With an agreement between North Andover and Andover, the two towns will now share certain public works services.
The Board of Selectmen adopted the municipal aid public sharing idea last year. Officials in both towns met to address how the towns can combine services in some areas to make things more efficient and cost-effective.
Shared services will include:
- Street sweeping
- Sewer/drain flushing
- Catch basin cleaning
- Pot hole repair
- Brush cutting
- Tree maintenance
Town Manager Andrew Maylor said he hopes the collaboration will affect capital plans in the long run. For example, North Andover has a plan to replace a street sweeper. If the maintenance for that was shared with Andover, the machine would last longer and save the town money.
"In the long term i think we need some strategic partnerships with them, and certainly the public works is an obvious place to start," Maylor said.