Saratoga Springs DPW and Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Enter Into Shared Services Agreement for Salt and Gasoline Purchases
Saratoga Springs, NY – The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously supported a shared services agreement between the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA) at the August 2, 2022 city council meeting. The agreement would allow the SSHA to purchase excess quantities of salt and utilize the city operated fuel pumps at the DPW garage.
SSHA Executive Director Paul Feldman approached DPW Commissioner Jason Golub for assistance since the SSHA does not purchase a large enough quantity of salt to qualify for a state contract and was having a hard time finding suppliers. Additionally, because the SSHA does not operate fuel pumps they end up paying gas taxes at gas stations for their small fleet of vehicles, even though they are a tax exempt agency. Both issues created operational problems which required a shared services solution.
“Thanks to the City Council, and especially DPW Commissioner Golub, this agreement will ensure our properties can experience safe passage during winter months and improve the logistics around obtaining fuel,” said Feldman. “Both measures will save money and allow us to focus resources on serving our community instead of sinking time into product acquisition.”
“Now more than ever government needs to be working cooperatively towards solving problems,” said Golub. “This agreement is a way to help the SSHA and the community members they serve and I look forward to this partnership for the benefit of the public.”
The SSHA will request amounts of salt and gasoline from the City DPW and will be invoiced the amount equal to the cost for the City resulting in a budget neutral offset. City taxpayers will not subsidize any portion of the product cost.