Town high­way su­per­in­ten­dent’s term could dou­ble

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

SAUGER­TIES >> Town vot­ers will be asked Tues­day whether the high­way su­per­in­ten­dent’s term should be length­ened from two years to four.

If the propo­si­tion is ap­proved, the longer term would take ef­fect with the win­ner of the 2017 elec­tion.

“The sur­round­ing towns that I work hand and hand with each day — the town of Wood­stock and the town of Ul­ster — have four-year terms in place al­ready,” said Sauger­ties High­way Su­per­in­ten­dent Doug Myer. “I also work with the vil­lage of Sauger­ties con­tin­u­ously. When we’re talk­ing about dif­fer­ent pro­grams that we’re try­ing to im­ple­ment to­gether, I can only com­mit as long as I’m go­ing to be in of­fice, and that’s only two years.”

Myer, who has been high­way su­per­in­ten­dent since 2012, said long term-plans that are eas­ier to ac­com­plish if there isn’t an elec­tion cam­paign every other year.

“It’s very hard to im­ple­ment ... 10-year pro­grams that the state is re­quir­ing,” he said. “Any­thing with time lim­its on it is very dif­fi­cult.”

Myer said the longer term also would pro­vide sta­bil­ity for the High­way Depart­ment’s staff.

“The men you work with have to worry every

two years about some new hot-shot boss com­ing in to change the world,” he said. “That (a four-year term) would calm peo­ple’s nerves a lit­tle .... ”

“It’s very hard to im­ple­ment ... 10year pro­grams that the state is re­quir­ing.”

— Sauger­ties High­way Su­per­in­ten­dent Doug Myer

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