HOPKINTON - For the past 13 years, Ronald W. Streeter has served as highway superintendent in the town of Hopkinton, a post he was elected to after serving for eight years on the town board.
Ive been coming to meetings since 1982, Mr. Streeter said. Ive seen a lot of people come and go, and I got along pretty good with most of them.
Following last weeks meeting, Mr. Streeters first since 1992 when he was not serving as an elected official he was honored by the town board.
Town Supervisor Susan Wood presented Mr. Streeter with a plaque that read, In appreciation for your dedication and commitment from 1992-2013. The town of Hopkinton wishes Ronald Streeter a happy retirement.
When asked why he decided to retire now, Mr. Streeter replied with a laugh, Im 66 years old and have other things to do.
He also noted that he has had knee surgery and some other health issues in the past.
Mr. Streeter also served as chief for the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department for 25 years.
Im still active in the fire department, he said, adding he joined the department in 1967. Theyll never get me out of there.
Mr. Streeter said his dedication to community service came from his father, who served as town justice in the town of Lawrence for many years.
He really instilled in me a value for community service, Mr. Streeter said.
As for his contributions to the town, Mr. Streeter said none of his accomplishments would have been possible without the help of the towns highway crew.
Ive worked with the same five guys since Ive been here, he said. Theyre the reason we were able to get so much done.
Ms. Wood said Mr. Streeters contributions to the town will be missed, and board meetings wont be the same without him sitting at the head table.
Were all going to miss Ronnys personality at the meetings, she said, recalling a meeting earlier this year, when Mr. Streeter began telling the town board he was pulled over while driving a town truck back from Syracuse.
Mr. Streeter said he was driving on Interstate 81 when a turkey ran out in front of his truck at the same time he was being followed by a state trooper.
Unable to avoid the bird, Mr. Streeter said he hit the bird, which then flew over the hood of the truck and into the windshield of the troopers car behind him.
I was ticketed for flipping him the bird, Mr. Streeter quipped at that meeting.