Following unanimous county board approval, effective April 20th Kelly Reith has stepped in as the new Lincoln County Highway Commissioner; replacing the departed Mike Van de Weerd who resigned
A native of Big Bend, Wis, Reith brings over 25 years of Construction Management and Supervisory experience to the position as well as over 15 years of Government-Public Works management experience.
Prior to accepting his new position at the Highway Department, Reith served as Assistant Superintendent with the City of Stevens Point Streets Department.
Other positions Reith has held include Construction Manager with Rettler Corporation of Stevens Point and management with the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works-Infrastructure Construction Division.
Key skill sets Reith brings to the position include: management of roadway construction and reconstruction projects; roadway maintenance; bridge maintenance and construction; bid and contract preparation; sub-contractor negotiations as well as personnel and fleet management.
“Natural progression of my career has brought me to the northwoods,” Reith explains of his arrival in Merrill.
“I have had a place in Tomahawk for some time and decided to move up here with my fiancee, to enjoy the area and the many recreational opportunities this area has to offer. I saw this position as an excellent opportunity career-wise and am very happy to be here. It’s been exciting and I’m looking forward to the busy project season ahead.”
One such project Reith mentions will begin on Monday, that of crack sealing on STH 17 as well as bridge replacement on CTH CC near Tomahawk, in the coming weeks.
“I would like to remind county citizens and motorists of the upcoming construction and project season,” Reith adds.
“This is a very busy time of year for us and I ask everyone to please remain alert and use caution, as our crews will be working steadily to complete various projects in our county townships and on our county highways. There may be lane closures at times as well flag crews to help maintain smooth flow of traffic in work zones.”
Those with questions or concerns for Kelly may contact him at the Lincoln County Highway Department-100 Cooper Street in Merrill or via telephone (715) 539-2554.