Former Pittsfield roads chief working as city custodian

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PITTSFIELD — Former Highway Superintendent Daniel Ostrander is now working as a custodian for the city, The Eagle has learned.

Ostrander's current title with the city is building and grounds custodian for the Department of Public Services, according to Personnel Director Michael Taylor. The full-time role comes with an hourly pay rate of $14.87.

The city began its search for a new highway superintendent last month, but city officials would not say at the time whether Ostrander was still collecting a city salary. Ostrander was placed on leave in early May.

As highway superintendent, Ostrander was budgeted to make $61,904 over the last fiscal year, plus overtime.

City officials have declined to comment on issues surrounding the change. Ostrander could not be reached for comment.

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City councilors pressed Public Services Commissioner David Turocy last week for answers about what they described as high amounts spent on wintertime maintenance. Some drew parallels between personnel issues in the division and the overages.

But Turocy has defended the spending, and told The Eagle the budgetary overages are in no way connected to Ostrander's change in position.

The highway superintendent is responsible for maintaining all city streets, sidewalks and bridges, according to a job description provided by Taylor.

The description states that the highway superintendent manages city road crews, monitors the city's fleet of maintenance vehicles and the garages that house them, and has direct control over roadway spending.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-629.


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