As Danbury and Putnam County work together to come up with areas that would be mutually beneficial to share services, the two sides are touting their services and programs. Mayor Mark Boughton proposed the partnership to the City Council earlier this month and members are studying the possibilities. One of the biggest is to open the City's sewer system to the Brewster region.
From education and recreation to transportation and economic development, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell says the service sharing is limitless.
When it comes to education, Odell notes that they just opened a culinary arts BOCES educational program at Tilly Foster Farm. BOCES, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, provide shared educational programs to school districts within New York state. She would like to invite Danbury students to join those programs. As the program gets its footing, it will be expanded into bioscience and adult education.
Odell says Putnam County officials are looking at early intervention pre-k programs. She says the transportation costs can double what the program costs taxpayers. Odell says that money should be shifted back into the students themselves.