Town and city officials of Canandaigua considering feasibility of sharing services

Town and city officials of Canandaigua considering feasibility of sharing services Photo: Messenger Post.

August 11, 2017 11:05 PM

CANANDAIGUA — The public has been heard on ways the city and town of Canandaigua can share municipal services, in 2018 and beyond.

And now the hard work begins, which includes crunching numbers, figuring out how to turn the ideas into practice and, in some cases, determining if they’re even possible.

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Some ideas are closer than others, said City Manager John Goodwin.

“We really need to look at the details,” Goodwin said.

Two public idea-sharing sessions were held in the town and city, the most recent on Wednesday night.

Boosting composting among town and city residents, setting one “resident” fee for town and city residents for use at either the town’s Onanda Park or city’s Kershaw Park swim area, and sharing economic development resources are some of the ideas that can be tackled soon, perhaps in 2018.

When it comes to economic development, rather than have two separate entities, the thought is to be “one” Canandaigua.

Many people who head into the city on Route 332 don’t make the distinction between the town, which is north of the city, and the city itself, Goodwin said.

“They know it as Canandaigua,” Goodwin said. “Working together makes sense.”

Some of the longer-term sharing opportunities include regional approaches to providing fire and rescue services, a community center, meeting spaces and more.

An exploratory group has been put together — involving town and city officials and town and city residents — to go through some of the ideas.

“It’s so awesome to have so many people willing and engaged,” said Town Manager Doug Finch, who noted that he and Goodwin have been meeting regularly and discussing issues and areas to share.

Many of the items will not be accomplished overnight, said Town Supervisor Greg Westbrook.

“It’s a journey we’re on here,” Westbrook said.

But one immediate goal for the exploratory group to pursue is a vision, which will help as a guide through the process, Mayor Ellen Polimeni said.


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