Providing Engineering Services to Counties

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 state. 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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  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Kansas, Lawrence

    School of Engineering
    Lawrence, KS  United States  66045

    Kansas State University, Manhattan

    Department of Civil Engineering, Fiedler Hall
    Manhattan, KS  United States  66506

    Kansas Department of Transportation

    Bureau of Materials and Research, 700 SW Harrison Street
    Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3745
  • Authors:
    • Mulinazzi, Thomas E
    • Russell Sr, Eugene R
  • Publication Date: 2008-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 20p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: K-TRAN: KU/KSU-04-6
  • Contract Numbers: C1455 and C1456
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2009 1:32PM