Economic Vitality Incentive Plan (EVIP)
Cooperation and collaboration help local governments increase effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of services, and are major tools that the City of Westland has long been recognized as a leader in Western Wayne County of implementing these concepts into the City’s best practices.
Cooperation occurs when two or more local governments work together to provide a service for the benefit of all the municipalities involved. Cooperation and collaboration fall into many categories, among them service agreements, joint agreements, the development of authorities, multi jurisdiction projects, special counsels and others. Municipalities working together to operate a waste site is an example of a joint agreement or in some cases an authority, wherein participating local governments share in the provision of a service. A service agreement exists when one local government contracts to provide a service to another local government for an agreed upon charge as in the case of City/Town A providing snow plowing services for City/Town B. In the case of special councils, they can be established to address and solve challenges that face all members using pooled resources.
By maximizing available resources through the use of cooperation agreements, local governments realize many benefits. A good cooperation plan helps communities capture economies of scale, gain use of the latest technology and equipment that they (if acting on their own) would otherwise be unable to afford, eliminate duplicative efforts and achieve significant cost savings.
My administration along with the Westland City Council have made cooperation and collaboration a major focus of the long term financial planning for the City and actively pursue these types of activities to cost effectively operate and provide the best services for residents. The following spells out current efforts that the City has in effect that fall under cooperation and collaboration.
Currently, the City is exploring a regional district court consolidation with the cities of Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster and Wayne. This process was initiated in July 2011 with the consolidation study to be completed in early 2012. Other areas being explored are public safety opportunities, expanding our joint dispatch to other municipalities and shared Library services with surrounding communities, to name just a few.
This is an ongoing process in the City of Westland and as we look to maintain an All American City that its residents can be proud of, we will continually look for future ways to collaborate services, projects and resources.
With highest regards,
William R. Wild