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The Meter Newsletter, October Edition

October 26, 2021

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The Meter has gone out to all membership, but you can also view it by downloading from the link below. This will be a semi-annual communication about the latest news and happenings in our organization. Feel free to contact Todd Schmidt or David Miller if you are interested in contributing an article for the Spring issue. Please also take this time to review any contact information on the Directory page and send any updates or additions to Todd or David.

Finally, there were no membership dues collected last year. Dues of $30 will be collected by the end of this year. To maintain your membership in good standing, issue payment to WWMA for this year's fees. It is required to be a member in good standing to vote at board meetings and be involved in committees. We are working to get all state payments taken at once and municipal payments either at November's regional meetings or early next year. You can also mail in a check.

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Congratulations Shelly!!

April 27, 2021

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Rachelle "Shelly" Miller

Congratulations to Rachelle Miller on her retirement after 28 years with the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection! Shelly’s career at DATCP has spanned from field inspector across much of southern Wisconsin to Director of the Weights and Measures Bureau.

Shelly is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of Weights and Measures and has also been a national NIST trainer. We’ve been fortunate to benefit from her expertise for so many years and she has regularly provided statewide trainings that have improved the quality of work in Wisconsin and nationwide.

Each day Shelly has prioritized fairness and equity in the marketplace in many ways and has impacted countless consumers across the state as well as nationally. She has regularly communicated with everyone from local small business owners to management of large manufacturing facilities across the country. She has managed inspectors, supervisors and regulatory staff for weights and measures as well as petroleum. Shelly has been very involved creating and improving weights and measures and petroleum laws at the state level as well as an active participant in both regional and national weights and measures organizations.

A list of some of her accomplishments is available here (PDF).

Please join us in congratulating Shelly on her successful career and wishing her a happy and healthy retirement! She will be missed. If sending a message after April 29, 2021 please send the message to Erin O'Brien and it will be forwarded to Shelly.

Congratulations David Sander, Ed Sindelar and Wayne Santroch on your Retirement this year.

December 18, 2020

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David Sander

Inspector David Sander retired after 14 years with the State of Wisconsin. Inspector Sander was very active in the Weights and Measures Community. He previously served as vice-president and then President of the WWMA. He also served on the nominating committee for the association until his retirement. David donated his time to give multiple presentations for everyone to learn from at the fall WWMA conference. David received the WWMA distinguished service award and was selected as DATCP’s Employee of the year. He was always willing to mentor and provide guidance to new inspectors.

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Edward Sindelar

After 6 years of State service, Inspector Edward Sindelar also retired. Inspector Sindelar previously served as an Enviro Engineering Specialist – plan reviewer in the Bureau’s storage tank regulation section. Ed provided his knowledge and experience to new inspectors on the plan review process. In 2016, Ed accepted a Weights and Measures position so he could return to northern Wisconsin which he absolutely loves and calls home.

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Wayne Santroch

Inspector Wayne Santroch has also retired after 28 years of State Service. Inspector Santroch was a valuable asset to the weights and measures community. Wayne played an integral part in training the weights and measures inspectors when they merged with petroleum. Wayne was an excellent inspector and thoroughly enjoyed training his fellow inspectors. He was a great mentor to numerous new inspectors. You could also say he was a bit of a celebrity as he participated in a news story on credit card skimmers, which aired on a local news station.

Thank you gentlemen, for your dedication and service in the Weights and Measures field. Your experience and knowledge will be greatly missed by all us. Enjoy your retirement!

Lily Castonguay named DATCP Employee of the Year 2019

May 29, 2019
Castonguay

Shelly Miller, Lily Castonguay, Brad Pfaff, Alicia Clark and Lara Sutherlin

Lily manages a large case load in our Weights and Measures Compliance unit. She ensures that cases are fully developed and needed information is gathered before we go ahead with a successful compliance action. Lily schedules compliance conferences with regulated businesses and staff. Following stipulated settlements, Lily coordinates case filing with local DA’s and thoroughly tracks cases from inception to completion.

She schedules our Weights and Measures training sessions for internal and external customers (inspectors, city sealers, LPO’s, service company technicians). Coordinates with trainers on printing training materials. Writes and updates webpage fact sheets for both the Weights and Measures and Petroleum/Hazardous Materials programs. During the Guidance review process, Lily reviewed a large number of Bureau fact sheets effectively within a short time period. Others used her reviews as a standard for their own reviews.

Lily is a strong member of the Weights and Measures team and volunteers to take on additional duties when there are vacancies in the Bureau. Congratulations Lily!

Inspector Jim Zorn Retires

January 11, 2019
Jim Zorn

Jim Zorn, 2019

Inspector Jim Zorn has retired after 18 years with the State of Wisconsin. He worked for both the Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection as a Petroleum and Weights & Measures Inspector. Previously Jim worked for petroleum service companies including installing new systems in several states and has operated service stations as well.

He worked for many years on protecting the environment from contamination, has maintained good working relationships with a variety of facility operators and works well in all conditions, especially in difficult situations.

Jim has been a great co-worker and has provided valuable petroleum inspection training for many inspectors over the years. Jim is well-respected by business owners and service companies. He will be missed. Congratulations Jim!

Inspector George Kaelin Retires

October 22, 2018
George Kaelin

George Kaelin, 2018

Inspector George Kaelin has retired during his 40th year of State service. George has been a mentor to several inspectors throughout his career and he has be a valuable DATCP inspector and member of WWMA. We will miss George’s expertise and his lighthearted sense of humor. Congratulations George, we wish the very best in retirement!







2019 WMMA Conference

August 1, 2018

WWMA conference registration is open. Please see the cover letter and agenda for details.

In Memoriam: Chuck Cox

April 25, 2018

Our friend and co-worker State Weights and Measures Petroleum Inspector Chuck Cox passed away on April 20th. Chuck was a knowledgeable, kind and gentle man who was a pleasure to be around. We will miss him greatly, he was truly an asset to our team. Visitation services will be held Saturday, April 28 at Calvary Tabernacle Church, 1907 McKinley Ave, Beloit; 10 am with the funeral at noon.

Dummer promoted to Field Supervisor

April 16, 2018

Doug Dummer has been promoted to Field Supervisor for the Northwest region succeeding Dean Schermacher in his retirement. Doug has worked in the fuel industry for almost 20 years. Before becoming a Petroleum Inspector, Doug was a manager at Midwest Fuels in La Crosse. He became a Petroleum Inspector in 2011 and successfully learned Weights and Measures when the inspection units merged. Outside of his required inspection duties, Doug has served on many development committees within the Bureau. Doug’s knowledge, experience, and leadership abilities will be a great asset to the Northwest team and to the entire State. Congratulations Doug!

Hopper Scale Training

February 27, 2018
Hopper Training

Hopper Scale Training

Hopper Scale test unit training. There are eight DATCP Weights and Measures Inspectors assigned to hopper scale inspection in Wisconsin (two in each region). The inspectors work in teams of two to conduct the hopper scale inspections. Pictured above: Field Supervisor Dean Schermacher, Inspectors Jason Karczwski, Rich McCann, Jon Petzold, and Robbie Dailey.

Also Dean Schermacher is retiring on March 6, 2018. Dean has 30 years of civil service.







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