Highway superintendent candidate says he would bring needed changes in Shelby

Posted 23 June 2019 at 4:39 pm


This is an open letter to the Shelby Republican voters. As we enter into the final days before the primary I would like to give thanks to those of you that let me put a sign on your property and I’d like to thank the ones who came to their door when I knocked. It was nice to see so many faces around town.

Your vote is critical this year because change is so badly needed in the leadership of the Shelby Highway Department.

We need to save taxpayer’s money – current leadership has failed to do that! We need to be more resourceful with the annual budget – current leadership has failed to do that!

Our roads are in need of repair, sealing and basic maintenance – current leadership has failed to do that! We need to implement the GPS system for the water districts the board budgeted for and you paid for over 3 years ago – current leadership has failed to do that

We need to manage overtime costs – current leadership has failed to do that! A strong and cooperative relationship must exist between the Highway Superintendent and the Town Board. The Town Board has tried to create this numerous times – current leadership has failed to do that!

As a business owner for over 35 years I have learned how important it is to be well organized and how important it is to work with others. It only saves you money! It is also important to provide your employees with the tools they need to do their job and allow them the freedom to be creative and explore new ideas to solve problems.

On the farm there is an old saying: “You have to make hay when the sun shines” (which has been hard this year). Planting, spraying, fertilizing, trimming, tilling, harvesting, trucking, cost tracking & analysis, and labor management all come at a price. Sometimes you only get one chance to get the job done.

Over the years I have been able to make mutual alliances with my peers and skilled trade workers. I also understand change can be scary. But in this case change will be good, change is desperately needed, and change will be for the betterment of our town.

Thank you,

Dale S. Root

Republican-endorsed candidate for Shelby Highway Superintendent