Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00
Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin is delighted that she is saving money by having the Village of Great Neck public works department sweep her streets. “We are saving 20 percent of what it cost us last year,” she told the Great Neck Record. “This is a win-win for everyone … thanks to a close working relationship with Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, tasks like this one are easily arranged.”
Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman began the same inter-municipal agreement last year with the Village of Saddle Rock and Mayor Dan Levy. Levy told the Record that they are in the process of scheduling the sweeping for this spring. He is delighted that such agreements “leave the tax dollars in the community.” He encourages all villages to develop such agreements that help everyone.
Kreitzman explained that that he began the process last year with Levy, as they frequently discuss village related issues. During one such conversation Levy asked if the Old Village crews could sweep his streets once or twice a year. The two mayors soon discovered that Kreitzman’s crews could sweep the Saddle Rock streets for 80 percent of what Saddle Rock paid commercial companies.
As for his village, Kreitzman found that his village would benefit, too, as “timing was flexible, so it could be fit into our work schedule without a problem.” He noted that this saved Saddle Rock money and the Old Village also benefited financially. Kreitzman believes that “Inter-municipal cooperation is the right thing to do even when not an emergency or necessary, especially on the Great Neck peninsula that we all share.”
When this agreement came to life, Lopatkin read the news in the Record and approached Kreitzman with a similar request. The villages have several such IMA (inter-municipal agreements) among themselves, even if one is not required in the event of any emergency.
“It just goes to prove that villages provide a special quality of life and level of service and are the most efficient and cost effective vehicle for providing the basic services our residents need and want,” Kreitzman said.