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Candidate profiles: MacLachlan seeks to keep charge of Marcellus highways

Donald C. MacLachlan

2516 Scotch Hill Road, Marcellus

Background Highway Superintendent--Town of Marcellus 2004-present, Deputy Highway Superintendent--Town of Marcellus 1990-2003, Heavy Equipment Operator--Town of Marcellus 1987-1990.

Occupation Highway Superintendent, town of Marcellus.

Endorsed by Republicans, Independents

Given the current economy and budget crises at the state and county levels, which areas of the budget do you feel the town could cut back to alleviate the pressure on taxpayers?

In my six years as Superintendent, the Highway Dept. has not gone over its allotted budget. The only budget line increases have been related to the fluctuating fuel & salt costs and employee wages/benefits. I utilize state and county bid contracts for equipment, fuel, and aggregates purchasing to keep costs down. Several of our highway projects have been funded by federal and state grants at no cost to Marcellus taxpayers. I will continue to seek grants to fund our local projects as well as working together with neighboring towns/villages to hold the budget line as I did in the 2010 budget.

In what ways do you think the town could consolidate services with villages, neighboring towns or the county to increase efficiency and keep costs down?

Consolidation seems to be the "buzz word" of 2009. Ironically, for the past 6 years we have been working together with the surrounding towns, villages, the county and state D.O.T's, Marcellus Schools, Marcellus Park, and the Marcellus Fire Department to keep costs down. For example, we have worked with the MFD and Marcellus Park in snow removal, construction of playgrounds, basketball courts, and pavilions as well as tree removal, and drainage issues. We continue to share services and equipment with the surrounding towns and villages as well. Additionally, I've met with Onondaga County reps who are looking to replicate some of our snow removal strategies to curb county costs.

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