CANTON MAN ALLEGES RETALIATION

In Canton, a man says the highway superintendent is retaliating against him. The claim involves a long-running dispute between a man living on Eddy-Pyrites Road… Michael McCormick… and the Canton Highway Superintendent Terry Billings. At this past Wednesday’s town board meeting, the dispute reached the boiling point. It centers over accusations by McCormick that Billings has been ignoring his requests for help clearing a culvert that caused flooding at his home. McCormick says Billings is retaliating against him because he supported Jim Gibson, who ran against Billings in the 2017 race for town highway superintendent. McCormick told board members that town materials, labor and equipment were also used to install a driveway at a private residence on Eddy-Pyrites Road. Billings denied that claim. McCormick is a civil engineer, who works as the facilities manager at SUNY Canton. He claims that it’s the town’s responsibility and not his to replace the culvert pipe at the end of his driveway. He says that is what he was told by the St. Lawrence County Real Property Office. He also told board members that Billings called his office at SUNY Canton and asked another employee whether he… McCormick… was competent to install a culvert on his own.