Senator Mensch Holds 4th Community Safety Conference

Harrisburg – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) held his 4th Community Safety Conference on Wednesday, June 11th from 6pm to 9pm at the Lower Salford Township Building. The conference is the fourth in a series of Community Safety Conferences held by Senator Mensch.

Les Toaso, Engineering District 6 Executive for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Louis R. Belmonte, P.E., District Traffic Engineer for PennDOT, and Anthony Goreski, Acting Montgomery County Maintenance Manager for PennDOT, participated as guest speakers.  The panel informed attendees on the Emergency Response Program. The objective of the panel was to inform guests how the Commonwealth is implementing the transportation funding plan, particularly how the state is investing money and the plan for our bridges and roads.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for members of PennDOT and attendees to openly discuss, plan and address road concerns and projects in their community,” said Senator Mensch.  “These types of events are imperative to keeping the community connected with the state government.  The conversation was open, honest and educational for everyone.  I truly appreciated having Les Toaso, Louis Belmonte, and Anthony Goreski here to share their valuable knowledge.”

The guest list included: elected officials, municipal managers, county executives, directors of county emergency services, sheriffs and police chiefs, road masters/public works directors, rescue squad chiefs, school district superintendents, school board directors, and hospital administrators, within the newly reapportioned 24th Senatorial District. This event was not open to the public.  Footage of the meeting will be available in the coming weeks on Senator Mensch’s website: http://www.senatormensch.com/audiovideo/.
About the speakers:

Lester C. Toaso (Toe-so) is the District Executive for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Engineering District 6, which covers the five-county Philadelphia region.  He was appointed to this position in February 2007. Now in his 39th year with PennDOT, Toaso is responsible for planning and supervising the region’s state highway system in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, which includes design, construction and maintenance.  Within these five counties, PennDOT owns and maintains 3,560 miles of state highway and 2,720 bridges.

He oversees a $480 million annual budget and 860 employees who work in the King of Prussia district office and in the county maintenance units.   Prior to being named District Executive, Toaso served as the Assistant District Executive for Services in District 6 for four years.  In this capacity he directed seven units that perform numerous transportation functions, including traffic engineering and support; highway occupancy and special hauling permits; property acquisition and management; surveys; municipal services; utility company coordination; and geotechnical design and investigation.

Before being named Assistant District Executive for Services in 2004, Toaso worked 30 years in the District 6 Maintenance Unit.  He was the District Maintenance Services Engineer for 8 years; the District Maintenance Manager for 10 years; and he worked in PennDOT’s Montgomery County Maintenance Unit for 12 years.  Toaso graduated from Drexel University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management.

Louis R. Belmonte is the PennDOT District Traffic Engineer.  He is a Montgomery County resident, and has worked for PennDOT for 25 years.  For the past 14 years, Belmonte has worked as the District Traffic Engineer.  He previously performed as a Resident Engineer in the Construction Unit, and as Maintenance Project Coordinator in the Maintenance Unit.  Belmonte is a graduate from Upper Merion High School.   He also graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.   Belmonte is married with 4 children, ages 9, 7, 5, and 3.

Anthony Goreski is the Acting Montgomery County Maintenance Manager for PennDOT.  After graduating from college, he worked at PennDOT 5-0 Allentown for 1 year, as an Engineering Technician.  He was then transferred to the Roadside Unit for nearly 9 years and has since moved to County Maintenance operations for the last 6 years.   He has introduced and implemented Strategic Environmental Management Program to District 6-0, which resulted in the ISO 14001 certification.  In total, Goreski has provided 16 years of service for PennDOT.  Goreski graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering.

More information about state issues is available at Senator Mensch’s website, www.SenatorMensch.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

CONTACT: Sarah Stroman sstroman@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388