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Hitchcock certified as election winner

Despite a busy start to his career as Superintendent, Hitchcock has already made efforts to control costs and correct equipment break-down issues within the Highway Department.

"I've cut a lot in cost already - especially when it comes to purchasing repair parts for equipment," Hitchcock said.

The Department is now seeking multiple bids on necessary items before purchasing rather than relying on historic sources.

"There's a lot of savings to be had out there if you take the time to check pricing," he added.

Coming into the position late in the year and just prior to three major snowstorms, he's had to work through numerous budget issues with the Supervisor's office. Despite their best efforts, the Town still lacks some of the parts necessary to maintain the roads.

"I'm ashamed of the shape that some of these roads are in but I still don't have things like cutting edges for our grader," Hitchcock noted.

The cutting edges were ordered over five weeks ago and still have not arrived. They are necessary to smooth some of the rougher back roads in the region.

He is also worried that modest budget surpluses identified by the Supervisor's office will have to be put against the considerable overtime the department has racked up in the last few weeks.

Regardless of the immediate challenges, Hitchcock is up for the task.

"I'm trying to run the Department like it's a business," he concluded. "Some of the old traditions are hard to break but we are making progress. The men down there are great to work with. They're all dedicated guys."

Hitchcock will face reelection in November of 2009 for a full term as Johnsburg Highway Superintendent.

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