Familiar face returns
Tim Hunt takes over after highway superintendent Gary Stowell retires
By Willie Kiernan
The town of Cazenovia has a new but familiar face as the highway superintendent. After Gary Stowell resigned last Wednesday after 16 years of service, former town supervisor Tim Hunt was named by the town board to fill out the remainder of the term which lasts to the end of 2007.
Cazenovia Town Supervisor Liz Moran, who defeated Hunt in the 2005 elections, never actually worked with him, but others on the town board have.
"We're pleased that Tim was willing to take on this assignment," said Moran. "The town board is confident that his good management skills will benefit the community."
Hunt, who stepped in as supervisor when Tom Dreisbach passed away, sees this as a similar help-out-the-town situation.
"Everybody needs to see that we're here for the community," Hunt said. "One of the things I'd like to bring here is a real customer service. We're going to respond to the public."
Hunt, who also runs I'm Smart, a driving service out of Syracuse, said that he has enjoyed his time away from the public eye, spending more time at home with his family. Coming to the aid of the town, he said Thursday, his first day, was a little hectic. But by Friday, he seemed to be settled in.
"We're very fortunate to have an excellent staff, very dedicated and very knowledgeable," Hunt said. "they have been very receptive and they're looking forward to getting out there and getting a lot done."
Even with such short notice and little time to prepare, Hunt's familiarity with the governmental mechanism has him already willing his own philosophy and expectations upon the position.
"We're going to try to work closely with the other entities in the community, like the bus garage, the village garage, the school maintenance department, anywhere we can find cooperation," Hunt said. "We're also going to implement a 24/7 plowing schedule to increase the times and the amount of plows on the road."