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Rohrer wants two new positions added to Engineering Dept.

January 04, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Washington County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer asked the County Commissioners Tuesday to add two positions to the Engineering Department but they took no action on the request.

The two positions are needed if the county is to meet the demands of current and future projects, Rohrer said.

"Now I have this information and I'd like to think about it," Commissioner John L. Schnebly said.

Rohrer requested funding for a third project manager and a structural engineer.

His request was unrelated to the suspension of Project Manager Steven Kenneth Spalding, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

Spalding was suspended with pay following his Dec. 29 arrest on 38 criminal charges including second-degree rape, child pornography and other sex offenses.

As a result of Spalding's suspension, the county has only one working project manager.

The Commissioners in October approved Rohrer's request to advertise and hire a part-time technical writer, but no qualified candidate applied, Rohrer said.

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Since he was going to request a full-time project manager next year, it was decided to ask the County Commissioners to replace the technical writing position with the project manager position, Rohrer said.

The total cost for the two positions to the county would be about $30,000 for this fiscal year, he said.

About 80 percent of the salary and benefits for a new structural engineer would come from the Federal Highway Bridge program, he said.

The county could lose $5 million in program money if it doesn't become more aggressive about repairing and maintaining bridges over the next four years, Rohrer said.

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