Aldermen approved an agreement Jan. 2 for the city to hire former city engineer Dan Rahn for professional engineering, general consulting and related services.
Rahn served as city engineer from 2011 to October 2016, including three years as a city employee and three years as a consultant with 21 Design Group. During both stints, he served as the city’s flood plain manager.
Speaking at the Dec. 19 board meeting, Rahn told aldermen that even though he is no longer with 21 Design Group he would still like to provide engineering services. He said in October he had been offered a position to open and manage an office for Engineering Surveying Services (ESS) in the city of Wildwood.
Rahn said he had submitted a proposal to the city six weeks earlier that had not been presented to aldermen.
City Administrator Steve Roth supported the request, saying he needs Rahn to assist with a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) application for additional flood buyout funds.
This is a second round of funding that, if granted, would assist victims of the 2016 and 2017 floods.
Rahn assisted the city in preparing an application for buyouts through the flood mitigation assistance (FMA) program. He plans to hold an open house meeting with property owners who are interested in a buyout Wednesday, Jan. 17. He said staff would be available to discuss the application process with individual property owners.
“They can just come in for a one-on-one discussion,” Roth said. ‘”They don’t have to wait for that meeting. They can come in any time and we’ll be happy to go over it with them.”
Rahn’s experience with the city includes assisting with road projects, overseeing reconstruction of the government center, securing funding for $1.5 million in federal projects, and helping to manage the city’s emergency response during the 2015 and 2017 floods.
In addition to the HMGP application, Rahn would be available to assist the city in a wide range of services, including subdivision and development, planning and zoning, planning and design of city improvements, help with grant funding applications, and participate in flood plain management meetings.
“But his assistance is not limited to the listed items,” Roth said. “I included the phrase, ‘other duties as may be assigned.’ ”
The mayor and city administrator will supervise the engineer’s work.
The cost for ESS services is $105 per hour, with no additional compensation for travel time or mileage.