The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 3, 2013

Mayor outlines village shared services

Medina Journal-Register — Tonight’s shared services meeting of the Towns of Ridgeway and Shelby and the Village of Medina is at 7 p.m. at the offices on Salt Works Road. Once again, leadership from the three communities will discuss sharing services in the best way possible for the people of the area. Friday, the Journal-Register ran a story on how the supervisors in the towns viewed the services. Today is part two, and it features village leadership opinion.

SNOW PLOWING

With Western New York winters normally dumping plenty of snow on the area, snow plowing is a costly budget item in all three municipalities. However, as it currently stands, Mayor Andrew Meier said the amount of money taxpayers spend on snow plowing is “fundamentally inequitable.”

He explained, “(The village) approached the towns and requested an exemption. Why should a village resident have to pay for the plowing of the town roads outside the village?”

The exemption was only one solution to the plowing costs that was discussed, but if it were to move forward, village residents could see their tax rates drop by nearly a dollar.

“Over a year, that is real money,” Meier said. 

Instead of an exemption, the discussion with the towns moved toward having take over snow plowing completely, thereby handling the roads in the town and in the village.

However, cost estimates for that to happen have come in rather high, and as of the last shared services meeting snow plowing talks were at a standstill because of those numbers. The estimates included costs for the towns to acquire the equipment necessary to plow village streets, and it is equipment the village already possesses.

Meier said there could be savings through an agreement with the village to use that equipment, or perhaps an exemption could be back on the table.

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