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REGISTERED ENGINEER SOUGHT TO DO FULL-TIME WORK FOR AM.F.

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Rapid residential and commercial growth has prompted city officials to seek a registered, full-time engineer.

A new engineer would be the second adminstrative position created in the city the past five months. The City Council named Carl Wanlass city administrator in June. Besides the engineer, the city will also hire a secretary for the engineering department.Mayor B. Kay Hutchings said American Fork needs the expertise of a registered engineer to keep up with new housing projects. In addition, he expects new buildings will be constructed in the Utah Valley Business Park in the near future. The city is also increasing in population and area.

"I think we've got a real good shot at making some things happen in the city," Hutchings said. An engineer is needed to help keep things moving.

Because the current engineer, Carl Hansen, is not registered, the city must send out many of its road and building plans for certification. Hutchings said that takes time and frustrates developers. Hansen will be retained to work with an increasing number of building inspections.

The engineer would earn $30,000 to $50,000 annually. Hutchings said funding for the job was figured into this year's budget. The city also expects to collect more building permit and development fees than expected. Just four months into the fiscal year, the city has received almost 90 percent of what was budgeted. Hutchings said some of that money could be used to fund the position.

The enineer's duties include site plan management, working with developers and fostering city improvements.

Hutchings said the city has discussed hiring an engineer and a city admin-istrtator for the past few years.

"It isn't something that just happened last week," he said.

Although money has been earmarked for the positions, past councils were reluctant to appropriate it. Hutchings said the administrators provide better service for residents.

"It's good for the citizens because they can get a hold of someone that can make a decision."