August 31: Fall Look Ahead

Good morning,  

With Labor Day approaching and many schools starting back up this week, we are quickly approaching fall! With that in mind, I would like to provide you with a fall look ahead for WCRC. 

Starting the second week of September, our Paint A Plow program will be in full swing. This is a creative community outreach program that ties our commission together with the local schools in Washtenaw County. Not only is it fun, it also provides our youngsters with a lot of helpful information about “Don’t Crowd the Plow”, our organization and our county in general. Reach out to Emma Sharpe if you have any questions about this program. And a big thank you to our drivers who make this program happen, especially if you are around to help the kids climb in and out of the truck and blow the air horn! 

Nearing the end of September and beginning of October, our operations crews will perform dry run. Dry run is a time for our crews to prep their equipment for snow and ice, master their snowplow routes and take note of any issues/hazards that our drivers may come across in the snowy months ahead. Additionally, it’s a great way to show off our painted plows to residents! However, the start of dry run also means we will be getting salt deliveries soon. Between these deliveries and the construction of the new salt barn, traffic in the Main Yard might be heavy. If you have any questions about the construction of the new material storage building and prepping for snow season, be sure to reach out to Adam Lape.  

Our annual employee appreciation (aka pancake) breakfast will be held Thursday, November 9 at the Washtenaw County Farm Council Grounds in Lodi Township. This event is a great way for our commission to show appreciation for our employees and retirees. Not only will there be an opportunity to order more WCRC merch, but we will also have raffle tickets and prizes! If you have any questions about this event, reach out to Tiffany Oliphant.  

And lastly, our county holiday parades are normally held during the month of December. Keep an eye out for digital signs throughout our buildings to see when and where these parades will take place. Our digital signs are also a great way to stay up to date on all the information mentioned above, including our painted plows!  

I hope you enjoy the long weekend and last days of summer. As always, remember to check the MDOT MiDrive map to anticipate traffic congestion if you are traveling during this holiday weekend.  

Take care & stay safe,