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ELECTION: Deputy vs. newcomer for Keene highway superintendent

November 3, 2017
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

KEENE - Residents of this town will vote between Scott Smith and D. Craig Holmes for Keene town highway superintendent on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Smith has worked in the department for over a decade and is currently the deputy superintendent while Holmes is an established private business owner specializing in tree removal and road maintenance.


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D. Craig Holmes

Holmes said he's quite familiar with the area he'd be maintaining if elected.

"I travel these roads everyday," he said.

As longtime owner and operator of a tree service called Sawteeth2, he's built, cleared and plowed roads throughout Keene.

Holmes said he believes he has more experience working with multiple work crews and running a budget than Smith does.

"He's a good guy, but Scott's never had to run a crew," Holmes said. "He's from the inside group, and I think we need a change."

Holmes's main concern with the highway department is the budget.

"I see a lot of equipment just sitting around, and things need to be moved," he said. Holmes also said he thinks a TV in the highway department lounge is part of the unnecessary spending he'd like to fix.


Scott Smith

Smith said his 15 years with the highway department make him a qualified candidate for the superintendent position.

Though he joined the planning for the current highway budget partway through its creation, Smith disagrees with Holmes's claim of unnecessary cost. Smith said he has already put any surplus equipment up for auction.

Two of Smith's first objectives if elected are to update and replace department trucks and improve dirt roads. On the matter of dirt roads, Smith said, "I'd like to start paving them because they're rough in the summer and are the first to ice over in the winter."



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