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Municipalities consider sharing water plant

Manning said he thinks the state is hoping to encourage projects of this magnitude with the efficiency grants.

"I think what the state really wants to see is stuff we're talking about here," Manning said. "I think this is in the spirit of what they really wanted."

He said the municipalities are planning to have their application ready by the submission date of Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Runion said the town is also in the midst of other plans to share services. He said the town and the Village of Altamont are considering a similar application for a grant to study the consolidation of their Web sites.

"What we would use is common software and a common server," Runion said.

He said this could generate savings, but the study would likely determine exactly how much that would be.

Runion also said the county is in the planning stages of finding ways to combine 911 emergency telecommunications, something Albany County Sheriff James Campbell is pushing for if elected to another term.

Runion said with the recent transition to forcing municipalities to handle 911 calls from cell phones, a task handled by state police until several months ago, it is important to be as efficient as possible.

"It puts a burden on our local responders," Runion said.

Runion briefly addressed the possibility of taking consolidation one step further, and possibly dissolving the Village of Altamont in the town.

He said the move is unlikely at this time, and the village has the option to dissolve itself, and it must be done by referendum of the residents.

In that case, the town would be required by law to handle all of the services the village provides, however it would not inherit any of the debt the village has.

"You can't escape your debt," Runion quipped.

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