Highway Superintendents Discuss Novel Strategies To Share Services

Highway Superintendents Discuss

New Strategies To Share Services

Daniel J. Kwasnowski, senior planner with the Laberge Group, Albany, leads town highway superintendents from around the county in a discussion about expanding share services. The superintendents are meeting at this hour at The Meadows. the county building in the Town of Middlefield. Left of Kwasnnowski is Laberge's planning services manager Nicole T. Allen; to the right, Paul Bishop of Promising Solutions, a consulting firm. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Benjamin H. Syden, vice president with the Laberge Group, Albany, leads town highway superintendents from around the county in a discussion about expanding share services. The superintendents are meeting at this hour at The Meadows. the county building in the Town of Middlefield. Left of Syden is Laberge’s planning services manager Nicole T. Allen; to the right, Paul Bishop of Promising Solutions, a consulting firm. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Town Highway Superintendent Jim Hurtibise makes a point during today's discussion. At right is Brian Clancy, Cooperstown's superintendent of public works.
Oneonta Town Highway Superintendent Jim Hurtibise makes a point during today’s discussion. At right is Brian Clancy, Cooperstown’s superintendent of public works.

MIDDLEFIELD

Local officials from Otsego County’s 24 towns, nine villages and one city have spent the day meeting with representatives of Laberge Group and CGR to help develop a countywide strategic plan.

“Today we are meeting with the clerks, highway superintendents, fire chiefs and the chief elected officials in the hope of identifying key projects and opportunities,” said Nicole Allen, planning services manager of Laberge Group.

During their session, local highway superintendents discussed ways to cooperate in equipment purchases, maintenance and shared services.


There are things that can be done that “make sense and cents,” according to Daniel Kwasnowski, senior planner of Laberge Group.

Tonight there will be four workshops during which the public will be invited to give input.

Those meetings will be from 7-9p.m. at Richfield Springs CSD cafeteria; Unatego Junior & Senior HS cafeteria; Edmeston Central School cafeteria; and SUNY Oneonta IRC Building.

Next Tuesday county department heads with be meeting with the consultants to give their suggestions.

And on Friday, Nov. 13 the IDA and the Chamber of Commerce will discuss economic development issues.Mayors and town supervisors will be meeting this afternoon at the county’s Meadows Complex, discussing ways to share services and talking about their vision of Otsego County’s future.

– DON MATHISEN for AllOTSEGO.com


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