Columbus, Ohio – The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) presented state recognition awards to Ohio County Engineers and their staff during its annual business meeting
December 4 - 6, 2019.
Brett A. Boothe, P.E., P.S., Gallia County Engineer received the award of 2019 County Engineer of the Year. Ron Myers, P.E., Traffic Operations Engineer with Lucas County Engineer’s Office was presented with the CEAO David Brand Safety award. The CEAO County Engineer Employee of the Year Award was given to Michael Meeks, P.E., for helping the association with organizing and participating in numerous conferences over the years.
The incoming 2020 CEAO Officers are President Jeff Stauch, Union County Engineer; 1st Vice President Frederick T. Wachtel, Coshocton County Engineer; 2nd Vice President Keith A. Bennett, Stark County Engineer; Treasurer James A. Wiechart, Mercer County Engineer; and Immediate Past President Jeffrey B. Linkous, Clinton County Engineer.
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Columbus Dispatch --Columbus, OH --As morning commuters passed overhead, Maxwell Faulkner donned his scuba gear and slipped into Blacklick Creek to check underwater sections of an East Side bridge for any signs of deterioration. Across town, at about the same time, David Dibling, assistant Franklin County bridge engineer, was climbing through an access door more than 100 feet above Lane Avenue on the Ohio State University campus to inspect cables supporting the bridge that carries traffic and pedestrians over the Olentangy River. It’s the midyear point for the Franklin County Engineer’s office’s annual bridge-inspection program. On any given day, people such as Faulkner and Dibling are hard at work down low and up high to ensure that structures around the county are safe for vehicles and people.
With bodies of water like Big Creek and the Grand and Chagrin rivers running through Lake County, motorists and pedestrians alike depend on many bridges. The (Lake) county’s engineering department is responsible for 304 bridges, roughly one-third of the total amount with the remaining bridges falling under Ohio Department of Transportation, local municipalities and private railroad lines. “If it’s over a body of water and it’s in (Lake) County then it’s our responsibility,” County Engineer Jim Gills explained the distinction.
XENIA — Greene County officially has its first female county engineer.
Thursday’s appointment by the Republican Central Committee makes Stephanie Goff, P.E., P.S., the only current female county-wide elected official in Greene County. Goff’s new title also makes her one of three female county engineers in the state.
“The vote was unanimous to appoint Stephanie Goff to the position of Greene County Engineer,” Jan Basham, central committee chair, said. “She is an asset to the county with her experience and skill set … [and] will serve Greene County well.”
The last increase in the state gas tax was 2005. “I want to say it’s much appreciated because our costs have gone up since the last increase,” said county Engineer Bert Dawson. “It’s more of a catch up.”
Bob Geyer said he made one promise when he was elected as the Greene County engineer in 1996. “I will leave the county in better shape than I found it. And I think I accomplished that,” said Geyer. He announced this week that he will retire in May.