Hall County
 Gainesville, GA

Summary of Duties:

Responsible for Right-of-Way program and serves as Right-of-Way Supervisor for Hall County. Reports to and provides administrative and technical assistance to the County Engineer and Road Maintenance Divisions, including planning, scheduling, and budgeting Engineering Division projects to assure all programs are completed efficiently and effectively according to plan specifications.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates right-of-way acquisition to obtain property for public projects including:
  • Determining right-of-way needs for local projects through research, site inspections and consultation with Project Engineers and Road Construction Management.
  • Researching property ownership through county systems, records and legally recorded documentation.
  • Interpreting deeds and plats for establishing legal property rights.
  • Defining legal requirements for signers and assuring all requirements are met in document signing and recording.
  • Meeting with property owners to explain road projects and right-of-way needs, assure property owners understand the impact to their properties, address and negotiate right-of-way variations as required and obtain all necessary legal signatures.
  • Assuring all necessary right-of-way procurements and easements are completed before road construction and improvement projects are stated.
  • Directing Road Maintenance forces in staking right-of-ways in preparation for road projects.
  • Represents County in meetings with attorneys, Real Estate Professionals and independent appraisal firms to discuss right-of-way matters and in the resolution of issues relative to right-of-way conflicts and disputes.
  • Attends special master hearings and court proceedings and serves as technical advisor to County Attorney in matters relative to right-of-way needs and requirements
  • Supervises other Engineering Staff in matters relating to right-of-way, documentation and recording requirements.
  • Advises County Planning Department on matters relative to road recognition questions and right-of-way issues.
  • Serves as coordination point for Surveyors, Engineering Design Firms and others in determining legal county right-of-way ownership both direct and prescriptive.
  • Serves as coordination point for request to purchase surplus County properties including meeting with requestors, researching legal ownership questions, determining County interest in property and preparing information for consideration by County Administration and the County Commission.
  • Develops forms, right-of-way deeds, and other documents relative to right-of-way projects and individual property owners.
  • Works with other division staff in planning and scheduling County projects.
  • Monitors progress of right-of-way acquisition and construction progress; prepares reports of such progress for submittal to County Engineer as requested.
  • Assists in securing all necessary permits from State and Federal regulatory agencies – and all easements required prior to construction of road improvement projects. Serves as liaison between construction crews, property owners, and County Engineer.
  • Assists in review of design plans of community development projects such as subdivision, commercial, and industrial developments; confers with engineering, land surveying, and architectural firms to advise and explain various design plan corrections required and issues non-compliance and project acceptance letters.
  • Assists in conducting inspections of community development projects to assure minimum construction standards, road construction materials, and infrastructures meet or exceed required minimum specifications.
  • Responsible for Road Determination proceedings, Road Acceptance qualifications, and Road Abandonment procedures, including describing procedures to property owners, Real Estate Professionals, Attorneys or other owner representatives, determining whether requested action is acceptable to the County, preparation of applications, notification letters, publication notices, representing the Engineering Division at Planning Commission Meetings, City Council or Board of Commissioners Meetings and assuring that all required legal documentation is completed and recorded.
  • Reviews plans and permit information for approval and makes site inspections to insure utility facility installations meet County specifications; coordinates utility relocation on road improvement projects to avoid delay to Hall County’s contractors on improvement projects; reviews requests from utility companies for reimbursable utility relocations.
  • Assists in performing various aspects of land surveying for Public Works projects.
  • Develops exhibits for Public Works projects using GIS software.
  • Represents the County per direction of the County Engineer at various functions such as making speeches at civic and business associations, meeting with community leaders, developers, officials, citizens, and representatives of the press to establish good will and resolve/respond to issues as they relate to right-of-way and road improvement projects.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with Hall County policies, procedures, and applicable laws including: attending interviews for hiring potential employees; and training, planning, assigning, and directing work of subordinate staff; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Materials and Equipment Used:

  • Computer
  • Calculator
  • Vehicle
  • Mobile Radio
  • Office Equipment
  • Drafting Equipment
  • GIS Software
  • Surveying Equipment

Minimum Qualifications Required:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline.
  • Four (4) years of related experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Georgia (class C) Driver’s License and satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR).
  • State of Georgia Surveyor-in-Training License or State of Georgia Real Estate Appraisal Certification desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of applicable Federal and State laws, County ordinances, and regulations that relate to acquisition of right-of-way.
  • Extensive knowledge of Real Estate laws, legal research, documentation requirements, valuations, County Assessment and documentation systems and recording requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of County GIS system.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of road construction design.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices utilized in the inspection and testing of materials used in the construction of roads, bridges, and other projects.
  • Knowledge of local Soil Erosion and Sediment Control and Subdivision Regulations, Codes, and Ordinances.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis, and report presentation.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate subordinates assigned as per County Engineer.
  • Ability to make effective oral presentations to County staff, governmental officials, and community organizations.
  • Ability to plan and implement programs in division operations based on departmental goals and objectives.
  • Ability to identify potential problems, conflicts and violations in reviewing road construction plans and right-of-way deeds.
  • Ability to effectively develop and prepare road improvement program recommendations for consideration by City/County Engineer and other County officials.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees, developers, consultants, the general public, and others.
  • Ability to prepare petitions, easement forms, right-of-way deeds, and other formal documents to be presented to the Board of Commissioners for final action and approval for recording in the Hall County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
  • Ability to coordinate assigned work with other departments and County governmental officials based on prescribed policies and regulations.

ADA Minimum Qualifications:

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert physical effort in light to moderate work, but which may include some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Duties require the ability to operate a personal computer and a motor vehicle.

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed with occasional exposure to adverse environmental conditions including inclement weather.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.