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Town of Potsdam (population 16041)

Name of service/government operation: Highway equipment sharing

Form of sharing: Purchase of trucks, sand pit, various graders

Services affected: road repair and maintenance

Year started: 1999

Partners: neighboring towns

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): saving money; improving service

What planning process preceded the sharing? discussion with involved officials

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? municipal agreements

Challenges: issues of storage and scheduling of usage

Benefits: improved services and cost savings

Impact on budget: saved at least $30,000 in last several years

Impact on labor: none

Impact on service: ability to limb trees improved; safer winter roads

Key contact: highway superintendents