This course relates to the delivery of maintenance and operations services to the public, commonly known as public works. It will identify the equipment and personnel resources needed for efficient and effective service delivery. Discussions will include what to consider when deciding to either purchase or lease equipment, in-house vs. contracting out work functions, emergency preparedness planning, and environmental responsibilities.

Date and Location

This workshop will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) at the Mankato MnDOT Office, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato, MN 56001.

In addition, a virtual session of the workshop will be offered in spring 2023. Details will be posted here as soon as they're available.


  • Register
  • Cost: $75 (includes breakfast, lunch, and program materials)
  • Registration contact: Samantha Redmond,
  • Accommodations: If you require any disability-related accommodations to fully participate in this workshop, please contact Requests should be made immediately upon registering to ensure accommodation of your needs.

Topics Covered

  • Operations overview
    • Organizational structure
    • Mission/vision statements
    • Ethics in public works
  • Capital Improvement Programs/funding/approval process
    • Typical useful life of infrastructure (depreciation of assets)
    • Identifying potential funding sources and creating project cost estimates and budgets
    • CIP and project approval process
    • Coordinating with other departments and agencies
    • Equipment acquisition and considerations
  • Emergency preparedness
    • Emergency management operations
    • Priority planning
    • FEMA/damage assessment
    • Organizational roles between local-state-federal agencies
    • Media and crisis management
  • Environmental responsibilities
    • Citizen lawsuits
    • Clean Water Act
    • MS4 & SWPPP requirements
    • Dealing with contaminated sites & soils

Who Should Attend

Individuals who are interested in becoming a supervisor, newly promoted supervisors, or supervisors wishing to enhance their leadership skills, communication, and effectiveness.

Course Instructors

Dave Hutton joined SEH, Inc. in 2016 as a senior project manager working primarily in their trenchless technology field. He has more than four decades of engineering experience since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BSCE in civil and environmental engineering. He has over two decades of government experience, including as a public works director/city engineer for the cities of Savage and Shakopee. He has been a consultant engineer primarily serving Minnesota municipalities and working on city project delivery for a variety of trenchless projects for more than two decades.

Jon Haukaas is the director of public works for the City of Blaine. He has three decades of experience in municipal public works in multiple cities. He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master of business administration from Colorado State University. Past teaching experience includes two years as a graduate student teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota in a master’s program and also as a guest lecturer at the Colorado State University civil engineering department. He is an active member in the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA. This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.