Beatrice Mayor and Council Hear Engineering Presentation

Beatrice Mayor and Council Hear Engineering Presentation
Beatrice City Engineer, James Burroughs

BEATRICE – Nearly $2 million of projects per year go through the Beatrice City Engineering Department, working on design with other departments in the city.

:21                  “sometimes less”

Elected officials Monday night got a presentation about the work of the department, from City Engineer James Burroughs.  Engineering touches a lot of areas……street work, utilities, trails and special projects.  The three-person department also does survey and G-I-S work.

Duties of the office include flood plain management.

:20                  “approved it”

One of the newer areas of regulation is handling storm water, for which the city has a permit allowing discharge of storm water into receiving bodies of water.

:26                  “illegal discharge”

Burroughs says ordinance changes will be coming before elected officials in the future, to meet requirements of the storm water permit.  Some of those changes will mean increased development costs.

Burroughs described the G-I-S work the department has done, used every day to map flood plain and floodway, along with utility system locations.

:17                  “this system”

One item soon to come before the mayor and city council is the proposed one-and-six-year street plan, in which engineering works with the street department to identify projects that are priorities.  Burroughs and City Street Department Superintendent Jason Moore collaborate.

:07                  “well, so far”

Recently, city engineering purchased new plotting and scanning equipment, at a cost of about $19,000…used for mapping work and creating plans.

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