Stackhouse Receives Road Scholar Certification


August 8, 2019

Pottawatomie County Dist. 3 Commissioner Eddie Stackhouse recently completed a Road Scholar Program. On Wednesday, July 31, Stackhouse was presented his certificate of completion at the Association of County Commissioners Conference in Norman.

The program, which is offered through the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTEP), is an extension program of the College of Engineering and Technology at Oklahoma State University.

The Roads Scholar Program, which began in Oklahoma in 1993, is an educational series designed specifically for county commissioners, county road foremen, city public works officials, tribal officials and the employees of public agencies responsible for transportation infrastructure.

Stackhouse said he attended one or two classes when he was an employee of former Dist. 3 County Commissioner Buck Day, and decided he wanted to return to the program and become certified.

“One class I took was surveying,” said Stackhouse. “That was a four-day class.”

Stackhouse said the course covering “how to read plans was very interesting to me because we do ODOT projects all the time. Now I can just look at the front page. Everything is on the front page, the cover sheet. Everything you need to know is right there. I didn’t know that before.”

Another portion of the program Stackhouse found interesting was soil sampling. “I can test the density in your soil. How much ash it’s going to take. How to do a compaction test. That is something we use a lot too.”

Stackhouse said sometimes those who have worked on roads a lot can just take a look and know. “It can just be visual but now I know how to break down the soil, like sample soil and see how much moisture is in it or break it all down and see how much moisture needs to be added to it.”

The program consists of eight courses totaling 112 hours, which relate to road and bridge maintenance, construction, and repair. Its purpose is to provide the folks responsible for the upkeep of the roads with a basic education in the civil engineering-related and other technical aspects of their job. These courses include Aggregate Road Maintenance, Excavation Safety, Testing for Soil Properties, MUTCD Part 6, Surveying, Traffic Incident Management Basics, Project Management and Plan Reading. To learn more about the LTAP program at Oklahoma State University, go to

Stackhouse was in the shop Monday discussing clean up from a summer rain storm that blew through the county over the weekend. Rain totals were reported ranging from a quarter inch up to five inches. South of Tecumseh, near the Romulus cemetery and church area, folks were hit with damaging winds that ripped apart trees and, in some cases, caused a few road closures.

This was just the latest burst of rain following a very wet spring. “We’re still catching up from the spring rains,” Stackhouse said. “It threw us so far behind. I think last year we did 26 miles (of chip and seal). We’re not going to get that this year.”


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