Shared Facilities Maintenance, But at What Cost?

Recently the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management completed a study of regionalization of facilities and public works for the Town of Wenham, Town of Hamilton and the Regional School District.  The report was paid for by a $30,000 Community Innovation Challenge Grant of awarded by the State of Massachusetts.  

In the executive summary of the report it states "when taking into account savings that can occur as a result of consolidation, the increased costs of these positions are estimated at approximately $121,000 in the full consolidation alternative and approximately $191,000 in the two department, interim model."    The full report can be read on the Collins Institute website at http://www.umb.edu/cpm/publications

The Towns and the School District have received an additional $90,000 Community Innovation Challenge Grant for hardware and software to implement a shared facilities plan.   As part of this grant, the Towns and School District plan for extensive community outreach.  Watch for updates on when and where to get more information on this important topic.  

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