The Floyd County Board of Supervisors has made it official, hiring a Mason City firm to provide civil engineering services on an as needed basis while they search for a new county engineer.
The board approved a contract with WHKS Engineering Services, with the primary contact being VP and office manager, Scott Sweet, who lives south of Charles City. Utilizing the services of WHKS is part of a three-tiered interim approach to replacing Dusty Rolando, who resigned as the county engineer after 20 years.
Supervisor Roy Schwickerath initially opposed the WHKS arrangement, but provided the second motion to move forward with the agreement last week.
The interim county engineer plan also includes having current secondary road staff reporting to Supervisor Doug Kamm and an agreement with Rolando to help the County through the upcoming budgeting process.
Rolando, who was a shared county engineer with Floyd and Chickasaw counties, resigned after being charged with OWI, second offense, in September.
Chickasaw County initially appointed Assistant Engineer Roman Lensing to fill the position on an interim basis, but last week gave Lensing the job full-time. However, he will not be shared with Floyd County, who will instead search separately for their own engineer, which could take two to three months.