Commissioners Discuss Possible Appointment of County Engineer

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WARREN, Pa. – The Warren County Commissioners discussed the possibility of a County Engineer at Monday’s work session.

“A year ago I pitched the idea of a county engineer and over the past couple of months I’ve had several conversations with Dan Glotz (Warren County Planning and Zoning Director), who thinks it would also be beneficial to have a county engineer,” said Warren County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston.

Eggleston went on to explain that the county engineer would be responsible for projects such as doing preliminary work on extending the bike/hike trail and other CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) projects.

“What we would do is put out the RFP (Request for Proposal) and evaluate all those responses and work with that going forward,” Eggleston explained.

County Solicitor Nathaniel Schmidt explained the legal obligations for having a county engineer.

“County code does provide for a sixth-class county (a county with a population between 35,000-44,999) to appoint a county engineer,” Schmidt said. “They would be responsible for preparing plans, specifications on all engineering work taken on by the county, provide commissioners with reports, and perform any duties related to engineering and surveying as assigned by the county commissioners. That’s what the law says the obligations are.”

Commissioners Tricia Durbin and Ben Kafferlin were on board with the idea as well.