City, town still looking for ways to work together

NORWICH – Town and city of Norwich officials will work together to come up with a shared “vision” for the two municipalities, whether or not the state is involved, city Mayor Joseph Maiurano said Friday.

Maiurano says town and city representatives are meeting Dec. 7 to discuss the town’s proposal to examine the possibility of creating an expanded fire district and other joint initiatives.

Earlier this month, the town opted out of joining the city in a state-funded merger and consolidation study that focused on the feasibility of sharing municipal services.

The study is part of Governor Eliot Spitzer’s push to cut back on the size of small governments across the state and make them more efficient. As part of campaign, Spitzer’s asked the town and city to consider merging. However, outside of the city, which is battling a struggling tax base versus mounting infrastructure costs, it appears Spitzer’s request has not found much support.

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