To the editor,

As I seek a second term as Oswego Town Highway Superintendent, I would like to share with you and Oswego Town residents the progress that we have seen within the Highway Department during the last four years. This reflects my commitment to the taxpayers.

Here are the highlights of our accomplishments during my first four years in office:

Energy Efficiency

Converted garage heating system from propane to natural gas

Replaced fluorescent lamps with LEDs in Town Hall and Garage

Received $2,500 Clean Energy Community grant

Switched from use of 89-octane gasoline to 87 octane


Obtained computer to utilize email communication

Compiled town email list with Town Clerk to keep residents informed with important


Created Highway Superintendent Facebook page to broaden communication network

Partnered with Town residents for Earth Day roadside cleanup


Reduced 2019 Highway Department tax rate

Participated in NYS Comptroller’s Office Town finances audit

Eliminated deficit spending within Highway Department

Created reserve accounts to plan and save for future expenses¨ including vehicle equipment purchases and employee retirement

Increased CHIPS allotment during statewide GIS road inventory by discovering 0.6 mile of road not listed on our inventory. CHIPS funding has increased by more than $2,000/year

Conducted townwide streetlight inventory

Secured $200,000 grant from State Sen. Patty Ritchie for purchase of new snowplow

All expenditures are made and approved only if they are the right thing to do for the residents


Created electronic records for labor and material cost of vehicle and equipment repair

Completed town wide culvert inventory including GPS coordinates

Rightsized fleet of vehicles and equipment¨ eliminated old (20+ years) expensive-to-maintain inventory

Utilization of Verizon Networkfleet. This software tracks vehicles and equipment during use and provides computer diagnostics, factory recalls, service schedules, fuel economy, driver activity, speeding, excessive idle time and emergency services. This is useful during snowplowing pinpointing exact time and speed at which every roadwas plowed

Rathburn Road Bridge saved $200,000 by performing work inhouse rather than contracting job out.  Received APWA Transportation Project of the Year Award. Although our department had never undertaken a project of this size and magnitude the project came in on budget.


Earned Cornell Local Roads Program Roadmaster Level 2 certification

Served on Advisory Panel for CLRP Road Safety course

Active member of Oswego County Highway Superintendents Association attend all monthly meetings, Audit committee, travel to Albany annually to advocate for additional CHIPS funding

Attend annual State Conference and Educational Symposium and Highway School

Attend monthly town board meetings and workshops giving detailed operations reports

As you can see, we have made much progress during my first four years and I wish to continue to build on that success. I am confident that my experience, leadership, hardworking values and dedication to service will continue to be of great benefit to our residents. I hope this information helps you make your decision on Primary Day, Tuesday, June 25.

Very sincerely,

David Sterio

Oswego Town

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