Mayor Kristen Brown has appointed Beth Fizel as City Engineer for the City of Columbus effective December 2. Beth is a seasoned veteran in civil engineering with eight years of direct municipal experience that includes managing major projects and serving as a technical expert for city departments, boards and commissions.
The City Engineering Department directs the City’s infrastructure and public works projects, including street and sidewalk maintenance and improvements, storm water management, traffic access and control, and ensuring accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The department also maintains city records, such as maps, traffic inventory, and accident data, and issues and inspects permits for street cuts, driveways and sidewalks.
As City Engineer, Beth’s top priorities will include:
- Updating the Street Repaving Plan which identifies the condition of all streets and those most in need of repair and schedules when they will be addressed;
- Updating the City’s Thoroughfare Plan and Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan;
- Overseeing major road reconstruction projects, including Carr Hill Road and Indiana Avenue next year;
- Reviewing and improving the safety of street intersections for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians;
- Working with the Indiana Department of Transportation to advocate for changes needed to state roads and intersections within the city limits.
“Beth brings exceptional experience from her previous roles with two outstanding municipalities, including a deep understanding of city infrastructure, federal funding mechanisms and public works projects,” Mayor Brown said. “She knows how to move large, complex road projects from start to finish, and she is excellent at working with the public to provide the highest quality service to our residents.”
Beth has worked for eight years as an assistant engineer, assistant city engineer and an engineering assistant in Lafayette and West Lafayette. Her direct municipal experience includes overseeing several federally funded projects, writing specifications and plans for in-house projects and overseeing construction, and reviewing building permits for accessibility. She also has managed a city-wide right-of-way program and maintained ramp and street inventories.
Beth, who is relocating to Columbus, is a licensed professional engineer and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. She was honored with the 2009 Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, and has participated annually in the Indiana Department of Transportation Local Public Agency Project Training.