Shared Services Agreement
A shared services agreement between the city of Elmira and Chemung County is set to expire, putting efforts to combine highway departments on hold.
Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has said that the city wants to use the agreement to have the county take over bridge maintenance. The county agreed to put all the city's street employees on the county payroll under the shared services, to lower the overall costs.
The city then asked the county to take on financial responsibility to cover all costs of maintaining the the four bridges in Elmira.
When county leaders said they could notcommit to that now, but would look into it in the future, they were told the city would have to re-think extending the shared services agreement.
As a result, consolidation efforts could come to an end when it expires on December 31st.
"It doesn't make sense to me. I think it's a huge step backwards for shared services, but, you know, I've always believed you can't help people that don't want to be helped, and that's how I see it. I think it's a big mistake, but that's what they want, that's what they'll do.", said Santulli
City Manager John Burin was not available for comment.