Brittney Lofthouse – Staff Writer

Town leaders made it a priority in this year’s budget to hire an engineer to work specifically for Franklin and the many upcoming renovation projects slated over the next few years. Monday night, Town Manager Summer Woodard announced the position has been filled and Nathanael Moore had been hired.

“The Town of Franklin is pleased to announce the hiring of Nathenael Moore as the new Town Engineer,” said Woodard Monday night.

Moore is a native of Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School in 2004. He attended Western Carolian University, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology.  During his time at WCU, Moore became a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and was the recipient of the William Dameron Memorial Occupational Safety Scholarship.

“Mr. Moore will be a tremendous asset to the town of Franklin with his wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Woodard. “His expertise will be an immediate benefit in overseeing the construction of the water treatment plant that was scheduled to begin on Sept. 5.”

Moore began working at the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2008 for the Division 14 Traffic Engineering Office. In 2009, he took a job for Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineering in Asheville as a Contract Engineer Inspector before returning to NC DOT Traffic Engineering in Sylva in 2010. Moore received his Highway Engineering Concepts Certification in January 2012 and his Engineer Intern Certificate in August 2014 before going on to become a registered professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina.

“I am delighted to see that Mr. Moore is joining the town of Franklin team,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. “This is a position that we have talked about for years and now it’s a reality. Welcome aboard.”

The first major project Moore will oversee is the upgrade to the Wastewater Treatment Plant which has been in the works for the last few years. The plan is to increase the facility’s capacity from two million gallons per day to three million gallons per day as part of a $15.1 million capital improvement plan for water and sewer infrastructure. The first phase of the renovations is predicted to be about $2.5 million and despite starting a few months later than expected, is now getting under way.