Longer term for town’s highway superintendent on Tuesday ballot
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.”