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Mayville mayor backs sharing of services, says village does it already

March 24, 2016
By Doug Callen ( , Westfield Republican

Mayville has an established tradition of being a good neighbor with other towns and villages.

After the Mayville Village Board meeting March 8, Marty Bova, mayor; Tim Jacobson, trustee; and John Buxton, Department of Public Works superintendent and planning board chair, spoke for a few minutes with the media. They discussed the State of the County report, which was unveiled in February by Vince Horrigan, county executive, with the recent focus on consolidating and sharing services.

Bova said that he hasn't read the 2016 report but he was ready to talk about sharing services.

"I think it's a good idea, we've been sharing resources for years," he said.

He gave an example of how Mayville commonly shares equipment with Westfield. He added that at one point a plow was borrowed from Lakewood. Bova and Jacobson both talked about a long history of the highway department supervisors helping each other.

Buxton said that the fire services agencies across the county are banding together as volunteers on Tuesday nights for a renovation project for county fire services in Mayville.

Bova spoke about the topic of consolidating towns and villages that comes up in connection with regionalizing services.

"From everything that I've attended through the state of New York, I don't see the savings for consolidation," he said.

Bova added that there is a Chautauqua County Conference of Mayors although he is not aware of any meetings scheduled about regionalizing services.

During the regular village meeting Bova reported that the New York State Comptroller's Office determined in its report that Mayville is not in any financial stress.

"No stress indicators," he said. The report covered fiscal year 2015.

This report comes as Mayville is looking forward at its next budget. The 2016-2017 budget public hearing will be held at 6:50 p.m. on April 12.



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