Public Notice, May 24, 2021

Special Election
Local Law No. 1 of 2021
June 19, 2021
9-3pm
Kellner Youth Activity Building
50 Palatine Park Rd, Germantown

Dear Neighbors,

The Town Board adopted a local law on April 13, 2021 that eliminates the position of elected Highway Superintendent and establishes the position of appointed Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.  This local law is subject to a mandatory referendum and the vote will be held June 19th.  If the law is upheld by voters, the change will be effective January 1, 2022.

More than 95 towns across NYS have made this change from elected to appointed.  Four towns in Columbia County are making this change this spring and summer.

We believe that this is an important change for Germantown to give taxpayers the type of service and accountability they deserve.  Under existing law, an elected superintendent need only be 18 and an elector of the town to run for election.  There is no requirement that they have experience, general knowledge of the position or that they must work at all.

For a job that pays currently approximately $61,000 plus benefits, we expect the superintendent to work every day.  Unfortunately, there is little recourse when they do not work or even have a home in the area unless we want to pursue other legal remedies.  Our current elected superintendent is not seeking reelection.

The law allows us to make the position an appointment, and as a result the superintendent will be held accountable by the Town Board and we, in turn, are in regular contact with our neighbors and are held accountable by you.

In the coming weeks we will provide more information to you about this process and why we feel strongly that it is the best path forward for our Town.

Sincerely,
Germantown Town Board