Letter from Butler County Engineer, Gregory J. Wilkens, P.E., P.S.
To the Citizens and Board of County Commissioners of Butler County, Ohio:
I respectfully present the Butler County Engineer’s 2020 Annual Report for your review.
Last year, COVID-19 introduced new challenges to our usual mode of operation and, like everywhere, gave us a “new normal.” Implementing policies that protect my staff of 77 and the public while inside our building has been arduous and time-consuming, to say the least. As a result, our office environment is safety-focused with masks, social distancing, more hand sanitizer, closed office doors, and other measures that stop the spread of the virus.
Even with a limited workforce during the shutdown in March and again in December, our 2020 Capital Improvements were successful, not to mention daily general maintenance and public service. Quarantining, working remotely, and video conferencing became necessary to complete prodigious projects such as the Union Centre Boulevard/I-75 Diverging Diamond Interchange in West Chester Township and others. Furthermore, we accomplished additional emergency projects like the
Elk Creek Road Emergency Slip Repair in Madison Township.
Accordingly, I want to express my appreciation to each BCEO employee for their hard work and adaptability. Though the pandemic brought hardship, it hasn’t diminished my employees’ extraordinary efforts to continue to serve you, the citizens, and taxpayers of Butler County. With safety and efficiency at the forefront, our strong workforce of experienced veterans combined with some of the best young engineers in the business visualize the big picture of Butler County’s infrastructure needs; they take ideas from conception to completion and beyond. In 20 years as your County Engineer, I’ve overseen the BCEO’s involvement with over $403 million in capital improvements and maintenance, maximizing dollars spent on roadway projects through the use of in-house talent. My outlook for 2021 is no different since I am confident that the Engineer’s Office will continue to display diligence in the practices that keep motorists safe on the roads and support our local economy’s growth. As always, thank you for your continued trust and support as your County Engineer. Remember to keep up to date with the latest project information via our NEW and intuitive BCEO website and our social media platforms. Feel free to contact us with your concerns and suggestions for how we can improve our service. Please read on for a review of 2020.