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Providing engineering services to counties.

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      An engineer is required by law to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public. The current Kansas

      statute state, “The Board of County Commissioners of each county shall appoint a licensed professional

      engineer, whose title shall be county engineer.” (K.S.A. 68-501). The statute needs to be changed because it is

      not economically or socially feasible for each county in the State of Kansas to hire a county engineer. Therefore,

      it is necessary for each county to have access to engineering services because engineering activities are

      conducted in every county sometime during the year.

      Statute KSA 68-501 should also be changed for another reason. This statute gives the county commissioners

      the right to fire a county engineer without cause on June 1 of every year, if a majority of the commissioners do

      not believe the county engineer is doing an adequate job. This also pertains to road supervisors and highway

      administrators. Having this statute in place makes it more difficult to hire county engineers because of the fear

      of being fired on June 1 of each year. This Statute was brought up several times at meetings throughout the


      As a result of this particular research project, a transportation break-through team of the Kansas Collaborative

      was developed. This Kansas Collaborative had three initiatives. One was to establish a local road engineer;

      two, to establish purchasing procedures using state contract pricing, and three, to establish a contract project

      notification procedure. These initiatives have been implemented.

      To comply with the requirements of the state statutes, to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public,

      and to reduce the liability of counties, every county in Kansas should have access to engineering services.

      This can be attained by hiring a county engineer, hiring an engineer to work in two or more counties or to have

      a working relationship with an engineering consultant.

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