Regionalism, “efficient” government – what’s it take?

I’ll be blogging for The Civic Commons every Friday and here’s my first post, “Government mergers: The wisdom and the waiting.” No surprise, it’s about the wills and the will nots – as in, will merge/consolidate/collaborate/partner/share versus the will not merge, collaborate, partner, share.  Please strike up a conversation there – the commentary upon which…

Pepper Pike/Orange Village Democratic Club: Burbmerger Discussion

From the inbox: The next meeting of the Pepper Pike/Orange Village Democratic Club will be held on Thursday July 21st at the Orange Public Library at 7:00 PM. We will be discussing the potential merger of Pepper Pike, Orange Village, Woodmere, and Moreland Hills The discussion will feature our own members. Kathy Mulcahy, Mayor of…

TONIGHT’s Transparency Fishbowl Forum & Burbmerger Coverage from Local Weeklies

Some outstanding transparency efforts are here in Cuyahoga County and I hope Pepper Pike residents will take an active interest in all of them.  First up, tonight: Community Dialogue: Openness in the Making (read this supportive Plain Dealer editorial) Thursday, June 30, 7:00 pm Trinity Cathedral, Room C/D 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland This coming Thursday…

Today’s Burbmerger Roundup & Tales of Two Dispatch Centers

Several items in the news – two from today and others from the last week – all offering different narratives: First, from Business Journal Daily, “Collaborations Expand Beyond Trumbull” an article that highlights action as well as talk about municipal collaborative efforts, a positive spin on merging dispatch centers: For Tom Pascarella, director of administration…

THIS MORNING: WCPN/Sound of Ideas covers Burbmerger with the Four Mayors

You can listen here right now through 10am or listen by podcast or through your computer later.  I will post a link to the audio on the blog, In The Arena, when it’s available. Here’s the blurb: There’s been a lot of talk in Northeast Ohio about regional collaboration. Will there finally be some action?…

#Burbmerger: Mayors’ Statement, Briefing from Regional Collaboration Director

Lots of airtime – what will it bring? My Google alerts for “pepper pike” and “cuyahoga county merger” are going crazy right now. More for you to read: Mayors Merger Statement 6-22-11(function() { var scribd = document.createElement(“script”); scribd.type = “text/javascript”; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = “http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js”; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })(); Mergers –…

#burbmerger is here: Moreland, Orange, Pepper Pike & Woodmere

I couldn’t be there and I can’t seem to get storify.com online, so here’s what’s out so far (check out @johnkohlstrand and @lauraejjohnston to see their streams on twitter.com).  I’ll update as there are more: All four communities share schools, senior services, recreation. #burbmerger Residents would have to vote in 2012 for formal study. Then,…