Lewisboro and North Salem now have a no-cost intermunicipal agreement for the sharing of highway equipment. Both town supervisors and their unions have signed off on the proposal, designed to save money for both municipalities...
Lewisboro Highway Superintendent Peter Ripperger stands ready to lend neighboring North Salem one of his trucks as part of an inter-municipal agreement saving taxpayers in both towns over $100,000. Credit: Bob Dumas, The Daily Lewisboro
The [Lewisboro] Town Board authorized Town Supervisor Peter Parsons to sign the agreement between the two towns as well as a memorandum of agreement between the town and its highway department union, at its meeting on Monday, March 26.
North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas was expected to sign similar documents this week.
"I think this says a lot for the leadership of our town Highway Superintendent Peter Ripperger and William Von Helms of the highway department union," said [Lewisboro] Town Board member Peter DeLucia. "Thanks are also due to North Salem. The fact that the two unions and both towns agreed on this is very positive."
Mr. Parsons thanked Mr. Ripperger for his work on the agreement and for negotiating the details for the exchange of the equipment.
Under the terms of the agreement for "shared services for vacuum truck, personnel and road work, "Lewisboro will borrow North Salem's vacuum truck and the personnel needed to operate it and North Salem will borrow individuals and equipment needed to perform roadwork in North Salem."
Mr. Parsons said Lewisboro is in special need of a vacuum truck, used for keeping drains open for storm water management. Lewisboro's old vacuum truck is in need of repairs and cannot be operated. A new one would cost at least $100,000.
Speaking to The Ledger on Tuesday, both Mr. Ripperger and Mr. Parsons expressed satisfaction with the new intermunicipal agreement.
"This is financially the best thing for both towns," Mr. Ripperger said. "It's also good bonding, with us working together as we go forward. It gets the most for the tax dollars of both towns."
Mr. Parsons agreed. "Our towns are relatively small municipalities," he said. "We are looking for every opportunity to save a nickel. Fortunately, the two towns like each other and are happy we can both benefit from this."