February 26, 2015

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Southeast District Crews Battle Harsh Winter Weather
Snow Fall Totals
Most areas of the SE District received accumulations of eight or more inches during the 48-hour storm that start Feb. 15.

After an unseasonably warm winter for most of the season, Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction of six more weeks of winter weather seemed a bit farfetched. But, unfortunately for the SE District, this year’s prediction does seem to hold true.

On the evening of Feb. 15, a winter storm made its way across Southeast Missouri. Many regions of the area received sleet followed by heavy accumulations of snow. Portions of Scott and Mississippi Counties near the Illinois state line received the highest accumulations with totals reaching 15 to 18 inches.

Crews worked around-the clock to fight the tough conditions and began to make progress despite the bitter cold temperatures, but more wintry precipitation soon struck the area. Early Feb. 18, the district received a heavy dusting of snow that covered many of the previously cleared major routes.

Due to the crews’ diligence, most of the SE District’s major routes were mostly clear in time for morning commutes on Feb. 19. But that was not the end of the winter weather!

On Feb. 20, another system moved into Southeast Missouri, bringing sleet followed by freezing rain. Temperatures rose on Feb. 21, which was helpful in making progress on the roadways. However, it caused another concern—flooding.

The hard work from the SE District’s maintenance crews and EOC staff did not go unnoticed.  Many individuals, including State Representatives and highway patrol troops, took time to show their appreciation by writing letters and reaching out to the Southeast District on social media.

Below are a few of the comments received throughout the storms:

Rep. Todd Richardson wanted to make sure MoDOT district staff were thanked for their hard work during this past weekend’s snow storm. He was very impressed how well the roads were cleared under the severe weather conditions.

Just met a convoy of MoDOT trucks preparing for the next round of precipitation. Many thanks for those who have to work out in this weather whether it be road crews, electric crews, law enforcement, first responders and many others. It can be easy to forget when you are warm and cozy. Thanks to ALL and stay safe! (per Rep. Shelley Keeney’s facebook)

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Same Faces, New Places

Senior Human Resources Specialists Kristy Pettit and Pam Griffin are familiar faces within the Southeast District. Both Kristy and Pam have been highly successful in providing medical benefit assistance to employees through the Human Resources division. The Southeast District split benefits administration responsibilities between Kristy and Pam.

But, within many other districts across the state, the benefits specialist position is located within the Financial Services division.

Going forward, the Southeast District Human Resources division will work to increase recruitment efforts and provide other divisions with more training opportunities. With this direction and a majority of benefits/retirement processes requiring corresponding payroll transactions, SE District management determined the benefits specialist position will be moved to the Financial Services division.

Kristy Pettit

Kristy will serve as the district benefits/retirement specialist within the Financial Services division. Kristy will travel to Willow Springs on a regular basis. Employees and retirees with benefit and retirement questions, may contact Kristy at (573) 472-5363 (same phone number). Her office in the Southeast District Office will move to the Financial Services division.

Pam will remain in the SE Human Resources division but will now focus more heavily on hiring, developing and retaining an outstanding SE workforce. Pam and the other members of the Human Resources team (Angie Temple, Donna Ferkel and Mary Shrubb) will continue to be available for HR questions.

The change will be effective March 1.

Picture: Kristy Pettit will be the primary contact for benefit and retirement information beginning March 1. Her position will move from the district's Human Resources division to Financial Services.


For more info

Nicole Thieret
Customer Relations Manager
Southeast District

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