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Glenville, Scotia to study cooperation

Glenville, Scotia to study cooperation

Effort aimed at saving money

The town of Glenville and village of Scotia will study whether there are ways they can increase cooperation.

The Glenville Town Board voted last week to form a committee, to which both village and town residents would be appointed, to look at consolidation opportunities.

There were no specifics last week on how the village of 7,700 and the town of nearly 30,000 (including the village) might join forces, though there is expected to be new pressure coming from the state for communities to work together more often.

"We're looking for creative ideas on how the town and village can work together," Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said. "We don't want to leave anything off the table."

If the committee comes up with recommendations, both the town and village boards would have to accept them before they could be implemented.

Koetzle noted that he called for the study in early January -- before Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out with his proposal, now adopted as part of the state budget agreement, that pushes communities to study government consolidation.

Cuomo originally wanted to require counties to conduct mandatory studies of how to consolidate services among communities within their boundaries, though the final budget adopted by the Legislature two weeks ago said plans should be developed, but adoption of the plans optional. There is state money, however, as an incentive for successful consolidation efforts.

Koetzle believes the town and village would be doing the study even if it weren't a high priority of the governor. Schenectady County officials have yet to say what they will do to study local consolidations.

"The hope is that the village and town can come together on common issues and concerns," Koetzle said.

The members of the committee have yet to be appointed, and there is no schedule for it to make any recommendations.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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