Municipal Services

Expert technical assistance to communities seeking to plan, build, replace or upgrade their municipal infrastructure Whether you’re a city engineer for a large community facing a major street replacement project or on the city council of a small community facing the challenges of growth, Gilson Engineering, Inc. has been there. Municipal engineering is our firm’s foundation and remains our core focus. Clean tap water, parks and open space, and safe and efficient transportation systems are expected city services. But these services can only be provided if you have the creativity, resources and guidance of a firm dedicated to helping you plan ahead, watch for hurdles and take a personal stake in making sure your community’s tax dollars are wisely invested. While quality and accountability are paramount with any project, Gilson Engineering, Inc. believes that the relationships we build through concise, effective and regular communication is the real measure of a project’s success. We have a reputation for effective, timely and successful communications and public involvement. We bring valuable working knowledge of funding sources that range from state aid to grants, bonds and developer financing. We can help you successfully comply with the complex application, design, testing and reporting requirements when applying for funding. We know budgets and schedules are not just guidelines, but are to be respected and met. For hundreds of communities, Gilson Engineering, Inc. is the City Engineer delivering superior customer service and technical excellence.

Services Include:

 

  • Standards and Ordinances
  • Municipal Parking Lots
  • Storm Drainage Improvements
  • Stormwater Treatment
  • Road Improvements
  • Bridge Inspections
  • Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement
  • Dam Evaluations/Improvements
  • Retaining Walls
  • Sidewalk Improvements
  • Streetscapes
  • Recreational Projects
  • Consultations on Planning and Zoning
  • Grant Assistance
  • Public Works Projects Water/Sewer/Solid Waste
  • GIS Mapping Services
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As City Engineers we specialize in the following:

  • Plan, monitor and control the design and conduct of complex and large-scale Public Works engineering studies and projects.
  • Utilize staff from within the City or outside consultants as necessary.
  • Develop timelines, specifications, cost estimates and project objectives.
  • Monitor progress and provide periodic reports regarding assigned projects.
  • Coordinate and conduct pre-construction meetings.
  • Perform contract administration, including the inspection of work in progress and upon completion to assure compliance with timelines, contracts and City, State and federal specifications and regulations.
  • Approve and sign for release of service contract payments.
  • Prepare annual recommended operating budgets.
  • Monitor, approve and control expenditures and budgets prepare State and inter-departmental billings for completed construction.
  • Prepare State and federal grant applications design work and contract specifications.
  • Prepare and conduct formal presentations for obtaining construction funds.
  • Develop specifications and cost estimates for bids on major projects requiring outside consulting assistance.
  • Participate in the selection of consultants.
  • Negotiate and monitor contracts and services of outside firms. Review complex architectural and engineering plans and drawings for major construction projects.
  • Within the City to assure compliance with City ordinances and policies.
  • Approve plans or indicate deficiencies with corrective action guidelines.
  • Approve payments to contractors on major projects as appropriate and submit to superiors for final authorization according to established procedures.
  • Schedule, assign or provide work direction to other engineering personnel on City projects, engineering plan design, calculations, cost estimations and other engineering duties as appropriate.
  • Provide project leadership as assigned on projects requiring City personnel.
  • Establish and maintain project schedules and activities.
  • Provide written and verbal and special reports as necessary on assigned projects and contracts.
  • Conduct research and prepare construction recommendations on Public Works projects.
  • Prepare and present comprehensive reports to outside groups, City Council, commissions or others as requested.
  • Maintain records for assigned activities.
  • Confer with City officials, contractors, consulting engineers and the general public regarding Public Works and engineering issues and projects.
  • Assist, advise and direct the general public on construction practices and code requirements.
  • Assist local citizens in the establishment, implementation and completion of Local Improvement Districts (LIDs), including attending public meetings, reviewing cost estimates and coordinating preliminary and final LID assessment rolls.
  • Meet with City personnel as necessary on capital construction, transportation, utility projects and studies to assure needs are being met by proposed designs and specifications.
  • Assure proper communication at key intervals between consultants, contractors, department heads and others.
  • Make complex calculations involving assigned engineering specialty, including utilities, construction, transportation and others.
  • Review calculations and designs of others to assure conformance with City engineering standards.
  • Communicate with citizens on a variety of issues.
  • Respond to complaints or questions and attempt to resolve or direct the individual to the appropriate individual to achieve a speedy resolution.
  • Develop and propose new City specifications and ordinances and change standard details.
  • Read and remain current on State and federal specifications and regulations to perform field and office engineering duties.
  • Operate a variety of engineering equipment, including drafting equipment, computer-aid drafting equipment, planimeter, survey equipment, blueprint machine and photography equipment.