Monitcello city engineer resigns, will take position in Ramsey

Bruce Westby has resigned from his position as Monticello city engineer after providing seven years of service.

Westby is leaving to take a position as city engineer for the city of Ramsey in Anoka County.

According to City Administrator Jeff O’Neill, Westby’s last day with the city will be Wednesday, April 3.

“Bruce leaves as his legacy the successful completion of a number of important transportation and infrastructure projects, along with the establishment of a foundation for future projects, which are now in the planning and development stage,” O’Neill stated in an email Monday. This list includes:

•Oversight of the development of the 2010 City of Monticello Transportation Plan, the City’s foundation for Monticello’s transportation network for the next 15 years;

•Development of City’s Geographic Information System;

•Completion of NE Quadrant intersection improvements at Highway 25/ CSAH 75, and the successful development of funding sources for future intersection improvements;

•Planning, grant management and expansion of the community pathway network, including construction of CSAH 75 underpass and Great River  trailways (to be constructed in Spring 2013);

•Assistance with recent planning for waste water treatment plant upgrades;

•Coordination of numerous road reconstruction projects;
•Staff support and direction for planning efforts for the future Fallon Avenue Overpass and 2nd Mississippi River crossing;

•Development of plans for the extension of 7th Street from Minnesota to Elm Street and improvements at Seventh Street and Highway 25;

•Management of the build-out of numerous residential and commercial subdivisions; and formation of the Transportation Advisory Committee for the city of Monticello.

According to O’Neill, addition to his efforts on these and other important engineering projects, Westby has provided top notch, conscientious service to Monticello’s citizens.

“His integrity and dedication to the residents and businesses of Monticello was a constant in his work,” O’Neill stated. “The city extends a sincere ‘thank you’ to Bruce and wishes for continued success in his career as a city engineer.”

According to O’Neill, the city council and city staff are currently evaluating options for filling Westby’s position.  In the interim, O’Neill said engineering services for Monticello will be provided by the city’s long-time consulting engineering firm, WSB & Associates.

City council members accepted Westby’s voluntary resignation Monday night by approving a new hires and departures list. Tracy Ergen, human resources manager, confirmed Westby gave official notice March 13.

At the end of Monday’s meeting, Councilmember Tom Perrault and Mayor Clint Herbst thanked Westby for his service.