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H’way job duties detailed

Bethlehem board tackles worker vacation policy

— Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn asked how binding the list would be. He questioned if one entity could possibly sue the other if either the new highway superintendent wasn’t living up to their duties, or the town wasn’t providing enough funds in order for the listed tasks to be completed.

Attorney Jim Potter said that was a possibility, and it was ultimately advised the broadening of some of the resolution’s language.

The new superintendent of highways will be asked to “maintain existing service levels to the extent practicable,” and work with non-specific civic groups on projects beneficial to the town “at the discretion of the highway superintendent,” among other changes.

Board tackles vacation policy

The Town Board also established a new leave policy for Highway Department and park maintenance employees at the Wednesday meeting.

Those working in the Highway Department will now have a vacation policy that more closely matches that of other town employees. Workers will no longer have their two-weeks of vacation established for them, but can seek approval for specific time off based on seniority. The policy also states minimum staffing levels will be relaxed for one month during the summer and summer holidays “to provide employees greater opportunity to take vacation during these periods.”

Deyoe said it was only fair highway employees be given similar opportunities as the town’s other employees. Highway Department and parks maintenance employees will still be expected to be available during inclement weather and emergency situations.

The policy also specifies when a highway worker can use sick time, compensatory time and personal time. Employees will no longer be allowed to use sick time for routine doctor visits, but may use up to four sick days a year to care for a sick child, spouse or parent.

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