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2003 - 2010


 

Effective December 21, 2010 - We are pleased to announce that the Turbo Relocation Project has been completed. Version 1.0 and all the documentation was delivered to AASHTO on November 15th, and the software is now available for licensing. Arizona and Mississippi were the Beta test states. We were extremely pleased with the open communication link created by BEM (the developer) and the Beta test teams.

Turbo Relocation is an AASHTOWare® software product used to address an emerging need to automate relocation calculations to ensure consistency in implementing the requirements of the Uniform Relocation Act. It may be used by all agencies and their consultants. The objectives of the software are to: 1. Provide consistency in the calculation process; 2. Assist with on-the-job training of relocation staff; 3. Prompt to answer questions; 4. Guide users through benefits calculation process; 5. Provide a database and allow linkage to existing databases (linkage is a customizable interfaces); and 6. Operate in both web-based and stand-alone modes facilitating field use. Congratulations to all who were involved in this project's success!

Effective December 13, 2010, Tony Tavares, California resigned his position as the subcommittee Region 4 Utilities Representative. He was an active participant on the executive board since April 19, 2010 and a member of the subcommittee since June 22, 2009. Tony has been appointed as the State of California's Maintenance Engineer.

Effective November 30, 2010, Joe Miklochik, Maryland resigned his position as the subcommittee Region 1 Right of Way Representative. He was an active participant on the executive board since April 19, 2010. Joe will no longer be the Director of Real Estate for the State Highway Administration in Maryland. After 27 years of state service, he will be leaving to work for JMT Associates Inc.

Effective July 2010, Keith Platte, AASHTO was appointed as the AASHTO Liaison for Right of Way and Utilities.  Keith has worked with several other committees within AASHTO over the past four years, including the Subcommittee on Materials, the Technology Implementation Group, the Special Committee on International Activities, and the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program. Prior to his recent appointment, Keith worked as the Program Director for Product Evaluation and Materials for two years.

Effective July 2010, Jim McDonnell, AASHTO was appointed as the AASHTO Program Director for Engineering.  Jim also serves as the staff liaison to AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Highways and Standing Committee on Research; oversees AASHTO’s engineering technical service programs; and coordinates technical activities between AASHTO’s engineering committees and related outside organizations, such as the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).   Prior to his recent appointment, Jim served as the Deputy Program Director for Engineering for three years.  He has been with AASHTO for over ten years.

Effective April 19, 2010, Dan Smith, Mississippi was appointed to serve on the subcommittee executive board as a Region 2 Right of Way Representative. Dan has been an active member of the subcommittee since his 2004 appointment as the Chief of Right of Way, for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Dan has been with MS DOT for 13 years and prior to the right of way appointment, he served as an Agent in the Title Section and then was promoted to Attorney Senior.

Effective April 19, 2010, Tony Tavares, PE, PMP, California was appointed to serve on the subcommittee executive board as a Region 4 Utilities Representative. Tony has been an active member of the subcommittee since his June 22, 2009 appointment as the Chief, Division of Right of Way and Land Surveys, for the California Department of Transportation. Tony has been with CalTrans for 21 years and prior to the right of way appointment, he served as the Director of CalTrans District 10. A former construction engineer prior to the District 10 assignment, Tony was the Assistant Division Chief for CalTrans' $10 Billion construction program of over 700 active construction projects including the $1.3 Billion San Franscisco / Oakland Bay Bridge project. Tony led the CalTrans team that hosted the very successful 2010 annual membership meeting in San Diego, CA., "Leveraging Scarce Resources - Leading the Drive to Economic Recovery".

Effective April 19, 2010, Joe Miklochik, Maryland was appointed to serve on the subcommittee executive board as a Region 1 Right of Way Representative. Joe has been an active member of the subcommittee since his May 2006 appointment as the Director, Office of Real Estate, for the Maryland State Highway Administration. Joe has been with MD SHA for 22 years and prior to his current assignment, he served as Deputy Director, Office of Real Estate and prior to that as Assistant Division Chief for Appraisal Review. Joe was in place as the Deputy Director of Real Estate to assist Chris Larson with the successful 2006 annual membership meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

April 2009 - Bimla Rhinehart, California
resigned her position on the subcommittee executive board in order to accept appointment as the Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission.  Bimla served on the subcommittee executive board as the Region 4, Utilities Representative since her appointment in January 2007.  Bimla was a valuable member of FHWA/NCHRP Project Panel 20-36 International Scan, “Integrating and Streamlining R/W and Utility Processes with Planning, Environment and Design” and is a co-chairman of the scan implementation team.  Bimla has been an active member of the subcommittee since 2005 in her previous position as the Chief, Division of R/W & Land Surveys for the California DOT.

Effective Spring 2009- Matt DeLong, Michigan appointed as Vice-Chair of Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities.

Effective January 09, 2009 - Gary Fawver, Pennsylvania
resigned his position on the subcommittee executive board in order to accept the promotion and permanent assignment as Division Chief for the Environmental Quality Assurance Division of the Pennsylvania DOT.   Gary served on the subcommittee as a Region 1 Right of Way Representative from January 2006 until his resignation, and was a generous contributor of his time and expertise while facilitating the development of several research initiatives.  Most recently Gary served as a member of the FHWA/NCHRP Project Panel 20-36 International Scan, “Integrating and Streamlining R/W and Utility Processes with Planning, Environment and Design” and contributed to the development of the Scan Implementation plan.  Gary was an active member of the subcommittee since 2000 in service to the Pennsylvania DOT as Chief, Utility and Right of Way Section.


Effective January 06, 2009 - Jim Viau, Ohio
resigned his position as the subcommittee Vice Chairman for Right of Way.  He provided valuable leadership and was an active participant on the executive board from June 01, 2006 – May 31, 2008.  Jim has agreed to continue his participation and generous contributions of experience and expertise to the subcommittee by reassuming his previous role on the executive board as a Region 3 Right of Way Representative. Jim has been an active member of the subcommittee since November 2003.  He is currently the Right of Way and Utilities Director for the Ohio DOT.


Effective December 31, 2008, Dick Hunter, Region Representative, Region III, is retiring from Illinois Department of Transportation. Richard Hunter, Director, Chief of Land Acquisition, Illinois Department of Transportation, will be retiring effective December 31, 2008 after 6.5 years of service.Dick has been an Executive Board Member to the Subcommittee for a period of four years and has been working closely with the board for the last 10 years. Upon announcing his retirement, Dick stated that “I will retire from the Illinois Department of Transportation.During my last 6 ½ plus years a Chief of Land Acquisition I have had the privilege to get to know and work with many of you.Without question my involvement with the AASHTO ROW & Utilities Subcommittee and in particular my short tenure on the executive board will be remembered as a most rewarding experience.I will truly miss it.The work of the subcommittee, although often ancillary to the continual demands of our everyday responsibilities, is vitally important to the future of our agencies and the role our ROW & utilities professionals will have in the future of transportation.I encourage everyone to contribute what you can to the subcommittee."

Effective December 1, 2008, Gerry Gallinger, Region Representative, Region IV, is retiring from Washington State Department of Transportation. Gerry Gallinger, Director, Real Estate Services, Washington State Department of Transportation, will be retiring effective December 1, 2008 after almost 26 years of service. Gerry served as the Director of Real Estate Services for eight years. He has been an Executive Board Member to the Subcommittee for a period of four years and has been working closely with the board for the last 10 years. Prior to his career at WSDOT, he worked in the Title Insurance industry for 20 years. Upon announcing his retirement, Gerry noted “One of the highlights of my (almost) 26 years with my agency has been my activities and association with the AASHTO Right of Way and Utilities Subcommittee. Thanks to all of you who have made this a very enjoyable experience. I have learned much from all of you. I hope to see many of you in the near future.”

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/utilities/2007awards.cfm

May 25, 2007 - FHWA posts the electronic version of the new Subsurface Engineering Brochure on the FHWA's Subsurface Utility Engineering web site. It is in an easy to read format that includes 508 compliant text and can be accessed at:http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/design/sue/suebrochure.cfm.

April 25, 2007 - Susan Lauffer retiring from Federal Highway Administration as Director of Real Estate on May 3, 2007. After nearly 30 years of exceptional Federal Government service, Susan Lauffer is retiring effective May 3, 2007. Susan’s career with the U. S. Department of Transportation has included assignments with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST). Susan has been the Director of Real Estate Services since 1999. In this position she led policy development for Right of Way Programs and Outdoor Advertising. During this time, she performed a prominent role in advancing sound right-of-way policies, principles, practices, and tools through her leadership in FHWAs Real Estate programs. Susan's many years of valuable service and technical expertise to the Subcommittee will be missed.

January 27, 2007 - A. Douglass Allison, II, (Doug), North Carolina Department of Transportation, has accepted the position of Right of Way Branch Manager. Doug brings thirty-five plus years of experience to this position and has a wealth of knowledge having served as the Assistant Branch Manager for the past fourteen years.

Effective January 1, 2007, John B. Williamson retired from North Carolina Department of Transportation. John B. Williamson, Jr. retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation effective January 1, 2007 after 34 years of service. John served in the capacity of Right of Way Branch Manager for almost 14 years after some twenty years in the Relocation and Property Management Unit of the Branch where he served as the Unit head for his last two years before becoming Branch Manager. He served on the AASHTO Subcommittee as a Regional Vice Chairman and also as an Executive Board Member. John was a long time member of IRWA Chapter 31 where he held the designation of SRWA and was a past president of the Chapter.

December 6, 2006 - Dave Clawson, AASHTO's Program Director for Policy and Planning is retiring after 19 years of service with AASHTO on December 15, 2006. Dave has been an important part of AASHTO and several of its Committees, including AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Right-of-Way and Utilities for many years. Dave's dedication to the Subcommittee has contributed significantly to the success and accomplishments of the organization. He participated in numerous projects and assignments of the Subcommittee, provided AASHTO updates on policy issues and legislation at Subcommittee meetings and provided important guidance, direction and advice to the Officers and Executive Board. His professionalism and hard work has been very much appreciated by the Subcommittee's members. AASHTO is hosting a retirement luncheon for Dave on Wednesday, December 6, 2006.

October 16, 2006 - Federal Highway Administration 2007 Excellence in Utility Relocation and Accommodation AwardsThe Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is sponsoring the second Excellence in Utility Relocation and Accommodation Awards Program, to honor highway agencies and contractors that excel in improving the process of relocating or accommodating utilities during road construction while protecting the rights of utility owners.

The awards will be given in six (6) categories: Project Management—demonstrating ability plan and manage project to completion. Innovation—bringing new technology and techniques to utility relocation projects. Leadership—integrating utility relocation into organizational cultures. Value Engineering—demonstrating reduction in the cost due to project design. Incentive for Utility Relocation—demonstrating that incentives can work for relocation and accommodation for utilities. Outstanding Individual Contributors- consistent in exploring, developing and implementing different technologies for one or more categories in highway utilities relocation and accommodation.

Each of these six categories will include awards in two funding categories: $100 million or less, or over $100 million. Anyone may nominate a project, process, initiative or individual that used Federal-aid funding sources to make an outstanding contribution to transportation within the last 3 years. Entries must be submitted online by January 2, 2007. Additional information and the online application are available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/utilities. Award winners will be recognized during AASHTO’s Spring 2007 Right-of-Way and Utility Conference in Orlando, Florida. For more information on the FHWA Utilities Program and the Awards, please contact Mr. Donald Jackson, of the Federal Highway Administration, at donald.jackson@dot.gov.

August 15, 2006 - James Dousay, Administrator, Real Estate, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, has announced his retirement, effective October 31, 2006, with 32 years of service with Louisiana DOTD. He served as the Real Estate Administrator for the last 15 years and the previous 8 years as the Real Estate Assistant Administrator. Jim has been a member Executive Board of the Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities for many years and was instrumental in the development of the Subcommittee's Strategic Plan documents, serving on work groups and hosting the annual Subcommittee conference in New Orleans in 1997. His expertise and long Right of Way experience will be missed by all his colleagues on the Subcommittee. His plans are to start retirement by catching up on honey do's, fishing and hunting during the middle of the week and spending more time with friends and family using any time left over to work as a consultant.

Effective June, 2006 - John Campbell, P.E. of Texas Department of Transportation was appointed to serve on the subcommittee executive board as Chairman for the Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities. Campbell served as the Region 4 R/W Representative since 2004. 

February 21, 2006 - Woodrow "Woody" Simmons has announced his retirement from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  - Woody will be retiring in August after more than 35 years with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, all of it in the Appraisal Branch.  Woody served the last 20 years as Appraisal Manager for the Cabinet.   Woody has been an active participant in the A.A.S.H.T.O. Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities meetings having made many presentations at the annual meetings over the past 20 years.  Woody currently serves as Council Chair for the Subcommittee Technical Council for Appraisal and Appraisal Review, Technical Council on Appraisal and Appraisal Review for the A.A.S.H.T.O. Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities and has held this position for three years.  In coordination with F.H.W.A., Woody also helped develop and team-taught N.H.I. appraisal courses and served for several years on F.H.W.A.'s Appraisal Advisory Board.  His technical expertise in the appraisal field and his long experience in the Right of Way profession will be missed by his friends and colleagues on the Subcommittee.

February 13, 2006 Appointment of Roberto Escalera Roberto Escalera of F.H.W.A., Florida Division, has been appointed as the Civil Rights and Right of Way Officer in Puerto Rico and will be relocating to Puerto Rico to fill an important need in the agency.  Roberto is very excited about the opportunity and challenges in Puerto Rico.  Roberto's accomplishments during his tenure in the Florida Division will provide valuable expertise to the Puerto Rico Division. 

 February 6, 2006 Appointment of Mamie Smith-Fisher Mamie Smith-Fisher of F.H.W.A. has been named to a realty position at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Her knowledge of the Uniform Act regulations and her previous experience with several transit agencies will prove to be beneficial to the FTA program and for FHWA’s partnership with FTA.

February 6, 2006 Appointment of Rebecca (Becky) Bennett Rebecca (Becky) Bennett. of F.H.W.A., Washington, D.C. has been appointed Division Right-of-Way Officer in the Nevada Division Office. Her knowledge of the national F.H.W.A. program, coupled with her previous experience on Florida's highway program, should prove insightful and successful for both the Nevada Division and Nevada D.O.T. While arrangements for her move are being made, Becky continues serving as HEPR’s Point of Contact for Divisions in Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

February 6, 2006 - Gerald (Gerry) Solomon hired with F.H.W.A., Washington, D.C.
Gerald (Gerry) Solomon has accepted F.H.W.A.'s offer to join the Office of Real Estate Services. Gerry was recommended by Division Administrator Stan Gee and Realty Officer Carol Almeida. Gerry comes from the Massachusetts Highway Department where he serves as the Director of the Right-of-Way Bureau. There he leads all facets of work on real estate acquisition, relocation, property management and Outdoor Advertising Control. His experience includes managing the Right-of-Way program for the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel Project in Boston, the "Big Dig". Gerry has an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, a Law Degree from the University of Miami Law School and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management.

January 31, 2006 - Best Wishes to Don Brown Don Brown, State Right of Way Administrator, Georgia DOT has announced his retirement after 34 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Georgia. Don is well known in the professional right of way community throughout the nation. He has been an active member of the AASHTO R/W and Utility Subcommittee, having participated and made presentations at the annual meetings. Congratulations to Don for a highly successful career and best wishes for the future.

October 31, 2005 - 2006 Excellence in Highway Utilities Awards Presentation FHWA has announced initiation of a new aware for "Excellence in Utilities" similar to the award programs for Right of Way and other technical disciplines. Deadline for nominations for the first awards is Entries must be submitted by January 20, 2006.  Details of the program can be found at the FHWA website:
http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/utilities/index.cfm
Awards will be announced during the AASHTO Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland during May 2006.

July 25, 2005 - Retirement of Reginald Bessmer of F.H.W.A. - Reginald "Reg" Bessmer of Federal Highway Administration announced his retirement, effective Sept. 3, 2005. Reg is very well known to members of the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities through his 39 years of dedicated service to FHWA, his contributions to the Right of Way and Appraisal professions, and his participation as a speaker or panelist on appraisal and appraisal review topics at AASHTO Subcommittee conferences and events. The members of the Subcommittee and their staffs will miss Reg's contributions to our program's success through his experienced and sound advice and suggestions on FHWA's appraisal requirements and regulations. We wish Reg the best and much happiness and enjoyment of his retirement.

July 25, 2005 - Appointment of Gary Fawver, Pennsylvania, to the Subcommittee's Executive Board - Gary Fawver, Pennsylvania, has been appointed as a Regional Representative for Region 1. Based on Gary's prior work with the Right of Way and Utilities Subcommittee, he will make an excellent addition to the Executive Committee.

July 8, 2005 - Best wishes to Clyde Johnson, F.H.W.A. , who has announced his retirement, effective July 31, 2005. We wish Clyde great happiness in retirement or in any future endeavors. Clyde's many years of valuable service to the Subcommittee will be missed.

July 7, 2005 - Frank Mengel, Right of Way Director for New York DOT, has announced his resignation, effective July 14, 2005. Congratulations to Frank for a great professional Right of Way career and for a "job well done" for the people of the State of New York. Frank.. We wish him great happiness in retirement or in any future endeavors.

June 27, 2005 - New Appointment as the Subcommittee Executive Board Member and F.H.W.A. Utilities Program - Please join me in welcoming Don Jackson, Value Engineering Engineer, Office of Program Administration, who has been appointed to the Subcommittee's Executive Board as the F.H.W.A. Utilities Liasion.

  • June 27, 2005 - Appointment of Matthew DeLong, Michigan, to the Subcommittee's Executive Board - Matthew DeLong from Michigan, has been appointed as a Regional Representative for Region 3. Matt will make an excellent addition to the Executive Committee.

    June 22, 2005 - Appointment of Charles Schmidt, New Hampshire, to the Subcommittee's Executive Board - Chuck Schmidt has been appointed as a Regional Representative for Region 1. He will make an excellent addition to the Executive Committee.

    April 3, 2005 - IN MEMORIAM It is with sadness that the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee learned of the death of Howard Armstrong on April 3, 2005. Howard was very well know to Subcommittee members and respected throughout the nation in the right of way community because of his very long and active role in the International Right of Way Association, including his extensive work conducting training for that organization, his work in many states as a right of way consultant with Pinnacle Group, and his work with the AASHTO Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee during the time he served as Chief of the Right of Way Division, Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Howard served on many task force groups with members of the Subcommittee and FHWA and actively participated in the annual Subcommittee meetings. His professionalism, leadership and expertise will be missed by the Right of Way profession and his friendship will be missed by all his colleagues on the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee.

    January 21, 2005 - Congratulation and Best Wishes to Steve Hanson of Arizona DOT, who has announced his retirement after 10 years of service as Chief Right of Way Agent.  

    December 31, 2004 - Retirement of Roger McClellan, F.H.W.A. Roger McClellan retired from FHWA on Dec. 31, 2004. The Subcommittee wishes to express its appreciation to Roger for his service as FHWA Utility Liaison.

    September 2004 - Ken Towcimak, Florida DOT, Chairman, and Stuart Waymack, Virginia DOT, Vice-Chairman completed their term of service as officers of the Subcommittee June 30, 2004. Leonard Hill, Idaho DOT began his term of office as Chairman of the Subcommittee on July 1, 2005. John Williamson, North Carolina DOT will serve as Vice-Chairman.

    December 16, 2004 - Congratulations and best wishes to Jim Gaither, Arkansas
    Jim Gaither, Arkansas, a long time contributor to the AASHTO Right of Way and Utilities Subcommittee has retired effective December 15th. My thanks to Jim for all his work in support of the Subcommittee.

    December 6, 2004 - Appointment of Kurt Harms, Oklahoma, to the Subcommittee's Executive Board Kurt Harms, Oklahoma, has been appointed as a Regional Representative for Region 4. Based on Kurt's prior work with the Right of Way and Utilities Subcommittee, he will make an excellent addition to the Executive Committee.

    SCOH Strategy 4-4 Guidelines and Best Practices Report has been approved by AASHTO. The report, "American Association of Sate Highway and Transportation Officials, Standing Committee on Highways, Strategic Plan 4-4, Right of Way and Utilities Guidelines and Best Practices, Jan. 2004"
    can be ordered by mail by sending a request to:

    AASHTO
    444 N. Capitol Street, NW
    Suite 249
    Washington, D.C. 20090-6716.

    The report can be ordered by sending a request to the attention of Andrea Ryan by FAX to: (202) 624-5806. Her telephone number is (202) 624-5804. The Standing Committee on Highways (SCOH) assigned the Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities the responsibility to develop Strategy 4-4 for the SCOH Strategic Plan. Strategy 4-4 states: "Develop and advocate guidelines and best practices to assure timely procurement, clearance of right of way and adjustment of utilities.
    The Subcommittee unanimously had approved and adopted the Right of Way portion of this report May 5, 2003. The Utilities portion of the report was later approved by the Subcommittee on January 6, 2004.

    Coordinators have been appointed to the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way & Utilities Technical Councils. In order to provide better coordination and a single point of contact for the Technical Councils Terry Sampson and Marion Leaphart have agreed to assist the Executive Committee in this regard. Terry will be the Coordinator on the Right of Way side and Marion will be the Coordinator for Utilities. The Subcommittee voted on May 5, 2003 during the full subcommittee meeting in Newport, Rhode Island to adopt an internal organization for councils on each of the technical areas in Right of Way and Utilities.

    October 28, 2004 - The Subcommittee is pleased to announce the appointment of Oscar Rucker, South Carolina Dept. of Transportation as Regional Representative for Region 2 on the Executive Board of the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee.

    September 20, 2004 - The Subcommittee is pleased to announce the appointment of Marion Leaphart, Utilities Engineer, South Carolina Dept. of Transportation as Regional Representative for Region 2 on the Executive Board of the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee

    September 8, 2004 - The Subcommittee members voted (40 affirmative and zero negative) to adopt the Subcommittee operating documents. The operating documents serve as a guidance document to assist the members and the board in the purpose, duties, and organizational structure of the Subcommittee.

    May 20, 2004 - Best wishes for success and happiness to Terry McCollister, Georgia, in his retirement and his future endeavors. Terry has been a valuable participant and has given generously of his time and effort to our Subcommittee. Terry's vast professional experience in Right of Way will be major loss to our group.

    April 27, 2004 - Ann Hollands, Administrator, Real Estate, Rhode Island DOT, has left Rhode Island DOT and has resigned membership in the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities. Ann served as the Chief Right of Way Officer for Rhode Island DOT for 8 1/2 years and has been very active in our Subcommittee. For the past year she served as Regional Representative for AASHTO Region 1 on the Executive Committee and hosted the annual Subcommittee conference in Newport, R. I. last year. In addition, she has served on several Subcommittee work groups and has generously given of her time on Subcommittee business. Best of luck to Ann in her future endeavors!

    March 12, 2004 - Terry Sampson, Right of Way Director, Missouri Highway and Transportation Department, has agreed to represent AASHTO Region 3 on the Executive Board of the Highway Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities. Our thanks to Terry for agreeing to serve and take on these added duties and responsibilities for our Subcommittee.

    February 5, 2004 - Lester Cisneros, Right of Way Manager for New Mexico DOT, has announced his resignation, effective Feb. 26. Lester has served as Chief of Right of Way for 3.5 years and has worked a total of 21 years for New Mexico DOT. A retirement luncheon has been scheduled for February 11. On behalf of the membership of the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee we wish him congratulations and the best of luck and happiness in his future endeavors.

    January 26, 2004 - Nancy Maieski of Wisconsin DOT, has announced her resignation, effective Feb. 13. Nancy has served as Director of Real Estate for Wisconsin for nine years but has been lured away by the greener pastures of R/W consulting work. We will be sorry to see Nancy leave our ranks of state R/W Directors but wish her the best of luck and happiness in her new professional endeavor. Our special thanks to Nancy for her hard work as AASHTO Region 3 Representative on the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee Executive Board. Her work in planning and moderating excellent technical sessions at the annual FHWA/AASHTO Conference is very much appreciated.

    December 19, 2003 - Congratulations go out to Thomas Toyama for a great professional Right of Way career and for a "job well done" for the people of the State of Hawaii. Mr. Toyama announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2003 as Right of Way Manager for the Hawaii Department of Transportation after thirty three (33) years of dedicated service. We wish him great happiness in retirement or in any future endeavors.

    December 19, 2003 - Congratulations to Al Blake, Director of Right of Way, Vermont who announced his plans for retirement after 43 years of service with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, effective December 31, 2003. Mr. Blake has been an active member of the AASHTO Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee.

    December 18, 2003 - Roger McClellan, F.H.W.A. Director, Office of Program Administration, Infrastructure appointed to the Executive Board. The Subcommittee is pleased to announce Roger's appointment to the Subcommittee's Executive Board as Utilities Liaison.

    November 14, 2003 - The Subcommittee is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Viau, Right of Way and Utility Director, Ohio Dept. of Transportation as Regional Representative for Region 3 on the Executive Board of the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee. Jim will replace Ralph Divine of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet who has announced his retirement.

    November 14, 2003 - The Subcommittee congratulates Rich Lee of the New York State Dept. of Transportation on his promotion to the position of Director of the NYSDOT Design Services Bureau.

    October 22, 2003 - Ralph Divine Division Director, Right of Way and Utilities of Kentucky, has announced his upcoming retirement effective the end of November 2003. Ralph has put in nearly 40 years of dedicated work to the Right of Way and Utility profession, serving over 12 years as Director of Right of Way and Utilities with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and has been very active in and supportive of the AASHTO Right of Way and Utilities Subcommittee, having served as Representative of Region 3 on our Executive Board for several years and actively participating in Subcommittee work. We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. We'll miss him working with him, both as one of the most experienced Right of Way and Utility professionals in the nation and as a friend.

    October 22, 2003 - Carl Chambers, Right of Way Program Manager for South Dakota Dept. of Transportation, has announced his upcoming retirement on Oct. 23. With Carl's retirement another of the real "veterans" and "professionals" in the Right of Way field leaves our Subcommittee's ranks. Carl has over 44+ years in the Right of Way profession and over 20 years at the helm of the South Dakota right of way program. He expects to just take it easy at this point and enjoy retirement. Best wishes and hopes for much happiness in retirement go out to Carl from all his friends and colleagues on the Subcommittee.

    October 15, 2003 - Region 4 Representative The Subcommittee is pleased to announce the appointment of John Campbell, Director of Right of Way and Utilities, Texas DOT, to serve as Region 4 Representative on the Subcommittee's Executive Board. John fills the vacancy created by Mike Borelli's (Oklahoma DOT) retirement.

    April 2003 Richard Morris announced his retirement. Dick served as Regional Representative for Region 1of the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee's Executive Board and New York's Right of Way Division Director. Dick has been very active in our Subcommittee for many years and his valuable expertise on the Executive Board will be missed.

    April 2003 - Dwight Horne, F.H.W.A. Director, Office of Program Administration, Infrastructure appointed to the Executive Board.  The Subcommittee is pleased to announce the appointment of Dwight to the Subcommittee's Executive Board as Utilities Liaison.

    2003 Excellence in Right of Way Awards Presentation Several members of the Subcommittee as well as several states were honored with the Excellence in Right of Way Awards during the AASHTO Subcommittee on Right of Way and Utilities annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island on May 5, 2003.
    Please visit the following website:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov////realestate/rowea03/

    January 2003 -Paul Scott, F.H.W.A. announced his retirement. Paul served as Utilities Liaison of the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee and F.H.W.A. Director, Office of Program Administration, Infrastructure. Paul's many years of valuable service to the Subcommittee will be missed.

    January 2003 - Jim Lewis, Connecticut announced his retirement Jim served as Vice-Chairman of the Right of Way and Utility Subcommittee and Right of Way Administrator for the State of Connecticut. Jim has been very active in our Subcommittee for many years and his valuable expertise on the Executive Board will be missed.

    2004 Excellence in Right of Way Awards Call for Entries FHWA has issued its call for entries for the 2004 Excellence in Right of Way Awards. The entries must be received by FHWA's state division office of FHWA by November 28, 2003. Information and entry forms may be obtained by visiting http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/realestate/rowea04/index.htm

    FHWA's new Web-based Course - Real Estate Acquisition is available for registration FHWA's new Web-based Course - Real Estate Acquisition is available for registration at a fee of $150. Participants will receive a user ID and password via email which will allow access to our CITE host website. Designed in an interactive format, the course includes a companion guide glossary definitions, resource materials and other relevant information. The course is geared to the needs of agencies involved in acquiring real estate for a Federally- funded project by taking the participant through all aspects of the Uniform Act requirements such as valuation, appraisal, acquisition and relocation. By putting courses in a distance-learning format, FHWA is seeking to improve access to valuable technical information and materials especially when customers are faced with limited training and travel funds. Comments or suggestions may be submitted to Debbie Gwaltney at 703-235-1199 or via email at: debbie.gwaltney@fhwa.dot.gov A brochure containing more information on course content as well as system requirements for taking the course is available.

    National Pooled Fund Research Project on Electronic Appraisal & Appraisal-Related Documents Transmission and Storage Texas Department of Transportation is leading a national Pooled Fund Research Project on Electronic Appraisal & Appraisal-Related Documents Transmission and Storage. The objective is to develop and deliver a "How To" manual of instruction for the electronic transmittal of appraisal documents (appraisals, data books, and review appraiser reports) as well as alternative options for implementation, listing pros and cons to each alternative, with recommendations for each participating state agency regarding respective hardware and software requirements. All services will be completed between October 1, 2003 and September 30, 2004. To date, nine states are participating: (Texas, North Carolina, New York, Wisconsin, Florida, Tennessee, Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana). For more information, please contact John P. Campbell, P.E., Director of Right of Way and Utilities Texas Department of Transportation.

    Subcommittee's Resolution on Metrification The Subcommittee members voted to adopt the revised policy to the AASHTO Metric Policy on Right of Way documents to increase state flexibility. Accordingly, the Resolution was taken up by the Standing Committee on Highways (SCOH) at their meeting in Minneapolis on Sept. 6 where it was favorably passed and it then went on to the Board of Directors of AASHTO (State CEO's) which also adopted it.

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