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January 18, 2013

Shared facility moving ahead

MALONE — An architect is now working on the concept for a shared-transportation facility for the Town and Village of Malone and Malone Central School District.

The idea developed as the village researched possible dissolution last year. A number of potential shared-services opportunities were identified then. 

The site would combine the school’s bus garage, village’s Department of Public Works and town’s Highway Garage into one facility on Route 11, and the plan could go before voters in May.

CSArch, the firm that designed a multi-million reconstruction and renovation project for the district, will give cost estimates at a joint meeting of the involved parties at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Franklin Academy High School.

The town and village each pledged $3,000 toward CSArch’s work.

‘90 PERCENT STATE AID’

School District Superintendent Wayne Walbridge said 90 percent of the project could be funded through state aid, which means “all three will save its taxpayers some significant money.” 

And potential savings could grow through “sharing the cost of fuel, bulk fluids, heavy equipment, parts and possibly human resources through attrition,” he said.

District Business Administrator Timothy Whipple said in an email that the district receives aid for the buildings it owns, which is why it is taking the lead for the project.

He will meet with State Education Department officials on exact state-aid figures but added that any space occupied by the town and village would not be eligible for aid, so that expense “would have to be borne by those municipalities.”

Walbridge said the district will also “be open to negotiating in-kind services in lieu of actual money” with the municipalities.

VILLAGE NEEDS

Village Public Works Superintendent Paul Hutchins said he wants about 20,000 square feet for his operation, roughly the same space he has now, “but we’re split up in different buildings.”

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