Town highway superintendent retiring

Shown on the left at the Town of Johnstown Board meeting Monday is Highway Superintendent Theodore Bradt who will be officially retiring on Thursday. On the right is Jack Smullen who is being appointed as highway superintendent until the end of the year after elections. Smullen is running unopposed for the position. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — Town Highway Superintendent Theodore Bradt attended his last Town Board meeting as a town employee on Monday.

Bradt’s last day as highway superintendent will be Thursday morning as he begins his retirement.

“It’s been great working for you guys,” Bradt said.

Bradt made the announcement in December of his plans to retire starting on Thursday. Bradt has worked for the town for 33 years with the last 10 years as highway superintendent.

In December he said he planned to take some time off to enjoy his life and his family, including his two grandchildren. He said he does plan on going back to work, possibly in the construction field.

“I’ve been here for 33 years, that’s long enough,” Bradt said in December.

To take Bradt’s place, the town appointed Deputy Highway Superintendent Jack Smullen as highway superintendent effective April 22 until Dec. 31 of this year when the elected term of highway superintendent will commence. Smullen currently is running unopposed for the position.

“It’s going to be big shoes to [have to] fill,” Smullen said.

Councilmen each thanked Bradt for his time working for the town and wished him luck with his retirement.

“Congratulations to TJ on your retirement,” said Don VanDeusen. “Thank you for your service.”

“TJ, thanks for working for the town of 33 years,” said Tim Rizzo.

“TJ, welcome to the retired ranks. I’ve enjoyed it,” said Walt Lane. “I have no idea how you’re going to find time to do everything you’re going to discover you want to do, but enjoy all that. Thank you so much for everything.”

For Bradt’s last Town Board meeting, he opened the bids for paving for the town.

There were a total of five bidders including Cobleskill Stone with a bid of $308,225; New Castle Paving with a bid at $298,530; Peter Luizzi and Brothers Contracting with a bid of $321,295; Empire Paving with a bid of $309,238; and Callanan Industries with a bid of $336,032.

Bradt awarded the bid to the New Castle Paving who was the lowest bidder.