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President's Message

 

Greetings all,

My name is John Hoppe, Highway Superintendent for the Town of Russell. Previously before coming to Russell, I have worked for various municipalities for over 19 years in Chester and part time in Blandford before settling in the Russell DPW. In those years I have met many people in the field and learned a lot from them to better myself and make me successful as a Highway Superintendent.


I think in this field of work it is a challenging job because of the different personalities and scenarios that we have to face on a daily basis. I believe we are all working towards the same goals to make the public motorists safer on our roads. We all face budget restraints and all sorts of personalities. If I have learned anything over the years it is (THAT YOU CANNOT MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY!) there is always going to be someone unhappy with what you do. I think we need to work on our elected officials to stand behind us and work on funding our departments better. We also need to have our Local and State Representatives to work for us on this end of the State to reconfigure our Chapter 90 allotments by funding more monies for our projects to make the motoring public safe. 


The Berkshire County Highway Superintendents Association along with the 6 other  County Association under the umbrella of the Mass Highway Association has been fighting for this for years and would like to thank them for all of their efforts to make us heard on this side of the state.


We all need to help in this effort and contact your local and state representatives and tell them what your needs are. If we do nothing then nothing is what we will get. Remember the squeaky wheel always wins. 

We have had some great people retire over the last year ad want to wish them the best on their new endeavors and thank them for their years of service.


Jerry Coppola-Richmond Highway Dept.

Kathy Stevens- MA DOT State Aid Rep. District 1 Lenox

We have lost a few friends and past members of the association this year.

Ed Riiska- Ret. Highway Supt. Town of Sandisfield

John Pignatelli- Former County Commissioner

William "Bill" Weigle Jr.- Berkshire County Surplus Screener


I would like to see this Association become one of the best but we need support from our membership, Highway Supt's, Select boards, Mayors, City Councils, Public Works Commissions and our valuable Vendors to promote our cause. We need to get the new Superintendents to join and keep our existing one's involved in the group activities. We also always need to get new vendors and supporters that want to come to the Berkshires because its a great place to be. We all need to work together in our quest for better roads and bridges.


Thank you for your time and keep smiling and be proud of the work you do, keep moving forward and lets be heard as one.

Respectfully,

John Hoppe - President

2018-2019

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First Meeting / Workshop

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Skyline Country Club, Lanesborough, MA

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04/25/2019

First Meeting / Workshop


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06/14/2019

11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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06/14/2019

11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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06/27/2019

Second Meeting / Workshop

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Skyline Country Club, Lanesborough, MA

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06/27/2019

Second Meeting / Workshop

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07/17/2019

Driver Skills and Training Event

7;30 am - 3 pm

Wachusett Mtn. Ski Area, Princeton, MA

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07/17/2019

Driver Skills and Training Event

We invite you to participate in our Annual Mass Highway Assn. driver training event. The winners will be sent to the National Finals in Loveland Colorado in September to represent the MHA. 

7;30 am - 3 pm

Wachusett Mtn. Ski Area, Princeton, MA

08/22/2019

Third Meeting / Workshop

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08/22/2019

Third Meeting / Workshop

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