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Citizens join panel to study efficiencies in Scotia, Glenville

Citizens join panel to study efficiencies in Scotia, Glenville

Committee to begin meeting in September
Citizens join panel to study efficiencies in Scotia, Glenville
A Scotia police car.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

A committee that will look at whether the town of Glenville and village of Scotia can share services has been formed and is expected to start meeting in September.

The Glenville Town Board on Wednesday appointed residents Tom Gallant, Liz Varno and Michael Libertucci to the committee, to join Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle and Councilman David Hennel in representing the town.

Scotia will be represented by Mayor Kris Kastberg, Village Trustee Kevin Mathes, and residents Ashley DePalma, Mike Weaver and Loretta Rigney.

The committee, plans for which were approved in April, will look at areas in which the town and village might be able to work together to increase efficiency and reduce costs, potentially in areas like public works, parks and public safety. The town has about 30,000 residents, including the village; the village has about 7,700 residents. Both have highway departments, police forces and parks personnel.

"There's already a lot of sharing that we're doing that isn't formalized, but maybe if we formalize things, there's efficiencies there," Koetzle said.

Kastberg did not share his thoughts, saying he preferred to hear the ideas brought by citizens before speaking up.

"This is supposed to be a citizen committee. I want to hear what they have to say," Kastberg said. "These are new people in the mix who will come in with a perspective we maybe haven't heard before."

Gallant, an owner of the Turf Tavern in the village, lives in the town; Libertucci is a teacher in the Schalmont school district; and Varno is an interested resident who has attended a number of the town's meetings, Koetzle said.

DePalma is a systems efficiency expert at Ellis Medicine; Weaver is a contract efficiency expert at the Civil Service Employees Association; and Rigney has been with the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, and a worker/organizer on Scotia's special events, including the annual Holiday on the Avenue in December.

How long the committee will have to do its work is up in the air.

"It's a one-year appointment, and then we'll see where it goes from there," Koetzle said.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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