Shared services report coming soon

FLINT TWP. — A feasibility study to explore sharing municipal services with Swartz Creek and Mundy Township has been completed.

In February, the board of trustees agreed to participate in commissioning the study to search for ways to cut costs.

The three municipalities contracted with Mark W. Nottley, of Municipal Consulting Services in Ann Arbor, to conduct the study.

Each board paid $13,000 — one-third of Nottley’s $39,000 fee — for the study plus incidental expenses such as mileage and printing costs.

Supervisor Karyn Miller announced at the July 16 board meeting that she had recently met with Nottley about the completed study results. The report would be made available to the board who will then have four to six weeks to study it before a formal presentation is made, she said.

The proposed scope of the study assessed police and fire operations and the building, assessing and community development divisions o look for ways to possibly combine services and reduce expenses.

During the past few months, Nottley’s team has met with all department heads to evaluate existing operations and identify areas where cooperative arrangements could cut costs.

In his proposal, Nottley said the final report document would include the potential impact of consolidating services and provide a “road map’’ of options beneficial to each community.

Based on similar work in the past, his recommendations could be solutions that can be implemented quickly and others such as consolidating police departments that could take years.

Because of declining revenues in recent years, other municipalities have also considered sharing services as a means to curb costs.

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