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      Meet the new Kirksville City Engineer

      If you've had problems with flooding on your property, then you've probably talked to Edwards Ieans, the new engineer for the City of Kirksville. He comes to the Heartland from Kansas City, and said he brings with him a wealth of experience.

      "I feel that my experience in engineering and knowing a lot about construction, I've been able to move projects along," said Ieans. "I've worked on community development projects in the past. "

      Ieans said he's worked for the City of Kansas City, St. Charles County, and is the former City Engineer for the City of Belton, Mo. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He said adjusting to Kirksville has been easy, since he's lived in many cities around the United States and even in Germany and South Korea due to his father's job in the Army.

      "I like the town because it has two universities; so you have a lot of intellectual people in the city. Also, I attend church sometimes on Sundays at the United Methodist Church here in downtown Kirksville."

      His latest task is designing and overseeing the Bear Creek Storm Sewer Project. The project consists of installing storm sewers near the creek on Wabash, Ann, and Wall streets. The project is being partially funded by a $500, 000 community development block grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development in Jefferson City.

      Ieans has been the Kirksville City Engineer for the past five months. We asked him what's the hardest part of his job.

      "The hardest part about my job is dealing with the customer complaints. At times, they can be difficult because you're trying to explain to them that we're going to put in an improvement project in their neighborhood. Sometimes they want a solution now. Sometimes the solutions take time and lots of money to resolve."

      And of course, we asked him what's the most rewarding part of his job.

      "If you reduce flooding in people's backyards or bring them better water supply, I think that's rewarding for the citizens as well as the city as a whole. "

      Ieans said contractors will be able to bid on the Bear Creek Storm Sewer Project in April.