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New Rochelle to Explore Shared Services With Mount Vernon

Sharing services with other communities could lead to cost savings.

In trying to find ways to save taxpayer money, New Rochelle is applying for a grant to explore shared services with Mount Vernon.

The City Council voted at a recent meeting to allow City Manager Charles Strome III to sign an application for a state Local Government Efficiency Grant in the amount of $25,000.

Strome said the grant would pay for a study to determine what services would be appropriate and cost effective to share, including technology services, some administration functions.

He said one possible service might be for a composting facility, but he was dubious that 10 to 15 acres of available land could be found.

The city has been exploring other shared services with other communities.

"We are working with the Town of Mamaroneck to try to locate a shared yard waste transfer site," Strome said.

A plan to share street paving costs is moving forward this year, he said, involving New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Mamaroneck, Pelham and Larchmont.

Having all the municipalities on board means they can get a better per ton price on asphalt.

"They (the other communities) will save some money," Strome said. "Our hope is to be able to pave more streets" without spending more money.

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