[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Cortlandt 8-13-1996 by L.L. No. 7-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Historically, the position of Superintendent of Highways has long been one of the most important offices of the town. In the early days of the town, the Highway Superintendent possessed the authority to lay out and construct all of the roads that traverse the town, and this stimulated development within the town. As modern times have come and construction of new highways has slowed, the position of the Highway Superintendent, while still vested with absolute authority over the highways of the town, now primarily provides for the maintenance and care of the roads and the clearing of the roads in winter months. As such, it is more appropriate for said functions to be consolidated with the other operating departments of the town and be under the control and direction of the Town Board.
The position of the Highway Superintendent of the Town of Cortlandt is hereby abolished, effective January 1, 1998.
All of the duties, authority and power heretofore and hereafter conferred of vested in the Highway Department shall be vested in the Department of Environmental Services. Whenever any law provides for a duty or an obligation of the Town Highway Superintendent, said law in the Town of Cortlandt shall mean the Director of Environmental Services who shall be appointed, in accordance with local law, by the Town Board of the Town of Cortlandt.
The following question shall be submitted to the electors to consider the approval of this chapter:
"Shall Local Law No. 7 of 1996, which provides that the elected Office of Highway Superintendent of the Town of Cortlandt be abolished and the duties and responsibilities of the Town of Cortlandt be transferred and vested in the Department of Environmental Services which is appointed by the Town Board, be approved?"
This chapter shall take effect on January 1, 1998, provided that said chapter is approved by a majority of the electors of the Town voting on November 5, 1996, in accordance with § 23 of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York.
Editor's Note: This chapter received the affirmative vote of a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon in accordance with the applicable provisions of law.