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Sanibel to honor assistant city engineer upon retirement

By Staff | Mar 28, 2019

Sandy Larsen

Assistant City Engineer Sandy Larsen will retire on April 30, following 30 years of exceptional service to the citizens of Sanibel.

The city will recognize her with a reception on April 2 at 8:30 a.m., followed by a city council presentation at 9 a.m. at City Hall, at 800 Dunlop Road.

All citizens and members of the public are invited.

Larsen’s career is a three-decade testament to a person’s ability to advance through hard work and academic achievement. She joined the city staff in 1989 as a clerk typist in the Planning Department.

Through her tenure, Larsen has held numerous career advancing positions in the Departments of Planning, Utility, Public Works and Community Services. She earned her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1998 from the University of South Florida, while working full-time. Upon completion of the required internships and examinations to be licensed as a Florida professional engineer, Larsen was appointed to her current position of assistant city engineer in 2006.

The major projects Larsen completed while she was in service include:

– Served as lead design engineer and project manager for the city’s phased sewer expansion projects. All phased collection projects were designed in house by Larsen except Phase 1 and 4A. Over $30 million in sewer collection design has saved the city an estimated $3 million.

– Abandonment of the Sanibel Bayous Package Plant and connection of city parks to public sewer.

– Conducted computerized hydraulic analysis on existing and proposed sanitary sewer force main, which made it feasible to transport sewage from the west end of the island to treatment facility

– Wrote the city’s utility easement and legal description and has acquired over 300 volunteer easements through correspondence, homeowner association meetings and personal contact.

– Emergency management experience as structural safety inspector, coordinator of collection system generators, bypass pumping, contractor coordination and communication after Hurricane Charley. After Hurricane Irma, managed debris hauling, monitoring and routing.

– Coordination of Sewer System Evaluation Survey studies and repairs. High flows attributable to infiltration and inflow during high ground water and rain events reducing plant capacity saving long term treat and transport costs.

– Currently completing final review of seven HMGP grants from Irma totaling almost $2 million.

– Installation and administration of the city’s first PC network. Responsibilities included evaluating, recommending, budgeting and implementing computer hardware and software.

– Installed software and custom programming for the Planning Department’s database program.

– Autocad designed the city’s electronic street address and other regulatory maps.

Larsen earned her Floodplain Manager Certification in 2003. She is also a Florida Qualified Storm Water Management Inspector, a structural safety inspector for the city’s Emergency Management Response Team and original member of the city’s Employee HAM Amateur Radio Operating Team.

Additional training completed by Larsen includes FEMA Operational Planning courses, as well as numerous advanced technology and management classes.

Larsen has represented the city as member of the following professional associations: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, Florida Floodplain Managers Association and Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Larsen has been recognized for perfect attendance and selected by her peers as “Employee of the Quarter.” Her personnel file includes many letters of appreciation from citizens of Sanibel.