MORIAH — Finding more ways to share services with other municipalities is a priority in the Town of Moriah, according to Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava.
He was glad to hear Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing shared services in his State of the State address recently.
“The governor is offering incentives to municipalities for sharing services, which is something we started doing long ago,” the supervisor said.
Scozzafava said the town took over the police department, justice court and assessors from the Village of Port Henry long ago.
“The town and village each had a police department, which we consolidated into one department in 1993. The village now pays a share of the cost of the police force, and the town maintains it.”
The town and village also agreed to a joint wastewater treatment plant, he said.
“A huge amount of money is saved by doing that. It’s worked extremely well for the town and village. Having more (utility) users doesn’t necessarily increase your costs.”
The town also took over the Youth Program from the village and supports a Town Health Center in Mineville that covers both municipalities.
“It’s all one community,” Scozzafava said. “There’s much more that can be done with shared services, I believe.”
PLOWING AT SCHOOL
The town is also sharing services with Moriah Central School District, Scozzafava said, including snow removal.
“We go in and plow, lay down sand, and in return the town can use the school for various functions.”
The new Linney Field playground is also being shared by the town and School District, he said, and both are maintaining it.
Essex County agencies like Public Works are also a big help to the town, he said.
“Essex County does so much for municipalities, it’s hard to even make a list: highway work, bridge work, trash transfer stations.”