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Yates County to Dedicate New Facility After Former Highway Superintendent


With the new Yates County Highway Department, Office of Emergency Services and Public Health Clinic Facility in Benton nearing completion, the Yates County Legislature on Monday unanimously passed a resolution to dedicate the new facility in honor of a former County Highway Superintendent. In reading the resolution, current Highway Superintendent Doug Rapalee spoke about how Craig Prior’s vision for this project started more than 15 years ago. The resolution can be seen below:

Craig Prior was the Deputy Highway Superintendent for Yates County from February 1999 through July 2020 when he became the Highway Superintendent.

He was also very involved in the community of Dundee where he grew up and raised a son, Nathan, with his wife, Susan. He was a dedicated member of the Dundee Fire Department for over 40 years, serving as the Chief (1994-1995), and Captain of the Rope Rescue Team. He also served as a New York State Fire Instructor and member and instructor for Swift Water Rescue & Ice Rescue. He was instrumental in teaching Grain Bin Rescue for Yates County.

Craig served as a Trustee (2003-2006) and Mayor (2007-2009) for the Village of Dundee.

A dedication plaque for Craig will be placed on the building once the project is complete.

Photo: Yates County

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