WESTFIELD - Dave Babcock likes to think of the Town of Westfield as a team player.
That is why the town's highway supervisor has been pleased with a shared services highway agreement the municipality signed with the county.
"It saves money in buying new equipment and having extra things around we don't use," Babcock said during a review of the agreement at a recent town board meeting.
Under the agreement, municipalities share equipment, provide specific services to each other and help with the maintenance and repairs of equipment.
While some municipalities loan out equipment without operators, Babcock said he likes to send town employees with the machinery because the employees are familiar with the equipment.
Ray Schuster, a town board member, asked Babcock if plowing was one of the services shared under the agreement. Babcock responded by saying that sometimes plowing duties are shared and municipalities may split roads up to work on them.
"We help each other out so you don't have to stop in the middle somewhere," Babcock said.
Municipalities who have signed the agreement also work closely to share services with the county, Babcock said.
"The county has a lot of stuff the towns will never have," he said.
Also at the meeting, Jim Pacanowski, the town's code enforcement officer, said the construction group for the Grape Heritage Center project recently met with the project's contractor. He said construction on the center will hopefully start Feb. 15 and finish in July.
Town Supervisor Martha Bills said she recently attended a teleconference with the Small Harbors Coalition, an organization of municipalities with small harbors. The organization helps municipalities to review and improve on the conditions of their harbors.
"I'm hoping it will work well and continue to progress," Bills said.