OR Collections Operator of the Year featured in MSW Magazine







Collections operator elevates inspection program to new level

Dean Ronk, RUSA Collections Operator and OR and PNCWA Collections Operator of the Year in 2017 was recently featured in MSW Magazine.

"Giving 110 percent is the clichéd territory of coaches and bad managers. Giving 150 percent is Dean Ronk’s territory.

That’s essentially what Ronk, a collections system operator with the Roseburg (Oregon) Urban Sanitary Authority, was asked to do when he was tasked with taking the 160-mile system from a 10-year inspection cycle to a seven-year cycle. 

That equates to 23 miles per year — just shy of a 150 percent increase from the previous 16-mile-per-year goal. And that’s not counting the 4,100 manholes that are also part of the seven-year cycle.

“A 10-year program, that’s really nothing,” Ronk says. “I mean, anybody could get that done, but a seven-year, that was a big challenge.”

It would be a lofty target for any small-utility operator, but Ronk not only hit that benchmark, he overshot it.

“Currently, he’s working on about a 6.4-year completion,” says Steve Lusch, collections system superintendent with the Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority. “He basically does that all on his own; he runs that program, and we gave him a timeline.” Continue

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