The Superintendant and his crew are responsible for maintaining all Town roads. As well, the Town of Newport contracts with Herkimer County for plowing county roads located in the Town each winter. It should be noted that maintenance of all State highways is the sole responsibility of the State of New York Department of Transportation. The town superintendent of highways is primarily responsible for the maintenance and repair of town highways and bridges, and the removal of obstructions caused by brush and snow. The Superintendent generally has the power to hire, subject to appropriations established by the town board, and direct highway department employees for those purposes. The salary and expenses of the superintendent and the deputy (if any) and certain other administrative expenses are paid from the general fund. Other highway expenses are generally paid from the highway fund (Highway Law, Section 141; Town Law, Section 32).