I was pleased to read about the entities of both cities and others coming together on Aug. 29 to discuss the possibility of sharing services and equipment. Many people may not know this, but the water departments of both cities are examples that sharing services can happen and have a positive impact on both departments. On Dec. 1, 2003, former Gloversville Mayor Frank LaPorta and former Johnstown Mayor Robert Schultz along with presidents from both water boards signed a "Mutual Aid Agreement for Water Services."
In this agreement, both departments can loan or borrow equipment, materials and supplies. We can also temporarily assign either water department's officials or employees to help the shorthanded department out during a time of need. A department borrowing supplies is responsible to replace any and all supplies that were borrowed from the other department.
Since its inception, this agreement has been used on several occasions and has been lauded by employees from both water departments. In an age where staffing levels have been slashed, I am surprised more of these agreements have not come to fruition.
Gloversville Board of Water Commissioners