Town highway superintendent’s term could double
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