Duties of the Engineer
To hold the Office of County Engineer, Ohio law requires that a person hold both an Ohio Professional Engineer's and Professional Surveyor's license and to be elected every four years by the citizens of the county. Ohio is the only such state that requires both licenses and elects the County Engineer.
Roads: The County Engineer's Office is responsible for the maintenance and repair of 349 miles of County roadways within Auglaize County. The system encompasses over 2,200 acres of road right-of-way, over 4,000 drainage culverts of various sizes and 3,600 warning/regulatory sign installations.
Bridges: This department is responsible for 343 bridges on the County and Township roadway systems along with any bridge on a State Route with a municipal corporation. A bridge by definition, is any structure having and opening of 10' or greater. The County is also responsible for any culvert on a Township roadway that is 36" in diameter or larger.
Drainage: Currently, this department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of 359 miles of subsurface and open drainage ditches, previously petitioned through the Auglaize County Commissioners and Soil and Water Conservation District.
Engineering & Surveying: Ohio law requires the County Engineer to be the "Engineer" for the 14 Boards of Township Trustees in Auglaize County, encompassing an additional 323 miles of public highways. The County Engineer provides engineering for Township roadside drainage and pavement improvements and, when requested by the trustees, assists with construction of safety and roadway improvements on the Township system.
The County Engineer's Office also provides all surveying, design and inspection of all petitioned drainage improvements through the Board of County Commissioners. Assistance (assessment determination, bidding and contracting documents) is also provided to the SWCD petitioned drainage projects.
Office of the Engineer
The Office also provides Engineering services, when requested by the County Commissioners, on County owned properties such as the Neil Armstrong Airport, Auglaize Acres, County Fairgrounds and Law Enforcement Facility.
Mapping/GIS: Ohio law provides that the County Engineer is the County's Tax Map Draftsman. All deeds, parcel splits, surveys and subdivision plats are approved at this office. Tax Map personnel are responsible for the drafting of all the tax mapping and providing current parcel information to the GIS department for publishing on the County's website.