To the Editor:
In an effort to present the facts to the residents of the Town of Scriba, I would like to provide a record of the highway department’s accomplishments with my leadership over the last four years as Highway Superintendent.Ã‚Â The main focus is and always has been the safety and well-being of Scriba residents and the traveling public.Ã‚Â Specifically, the department has accomplished under my leadership:
*Submission of highway budgets with < 3% increases per year, while cost of living increases have averaged 7% – a typical property valued at $100,000 had a total increase of $3.00 per year, while salt, fuel and steel prices have increased significantly;
*A 20-year rolling stock replacement policy.Ã‚Â 4 years ago much of our fleet was old and rundown. Repair costs were astronomical and unreliability of machinery was causing us to waste time and labor. This policy spreads the replacement cost of equipment uniformly so taxes do not increase.
*Purchasing multi-functional, year-round equipment and phasing out old and unused equipment that can only be used seasonally.Ã‚Â This has resulted in reduced insurance costs along with lower operational costs.
*Implementing a road maintenance program that reduces the need to repave roads.Ã‚Â Rather than scaling back paving due to lack of funding, we are sealing road cracks at $1,000 per mile versus paving at $100,000 per mile; *Better scheduling of existing employees during their shifts with increased supervision has prevented the need for new, full-time hires and kept the lid on payroll.
*Use of computerized spreader controls to provide uniform coverage of spreading of sand and salt by our town trucks during the winter. This will reduce the cost of spring clean up, reduce the cost of mining and stockpiling sand with the added benefit of a cleaner town and your vehicles.
Naysayers will claim things are not the way they were. I agree, things are changing for the betterment of the town of Scriba. Better use of staff, safer roads, all with lower costs for the taxpayers.
This is just a short list of our accomplishments.Ã‚Â Time and space prevent me from going into greater detail but I welcome suggestions and would be happy to discuss any issue with you at any time. My commitment has always been to do the best job for you, and to do it as thoroughly and economically as possible. The safety of the residents of Scriba and the travelling public are foremost in my priorities. I have the necessary experience and background to continue to make this all happen, and with your vote, we can continue the excellent operation of the Town of Scriba Highway Department.
After the primary, I took a few weeks to think about this upcoming election. Many residents have called or written encouraging me to stay in the race. Most importantly, I have spoken with my family who have been the most impacted by the lies and vicious attacks on my character. What I came to realize is the negative campaigning was most unfair to the residents of my township, and it would not be fair to you to let these go unchallenged.
The release of the County report clearly showed no wrong doing on my part. It is clear to me that I must continue my run for Re-Election – I feel the voters deserve the opportunity to choose experience, integrity and leadership, which is lacking in my opponent. I refuse to allow my opponent’s campaign of personal attacks and negative campaigning to decide this election. Scriba needs to keep moving forward, not backward, and with my experience, I am the best person for the job of Highway Superintendent.
I am encouraged, invigorated and excited to announce my campaign for Re-Election as Highway Superintendent for the Town of Scriba. From now until election day, it will be my goal to reach out to every household in ourtownship. If you have any questions before that, please feel free to call or email me at 343-7924 or [email protected], and please honor me with your vote on election day.
Town of Scriba