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Moriah officials eye shared services

Town, village, school leaders to discuss possibilities

Zoey St. Gelais, Anisha Belden and Anna Anderson have fun in the Moriah Central School gym. The school allows the town to use its facilities for youth programs as part of a shared services agreement.

Zoey St. Gelais, Anisha Belden and Anna Anderson have fun in the Moriah Central School gym. The school allows the town to use its facilities for youth programs as part of a shared services agreement. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Larrow said the town and school district also share equipment and manpower when the need arises.

The local municipalities also work closely with Essex County. Scozzafava said. The town, village and county share in waste disposal at the trash transfer site, highway repairs and maintenance, bridge work and more, he said.

“There’s a lot we do,” Scozzafava said, “and I’m sure there’s more we can do.”

Another possible shared service is the consolidation of Moriah’s three separate fire departments and fire protection district.

“In my opinion, that’s the biggest thing we could do, right now,” Scozzafava said. “We’ve discussed this before and it’s gone no where, but at some point we have to sit down and talk about consolidating fire departments.”

Moriah now has three fire companies — Port Henry, Moriah and Mineville-Witherbee — along with a fire protection district.

At this point the governor’s proposal only applies to shared services going forward. The town, village and school won’t get credit for decades of past cooperation.

The supervisor said he is talking to state representatives about getting credit for shared services already in place.

“The town, village and school have been doing what the governor wants for years,” Scozzafava said. “It seems to me we should be recognized for what we’ve already done.”

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