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Shared services at work

by jmaloni
Sat, Jun 11th 2011 04:05 am

The Town and the Village of Lewiston have been working together on the new Seneca Street on-ramp that is intended to relieve traffic snarls that typically occur on Center Street after the "Tuesday in the Park" concert series at Artpark.

"This project was a textbook example of the utilization of shared services," said Town of Lewiston Highway Superintendent Doug Janese, who is shown left in the photos with Village of Lewiston DPW Superintendent Brian Meigs "The paver being used actually belongs to Niagara County, and Town of Porter Highway Superintendent Scott Hillman loaned us his large blacktop roller. 

"Village Public Works Superintendent Brian Meigs and I jointly staffed the job with equipment operators and drivers, and the NYS DOT provided the machine to cut the existing concrete curbing on the parkway. All in all, five separate agencies worked together to do the job." 

Janese reports that the New York State Park System is paying for all the materials, so there is no cost to the town or the village. The project is expected to be completed in advance of their first concert date on June 14.

"Brian and I really have a great working relationship," Janese adds. "This is our second shared services project in the last month, the first of which was the complete replacement of the parking lot on the south end of Academy Park (second photo).

"Brian is very helpful and knowledgeable, and he and his entire staff are always a pleasure to work with. We share equipment and manpower whenever any situation calls for it, which saves our residents tens of thousands of their tax dollars every year."

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