MRWA Fall Conference Update

booth-01Once again, MECO had an exceptional experience a the MRWA Fall Conference for the Office Professionals and Operators at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. The week was full of activities, socials, and of course, lots of networking. Our booth was busy throughout and we want to thank each and everyone who took the time to stop by and chat and maybe learn something new about MECO.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Kick-Off Social on the patio Wednesday afternoon. Once again, we enjoyed serving a large crowd, seeing old friends and making new ones. Whoever ordered the weather, thanks!! The day was perfect and the beverages were cold. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

During the conference, we participated in MRWA’s door prize drawing and are pleased to announce the winners of those drawings:

Office Professionals: Thomasa Chapman of Jackson County PWSD #15 (fall arrangement on antique door)Operators: Jesse Howell of Thomas Hill PWSD #1 (Camo wheeled cooler)

In addition to these drawings, we tried something a bit different this year, sending out a pre-conference mailer with a ticket. All that was required was coming by the booth during exhibit hall hours to say hi and drop the ticket in the basket, you didn’t even have to be present to win! We really appreciate the response and all of the kind comments. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Again, we saw many of our friends and met many new ones.

Winners of the gift card drawings were:

Office Professionals: Janice Howard, Callaway 2 Water District

Operators: Bill Barnes, City of Silex

Congratulations to all the winners!!

Vogler New President of MECO Engineering

SEV_press-release-photo-revMECO Engineering Company, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent election of Scott E. Vogler, PE, as President of the firm. Mr. Vogler joined MECO in 1995 and has advanced through a number of increasingly responsible roles throughout the past twenty years, most recently serving as Vice President. He will continue in his duties as Director of Engineering, Jefferson City.

Throughout his career at MECO, Mr. Vogler has made significant contributions to the growth of the firm, being heavily involved in management and strategic planning for the firm’s future. Under Mr. Vogler’s competent leadership, we look with confidence to the future and to the continued success of MECO as a well-respected engineering and land surveying firm.

Mr. Vogler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri, graduating in 1982. With 33 years of exceptional experience, Mr. Vogler specializes in public works and municipal engineering. He serves in the capacity of City Engineer for numerous MECO clients, including Boonville, Fayette, Pilot Grove, Higbee, Ashland, and is District Engineer for the Howard County Regional Water Commission.

Former President Kenneth L. Woods, PE will remain as Chief Executive Officer.

We welcome you to join us as we extend our congratulations and best wishes for success to Mr. Vogler as he assumes his new leadership role as President of MECO Engineering.

Mr. Vogler and his wife Beverly reside in Jefferson City, Missouri.

New Animal Shelter in Pike County, IL

A new animal shelter in Pittsfield, Illinois is nearing reality as bids were recently received for the construction of a new animal shelter on N. Jackson. As Pittsfield’s City Engineer, MECO Vice President Max F. Middendorf, PE has worked diligently, guiding his Team and this project through the planning, design, finance, and bidding phases to get the project to this important milestone. A recent financial gift presented to the City of Pittsfield allows the project to begin construction, with a groundbreaking anticipated to be held later in the month of October.

MECO is honored to represent the City of Pittsfield and to be a member of the Team responsible for this exciting project that will provide a clean, safe, and caring environment for the many dogs and cats that will benefit from the improved facilities on their way to their forever homes.

The following is a recent news article relating to the project and the Gray Trust donation.

Gray Trust gives $670000 gift to new animal shelter in Pike County – Quincy Herald-Whig

Bensman Promotion

JDBWe are proud to announce the recent election of Vice President James D. Bensman, PE, SE as Director of Engineering, Hannibal. Jim will direct and oversee work produced by the Engineering Department and technical staff. In addition to his new responsibilities, he will continue in his current role as Vice President/Principal Engineer.

Jim’s exceptional talents and expertise are tremendous assets to our company as we continue to expand as a consulting, design, and land survey firm. We welcome you to join us in celebrating Jim on this outstanding achievement and wish him continued success in his career development and advancement.

New MECO Employees

We want to introduce you to our newest hires in our Jefferson City Office, adding exceptional expertise to our professional engineering staff.

Senior Engineer Byron F. Shaw, Jr. PE brings exceptional expertise and knowledge relating to the development, planning, design, financing, and construction of wastewater facilities and systems. Mr. Shaw comes to MECO after a long and rewarding career with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. His most recent responsibilities were as Engineering Unit Chief for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program. In this capacity, he supervised the engineering staff within the Water Protection Program’s Financial Assistance Center.

Senior Engineer Kevin D. McDonald, PE is a highly skilled Mechanical Engineer, possessing exemplary skills sets in the specific tasks involved in process control, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering, design, and construction. Mr. McDonald brings in-depth knowledge and experience in the design of MEP systems, coordination with architects and owners, cost estimating, production of construction ready AutoCAD drawings, assisting in the preparation of technical specifications and construction documents, review of equipment and shop drawing submittals, construction administration, and construction observation.

Fayette MRWA Wastewater Plant of the Year

The City of Fayette was awarded the 2015 MRWA “Wastewater Plant of the Year” March 3, 2015 at the spring meeting of the Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) in Branson, Missouri. Accepting the award on behalf of the City were Danny Dougherty and Angie Malone. MECO extends our congratulations to the City for this great award.

MECO Engineering is the City Engineer for the City of Fayette. The following is a description of the project and we are very proud to have been a part in this success. Since the plant went on-line January 2010, the City wastewater department personnel have maintained the facility to the highest of standards, showing pride in their plant and in their city.

In 2005, the City requested MECO to prepare a Wastewater Facilities Master Plan to investigate options for improvements to the wastewater lagoon, and in 2006 charged MECO with the task of designing a new wastewater treatment plant, based on the recommendations of the Facility Plan. Financing of the $4.5 million dollar project was a cooperative effort between state and federal funding partners, including grants from the Community Development Block Grant Program ($500,000) and the USDA-RD Program ($892,500), with the balance of the project financed with low-interest loans obtained from the USDA-RD Program. Bids were received in December 2008, with the low bid accepted at $4,406,505.60. Construction began March 2009 and all project activities were completed and the plant went on-line January 2010.

Project Description: Wastewater Treatment Lagoon Conversion w/Disinfection

Project Activities: The three-cell aerated lagoon was converted to a 1.5 MGD advanced aeration and mixing process with a new coarse screening structure, spiral screen system, influent and effluent flow monitoring and UV disinfection. A new headworks building, a blower building and UV building was constructed. The project included a new motor control center (MCC) and the entire plant is now linked to the lab through the new SCADA system, improving operations, efficiency, and effluent flow monitoring.

MECO Pre-Qualifications

MECO is Pre-Qualified and/or registered to provide engineering and land surveying services for numerous agencies/entities, including:

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the LPA Program

Sidewalks/Trails, Bridges, Land Survey, Construction Inspection

MissouriBuys (previously State of Missouri Vendor online vendor and OA/FMDC registration)

Missouri Department of Conservation

Civil, Land Survey

Boone County Public Works Department, Columbia, Missouri

Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)

Roads/Streets, Sanitary Sewer, Land Survey, Structures (Highway Simple/Highway Typical)

Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB)

Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural, Land Surve

Staff certifications include:

CDB Program Manager

MoDOT LPA Project Managers

MoDOT Certified Technicians for site inspection/concrete testing

USDA-RD Certified Inspectors

Ronald E. Kliethermes, PLS, New Illinois Land Surveyor

MECO Engineering Company, Inc. is proud to announce that Ronald E. Kliethermes, PLS, has recently been awarded a Professional Land Surveyor license by the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Mr. Kliethermes has met all qualifications and examination requirements, and may now practice Land Surveying in the State of Illinois.

Mr. Kliethermes has been a Missouri licensed Professional Land Surveyor for over 30 years. He is manager of MECO’s Jefferson City Survey Division with a service delivery area of more than twenty counties in Central Missouri. Mr. Kliethermes’ new licensure as an Illinois Land Surveyor greatly enhances the delivery of MECO’s full complement of services to our Illinois clientele, expanding our capacity to meet their project needs in-house.

Congratulations Ron!

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