Can the Town of Mamaroneck, Village of Larchmont and Village of Mamaroneck save money or improve services by sharing or consolidating functions? Looking for answers will be a new tri-municipal committee led by Bill Dentzer, former chair of the Larchmont Library board. They will also identify areas that merit additional, in depth study.
There will be one member of the board and one resident from each municipality. Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe said she expects members to be appointed at each board’s next public meeting. Town Councilman David Fishman will represent his board.
The committee represents a new consensus among leaders in the three municipalities over how to tackle the controversial topic of consolidation. Mayor Liz Feld, Mayor Kathy Savolt and members of their boards had been pushing to hire a consultant to lead a consolidation study. Supervisor O’Keeffe was supporting a study committee with each municipality supplying one citizen and one official not running for office in the current cycle.
The current plan allows for the official member to be running for office. And once the committee identifies promising topics for further study, the municipalities could decide to hire a consultant for the next step.
“THis is a very good way to do it,” said Supervisor O’Keeffe.
Larchmont Village and Mamaroneck Town had already conducted separate evaluations of their departments to identify areas for potential cost savings. (See: VOL & TOM Study Police, Fire & DPW With Eye to Sharing .)
Consolidation has been in the news recently with a July 1 presentation by the Michaelian Institute of a feasibility study for consolidating 10 municipalities into one fire protection district.