Public Works director Rony Joel has a long to-do list in 2006

When Collier County gave Marco Island control of its infrastructure in 1997, it didn't exactly leave a short list of housekeeping projects behind. Marco Public Works and Utilities Director Rony Joel is on top of it, though, with quite an agenda for 2006.

"The challenge that we will face is to continue to keep the public informed of ongoing projects and the methods available to them to route around those construction projects," Joel said.

In addition to city projects already underway, like the expansion of Collier Boulevard, Joel is planning on implementing several new ones in the coming year.

Such projects as upgrading the wastewater treatment plant to meet new state standards, installing sewer systems into the first two districts of the septic tank replacement program and replacing the East Winterberry bridge will keep Joel busy for the coming year.

After emigrating to the United States from Israel in 1961, Joel received a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Cleveland State University and began his career as an engineer with the New York Department of Transportation. He also earned an MBA from Baldwin- Wallace College and an M.S. in civil engineering before becoming the vice president of Camp Dresser McKee, an engineering firm based in Cambridge, Mass.

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