Jeremy Bril will become the Decorah city engineer Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The Decorah City Council unanimously made the appointment Monday night. Bril also will serve as the city’s street commissioner. His salary will be $83,243.
It’s the first time the city engineer has been a city employee. Previously, Lindsay Erdman served as city engineer through his firm, Erdman Engineering in Decorah.
The Council also approved the first reading of an ordinance Monday night that amends city code by creating the staff level position of city engineer.
After Monday’s meeting, City Manager Chad Bird said he hopes the city’s day-to-day and more routine engineering will be done “in house” by the city engineer saving the city consulting engineering fees.
The city will continue to contract with consulting engineers, such as Erdman Engineering, on certain projects, he said. Engineering for larger projects, such as those at the airport and wastewater treatment facility also will continue to be done externally by firms specializing in those areas, Bird said.

Background
Bril is currently a project engineer at Bruening Rock Products in Decorah. Previously, he was a consulting engineer at Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental in West Union and a consulting engineer at Strand Associates Inc. in Madison, Wis.
Bril is a 2004 Decorah High School graduate and a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. He received his master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa in 2010 and his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa in 2012.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to serve as city engineer and look forward to working with city officials, staff and community members. I am excited about many of the upcoming projects as well as new ideas being developed by Community Visioning and several other groups throughout the community.”
Bril and his wife, April, also a 2004 DHS grad, live in Decorah with their two young children.