J.Murray Jones, Warden
One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role as County Warden is the opportunity to have a glimpse into the operations of the County’s many different departments. Whether it is the Clerk’s Office, EMS or IT, there is always an education to be had.
This past fall I had the opportunity to be involved with the Truck Roadeo at the Douro Community Centre. The Roadeo is aimed at highlighting the skills of the men and women who take on the task of maneuvering snowplow trucks. The first day of this event puts drivers from our region through their paces in a specially designed course, along with a written test. The winner of this event would represent our region in the Provincial Championship the next day. I beamed with pride as our very own Tom Armstrong weaved his way through the pylons and placed first; the second time in three years!
While it was exciting watching Tom, the biggest thrill was when I was given the opportunity to actually drive one of the county trucks, fully equipped for a snow event.
As I got behind the wheel, I was absolutely blown away by the many skills that are needed to operate the vehicle. I lost count of how many mirrors had to be referenced at the same time. I was astonished at how anyone could control this monster while paying attention to a dozen things simultaneously. Add the atmosphere of a snowstorm or parked cars on the route, and it seemed downright impossible.
Although this experience was brief, it gave me a whole new appreciation for what our drivers go through on a daily basis. I can honestly say I have an even healthier respect for their skills and for the risks they take on our behalf.
If Bill Linnen is in need of a fill-in driver, I sure hope he doesn’t call the Warden. I hope you get my drift.