Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan spoke with the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about what he is looking for in a new position regarding the hiring of an Engineering Aide.
This position at the County Engineer's Office would be, as Shanahan stated, "a position to have growth."
He told the Board that having an Engineering Aide would allow more in depth designs to be done on project through Cherokee County. Also he said the position would help oversee on going projects and allows Shanahan to have more flexibility with his time. Shanahan also told the Board that in the long run, having an Engineering Aide would save the County money.
He stated that there are considerable advantages in having in mentoring an up and coming engineer. He would have someone to help with construction, maintenance, and equipment issue. He suggested to the Board that the position to pay some where between $16 to $19 per hour.
Supervisors Mark Leeds told Shanahan that he would like to be involved in the hiring process as soon as Shanahan narrows the search to five or so applicants. Shanahan welcomed Leeds input.
Other issues discussed by the Board and Shanahan was the Engineer's Office sign maintenance and upkeep policy. Shanahan wanted to update the Board on his policy of checking on signs and went over the filing and procedures on hand that promotes a continued inspection and up keep on older signs.
Shanahan sought the Board's approval on a resolution regarding Bridge Posting and Rating Approval that the DOT adopts yearly when bridges are rated. The Board approved the resolution and Supervisor Jeff Simonsen suggested that this resolution is a yearly resolution that it be part of the annual meeting of the supervisors first of the year meeting, a time that is set aside to approved of annual contracts and resolutions.
Shanahan also brought a utility permit from Iowa Lakes Electric for section 13 and 24 of Grand Meadow Township. The Board approved the permit.
In other business the Board signed seven birthday cards for County Employees who have birthdays in the month of April.