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Franklin highway super job up for grabs

VERMONTVILLE — The race for the town of Franklin Highway Superintendent sees incumbent Jacques Demars going against Leo Law.

Demars has been the town highway superintendent for the past 11 years.

“When I took over, there were a lot of discrepancies between things like fuel and employee time off,” he said. “I came in and straightened the place out. I put my heart and soul into it, and I’d like to keep going.”

Demars said before he took over, the department used to pave about a mile of road a year. He said three years ago, the department paved six miles, and he’d like to continue to do more, Demars said.

Law, a longtime private caretaker, said if elected, he’d like to put together a five-year plan for paving roads.

“You’ve got roads like Franklin Falls Road and (Gabriels-)Onchiota Road that need some updating,” he said.“The budget is very high, and as far as the budget, goes I think we need to spend more money on putting tarmac down, grating, laying down gravel and doing the shoulders.”