City Engineer: Christopher L. Howard, P.E., CPESC
801 Moore Road, Avon, OH 44011
Phone: (440) 934-7878
Chris has twenty-three (23) years of experience in delivering civil engineering projects, primarily in highway, structural, residential, commercial and drainage improvements. In addition to general and specific project oversight as the Vice President, he is actively involved in the day to day operations of the firm. He carefully considers potential future projects, to ensure the work can be completed accurately, thoroughly, and within budget, and that the commitments the firm assumes can be delivered on time. He also ensures each design assignment has the staffing and resources needed to deliver high quality, constructible plans on time and within budget. Chris is prequalified with ODOT as a Construction Project Engineer 1 and 2.
The duties of the City Engineer are as follows:
(a) Attendance at the Following:
A. All regular meetings;
B. Special meetings as requested by the President of Council.
(2) Planning Commission:
A. All regular meetings;
B. Special meetings as requested by the Chairman of the Planning Commission.
(3) Board of Zoning Appeals, as requested by the Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals.
(4) Port Authority, as requested by the Chairman of the Port Authority.
(5) Parks and Recreation Board, as requested by the Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board.
(b) Service to Municipal Departments.
(1) Public Safety Department (Police and Fire Divisions):
A. Attend meetings as required by the Safety Director when engineering advice or service requests will be on the agenda of such meetings.
(2) Public Service Department:
A. Street Division:
1. Plan storm drainage systems, including:
Size of area mains.
Size of other collector mains.
Size of individual street sewers.
Location and size of catch basins and/or manholes.
2. Plan resurfacing projects, including possibly needed curbing. Determine the type of material, method of installation and scope of work to be done by the City forces and scope of work to be done by outside contractors.
3. Determine the specifications of all materials to be purchased for the Street Division.
B. Water Bureau:
1. Plan water service extension and/or improvement. The designs submitted are to reflect and/or project future capacities needed to service extended areas of the City.
2. Plan for water reservoirs and/or water towers needed for the City, including the needed capacities of such water towers and/or reservoirs.
3. Work directly with the Utilities Maintenance Foreman in updating and improving the operating equipment that is deemed necessary for maintaining proper service to the City.
C. Sewer Bureau:
1. Plan sewer service extension and/or improvement. The plans submitted are to reflect and/or project future capacity capability needed to service expanded areas of the City as well as any sections presently located outside of the City which may become a part of a City controlled water or sewer district.
2. Work directly with the Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in updating and improving the sewerage operating treatment system which may be deemed necessary for proper service to the City or the sewerage district.
(c) Technical Advice to the City Administration and Council.
(1) State and Federal programs:
A. Maintain a program of information and contact with State and Federal departments on funding aid for streets and water and sewer improvements.
B. Upon the approval of Council and the administration, process the necessary requests for grants and other aids.
(2) Contracts issued by the City:
A. To advise the administration and Council on the most economical installation of any project being considered.
B. To write the specifications for the various improvement contracts to be let by the City.