County calls for amendment to hire new DPW administrative position

NORWICH – The Chenango County Board of Supervisors is looking to change a local law that will allow for a newly created administrative position at the Department of Public Works to help oversee the department’s 70-plus employees.

Last week, a resolution calling for a public hearing for an amendment went before members of the Board and, in spite of objections from some who argued that additional management at the DPW would create an unwarranted burden for local taxpayers, was passed in a majority vote.

Proposed changes to the law would allow the Director of Public Works to hire a second assistant deputy director to help manage the department’s highway and solid waste divisions. As it stands, local law limits the department to one deputy director, and that position is currently filled.

Proponents of the change say that having an option to hire a second deputy director would help the DPW stay on top of an increasing work load.

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