County Engineer’s Office

Winnebago County Courthouse – Lower Level

126 South Clark Street
Forest City, Iowa 50436
Phone:  (641) 585-2905
Fax:  (641) 585-2891
Email:  [email protected]

The County Engineer is responsible for the planning, design, and supervision of all construction and maintenance work performed on the secondary road system.  Winnebago County’s secondary road system includes 565 miles of gravel roads and 148 miles of paved roads, and 92 bridges and large culverts.  The County Engineer is also responsible for permitting new driveways, utility installations, and oversized loads traveling on county roads.

Our Staff:

Becky Ritzert
Office Manager

Eric Hythecker
Engineering Technician

Ethan Schutter
Maintenance Superintendent

Scott T. Meinders, P.E.
County Engineer


Maintenance Shops

The Secondary Road Department, under the supervision of the County Engineer is responsible for the general maintenance of all county roads, bridges, culverts and traffic signs. The Secondary Road Department also handles snow and ice control, equipment maintenance and repair.

Mechanic Shop – Thompson
11692 Hwy 9
Thompson, IA 50478

Aaron Henderson
Neil Sather

Maintenance Shop – Thompson
177 1st Ave. W.
Thompson, IA 50478

Tyler Runneberg
Zach Steffensen

Maintenance Shop – Lake Mills
46005 220th Ave.
Lake Mills, IA 50450

Bob Bjorklund
Mike Hengesteg
Marcus Jensen
Josh Thompson

Maintenance Shop – Forest City
135 S. Central St.
Forest City, IA 50436

Doug Bolinger
Brandon Heimer
Shane Rockow
Tim Osmundson
Jeff Thompson

Maintenance Shop – Buffalo Center
43132 20th Ave.
Buffalo Center, IA 50424

Ross Koppen
Larry Lawson
Bruce Matson
Randy Swalve
Brent Swenson