to hire local engineer for highway position
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[NOV. 15, 2005]
The county road and bridge committee brought forth
a recommendation for the county highway engineer position. The
current acting Logan County highway engineer, Bret A. Aukamp, was
recommended to the board for the appointment.
Aukamp already is a "Professional Engineer." He will need to pass
the Illinois Department of Transportation exam, which covers state
statutes, to become certified as a county engineer. Then the county
can submit him for appointment to the position.
Aukamp was born
and raised west of Lincoln. He worked with a consultant engineering
firm in Springfield up to October 2002, when he came to work in
Logan County. He was assistant engineer under the former county
engineer, Tom Hickman, up to the time Hickman left on Aug 17. At
that time the board appointed him as acting county engineer. He is
well-acquainted with the operation of the highway department and the
road needs of Logan County.
Road and bridge chairman Terry Werth said that they would offer
him $75,000 a year on a six-year contract.
A tentative vote indicated that the board would approve the
recommendation on Tuesday.
In other highway matters, Werth said that the county has begun
meeting and working with the city of Lincoln on plans for the Fifth
Street Road project. Aukamp met with city engineer Mark Mathon and
Lisa Cramer, an engineer with Hanson Engineering, a consulting firm
that has been involved with the Fifth Street Road project for the
past several years. Cramer is getting an updated cost estimate. They
will continue to meet every two weeks to discuss the project.
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The reconstruction of the road has long been identified as vital
to business and housing development and is viewed as the new gateway
The renovation has in the planning to be done in segments and
stages between Lincoln Parkway and Middletown. However, critical
federal funds were slow in passing Congress and then far short of
the anticipated amount when they did pass, delaying the start of the
project even further.
Fifth Street passes through city- and county-zoned properties
from Lincoln Parkway for several miles to the west. City and county
will need to work together to determine what can be done together.
Both government entities have made great strides working
collaboratively in the last year and recognize that it will take
more of the same to get this road project under way.