Timothy S. Lamica, new superintendent of the Town of Chazy Highway Department, is no stranger to the department, having been a member of the crew for the past seven years.
Timothy S. Lamica is settling in as the new head of the Town of Chazy Highway Department, but he’s no stranger to the inner workings of the organization.
Lamica — who took over the reins of the department following the retirement of highway superintendent Richard “Dick” Lewis earlier this summer — has been with the department for the past seven years, serving the majority of that time as Lewis’ second in command. Most recently, when Lewis was out of work after having shoulder surgery, Lamica stepped in to handle day-to-day operations of the department, giving him a taste of what was to come.
“We’re constantly on the go,” said Lamica.
The highway department has had a busy year, said Lamica, centered mainly on the after effects of flooding which gripped the region earlier this year following the annual spring thaw and again with Hurricane Irene, which was later downgraded to a tropical storm.
“That threw us for a loop,” Lamica said of this year’s unusually inclement weather. “We’ve been very busy.”
However, the business of the department has pressed on, with Lamica overseeing projects such as preparations for a new salt storage building adjacent to the highway department garage on Miner Farm Road and readying the department for snowplowing season.
“We’ve already got our salt and sand pile about three-quarters of the way done,” said Lamica. “And, we’re actually ahead of schedule.”
The department is now looking at wrapping up road projects for the year before the snow starts to fly, said Lamica, with a paving of a short section of Ingraham Road on the docket as well as repair to the banks along a bridge on Oneil Road that was damaged by the recent flooding.
“It’s more cosmetic than anything,” said Lamica.
As Lamica moves forward with the job at hand, he credits his predecessor for giving him the tools he needed to step into the position and, as he hopes, to continue serving the town for years to come.
“Dick taught me a lot, especially about all the paperwork you have to do,” said Lamica. “He was the town assessor for about 30 years, too, so he was really good at paperwork.”
The strong work ethic and reliability of his current crew of six employees is also something Lamica credits for making things run efficiently for the town and in making his job easier.
“We’ve got a really good crew. We work well together and if I ever ask for them to do something, they do it,” said Lamica. “I’ve got to hand it to them.”
Lamica, who was appointed to the position of highway superintendent earlier this summer, will be on the ballot this November as the Democratic candidate seeking to complete the remainder of Lewis’ term, which was set to expire Dec. 31, 2013. Lamica is running unopposed for the position.
Prior to his service with the town highway department, Lamica worked as a technician for the local John Deere dealer in Plattsburgh for eight years. Before that, he worked with the Town of Malone Highway Department for 13 years.