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As a local public works agency headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the Franklin County Engineer's Office is responsible for the maintenance and construction of 271 miles of county roadway and 351 county bridges, as well as upkeep of all county ditches, drains, retention basins, and other storm water facilities within the right-of-way of county roads in unincorporated areas. To meet the continuing development and infrastructure needs of Franklin County, the Engineer's Office utilizes the latest technologies for determining and maintaining roadway centerlines and boundaries; retracing and setting new monuments for original public land surveys; preparing geographic information system mapping for real estate tax assessments; and establishing precise countywide horizontal and vertical control to maintain uniformity in construction, surveying, and mapping.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO attended the Pre-Bid Information Session for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County which provided networking opportunities with minority owned businesses.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO participated in the Franklin County Futures Job Fair where we shared information about employment opportunities at our office. It was a great event!
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Smiley Road, between Fishinger Road and Hilliard-Cemetery Road, will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, for roadway maintenance. This closure is expected to last one day, weather permitting. Local Access will be maintained.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Thanks to everyone who attended the Opportunities Job Fair! We had a great time meeting with people excited to learn about our internship and seasonal opportunities at the FCEO. If you are still interested in joining #TeamFCEO, please visit https://www.franklincountyengineer.org/employment/ to learn more.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has declared a LEVEL ONE Snow Emergency. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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Surveyor’s Journal Entry Seven

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Seven

Original Maps Set Parameters for Land Development

Even though Ohio’s population was less than the 60,000 required for statehood, Congress was confident that its efforts to allocate and sell public land would result in steady growth. The slow but sure success of the Virginia Military District to attract war veterans to the region exemplified the need to establish political subdivisions that could accommodate an influx of permanent settlers.

The first step in opening up the new state was to create a comprehensive map that set the basic geographic parameters for land development.

While researching potential locations for Worthington, in 1802, Deputy Surveyor James Kilbourne used the land records, survey journals, and maps housed in Deputy Surveyor Thomas Worthington’s Chillicothe office to compile the first map of Ohio. A fairly accurate recollection of Native American territory had been given by Deputy Surveyor John Fitch, a captive during the American Revolution who later invented the first steam powered boat (1787).

Surveyor General Rufus Putnam then elaborated upon the work of U.S. Geographer Thomas Hutchins and James Kilbourne to create the first official map of Ohio, which he submitted to Congress and the Ohio Legislature in January 1804. The division of land was now certifiable and political subdivisions could be established.