Visitors to city hall may see a new face during the summer months as Sal Maniaci interns with the economic development and planning and zoning departments.
Maniaci, a 2010 St. Francis Borgia Regional High School graduate, will be a senior at Missouri State University this fall.
His major is tourism, planning and development.
Maniaci will primarily work with Darren Lamb, economic development director, and Dan Boyce, city engineer.
“Working with Darren has been great. I can tell he knows a lot about all the departments here,” he said.
Maniaci began his internship in late May and said he’s learned a lot during the three weeks he’s been there.
“I hope to get a good, well-rounded, hands-on experience to how the city functions as a whole,” he said.
Lamb said this summer is an especially good time for Maniaci’s internship, as the city is in the middle of annexation discussions, which will prove to be a good learning experience.
“We want to expose him to everything we can with regards to what we do for economic development and community development,” Lamb said. “Hopefully he gets a basic understanding of small-town planning (and learns) everything from reporting to planning and zoning to working with us on prospects we try to get to consider relocating to Washington and our expansion efforts by local industries.”
So far, Maniaci has spent time gathering data for various subcommittees, worked on grant applications and has attended several meetings.
Maniaci also has helped draft ordinances for planning and zoning committee meetings, reported on an alley vacation and has helped with paperwork.
Growing up, Maniaci said he always wanted to be an architect.
While deciding what college to go to, he was searching for a school that offered architecture and urban planning together. He realized that urban planning was more where his interests were.
After graduation, Maniaci said he hopes to get a planning job in the public sector.
Maniaci is the son of Karen and Joe Maniaci, Washington.