By Jon Bondy
Terry Riggs recently announced that he intends to step down both as Select Board member and as Road Commissioner on or about Town Meeting day in 2017. We will be able to elect a new Select Board member at Town meeting; the Road Commissioner position is appointed by the Select Board. Two other Select Board members also have terms that are expiring (Jon Bondy and Sue Ferguson).
Terry’s tenure as Road Commissioner has seen us through the construction of the new Town Garage, the purchase of multiple trucks, and a few road washouts.
The new Road Commissioner will need to deal with the following:
- Daily or weekly management of the Road Crew, including purchase orders and time cards
- Project planning (both big and small), scheduling, budgeting, and management
- Salary and insurance negotiations
- Negotiations with a variety of contractors (roadside mowing, paving, etc)
- Responding to road-related phone calls 24/7 (which, in Terry’s case, included grabbing a chain saw and heading out to a fallen tree at 2 AM)
Obviously, the main initial focus will be the reconstruction and repaving of the 5-7 miles of Class II road that were ground to dirt last summer. This will include culvert replacement, road bed improvement, and paving. If we get approval from the voters for a $1.7M loan, it would include managing this expenditure starting in mid April. We have a senior management consultant who can do most of the heavy lifting planning and managing this project, but the Road Commissioner will be heavily involved.
The best candidate would have previous experience with road construction, project management, and personnel management, and would be available 24/7 for emergencies. We may need to consider people who work out of town, but that would not be ideal.
If you wish to be considered for the job (or know someone whom we should contact/consider), please contact any member of the Select Board, or the Town Offices. At the moment, this job pays $600 per year. If the only obstacle to your taking this job is money, please apply anyway, and let us know what you think the Town should pay.