Hastings-Dobbs Ferry Consider Merger Of Public Works Departments

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Dobbs Ferry and Hastings are considering combining public works departments as a cost saving measure.
Dobbs Ferry and Hastings are considering combining public works departments as a cost saving measure. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON/DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- The neighboring villages of Dobbs Ferry and Hastings will hold connected meetings on Friday, March 27 to begin public discussion on a proposal to merge respective Departments of Public Works as a means of saving taxpayers money.


Should Dobbs Ferry And Hastings Combine Public Works Departments?

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Should Dobbs Ferry And Hastings Combine Public Works Departments?

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The Dobbs Ferry meeting will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall followed by the Hastings meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at James Harmon Community Center so that residents may attend both.

The meetings are the first of several public forums that will allow for input before a decision is made. A proposal to combine village Recreation Departments was considered last year before being tabled.

The villages chose the consulting Laberge Group to conduct a study of whether the merger would be cost saving and allow both communities to continue full service to the villages.

Dobbs Ferry, which built (five years ago) and maintains a new public works facility, serves just over 10,000 residents with a crew of 24 workers in its DPW and Recreation Department, while Hastings DPW handles its public works with a full-time crews of 15.

The villages will consider staffing, facilities -- Hastings has its own Public Works facility on the Hastings waterfront -- and use of equipment to cover the two communities and whether the merger would save money and benefit both villages.

"Dobbs Ferry will approach this study with an open mind and from a position of strength," Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett said in a letter to residents. "Its’ current DPW operations run efficiently and are a source of pride for our community and our workers. In addition to the close involvement of staff, the village will also utilize the ad hoc Citizens Budget Committee to help analyze financial data and impacts; the village will also use any internal or external resources as it deems necessary to conduct the most thorough analysis."

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always there to help out, Frosty.

Of course this very much depends upon the amount of snow fall, or potential snow fall in the respective villages. Dobbs Ferry's Citizens Budget Committee and Hastings' village manager Frobel. (pronounced now by Hastings Mayor Swiderski as, Frow - Bell, no longer Fro- Bill) will surely provide some analysis as to the financial impacts. Though village manager's Frow Bell's data is certain to be challenged, focused and corrected by Hastings Trustee Nicola Armacost (Hastings best by far at arithmetic), I am of the feeling that both municipalities perspective on the issue would be greatly enhanced by re reading the vast Daily Voice archives on the recents snow storms and potential for such weather. Snow is not our friend, to put it mildly. Of course I but scratch the surface when compared to the 24-7 coverage which can found in Daily Voice archives. And while he of course is far too modest to toss his hat into this brain trust, may I be the first to suggest to both villages, that Daily Voice editor Danny LoPriore (may I remind all Mr. LoPriore wrote for the Herald Statesman) and his obsession with snow be included in any decision making. Mr. LoProire also brings to the table excellent cutting and pasting talents.

Flies... you misspelled my name in the third obsessive reference ..my most avid fan. Wish you were as humorous as your photo persona. Thanks again for contributing.