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Funding for collaboration

By Dave Published: April 29, 2011

Ohio Controlling Board President Randy Cole is pitching an idea for the new revolving loan fund for government collaboration similar to the funds that helped weatherize schools. AP reported today that legislators already are looking at $50 million for collaboration.

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National reporting standards

By Dave Published: April 29, 2011

The United States Fire Administration, established in 1974 and now under FEMA, makes some points relavant to this project in its strategic plan. On page 6, it's fifth "function" is "Implement and manage FEMA/DHS control systems within USFA, for example, those to control funds and property, designed to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse; manage forms; collect information; and manage records and directives."

Page 16 provides information about moves to upgrade fire reporting, the subject of a story tentatively planned for Sunday.

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Radio changes on the way

By Dave Published: April 28, 2011

Robert Ross, interim fire chief for Akron, provides this SCA8RRSStatusReportFinal on future radio needs. He predicts the current system has about five good years left. Pay particular attention to Page 5 where it talks about needs to adopt future technology.

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Nordonia area looks at merger

By Dave Published: April 26, 2011

Even though it failed, authorities in the  northern part of Summit County say it was helpful to commission a study that looked at merging fire service in five communities. Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills used information and conclusions in this report to form their fire district late last year. Because the report was more than 150 PDF pages, I have converted it to text. Sagamore already contracted with Northfield for services and they  made it official by forming the district in August.

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How much sharing is enough?

By Dave Published: April 25, 2011

Monday's Beacon Journal has a Gina Mace story in the Community section about Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge schools possibly sharing a superintendent. Other suggested they must do much more to find real savings.

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Metro SWAT saves cash

By Dave Published: April 20, 2011

Fairlawn Mayor Bill Roth explains why collaboration makes sense for Special Weapons And Tactics:  "No department our size can have a SWAT team; it doesn't make sense."

Stow pays about $11,000 yearly in Metro SWAT dues and has had only 10 SWAT events in the last eight years.

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Swatting expences

By Dave Published: April 19, 2011

Wednesday morning I'll be in Hudson, talking to Metro SWAT about the collaboration to save communities money. Few towns have enough need for Special Weapons And Tactics teams to afford their own operation. By combining forces, they get the benefit of adequate staffing without needing an entire team for themselves.

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What's next

By Dave Published: April 18, 2011

After today's story (see A1 or Ohio.com), we take a look at some fire departments that have consolidated or are considering it. Questions will include: Have you saved any money? Are services the same or better? What obstacles did you overcome? Readers are welcome to suggest additional questions here.

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Reform portion of budget

By Dave Published: April 15, 2011

Randy Cole, Ohio's Controlling Board president, points to this section of the new budget bill as the key portion offering reform for local governments looking to colloborate. It has been edited to remove line markings and it is subject to change as it moves through the legislature.

Cole also points to sections  307.86, 505.101 and 3318.846 for changes to the Regional Shared Service Centers.

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West Shore fire district

By Dave Published: April 14, 2011

Here is a link to the study used by proponents of a new "West Shore" fire district including seven cities in Western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. It's a highly detailed report with more than 500 pages in PDF form.

http://www.mediafire.com/?qoly15vl2byrn2l

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Fire Marshal Data

By Dave Published: April 13, 2011

Ever wonder how busy your local firefighters are? Here's data straight from the Ohio Fire Marshal's office that tracks fires. Remember, about 75 to 80 percent of calls to most stations are for emergency medical help, which is not reflected in this data.

Fire Marshal Data

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Is Government collaboration just talk?

By Dave Published: April 11, 2011

The Center for Public Administration and Public Policy at Kent State takes a look at efforts by governments to work together and asks whether they are actually getting things done. Here's the link to the PDF file:

http://tinyurl.com/3w7zsh9

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Green schools, city streamlining

By Dave Published: April 11, 2011

For a look at how Green schools and city are looking at shared services and a possible new levy, go to http://tinyurl.com/69eu7sk

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Ohio Shared Services

By Dave Published: April 8, 2011

Ohio has a department to help various agencies collaborate on what it calls shared services. A lot of the offerings are what a business person might call "back office" operations including

For a look at the agency's brochure, click here:

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KSU looks at collaboration

By Dave Published: April 7, 2011

Kent State University's Center for Public Administration & Public Policy is collecting academic studies of collaboration and is forming a list of area governments doing various kinds of joint projects.

Here's the link:

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Randy Cole's budget testimony

By jim Published: April 7, 2011

In his testimony before the House Finance Committee, Randy Cole, the Controlling Board President and Policy Advisor Office of Budget and Management, explains how Gov. Kasich's budget would encourage efficiency in government. Here's the testimony:

State of Ohio
The Executive Budget
Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013

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Norton, Copley resolve differences

By Dave Published: April 7, 2011

When Copley and Norton were looking at combining their dispatch operations, they identified 17 things they did differently. Copley Chief Michael Benson said they looked at each practice and determined which way was BEST and went with that. The following chart summarizes how they got the job done:

Copley, Norton Dispatch Disparity Issues

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We've moved!

By Dave Published: April 6, 2011

With government efficiency becoming a hot topic and many more stories and blog entries on the way, we have given the topic its own blog.

If you haven't been here before, you will find blog entries and story links, many of them referring to fire department projects. Many more are planned.

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Would you be threatened?

By Dave Published: April 6, 2011

Also, sign up for alerts to new entries at the government efficiency blog through my twitter account @davescottofakro (there is no "N"; Twitter likes short names!)

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Lawrence, Canal Fulton look at merger

By Dave Published: April 4, 2011

The city and township are asking residents what they thing about creation of a potential fire district. This site even includes a slide show with some fire department history and a look at the economic questions. Take a peek and then come back here and tell us what you think.

http://tinyurl.com/3gdx4s2

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