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February 5, 2013

Planner idea resurfaces


▶ Would municipalities save on consulting fees by using a county person instead of outside consultants? 

▶ What management efficiencies could be gained? 

▶ What grant-funding opportunities have municipalities lost because they had no money or help to apply for them? 

▶ What community or economic development ideas should the county ignore?


The steering committee will include a legislator, town supervisors and village mayors, who will be kept informed and updated by Leitz.

A survey on existing planning activities and how they are financed will be done “to gauge municipal needs that should be incorporated in the study,” the proposal states.

The person hired will then look at planning in comparable counties in the Northeast, including office structure, staffing, budgets, revenue sources and services offered.  

From there, the consultant would suggest options with cost estimates and generate a feasibility study of the advantages and disadvantages of offering county-wide planning services, including costs or savings to taxpayers.

If necessary, the person would also help the county apply for state funding.

The bid proposal is available on the county’s website under purchasing/bids at

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