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City Names McEuen Ombudsman

Coeur d’Alene Engineering Project Manager Dennis Grant will assume the role. Grant will serve as an ombudsman, working with contractor CNI and property owners to help facilitate the flow of information. “Dennis will be the ‘boots on the ground’ during construction,” said City Administrator Wendy Gabriel. “He, along with our City engineer, will work with the contractor and the property owners to ensure things go smoothly and that any issues are immediately addressed.” Grant has worked in the City’s Engineering Services Department for the past 13 years/Kristina Lyman, Coeur d'Alene Today. More below.

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In that time, he has managed numerous projects including the improvement to Fourth Street. He also manages the City’s annual overlay projects.

Construction of the park begins this month. This last phase of the project addresses all of the design elements planned for the park as well as improvements to Front Avenue. The project will be sizable and things like project status, road closures, upcoming work, how to access businesses, temporary water outages, and many other seen and unforeseen issues will need to be managed and communicated to those affected, Gabriel said. Grant and City Engineer Gordon Dobler will work with Parks Director Doug Eastwood to manage those types of issues. “It’s important property owners and residents, in general, know what’s going on and who to contact should they have any construction-related issues,” Gabriel said. “This is a huge undertaking. Communication will be key.”

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