SACO — The political leaders of Saco and Biddeford have agreed to explore ways the cities can work more closely together.

Mark Johnston, the mayor-elect of Saco, and Alan Casavant, the mayor-elect of Biddeford, met today in Biddeford where they decided to convene a meeting of department heads from each city on Dec. 12.

The mayors said the two cities are not maximizing the benefits of their proximity to each other.

They also raised the possibility of holding a bi-monthly joint press session where reporters could meet with the cities’ mayors and city managers.

“The idea is all about breaking down barriers, creating openness, and reminding ourselves we’re all in this together,” Johnston said, in a prepared statement. “These two cities face some steep challenges but if we’re communicating with each other, Alan and I will dramatically increase the chances of finding appropriate solutions.”

Next Monday’s meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Saco Transportation Center.
Johnston and Casavant will be sworn into office this week.