Snow and Ice Workshop for Public Service Groups Planned Dec. 4

Canadian Valley Technology Center will host a one-day a Winter Storm Emergency Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 4 inside the Helen Ward Seminar Center.

November 20, 2017

CHICKASHA – One area school is already battling wintry snow and ice accumulations on roadways.

No freezing precept has yet fallen, but officials at Canadian Valley Technology Center want to equip local, county and statewide agencies with knowhow. 

CV Tech has partnered with the Center for Local Government Technology at Oklahoma State University to offer a winter storm emergency workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 4.

The free event will cover plowing, use of ice blades, safe driving tips and best practices for salt and abrasive application.

Winter storms wreak havoc for public works, counties, tribal communities and entities such as the state Turnpike Authority and the state Department of Transportation, all of which deal with snow and ice management.

“These agencies must plan and prepare year-round in anticipation of winter storms in order to provide safety and mobility on roads and highways,” said CV Tech Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator Karen Sneary. “Snow and ice storms severely disrupt surface travel and create hazardous conditions that cause thousands of accidents annually.”

Routine activities often are interrupted as well, including work, appointments, education, religious services, social activities and sporting events. All face potential cancellations due to wintry weather.

Snow and ice control are vital functions of public works, Sneary said.

“We have reached out to schools, universities, county and local government, tribes, and state agencies,” she said. “We are also hoping professional associations and anyone who has to deal with snow and ice on a larger scale for the public can find benefit in the program.”

The one-day workshop will be held inside the Helen Ward Seminar Center at CV Tech’s Chickasha Campus, 1401 W. Michigan Ave.

 A free lunch is provided, courtesy of Southwest Trailers & Equipment and Summit Truck Group.  

Those interested in attending must sign up, Sneary said.

The registry website is To register, click on the “Training” drop-down menu and select “LTAP Classes.” Then choose the December 4 link entitled “Winter Maintenance Snow & Ice Control.” 

You may also call (405)-744.6049, or call CV Tech at (405) 222-7525 for help registering.

The Center for Local Government Technology is a public service outreach program of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU. The group is committed to providing the highest quality educational programs, training, technical assistance, and customized services to various customer groups who specialize in serving the public.