Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and New Hartford Supervisor Paul Miscione have announced a shared services agreement.

Utica will demolish 11 properties in the Town of New Hartford impacted by flooding that were bought out by FEMA.  The buyout program is 100% reimbursable, which includes purchasing the property and providing the municipality funds for demolition.

Miscione approached Palmieri to inquire if the town could pay the city to demolish the 11 houses, since New Hartford did not have the necessary equipment or personnel.

The city and town came to an agreement on how they can work together while saving taxpayers money.

In addition to demolishing the properties, the City has agreed to provide demolition training to Town of New Hartford personnel.

Utica's crews are expected to have all 11 properties demolished over the next several months.

Officials say the city and town are already exploring other potential shared services opportunities that will benefit the community.

Dave Smith, WIBX
Dave Smith, WIBX

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