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Gering hires new city engineer
April 06, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Paul Snarr, a native of Idaho, was introduced to members of the Gering City Council during their regular meeting as the city’s new engineer.

Snarr grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. After graduation and earning his credentials as a registered civil engineer, he worked for both the City of Idaho Falls and the Idaho Department of Transportation. Then, Bonneville County offered him a position as Assistant Public Works Director.

“Over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of engineers and developers on plans and growth within the county,” he said. “I also worked with surrounding cities like Idaho Falls on several projects connecting some major roadways.”

Snarr said he wasn’t looking for another position, but he was approached by an engineering firm with a position he said he couldn’t pass up. Since then, he’s been a consulting engineer.

As a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Snarr said he was looking though their magazine when he saw an advertisement for a city engineer position in Gering.

“With the nation’s economic downturn, there were a number of engineering firms in Idaho Falls that had to close their doors,” Snarr said. “With things that tight, I knew I needed to find something back in city or county government.”

Snarr had never been to Nebraska before, so he was a bit hesitant about moving here. But that all changed when he came over for an interview.

“My wife and I fell in love with the area,” he said. “Once we got to the Wildcat Hills, the scenery was beautiful. And the people we met were great as well.”

One of the areas of engineering he said he really likes is in growth planning. That involves reviewing all the plans for infrastructure, from street grade alignments to storm sewer requirements.

“Here in Gering, I think I’ll be looking at what growth the city has experienced, reviewing all the zoning and ordinances and then seeing what we can do to improve things as we go along,” he said. “One of the projects going on this year is the overlay and curb and gutter work on 10th Street.”

Snarr said he also plans to spend some time venturing out to become familiar with the area. As a civil engineer, he said it would also be interesting to visit North Dakota and learn more about their oil production industry.
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