Fairview Park shares services with other communities

October 31, 2013 by  

Fairview Park, Ohio, is part of a group of governments of Cleveland’s western suburbs that have formed a council to share services.

The group is known as the Westshore Council of Governments, and its formation has enabled the cities to share services. The six participating communities are Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Lakewood, Westlake, Rocky River, and Bay Village. The council was first formed in the 1970s, and continues to grow.

As part of the group, the cities share narcotics investigators, SWAT teams, fire investigators, and a bomb squad. Each of the communities occasionally needs some of these services, but none of them needs them often enough to warrant having full-time officers or investigators in each city. Instead, they go where the emergency is when it arises.

The cities share the funding for the services, and each of the communities contributes fire and police personnel. All six mayors convene for monthly meetings to discuss problems and share information.

St. John Medical Center, located in Westlake, donated space for a fire dispatch center, and four of the six communities (Fairview Park, Bay Village, Westlake and Rocky River) make use of it. Each of the cities contributes funding to help run the center. This cooperation gave the cities a new center with state-of-the-art equipment, and professionals manning the phones instead of having firefighters assume that task.

The combined services idea has been so successful that city officials might consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer describing the system, which they could then send to other community governments.