The responsibility of the Superintendent is to inspect and oversee the maintenance of roads, supervise the staff, town vehicle repair and maintenance, building maintenance, interact with the New York State Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Highway Department and the Village of Clayton DPW, and to prepare and manage a yearly budget.
The Town equipment range in size from snowplows, road graders, man-lifts, dump boxes, and dump trucks and chainsaws. Our Highway garage is a completely equipped repair shop where the majority of our equipment maintenance and repair is done. The Town of Clayton Highway Department employs 7 full time and 3 part time employees and a part time Highway Clerk.
The Highway Department maintains approximately 128 miles of roads within the town, which consists of 78 Town roads, 38 miles of County roads, and 12 miles of State roads for the safety and welfare of its users.
During the winter months there is 24-hour coverage, 7 days a week, for clearing of these roads (depending on snow conditions). The Highway Department also has a rotating night shift called out as needed, from November through March.
During the summer months the schedule is maintenance of roads which includes road surfacing, paving, pothole repair, signage, roadway markings, drainage, tree and brush cutting within the Town’s right of way.
The Town of Clayton Highway Department and the Village of Clayton Department of Public Works share a Joint Highway Facility, occupied since November of 1994.
The Highway Department has an Intergovernmental Agreement between itself and the County. The Agreement is relative to Road and Bridge Maintenance Services; covering construction and reconstruction of County Roads which include roadside litter removal, roadside mowing, and the disposal of non-domestic dead animals.
The Highway Department is also involved with shared services with other Towns, the Village of Clayton, Jefferson County, and the Thousand Islands High School.
The Highway Department shares in a Gas Boy System which is a diesel and gasoline storage and dispensing facility with the Village and T.I. Central School. This system is located at the Bus Garage. The gas boy allows the entities to purchase in tanker quantities. Reports are generated by computers summarizing fuel usage, fueling dates, user, and quantities of fuel.
The Town of Clayton has a Fire District and an Emergency Rescue Service. The routine maintenance work is done on these vehicles by the Highway Department staff at the Joint Highway Facility. The Highway Department has in place a Fleet Maintenance Program that allows the vehicles to be tracked for routine work and any prior repairs or repairs to be made.