Robert Boyer had previously worked with the Talladega County engineer, according to city manager Brian Muenger. “He’s got experience handling things like mapping, project initiation and cooperation with (the Alabama Department of Transportation), so he’s a good fit,” Muenger said.
Boyer will have several additional responsibilities as well. “He’ll help make the development process easier. He’ll be working with the Finance Department, the building inspector, the Historical Preservation Commission. He’ll be a one-stop shop for site planning. This will be a benefit for first-time business owners who have not had to deal with things like variances and historical preservation before. He’ll be coordinating with all these organizations.” One of his first major tasks will be working on a grant through the Alabama Historical Society for preservation standards downtown. He’ll also be working on a citywide storm-water project.
“We’re happy to have this position filled, very excited to have him on board,” Muenger said.
Boyer said his parents served in the military, so he grew up all over, but mostly in northwest Florida. He began work with the county in September 2001.
“Right now, I’m still moving in, learning on the job. My educational background is not really relevant to what I’m doing now, but when I worked with the highway department, I wore a lot of different hats. I did surveying, flood administration, plat inspection, aid projects, drafts for planning. I even worked on the sign truck for a while, whatever the engineer wanted.”
Between July and January, many of the planner’s duties were shuffled off to other departments, and Boyer said those are now beginning to shift back into his office. “I’m going over the Silk Stocking District regulations now,” he said on his second full day at work. “I’ll be working with homeowners on whatever Brian and the council need me to,” he said.
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