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Posted On: 8/12/2011

NOACA Awards Grant to Support Four-City Merger Study


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Media Contacts:
John Kohlstrand: (216) 698-2099 or jkohlstrand@cuyahogacounty.us
Nicole Dailey Jones: (216) 263-4602, (216)338-0863 or ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us


CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County government has been awarded a $34,130 grant to study a possible merger of four communities in southeast Cuyahoga County.

The award was approved Friday by the Governing Board of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). Cuyahoga County had sought the grant in order to support and supplement the efforts of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission to study a possible merger of Pepper Pike, Orange Village, Moreland Hills and Woodmere.

The grant will likely be used to undertake analyses of such things as the merger of safety forces and finance systems.

“I appreciate NOACA stepping forward to support this important study," Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said. “We’ve made it a priority in county government to help communities look for ways to share services and collaborate. These four communities are at the cutting edge of such efforts. It’s great to see NOACA support this effort.”

On June 22, Ed FitzGerald and mayors Bruce Akers of Pepper Pike, Kathy Mulcahy of Orange Village, Susan Renda of Moreland Hills, and Charles Smith of Woodmere announced that the four communities wished to launch a study of a possible merger.

The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission is leading the study effort. Planning Commission staff recently met with the four mayors to discuss a work plan and timeline for the study.