ICMA Discusses How to Stay Safe in Winter Travel

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International City Management Association
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Odis Jones recently served as the CEO of the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit. In this position he managed day-to-day operations for the Detroit-based utility company. Outside of work, Odis Jones is involved with the International City Management Association (ICMA).

The ICMA works with local government organizations in order to aid the development and betterment of communities through improved city management. Both large cities and small towns are members of this organization, and all benefit as city managers learn how best to work with their residents and solve the common problems most cities face.

In December of 2016, the ICMA discussed several ways to increase public safety when severe snowstorms occur. The organization stated the number one way to keep people safe was to restrict travel as much as possible, in order to prevent individuals from becoming trapped on interstates and other roads. Another key concern that should be addressed in public service announcements is the safety of individuals who remain in their cars while the engine is running. This can be dangerous if the tailpipe is not clear or if the vehicle is parked within an enclosed space, such as a garage. Finally, those that do feel the need to venture out in a snow storm should be encouraged to pack clothing, food, and water in their car. In the event that they get stranded on the road, they will have access to these basic needs until help arrives.


Detroit Streetlights Completed Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

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Public Lighting Authority of Detroit
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Odis Jones recently served as the CEO of the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit. One of the highlights of the work Odis Jones performed for the Detroit utility company was overseeing the complete rebuilding of the power and street lighting grid.

In December of 2016, the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit was able to achieve its goal of rebuilding the city’s power grid as well as putting up 65,000 streetlights. This work has improved public safety by providing lighting to large formerly-unlit or poorly-illuminated areas of the city. This represents a major improvement for Detroit, since about 40% of the existing streetlights were not working before the overhaul was implemented. In keeping with 21st century environmental concerns, the new lights are LEDs, which makes Detroit the first city to be lit entirely by LED streetlights. Although the project cost $185 million, it was completed under budget and ahead of schedule. Rebuilding the grid and replacing the streetlights was a process that was initiated in February of 2014.