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Lewisboro, North Salem Agree to Share Some Highway Services

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The town of Lewisboro has reached an inter-municipal agreement with the town of North Salem to share some highway department services.

“(Towns) are starting to look into this type of thing more and more because of the economy,” said Lewisboro Highway Superintendent Peter Ripperger.

The agreement calls for North Salem to lend its vac truck and an operator to Lewisboro, while Lewisboro will lend North Salem a dump truck and an operator for spreading oil and stone. Lewisboro’s vac truck is no longer operable and it would be cost-prohibitive to repair it. It will be auctioned off on an online auction site.

“This agreement is for very specific pieces of equipment,” Ripperger said. “Each town will provide the operator. That’s the preference because, otherwise, God forbid if something should happen.”

The agreement between the towns is only for 2012. If town officials decide the agreement needs to be extended, it will have to be negotiated again.

“This is a stop gap until we get our own piece of equipment,” Ripperger said. “Right now, they need help with hauling (stone) and we need help with our basins.”

The vac truck that Lewisboro will be borrowing is designed to clean out catch basins. The North Salem truck is not as large as the old Lewisboro truck, so it will only be able to clean basins and not pipes.

Ripperger said the agreement worked out well because North Salem has already finished its basin-cleaning so the truck is available.

“The problem was that all the towns are usually doing this at the same time,” Ripperger said. “We were lucky because the weather was good and (North Salem) was able to get it done early.”

Ripperger said it is important to get the basin-cleaning project done soon, before the county begins its larvacide program, in which it places larvacides in the basins in an effort to control the mosquito population and prevent West Nile virus outbreaks.

“This is the first time we’ve done something like this,” Ripperger said. “We hope it works – we hope their truck is big enough.”

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