Chazy Timothy S. Lamica is settling in as the new head of the Town of Chazy Highway Department, but he’s no stranger to the inner workings of the organization.
Lamica — who took over the reins of the department following the retirement of highway superintendent Richard “Dick” Lewis earlier this summer — has been with the department for the past seven years, serving the majority of that time as Lewis’ second in command. Most recently, when Lewis was out of work after having shoulder surgery, Lamica stepped in to handle day-to-day operations of the department, giving him a taste of what was to come.
“We’re constantly on the go,” said Lamica.
The highway department has had a busy year, said Lamica, centered mainly on the after effects of flooding which gripped the region earlier this year following the annual spring thaw and again with Hurricane Irene, which was later downgraded to a tropical storm.
“That threw us for a loop,” Lamica said of this year’s unusually inclement weather. “We’ve been very busy.”
However, the business of the department has pressed on, with Lamica overseeing projects such as preparations for a new salt storage building adjacent to the highway department garage on Miner Farm Road and readying the department for snowplowing season.
“We’ve already got our salt and sand pile about three-quarters of the way done,” said Lamica. “And, we’re actually ahead of schedule.”
The department is now looking at wrapping up road projects for the year before the snow starts to fly, said Lamica, with a paving of a short section of Ingraham Road on the docket as well as repair to the banks along a bridge on Oneil Road that was damaged by the recent flooding.
“It’s more cosmetic than anything,” said Lamica.
As Lamica moves forward with the job at hand, he credits his predecessor for giving him the tools he needed to step into the position and, as he hopes, to continue serving the town for years to come.