Shared Service Projects A Plus For Both Communities

It is good to see yet another example of municipal governments working together — even two governments that are in the midst of a disagreement.

The city of Jamestown and town of Ellicott are working on a storm water management project centered around the Jamestown Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Huxley Avenue. The city is proposing a $200,000 underground retention pond on church property to alleviate flooding on the city’s west side. At the same time, town officials are discussing a similar project to alleviate flooding for town residents.

Not all shared services are big ticket items designed to save money. In an area with as many municipal boundaries as Chautauqua County, some shared service projects are those where two governments coordinate projects to benefit residents of neighboring jurisdictions. Both types of shared services are important.