March 5, 2014

City, town explore increased collaboration

Plattsburgh meeting planned for March 14


Constituents of both municipalities have long expressed concerns about the high cost of government. Bassett said this is an important step in addressing some of those concerns.


The tentative agenda calls for the event to start at 9 a.m. at Plattsburgh Town Hall, 151 Banker Road. Introductions will be followed by an overview of ways to foster collaboration, such as elimination or reduction of duplicated services; sharing resources and specialized skills; and identification of how such efforts would impact regional economic development and job creation.

Syden will deliver a Powerpoint presentation titled “Shared Services and the Case for Opportunity” starting at 9:45 a.m. 

Roundtable discussion among similar departments is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., facilitated by Syden. The aim is to identify each department’s needs and wants; discuss how those could be met by shared resources; and make recommendations on possible actions toward that goal.

Those departments will then share at least one recommendation with the group. Bassett said he believes there will be some opportunities for improvement identified as part of the process.

“We’re finding ways to provide more services, better services and at reduced costs,” he said.

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