OPM: Municipal Shared Services Forum

Municipal Shared Services in Connecticut

Best practices to achieve cost-savings through regional cooperation

January 14, 2010


A forum for local officials to learn about steps other municipalities have taken to reduce expenses through more efficient delivery of services


Download the Agenda and Registration Form (PDF, 170 KB)


Session and Panelist Details (PDF, 60 KB)




Existing Statutes Enabling Municipal Service Sharing (PDF, 28 KB)


Coopertive Ventures by Local Government


IA: Regional Planning & Affordable Housing

Floyd Lapp


Executive Director,
South Western Regional Planning Agency

For the Adopted Regional Housing Needs and Supply Assessment (July 2007) and Housing Report (October 2009) visit the SWRPA website at http://www.swrpa.org/Default.aspx?Regional=118


Christopher S. Wood


Wood Planning Associates LLP

Information about regional planning and affordable housing  programs may be found at Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative Website,  www.nwctplanning.org and the HOME Connecticut Website at http://www.homeconnecticut.org/


IB: Purchasing & Equipment Sharing

Rick Lynn


Planning Director, Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials

A copy of the Inter-municipal Agreement signed by the participating towns can be made available to workshop participants.



Senior Program Manager for Municipal Services,

Capitol Region Council of Governments

For more information on CRCOG’s Service Sharing Activities, Municipal Services, and the Purchasing Council, please go to the CRCOG website at: www.crcog.org.



IC: Animal Control

Susan S. Bransfield


First Selectwoman/ Chief of Police,

Town of Portland

Please contact Susan Bransfield, First Selectwoman/Chief of Police at sbransfield@portlandct.org for copies of Portland’s agreements with Middletown and Cromwell.


Bruce Sherman, DVM, MPH


Director of the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection,

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

For further information, visit the Department of Agriculture website at https://www.ct.gov/doag or contact Raymond Connors, State Animal Control Supervisor at the Department of Agriculture:

165 Capitol Ave.

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel.(860)713-2506 or Fax (860) 713-2515




IIA: Regional Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

James S. Butler


Executive Director, Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments

For more information about SCCOG’s regional GIS, please visit http://host.appgeo.com/sccog/



David Elder


Senior Regional Planner & GIS Coordinator/Analyst, Valley Council of Governments

New England GeoSystems was the selected consultant for the VCOG regional project, information can be found at  http://www.ne-geo.com, or by contacting Brian Dooley,  PE, Owner and Manager.


Rich Gallacher


GIS Coordinator,

Town of Manchester

The CRCOG GIS Flight and Mapping Data (Orthoflight) shared services project web page is at: http://www.crcog.org/service_sharing/ss_GIS_data.html The  CGISC Imagery Subcommittee web page with standards document, business plan, Orthoimagery information sheet, meeting information, contacts, current activities and initiatives is at:



IIB: Municipal Finance, Assessment & Central Office Functions

Jocelyn Mathiasen


Special Projects Coordinator,

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Documents for the regional permitting project  are available at this link: http://www.crcog.org/service_sharing/ss_permitting.html



IIC: Emergency Communications & Dispatch

Jonathan Chew


Executive Director,

Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials

For more information about the Housatonic Valley’s activities, please visit hvceo.org.

IIIA: Regional Economic Development

Art Bogen


Environmental Planner,

Valley Council of Governments

Additional information can be found with the National Brownfields Association – www.brownfieldsassociation.org,           

EPA Region 1 – www.epa.gov/region1/brownfield,

and VCOG at www.valleycog.org/brownfields




IIIB: Household Hazardous Waste

Lori Vitagliano


HazWaste Coordinator,

South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

The Connecticut DEP, the Connecticut Product Stewardship Council, the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, (NAHMMA), the New England NAHMMA Chapter, and the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition are all resources for various programming.



Other Helpful Links for Sharing Services:

Brookings “Metropolitan Policy Program” advocates for regional cooperation in urban, metropolitan areas:



The Center for Public Policy & Social Research (CPPSR) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) was a sponsor for this event, their website is http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=714


The Franklin Regional Council of Governments in Massachusetts hosted a regional forum in 2009. Their “Regional Toolkit” includes templates, reports and contracts about opportunities for regionalism, including animal control, solid waste and emergency dispatch:



The Hartford Courant’s “Agenda 2010 For the Region” is a series of articles that discuss the opportunities of a regional approach in Connecticut, specifically in the Hartford Metropolitan area: http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-regionalagenda1.artdec27,0,1570994.story





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