Baldwin City's 1st assistant public works director looks forward to diverse workload

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September 15, 2015

His boss says Baldwin City choose a good time to hire the city’s first assistant public works director.

It was announced at the Sept. 8 Baldwin City Council meeting that Dave Flipse was hired to the newly created position. City public works director Bill Winegar said the hire came at a welcome time.

“It lightens the load,” he said. “I wear too many hats and have too many irons in the fire. It’s great to have him on board. He’s a valuable asset.”

The hire comes as the city is acting as general contractor for the $175,000 sewer line extension to the industrial park, and work in ongoing on the long-delayed realignment of the High Street/U.S. Highway 56 intersection. There is also a mixed-use trail being installed from 11th Street to Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.

The busy schedule of varied projects suits Flipse just fine, who come to Baldwin City from the large Johnson County water utility Water One. He said one of the appeals of the Baldwin City position was the chance to broaden his professional experience.

“I was drawn to the assistant director position,” he said. “I can get involved with more things — water, sanitation and roads. It’s not just water. I just want to get a greater experience base from the position.”

A resident of northwestern Shawnee, the Kansas University civil engineering graduate said he worked 10 years for Water One. Before that, he worked in the private sector. He spend 14 years with Black & Veatch before moving to another Kansas City engineering firm, HDR Inc., for five years.

Flipse and his wife have two daughters.

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