[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Union 12-16-1970; amended in its entirety 2-17-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2016. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board, acting under the authority set forth in the Town Law, § 64, Subdivision 21-a, does hereby establish a Department of Public Works for the Town of Union and does hereby authorize the appointment of a Commissioner of Public Works, who shall be the administrative head of said Department.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall be charged with the responsibility of managing and directing the Public Works Department, which will consist of those functions and personnel of the Highway Department, Buildings and Grounds Department, Sewer Department, Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Permits and Ordinances Department and Engineering Department.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall organize the Department of Public Works into subordinate divisions. The subordinate divisions of the Department of Public Works shall be:
Division heads shall be known as "Deputy Commissioners of Public Works," unless otherwise designated by the Town Board. Said Deputy Commissioners of Public Works shall be appointed by the Town Board upon recommendation by the Commissioner of Public Works.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the following duties. The Commissioner shall:
Recommend to the Town Board competent, qualified employees for the divisions under his jurisdiction and shall have the authority to recommend and/or unilaterally implement hiring, dismissal, suspension and disciplinary action for all employees in the divisions under his control, according to civil service regulations and existing employee contracts, and shall designate himself or some other Town employee to fill vacancies or absences on a temporary basis.
Designate himself or some other Town employee to perform the duties of any position in said divisions under his control which is vacant or which lacks administration due to the absence or disability of the incumbent.
Prepare and present to the Town Board of the Town of Union an annual report of the affairs of said Department of Public Works and such other reports as the Town Board shall require.
Prepare the budget estimates for the Department of Public Works for submission to the budget officer.
Be responsible for overall planning with the county, state and federal grant and aid and planning programs.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the following powers. The Commissioner shall:
Assign, transfer, hire and/or terminate any of the employees in any of the divisions under his control, including assigning any of said employees to any division or branch thereof requiring services appropriate to the classification of the employee so assigned.
Draw up such rules and regulations as he shall deem necessary or expedient for the conduct of the various divisions under his control and present said rules and regulations to the Town Board.
Either by himself or by any person designated by him for that purpose, investigate and examine or inquire into the affairs or operations of any divisions under his jurisdiction.
Have such other powers and duties as may be delegated to him from time to time by resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Union, Broome County, New York.
Designate and/or appoint Deputy Commissioners who will have the authority to supervise their respective departments and to otherwise act for, and in the place of, the Commissioner of Public Works with the same power and authority of the Commissioner of Public Works as it pertains to each of their respective departments, which said designates and/or appointments shall be approved effective upon notice to the Town Board. The designations and/or appointments by the Commissioner of Public Works as provided herein are "at will" only and may be terminated at any time, with or without cause, by the Commissioner of Public Works.