Wilkins chosen as new town engineer
Truckee’s new town engineer has a familiar face – he worked as a consulting engineer for more than two years in the Truckee-Tahoe area before hiring on with the Town of Truckee as Associate Town Engineer in January 1997.
Dan Wilkins was appointed to the position of town engineer earlier this month, following the departure of Jon Lander, the former town engineer.
For Wilkins, who grew up in the northeast, Truckee’s winter weather is nothing new.
“I grew up in Vermont, so I’m acquainted with the change of seasons,” Wilkins said. “I worked in the Bay Area and missed the variety of the seasons. I also wanted to get back to a more rural area. Truckee has a lot of character.”
Wilkins was graduated from the University of Vermont, and worked on the East Coast for the Regional Transportation Agency for four years.
He then moved to the San Francisco area, where he worked as a transportation, engineering and design consultant. For the next two years he worked with Leigh, Scott and Cleary, and assisted in several design projects in Truckee under contract with the town.
He assisted with the initial design work on the downtown roundabout while working with Leigh, Scott and Cleary.
When Truckee first learned of Caltrans’ plans to close the ramps at Highway 89 and Interstate 80 following completion of the Highway 267 Bypass, the town asked Leigh, Scott and Cleary to find a way to retain the ramps, and Wilkins assisted with that project.
Wilkins said his history with the town’s projects has been invaluable, and he’s also working on projects that began since his appointment as associate engineer.
“Over the summer, I was involved in writing the specifications for the Donner Pass Road overlay project,” Wilkins said. “Now the town is in the process of developing a town-wide pavement management plan. The plan ranks roads from highest to lowest priority, to maximize the expenditure of road maintenance funds.”
Wilkins said he has been involved in similar projects in a dozen other communities. In addition, he is in charge of the annual traffic monitoring program, which uses special equipment to keep track of the speed and the number of cars on any particular stretch of road.
“Traffic is one of the big issues the town will be facing,” Wilkins said. “We’re just trying to get good quantitative data on what’s going on.”
New associate engineer sought
The town is currently seeking applicants to fill the associate engineer position vacated by Wilkins when he was promoted.
The associate engineer reports directly to the town engineer and provides technical engineering support.
A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a California driver’s license are required for the position, as well as California civil engineer registration and a minimum of three years of applicable experience.
The position has an emphasis in drainage, land development, traffic and contract administration. Applications should be delivered to the Town of Truckee, Attn. Jill Olsen, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161-4947, by 5 p.m. on Oct. 16.
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