HARVARD — In an effort to help reduce costs, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to draft a letter to their counterparts in Ayer to share resources.
“We’re in interesting times,” Chairman Leo Blair said to the board. “We’ve been working hard to control costs. With that said I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a couple of the members in Ayer and they have expressed interest in sharing a (Department of Public Works) director.”
Blair read the letter from the Ayer selectmen expressing their interest and urged his colleagues to do the same.
“We’ve all become kissing cousins with our friends over in Ayer,” he said. “We’ve been working together real close with (Joint Boards of Selectmen). This seems like a good idea.”
Peter Warren agreed and suggested including Devens in the talks.
“I think it’s certainly worth exploring,” Timothy Clark said. “Peter has a good suggestion. But I think right now we might want to partner with just Ayer before an entity like MassDevelopment.”
Clark added that in the long run a partnership such as this could help with capital spending because the town may not have to replace equipment as often.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is currently down two positions. This is a way for the town to see if it can get through the season without filling the positions, Blair said.
Board member Lucy Wallace suggested they enter a one-year trial with Ayer to see how it goes.
“I feel this is a unique opportunity to embrace a more regional community and put our arms around our neighbors,” Blair said. “For us to survive in central Massachusetts as a small community, we need to have innovative thinking. I see this as the first step to a long and fruitful existence.”