Town of Blooming Grove, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Blooming Grove 8-8-2017 by L.L. No. 6-2017. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent of the Town Board of the Town of Blooming Grove to eliminate the elective office of Superintendent of Highways and establish the appointed office of Superintendent of Highways and to consolidate the various functions of the Highway Department into a Department of Public Works subject to the oversight of the Town Board and the appointed Superintendent of Highways so as to more efficiently and economically manage the Department's budget and operations and better serve the needs of the Town residents.
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Word usage. Whenever used in this chapter, words used in the singular include the plural and vice versa.
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Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.
DEPARTMENT
The Town of Blooming Grove Department of Public Works.
DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
The Deputy Superintendent of Highways of the Town of Blooming Grove Department of Public Works, who shall act for and in the place of the Superintendent of Highways when necessary as determined by the Superintendent of Highways or the Town Board.
SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
The Superintendent of Highways, who shall be the chief executive officer of the Department of Public Works.
The elected position of Superintendent of Highways is hereby eliminated and replaced with an appointed position of Superintendent of Highways.
There is hereby established a Department of Public Works in the Town of Blooming Grove. The functions formerly performed by the Town Highway Department are hereby transferred to the Department of Public Works.
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The Town Board shall have the power to establish by resolution such charges, rules and regulations for the efficient operation of the equipment and facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works, and to provide for the enforcement thereof. Any such rules, regulations or charges so established shall become effective upon filing with the Town Clerk and the Superintendent of Highways and may be modified or amended from time to time by resolution of the Town Board.
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All other functions and duties of the Department of Public Works as may be prescribed by law or which the Town Board may determine and which are not inconsistent with law are or shall become functions of the Department of Public Works at the request of the Town Board.
All costs and expenses incurred by the Department of Public Works or its officers, agents and employees on behalf of a special improvement district shall be charged against such district and paid from funds duly appropriated for the purposes of such district.
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The Office of the Superintendent of Highways is hereby designated as an administrative office of the Town of Blooming Grove.
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In the event of a vacancy in office, unavailability or disability of the appointed Highway Superintendent, the Town Board may appoint an interim Highway Superintendent pending further action of the Town Board.
In addition to the powers and duties conferred upon the Superintendent of Highways pursuant to New York State Highway Law, the Superintendent of Highways shall have supervision of and direction over the operations and maintenance of the functions of the Department of Public Works.
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The Superintendent of Highways shall be appointed by the Town Board at the annual reorganization meeting for such term and at such salary as may from time to time be fixed by the Town Board.
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The Superintendent of Highways shall be an employee of the Town of Blooming Grove and shall be in the exempt class of civil service.
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One or more Deputy Superintendent of Highways shall be appointed by the Town Board at the annual reorganization meeting for such term and at such salary as may from time to time be fixed by the Town Board.
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The Deputy Superintendent of Highways shall be an employee of the Town of Blooming Grove and shall be in the exempt class of civil service.
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The Deputy Superintendent of Highways shall have the authority to act generally for, and in place of, the Superintendent of Highways.
The Superintendent of Highways shall be paid such salary as the Town Board may determine by resolution and said salary may be modified from time to time in the same manner.
The employees of the Town Highway Department shall continue as employees in the Department of Public Works with the same classification, pensions, retirement rights and privileges as they had prior to such transfer; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall deprive the Town Board of any power it now has with respect to such employees.
The Superintendent of Highways shall have the authority to appoint all employees of the Department, subject to the approval of the Town Board, and shall have the power to remove employees for cause, subject to the approval of the Town Board.
The Superintendent of Highways shall report periodically to the Supervisor and Town Board concerning the operation, financial conditions and financial needs of the Department and shall assist the Supervisor in the preparation of capital programs and budgets.