Submitted by Paul Siegmann
As a resident of the Town of Wheatfield for 43 years, I have been employed by the Wheatfield Highway Department for over 33 years, initially hired as a laborer and moved up through various positions to achieve deputy. I have been highway superintendent for the last nine years.
As superintendent, I have had an aggressive plan for resurfacing and widening roads in town. Last year, our crew finished widening and drainage improvements on the entire north side of Bergholz, to upgrade roads that had not been done in decades. Over the last nine years, many culverts and bridges have also been replaced throughout the town. I continue to actively seek ways to increase roadway funding by annually attending the Grass Roots Advocacy Campaign for Local Roads and Bridges, in Albany, alongside members of the Niagara County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways.
Throughout my tenure, upgrading and modernizing the highway fleet has included purchasing our paver and getting a second paver paid for entirely with a grant from the state. By upgrading, you are not spending money on equipment that has become too old to make it worthwhile – thereby saving on maintenance costs, which makes it possible to invest in new equipment.
Always looking to increase and update my knowledge, I have attended Cornell University’s local roads program and have achieved road master I, II and III certifications, and continue to further this education.
I have been an active fireman for 34 years at St. Johnsburg Fire Co., and held many offices there. As a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, I have served in the past as head trustee. I am a member of SAL American Legion Post 1451, LaSalle Sportsman’s Club, and past president of Niagara County Highway Superintendents Association.
I take great pride in working, volunteering and residing in the Town of Wheatfield with my wife, Jackie, and our children: Madison and Levi.