MARCH 3, 1997

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City hires new public works administrator

Ron Cameron public works administrator by Jeff Switzer, senior staff reporter
WOODINVILLE--The city's new public services administrator began work last week with a long list of challenges and unfinished business ahead of him. "I've never been greeted so kindly," said Ron Cameron. "There's lots of opportunities here and the staff is great."
   Cameron has more than 30 years' experience in traffic and surface water issues, including eight-and-a-half years as a city engineer in Tukwila, 10 years as a traffic engineer in Everett, and 10 years in Seattle.
   The public services administrator handles the city's transportation, drainage, and public facilities infrastructure, including City Hall, other buildings, and city equipment.
   Cameron will also continue to establish a rapport with the adjacent jurisdictions of Bothell, and Snohomish and King Counties. Public Services has five staff members and contracts for surface water management and street maintenance.
   City Manager Joe Meneghini says Cameron's expertise in traffic and surface water will serve the city well. "Traffic planning is foremost on the community's mind," he said.
   Meneghini singled out the TRF downtown retail development slated for construction this year and its projected traffic counts. "Ron is an outstanding individual and we're obviously extremely pleased to welcome him to the city."
   Cameron has gotten a good look at some of the challenges facing the city. He believes the holiday floods and erosion, plus short- and long-term traffic issues are compounded by development and will need to be addressed. Downtown grid roads will also be a topic readdressed soon, picked up in the interim by Roy Peterson, who will remain part-time to help with Cameron's transition into his new job.