[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Warwick 4-10-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986 (Ch. 110 of the 1973 Municipal Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: Local Law No. 1-1986 was approved by the voters at a referendum held on 6-10-1986, to become effective 1-1-1987.
The elected position of Superintendent of Highways is eliminated and there is hereby established a Department of Public Works in the Town of Warwick.
There are hereby transferred to the Department of Public Works the functions of the Town Highway Department and Town Park now existing and public improvements which may hereafter be created or may come under the jurisdiction of the Town Board.
All other functions and duties of the Department of Public Works as may be prescribed by law or which the Town Board may determine and which are not inconsistent with law are or shall become functions of the Department of Public Works at the request of the Town Board.
All costs and expenses incurred by the Department of Public Works or its officers, agents and employees on behalf of a special improvement district shall be charged against such district and paid from funds duly appropriated for the purposes of such district.
There is hereby created the office of Commissioner of Public Works in the Town of Warwick.
[Amended 6-28-2007 by L.L. No. 1-2007]
The Commissioner of Public Works shall have supervision of and direction over the operation and maintenance of the functions of the Department of Public Works.
The Commissioner of Public Works is hereby designated as an administrative office of the Town of Warwick for the specific purpose of allowing the Commissioner of Public Works limited enforcement powers of those provisions of the Town Code that pertain to highway construction and specifications, and public safety issues having to do with Town highways.
[Amended 6-26-2008 by L.L. No. 2-2008]
The Commissioner of Public Works and any Deputy Commissioners shall be appointed by the Town Board and shall be in the exempt class of civil service. The Town Board may appoint one or more Deputy Commissioners of Public Works. Any Deputy Commissioners so appointed shall have the authority to act generally for, and in place of, the Commissioner of Public Works.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall be responsible to the Supervisor and Town Board.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall be paid such salary as the Town Board may determine.
The employees of the Town Highway Department and of the Town Park shall continue as employees in the Department of Public Works with the same classification, pensions, retirement rights and privileges as they had prior to such transfer; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall deprive the Town Board of any power it now has with respect to such employees.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall have the authority to appoint all employees of the Department, subject to the approval of the Town Board, and shall have the power to remove employees for cause, subject to the approval of the Town Board.
The Commissioner of Public Works shall report periodically to the Supervisor or Town Board members appointed by the Supervisor concerning the operation, financial condition and financial needs of the Department and shall assist the Supervisor in the preparation of capital programs and budgets.