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Ohio Department of Transportation    News Release
District 1    Kirk Slusher, P.E., District Deputy Director
1885 North McCullough St. • Lima, Ohio 45801
Paulding and Wyandot County Employees Prevail in Roadeo
LIMA (Friday, May 22, 2015)Employees in the Paulding and Wyandot County Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garages were named the winners Wednesday in the ODOT District 1 truck and loader roadeo held in Lima.
District 1 encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Winning the truck competition was Frank Zamora of the Wyandot County ODOT garage. Finishing second behind Zamora was Leon Goyings of the Paulding County ODOT garage. In third place was Tom Mellinger of the Hancock County garage.
The loader competition was won by Goyings of Paulding County with Mellinger of the Hancock County garage finishing second. In third was John Rinker, also of the Hancock County garage.
“This is a way for us to honor and celebrate the abilities of our equipment operators,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director. “After enduring two of the harshest winters in recent memory, our drivers appreciate the opportunity to further hone their skills under the friendly conditions the roadeo courses offer,” he said.
Slusher noted the stats which further demonstrate the abilities of the district’s drivers. Of the 12 transportation districts in the state, District 1 was one of only three to have a perfect score last winter in returning all affected priority routes to normal driving speed within two hours after a winter weather event ended. “That’s a testament to our equipment operators and to those who manage our crews,” said Slusher.
The roadeo also included the announcement of Kalida High School as the winner of this year’s Paint the Plow contest which asked area high schools to paint an ODOT plow with their message of school spirit, safety, patriotism or Ohio pride. There were 13 schools from ODOT District 1’s eight-county region participating this year.
Photos of all entries in this year’s Paint the Plow contest are posted on the ODOT District 1 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ODOTDistrict1.
According to Steve Myers, art teacher at Kalida, the students wanted the design to portray both the toughness of the school as well as the toughness that the ODOT drivers have demonstrated the last couple of winters. There were 35 students who collaborated on the winning effort.
The roadeo is a friendly competition which pits equipment operators against one another to test their skill in maneuvering equipment through a series of obstacles intended to mimic situations they encounter on the job. Participants are also required to find deliberately-placed mechanical bugs on equipment as part of the pre-trip inspection portion of the competition.
The top-two finishers in the district competition will go on to compete against their coworkers in the statewide competition which will be held in Columbus in September.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.