Members of the city’s Solid Waste Division won big again this year at the annual TxSWANA Road-E-O skills competition, held June 21 in El Paso.
The Road-E-O is a timed event that measures safety technique, accuracy, and smoothness of operation on a closed obstacle course. Drivers mus maneuver professionally, skillfully, and safely through seven skills tests, including an alley back-up, parallel parking, and a serpentine.
Solid Waste Manager Bengy Williams said Beaumont always puts on a good showing, and he’s proud that his team does consistently well, particularly against large cities like Houston and Dallas.
“They bring 20 or 30 competitors, you bring four and place three, it does feel good,” said Williams. “Beaumont probably has placed more than any city over the years.”
City of Beaumont competitors included Michael Wilkerson on the roll-off, Nathan McDaniel on the compactor, Roger Gilland on the dozer, and Jason Anderson on the automated side loader. Wilkerson, McDaniel, and Gilland placed first, second and third respectively. They are all repeat winners.
McDaniel, who also placed second in last year’s competition, said he enjoys the challenge — and the victory. “I love it, I really love it,” he said. “I want to win that gold belt buckle. Just to be able to place against the other cities, I enjoy it.”
The Texas chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (TxSWANA) represents solid waste professionals throughout the state of Texas. First- and second-place winners advance to the SWANA International Road-E-O scheduled for Sept. 20 in Denver.