HOPKINTON - The town of Hopkinton will see a new highway superintendent take the post this fall, as Republican Francis Frank Barney and Democrat Stephen A. Green are battling for the post.
The elected official will be under a two year, unexpired term created by the retirement of long-time Highway Superintendent Ron Streeter.
Being a new name in the mix, Mr. Barney has spent much of his campaign surveying the town and getting his name out there.
I am going out and meeting the taxpayers of the town and doing a door to door campaign. I am introducing myself to those who dont know me and giving a letter on a little bit about myself, Mr. Barney said. Its a big township so there are a lot of people to meet. I want to see what they want to see change or keep the same. Some things need to be tweaked or changed.
Mr. Barney currently works as the transportation director for Edward-Knox Central School in Russell. He said that he oversees all of the transportation employees and the budget as well as other duties.
The new highway superintendent will be taking over the post vacated by interim Highway Superintendent James Hollenbeck, a veteran member of the towns highway crew.
Mr. Barney regularly attends town board meetings and has been thinking through ideas for how to run the department, if elected.
Im hoping the taxpayers support me well. I attend all of the town board meetings and know what is going on. We have to get a plan in place and move forward, Mr. Barney said. We need to move forward and get things taken care of. Theyve done a lot this year, but theres a lot more we need to do.
The Hopkinton resident has also had experience as a mechanic at St. Regis Falls Central, while also serving as a director for the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department.
Mr. Barney noted that he is simply looking for the support in his effort to become the next highway superintendent.
I would appreciate anybodys support and thats all you can ask for. You can make any promises you cant keep, he said.
Attempts to reach Mr. Green for comment were unsuccessful.