TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga is again considering the creation of a public works department.

Supervisor Bob Dedrick announced April 9 the town operating efficiency committee is studying a consolidation of the highway, water and sewer departments into a single department of public works.

An effort to create a DPW in 2002 stalled when town officials failed to complete work on a proposal in time to place it on the ballot in the November general election.

Dedrick said the town committee has learned a DPW can be led by an elected official, presumably the highway superintendent.

The supervisor said the committee will continue to study the issue.

In September 2002 there were a pair of public hearings and a special town board meeting as Ticonderoga moved toward creation of a public works department.

There was a public hearing on the creation of a DPW followed by a hearing on a proposal to eliminate the elected highway superintendent's position and replace it with an appointed DPW superintendent.

The elimination of an elected office, in this case highway superintendent, required approval by town voters. The town board had hoped to have the question on the November 2002 ballot, but state law required a 60-day comment period following the hearings before an election.

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