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Cuyahoga County studying collaboration between cities
Moreland Hills, Orange Village, Pepper Pike, and Woodmere could be sharing more than services

Kabir Bhatia
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Four suburban Cuyahoga County towns are part of a new study on the benefits of merging city services – and possibly the communities themselves. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the move toward collaboration among Moreland Hills, Orange Village, Pepper Pike, and Woodmere.
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Cuyahoga County has selected a Rochester-based non-profit to produce a report by June on possible mergers. Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain says his community is already sharing a dispatch center with Beachwood, saving about $130,000 a year.

“And I’ve actually improved significantly, I think, the emergency dispatch services being provided. We’ve moved from having one emergency medical dispatcher on duty at any point to having 3 on duty during a shift. That’s a significant improvement of service for less money to the community.”

Bain says he respects that merging entire cities may be tough for residents to accept, and that the study could reveal opportunities short of a formal merger. Under Ohio law, combining communities is a two-step process. Voters in the cities would have to vote on an exploratory commission this fall, and the actual merger would be on the ballot in 2014.
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