfaction and understanding regarding salary and benefits. Topics have been divided into seven sub teams led by the core team’s members. The sub teams are noted next to each team member and include an additional 70 employees involved across the state. The sub teams are designed to provide further outreach opportunities for all MoDOT employees. Employees can email the team at:
Team Lead: Jerad Noland, district design engineer, NE

Sponsor: Dennis Heckman, state bridge engineer, CO
(Sub team lead = Program Delivery engineering, supervisors)

Randy Aulbur, district maintenance & traffic engineer, CD
(Sub team lead = Maintenance and Traffic engineering, supervisor)

Josshe’ Inez Palm, highway designer, NW
(Sub team lead = Program Delivery designer, inspector, technician, survey)

Jaylyn O’Connor, human resources manager, SW
(Sub team lead = Support Human Resources)

Aaron Pemberton, motorist assistance operator, STL
(Sub team lead = Maintenance and Traffic crew leader, lead worker)

Joanie Prenger, sr. financial services specialist, CO
(Sub team lead = Support Financial Services)

Marcus Slaughter, maintenance superintendent, KC
(Sub team lead = Maintenance and Traffic supervisor, superintendent)

Holly Dentner, customer relations manager, CO

Team Talk - The Value of Teamwork
Hello Team MoDOT! I am sure by now many of you have your plans ready for Super Bowl Sunday. To tell you the truth, I’m not really a football fan, and my interest in the Super Bowl is mostly in who sings the national anthem and how well they do it, and of course…the commercials. (Love those Clydesdale commercials, especially the ones that also have a dog!) To me, the bigger message surrounding the Super Bowl is the message of the value of teamwork.

teamworkWhile there are often extraordinary plays in a big game, no coach or individual player is responsible for the win. Football, baseball, basketball, hockey…and MoDOT…all rely on team work to get the job done. We are collectively successful, or not so successful, based on what we undertake and work towards as a team.

I grew up in the era when there were a lot of westerns on TV. And I understood early on the idea of "riding for the brand." Everyone on the ranch knew what had to get done to get the herd of cattle to market. Everyone had a job. Everyone had to support and work toward the goal to be successful. If anyone headed off in their own direction, or decided not to support the brand, they put the entire herd and the objective at risk.

Same thing at MoDOT. Same thing in the Super Bowl. Each member of Team MoDOT is important. As part of Team MoDOT we should all accept our role in the success of the entire organization. Each of us should partner with others to improve what we do, and involve our customers and partners to deliver practical solutions. As One Team we can be a great workforce and great place to work.

We constantly hear the benefits of teamwork, but have you ever thought about the downside to working alone? While working alone is good in some instances, and some people even prefer it, it takes away from your ability to learn. Working alone doesn’t allow you to benefit from the knowledge and ideas of others. It means your ideas aren’t challenged, and you don’t get the benefit of maybe being even more innovative. Perhaps the biggest downside to working alone comes when the project doesn’t go as planned. When you work a project alone, it’s all on you. When we work as a team, there are others to share the struggle and help get things back on track.

We are blessed to have very talented and diverse people on Team MoDOT, but to truly be “Team MoDOT” we must all combine our talents. I am proud to be a part of Team MoDOT, and I thank you for being part of this great team with me.

Have fun on Super Bowl Sunday!
Tough Choices Ahead - Information for Employees
Each week in Connections we’ll include some information to help employees better understand where we are headed with our 325 System for primary and supplementary routes.

Tough ChoicesWhy is MoDOT making these funding decisions now when the decreased construction funding level of $325 million doesn’t hit until 2017?
The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is MoDOT’s budget for the next five years of construction contracts, and it’s updated each year. By 2017, MoDOT’s construction funding will be $325 million, which isn’t enough to keep Missouri’s existing roads and bridges in the condition they’re in today. MoDOT has to plan now how to work within that budget and prioritize construction funding. Even if more funding somehow became available, the process of planning and completing road work takes time and involves city, regional and state transportation professionals. That work must take place several years in advance.

How did we get here?
There are many reasons why Missouri has insufficient transportation funding. Fuel tax revenues have become a diminishing revenue stream as cars become more fuel efficient. Inflation has decreased our purchasing power by more than 50 percent. What was 17 cents (state fuel tax per gallon) of purchasing power in 1992 is now about eight cents and decreasing each year. The cost of asphalt, concrete and steel cost as much as 200 percent more than they did in 1992.

Governor Nixon's State of the State - Transportation

On Jan. 21, Governor Jay Nixon delivered his State of the State address. Below is the portion of his speech that discusses transportation. For the full transcript go to: Governor State of the State.

We've traditionally paid for roads and bridges through user fees, like the gas tax. Missourians believe it's only fair that folks who use the roads also pay for them.

governorBut with more fuel-efficient vehicles, drivers are getting more miles out of each gallon of gas... so they end up paying less to fund our roads

As a result, money for our roads and bridges is drying up

Missouri has the seventh-largest highway system in the nation. But we rank 46th in how much we invest to maintain it.

Last week, we heard MoDOT lay out - in stark terms - what this means.

On thousands of miles of state roads, from Lindbergh in St. Louis to Rangeline in Joplin, we'll barely be able to patch potholes.

By 2017, we won't even have enough revenue to match federal highway dollars.

So what do we do?

One option is a toll road on Interstate 70. The Highway Commission's recent report showed that this approach could make I-70 better and safer ... and free up tens of millions of dollars for other roads around the state.

Trucks and out-of-state vehicles that do the most damage to I-70 would have to pay their fair share. That deserves serious consideration.

Here's another option: the gas tax.

Missouri's gas tax hasn't gone up a penny in nearly 20 years. It's the fifth-lowest in the nation. With gas prices as low as they are now, this is worth a very close look.

If we want to leave Missouri roads better than we found them, the only thing we can't do is sit still. This is a major, long-term challenge - so let's get moving now.

AP photo by Jeff Roberson.

Fatality Update
What's Happening
Challenge100-Mile Challenge Results
The St. Louis District is the winner of the 2014 100–Mile Challenge with a total of 26,273 miles logged. Central Office took second with 22,810 miles and the Southwest District placed third with 18,752 miles. Team MoDOT ended with a little over 120,000 total miles logged by participants.

For the win, the St. Louis District will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement. Barry Bergman of the district will be enjoying the two St. Louis Blues tickets he won in the drawing, compliments of Coventry.

Congratulations to all those who participated.

meeting noticeEmployee Association Meeting

Saturday, Jan. 31 at 9 a.m.

Truman Hotel, 1510 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City

All current and potential members are welcome to attend.

The Association is also looking for individuals to fill the positions of president and vice president.

To RSVP for the meeting or for information on the officer positions contact -

January Retirements
John B. Christy – NW – 41
Roy E. Forbes – NW – 29
Ralph M. Morriss – NW – 36
William E. Keiffer – NW – 22
Keith L. Nold - NW – 30
Robert L. Hughson – NW – 23
Tana L. Akright – NE – 23
Marion T. Baker – NE – 20
Larry D. Ballew – NE – 24
Roy L. Collins – NE – 17
James A. Wilson – NE – 29
Daniel H. Newton – KC – 30
Erik W. Mewes – KC – 31
Kevin L. Walter – KC – 32
Robert E. Hesemann – CD – 29 Kenneth R. Steinbeck – CD – 29
John R. Forderhase – CD – 27
John O. Hayes – CD – 31
Dennis D. Noblett – CD – 28

Kenneth G. Wyss – CD – 27
Matthew J. Budd – SL – 29
Richard J. Herminghaus – SL – 30
Tom M. Stratman – SL – 33
Wayne J. Goyea – SL – 15
James K. Clark – SE – 29
Mark J. Barton – SE – 23
Jeffery J. Hogan – SE – 30
Eugene Davis – SE – 31

In Memoriam

Travis Day - active employee
CD – December 23
William Johnson - active employee
KC – January 1

Arthur Pyeatt
former D6 – December 7
Ray Rackers
CO – December 13
Jimmie Woodham
former D10 – December 16
Douglas Commino
former D4 – December 16
Arthur Maher
former D2 – December 18
Harold Zbierski, Sr.
former D1 – December 18

Donald Myers
former D5 – December 19
Kenneth Kronk, Sr.
former D3 – December 21
Donald Zeugin
CO – December 24
Alan Calhoun
former D3 – December 26
Norine Lootens
CO – December 28
Albert Barnard
former D3 – December 31
Ralph Thater
CO – January 2
Charles Woodson
former D3 – January 4

James Roseberry
former D10 – January 7
Norman Hofmann
former D6 – January 9
Alden Sallee
former D7 – January 10
Charles Johnson
former D8 – January 12
William McCloud
former D4 – January 13
Thomas Faulconer
former D4 – January 18
Joseph H. Licklider
former D9 – January 22


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