Setauket, NY – The Brookhaven Town Highway Department recently entered into an intermunicipal agreement with the Setauket Fire District for the purposes of consolidating services. The agreement encompasses several public works services including, but not limited to, the purchase of salt and sand, the maintenance and repair of drainage structures, road striping, signage manufacturing and installation, sweeping and pothole repair.
This inter-municipal agreement furthers the Town of Brookhaven’s goal of promoting efficiency between the Town, Villages, and Special Districts through the modernization and reinvention of the delivery of public works services.
“Working together, the goal of this program is to identify opportunities where a Town-Special District partnership makes sense and delivers real financial savings to our mutual constituency,” said Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro. “I look forward to identifying additional shared services and consolidation opportunities, including parking lot sweeping, as well as the purchase of salt/sand, use of our new Truck Wash facility and drainage maintenance, with the Setauket Fire District.”
"The Setauket Fire District is always looking for ways to be fiscally responsible and to operate as efficiently as possible for the benefit of our community,” said David Sterne, district manager. “Partnering with the Town of Brookhaven Highway Department is another way we can consolidate services and realize savings that would not normally be available to us, even just based on buying power alone. The fire district is fortunate to partner with the Highway Department in this endeavor and this partnership opens up services to us for which we would normally have to pay a premium. It is a win/win for the taxpayers of the Setauket Fire District when we can work together as municipalities."
Brookhaven Town was recently awarded a $20 million Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition (MCEC) grant by New York State. This grant is designed to improve the delivery of municipal services while also reducing the burden on taxpayers by reducing redundancy in local governments, pursuing opportunities for increasing shared services, and implementing modernizations and best practices. This partnership with the Setauket Fire District furthers these efforts.