The 2016 MACRS Spring Conference will be held March 28-31, 2016, at the Best Western Heritage Inn, Great Falls, Montana. Registration forms for participants and vendors will be available late December 2015.
The MACRS organization was started in 1979 with John Bilbro of Rosebud County as the first President. The MACRS Conference and Seminar was held annually in different locations throughout Montana but has grown so large, the conference facilities in Great Falls has been used for the last eight years. The program covers a variety of topics dealing with ways to solve problems encountered in on-the-job situations and provides an opportunity to find out how other counties and communities cope. Anyone involved with the management of roads, streets and bridges will benefit from the knowledge shared at the MACRS conference. City, town, county, state and tribal personnel are welcome!
Past Presidents of the organization are: '79,'80,'81-John Bilbro, Rosebud; '82-Gene Dreidlein, Meagher; '83-Vince Kerouac, Cascade; '84-Charlie Phillips, Flathead; '85-Jim Ellis, Lewis & Clark; '86-Marvin Kleinjan, Hill; '87-Bob Jacks, Missoula; '88-Bob Youngberg, Park; '89-Ken Jorgensen, Cascade; '90-Ed Beck, Sheridan; '91- Don Gallus, Blaine; '92-Sam Gianfrancisco, Gallatin; '93-Dale Rath, Fallon; '94-Sanford Haugsdal, Musselshell; '95 -Rick Seiler, Valley; '96-Don Bohne, Missoula; '97-Russ Huotari, Richland; '98 Jerry Otto, Hill, '99 Joe Foran, Dawson/Richard Miller, Beaverhead, 2000 John Ostlund, Yellowstone; 2001 Larry Juell, Sweet Grass; 2002 Eric Griffin, Lewis & Clark ; 2003 Jack Knorr, Stillwater County; 2004 Tom Romo, Roosevelt County; 2005 Russ Albers, Chouteau County; 2006 Tim White, Lincoln County, District #3; 2007 Jim McCarthy, Butte-Silver Bow; 2008 Wayne Waarvik, Valley County; 2009 Shawn Norick, Liberty County; 2010 Wayne Buck, Rosebud County; 2011 Mitch Urdahl, Gallatin County, 2012 Tom Fairbank, Blaine County, 2013 Jerry Backlund, Custer County, 2014 Ovila Byrd, Flathead County
Conference Meeting Locations: Havre, '83, Helena '84, Billings '85, Bozeman '86, Great Falls, '87, Livingston '88, Lewistown '89, Kalispell '90, Glasgow '91, Bozeman '92, Missoula '93, Helena '94, Polson '95, Billings '96, Lewistown '97, Great Falls '98, Kalispell '99, Havre 2000, Missoula 2001, Billings 2002, Fairmont Hot Springs 2003 , Bozeman 2004, Billings 2005, Great Falls 2006, Kalispell 2007, Helena 2008, Great Falls 2009, Great Falls 2010, Great Falls 2011, Great Falls 2012, Great Falls 2013, Great Falls 2014, Great Falls 2015, Great Falls 2016
Message from 2015-2016 MACRS President John Stokes:
As MACRS President for this next year, I want all to know as a county road supervisor there are many different hats one has to wear when dealing with the variety of folks this job requires. In order to accomplish those various tasks, I have been privileged to work with the MACRS past Presidents and all the Officers and Representatives over the years finding out how they were able to get the job done. This MACRS organization has been a real plus for me due to living in the country and being able to network with like-minded people. If you have any issues or are needing some kind of specific training, please let me know or any of the District Reps or other Officers. We will be planning the fall MACRS meetings in June and then will have a fall planning meeting for the 2016 spring conference. Get your ideas to me as soon as possible so we have enough time to get the agenda in place.
Through MACRS and our partnership with Montana LTAP, training topics and workshops have been provided based on your requests. Coordination of our spring conference through Montana LTAP has been effective in providing the best conference possible for not only county road employees, but for our county commissioners--over 37 county commissioners attended the 2015 spring conference.
As we meet the challenges of floods, droughts, and blizzards, those who keep informed through training and sharing information with their county neighbors are able to meet the demand of the public to keep our county roads safe.
MACRS 36th Annual Conference will be held at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, Montana, March 28-31, 2016. This roster of officers will meet in November to plan our conference. As MACRS President, I look forward to working with this outstanding group of 2015-2016 MACRS officers and representatives.
- President: –John Stokes, Pondera County, 406-279-3651, pocova(at)3rivers.net
- 1st Vice President –John Anderson, Fergus County, 406-535-5006, fcrdbri(at)midrivers.com
- 2nd Vice President - Doug Nisbet, Lewis & Clark County, 406-447-8031
- Secretary-Treasurer –Lloyd Omdahl, Toole County, 406-434-2742, tcroad(at)3rivers.net
- #1 Jeff Friesz, Sanders County, 406-741-3582, sandersco2(at) hotspringsmt.net
- #2 Dana Rauser, Broadwater County, 406-266-3429, roaddept(at)mt.net
- #3 Dirk Drugge, Blaine County, 406-357-2840, ddrugge(at)blainecounty-mt.gov
- #4 Bobby Weidmer, Fallon County, 406-978-2015, falcord(at)midrivers.com
- #5 Tim Miller, Yellowstone County, 406-256-2735, tmiller (at)co.yellowstone.mt.gov
- Dana Rauser, Broadwater County, 406-266-3429, roaddept(at)mt.net
- Eric Griffin, Lewis & Clark County, 406-447-1636, egriffin(at)lccountymt.gov
Training Committee Representative
- Jerry Otto, Hill County, 406-265-8507, hillco1405(at)hotmail.com
- Sandra Broesder, Pondera County, 406-275-3156, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Past President –Ovila Byrd, Flathead County, 406-758-5790, obyrd(at)flathead.mt.gov
Dues of $100 entitle the county to annual membership in MACRS and participation in the annual state Conference/Seminar for one county representative. The cost for additional participants from each county is $100 and they may register now or in person at the conference. Vendors dues are $400 annually for one representative and $100 for each additional representative. There is a nominal charge for additional tables at each conference. All monies are used for the MACRS organization. Membership Applications/Renewals and dues are collected annually by Montana LTAP on behalf of MACRS. Dues and bookkeeping records will be transferred to MACRS Secretary/Treasurer after they are collected.
The MACRS Planning Meeting will be held at the Best Western Heritage Inn, Great Falls, on November 17 - 18, 2015, hosted by MACRS. Minutes and agenda items will be available after the meeting.