Longer term for town’s high­way su­per­in­ten­dent on Tues­day bal­lot

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

GAR­DINER » A propo­si­tion on the town bal­lot Tues­day will ask whether the high­way su­per­in­ten­dent’s term should be ex­tended from two years to four.

Cur­rent High­way Su­per­in­ten­dent Brian Stis­cia said the in­crease would pro­vide sta­bil­ity to a po­si­tion that re­quires putting to­gether long-term plans.

“The job is tough enough as it is just to come through the door and do it,” he said.

“I was lucky enough to be here 20-some odd years and then be elected to the po­si­tion.” Stis­cia said. “Some­body with very lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence or no ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing elected, it would prob­a­bly take them darn near two years to ac­tu­ally learn the job and I would say prob­a­bly wouldn’t know ev­ery­thing there is to know . ...

“With all the bud­get­ing, pa­per­work, doc­u­men­ta­tion, just know­ing what to do, how to do it, it’s go­ing to take some time to get ac­cli­mated to the job,” he said.

Stis­cia, who is start­ing his fourth year as Gar­diner high­way su­per­in­ten­dent, said there po­si­tion re­quires a great deal of sea­sonal plan­ning, es­pe­cially at the time lead­ing up to elec­tions.

“You’ve got a small win­dow to do all your road re­con­struc­tion,” he said. “So you from April [through] Septem­ber, you’re re­ally do­ing road work, as much as you can get done ... [then] you are get­ting into Oc­to­ber, and we’ve al­ready had snow up here in Gar­diner [this year], up on the moun­tain in the higher el­e­va­tion. We did salt and sand.”

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