From the Director, October 2017 - Resuming the Municipal Shared Services Conversation

Chris CampanyIs it time to resume discussion about municipal shared services, and what role the Windham Regional Commission might have?  Our town officials are increasingly being called upon to administer complex laws, rules and programs, including grant programs.  Some are required by state and federal government, and some can be undertaken at the discretion of selectboards and voters. There may be advantages to inter-municipal collaboration as opposed to towns going it on their own.

In 2014 and 2015 we began a conversation with towns about potential areas of collaboration and how the WRC might be able to help.  Possibilities for inter-municipal collaboration ranged from animal control services to zoning administration to bulk purchasing of everything from highway materials to heating oil.  This conversation stalled as the legislature took up a bill that would allow regional commissions and their member towns to establish a process by which towns would decide what services they wanted to share, and how those costs would be borne by only the towns that benefited from those services.  A law is now in place that enables regional commissions to assist in this effort.

Many of those who participated in the conversations two years ago have moved on from their positions, but the need and impetus has only grown.  Stay tuned early in the new year as we restart the conversation to learn what towns need, and what, if any, role they feel the WRC might play. 

Last Updated on 13 November 2017
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