On Nov. 7, I would encourage the voters in the town of Montezuma to cast their vote for Dustin Roach for highway superintendent. Dustin has done a remarkable job stepping in to take over after the unexpected resignation of the former highway superintendent.

Having served two terms in this position, from 2012 to 2016, I feel qualified to say that this office requires much more than many people realize. From going out to check the roads at 3 a.m. to decide if you need to call your crew to come in to plow at 4 a.m. so the roads will be ready for the school buses so that the children can get to school safely to going out after storms to check for flooding and downed trees. This not a "9 to 5" job. This position requires you to supervise the department employees scheduling their work, making sure they are working safely and following PESH guidelines. Maintaining the towns equipment and grounds, making sure the roads are safe and passable are just a few requirements.

Dustin also has his water operators license and has worked with the town's water operator on water main breaks and other problems. Again far from a 9 to 5 job. Also I will be voting no on the proposed change from an elected highway superintendent to an appointed one and I hope you will too. As an elected official, the person in this position will need to prove to you the voter that they have done a good enough job to earn your vote for another term. In an ideal world it should be that way for all elected officials!

Jeffrey Dawson

Montezuma

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