B y Jaime Thomas
Ten years after his father was ousted as Hebron’s highway superintendent, Craig Watrous is back to claim his title.
Watrous is running against incumbent Floyd Pratt for the two-year position, and both men come with much relevant experience.
Watrous, whose father held the job for about 16 years, worked for the Hebron highway department for 11 and a half years in the past. He said he has experience with heavy equipment and has lived in the area for his entire life.
Pratt, meanwhile, has held the position of highway superintendent for 10 years; he was also the Hebron fire chief for 13 years and currently serves as a captain. He also has experience with heavy equipment and has attended Cornell Highway School every year since he’s been superintendent.
He describes his top issues in this campaign as “keeping taxes under control and keeping communication open with the public.”
“I have had a surplus in my budget each year, which has made it possible to upgrade some of our equipment used to keep our roads in good condition and keep town property taxes down.
If reelected, he said he aims to continue to improve and upgrade Hebron’s roads while keeping an open line of communication with taxpayers.
“I have a good highway crew that works hard for the tax payers and looks after their tax dollars,” he said.
Watrous said his main reason for running is the fact that the highway department comprises such a large part of the town budget.
“Myself and a lot of people feel it isn’t being run properly—roads are deteriorating, and maintenance isn’t being kept up,” Watrous said, adding that he feels he could do a better job in that area.
“I don’t think they’re kept up as good as they should be or could be,” he said. If elected, Watrous said he would like to work with the town board to set aside money each year for upkeep and continuation of paved roads.
“I want to get townspeople and taxpayers a better return on their investment,” he said.
Those who want to vote can do so at the West Hebron meeting house on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.