Wolter, candidate for Shelby highway superintendent, seeks to improve the department, service to community

Posted 22 June 2023 at 3:30 pm


My name is Bill Wolter, and I am running for the position of Shelby Highway Superintendent. I stand before you today, as a life-long resident and taxpayer of Shelby, to offer my dedication and commitment to serving our community in this role. I respectfully request your support.

Now, I’m sure some of you might be wondering why I have chosen to pursue the position of Highway Superintendent. And let me assure you, I am not crazy. My motivation stems from a genuine desire to do what is right for our residents. With over 12 years of experience working in the Highway Department and more than 20 years effectively managing WGW Landscaping, I bring a unique perspective to the table.

Throughout my time with the Highway Department, I have observed several areas that I believe require attention and improvements. From water issues to highway work and equipment maintenance, I can see areas where I can make a difference. While saving money is important, it should not come at the expense of safety. I firmly believe that ensuring public safety should not be solely budget driven.

One of my primary goals is to establish a revolving preventative maintenance program for all equipment used by the town of Shelby. This program will ensure that our equipment, which has been purchased with the hard-earned money of taxpayers, is properly maintained to maximize its lifespan. It is crucial for any department to utilize diagnostic-capable software to its full potential, and I see untapped potential in our current program. As Highway Superintendent, I will prioritize the efficient and effective maintenance of our equipment.

Additionally, I strongly believe in reinstating the collateral duty of Deputy Highway position to the shop. This qualified employee will be entrusted with making informed decisions on day-to-day operations in the event of my absence, ensuring a seamless workflow.

For me, highway safety means addressing issues such as filling the potholes promptly, regularly mowing our roadsides, and ensuring the roadways remain clear of snow and ice hazards.

Furthermore, I aim to consolidate the responsibilities of the Highway and Water Superintendent positions under a single individual. By doing so, we can guarantee the provision of the highest quality and safest water to all our residents. I am committed to making installations fair and equitable, addressing the needs of those in our township who still lack access to public water. I will diligently explore all possibilities and collaborate with organizations like the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the New York Rural Water Association (NYRWA) to provide the necessary access to these residents.

In conclusion, I am wholeheartedly dedicated to serving the residents and taxpayers of Shelby as your Highway Superintendent. I believe in transparency, accountability, communication and making decisions that prioritize the well-being of our community. With your support, we can work together to effect positive change and create a better future for the Town of Shelby.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Very respectfully,

William G. Wolter