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EVIP Grants Awarded Prior to 2013

Arcadia Township: Regional Master Plan & Implementation Strategy (Various Manistee/Benzie County Townships)
Granted $157,000

The goals of this project include seeking to create a collaborative regional master plan that will include service sharing, cooperative agreements, and a partnering initiative. This will include resource management and protection, recreation and tourism, agriculture and agri-tourism, infrastructure development and maintenance, transportation, housing, ordinance development and administration, and public and private investments.  There is an estimated short term savings of $100,000. 


Calumet Township: Creation of North Houghton County Fire District-Phase I
Granted $23,000

The goal of the project is to combine fire department services of Calumet Township, the Village of Calumet, and the Village of Laurium in order to realize savings in operating expenses and allow limited resources to be devoted to improving other services while maintaining and improving fire protection.  Long term savings are estimated at $30,000 annually. 


Comstock Township: Kalamazoo Area Building Authority
Granted $78,657.50

The Consolidated Building Permit Project has the goals of improving customer service, reducing the total cost related to building permits and inspection, being inclusive in the implementation process, creating a replicable logic model for other consolidated services, and starting phase II to include other local units of government.  Long term savings after 3 years are estimated at $11,523 annually.


Dearborn: Feasibility Study-Tax Administration Services
Granted $25,000

The goal of the project is to determine the viability of inter-local agreements with local units where Dearborn would be providing regional tax administration services by combining the property tax administration functions of Dearborn, Melvindale, Dearborn Heights, and Allen Park to achieve greater operational and cost efficiencies.


 Delta Township: Delta Township FD-Looking Glass Regional Fire Authority (LGRFA) Consolidation
Granted $180,000

Goals of the project include increased operational capabilities for fire and EMS responses in Delta, Eagle, and Watertown Townships and the Village of Eagle, to provide advanced Life Support ambulance in the LGRFA station to serve the four parties, establish a single operational system and command structure for the parties, and reduce operational costs and capital expenses.  Short term savings are estimated at $150,000. Long term savings are estimated at $740,000.


Douglas: Kalamazoo Harbor Authority
Granted $38,008.62

Goals of the project include the creation of an intergovernmental agreement to establish Kalamazoo Lake Harbor Authority in order to restore, maintain, and preserve the shared harbor and provide an economically and environmentally sustainable waterfront for all three communities in the region.  The authority should create enhanced waterfront environment for boating, recreation, wildlife habitat, and economic development opportunities including the dredging of Kalamazoo Lake Harbor, greening of water's edge, and redevelopment of key properties.  Short term savings are estimated at $38,008.62. 


Farmington Hills: Combined Public Safety Dispatch & Jail Project
Granted $148,250

Goals include participating in a shared dispatch and jail service initiative that is financially and operationally beneficial to both Farmington and Farmington Hills and allows both municipalities to maximize the value of funds spent on jail and dispatch services.  Furthermore, they aim to reduce costs, eliminate redundancy, consider possible regionalization, improve efficiency and increase effectiveness of dispatching services.  Long term savings are estimated at $150,000.


Fremont: Fremont Community Joint Planning Commission-Joint Zoning Ordinance Review
Granted $6,985

The goals include consolidating formal planning and zoning operations of the city of Fremont, Dayton Township, and Sheridan Charter Township.  They plan to continue the effort to streamline planning and zoning issues and decision making across multiple governments. Short term savings are estimated at $1,500. Long term savings are estimated at $26,500.


Gaastra: Gaastra/Caspian Consolidation (Fire & Police)
Granted $32,000

The goal of the project is to further consolidate fire and police protection services by consolidating the two cities and eliminating duplicate services and equipment.  Long term savings are estimated at $100,000 annually.


Grand Haven: Delivery of Information Technology & Assessing Services through Interlocal Agreements
Granted $47,499.40

Goals of the project include making connections between Grand Haven Area Public Schools, the City of Grand Haven, and County of Ottawa so that the major government units of Northwest Ottawa County are linked.  The IT infrastructure proposed will allow for expanded collaborative efforts and increased savings.  Service delivery speed will increase for both internal and external users and the infrastructure will save taxpayer money spent to provide City Hall and Schools with IT support and disaster recovery.  Short term savings are estimated at $94,998.76. Long term savings are estimated at $125,000.


Grand Rapids: Joint Processing of City Income Tax Returns & Payments
Granted $550,000

Goals of Flint, Grand Rapids, and Lansing include achieving a reduction of processing costs, and increasing investment opportunities through expediting the processing of payments and reallocating existing staff resources in order to focus on expanding compliance and enforcement activities.  Short term savings are estimated at $149,260. Long term savings are estimated at $2,079,322.


Grosse Pointe: Public Safety Department Consolidation Study
Granted $20,000

The goal of the project is to evaluate the potential consolidation of the Public Safety Department of the City of Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Park in order to determine the feasibility of creating a single Public Safety Department to serve both.


Grosse Pointe: All Grosse Pointe Dispatch Consolidation
Granted $300,000

The goal of the project is to consolidate the separate E-911 dispatch prisoner holding operations of the 5 Grosse Pointes into 1 center by either intergovernmental agreement approved by the 5 cities or by establishing an independent authority.  Short term savings are estimated at $185,000. Long term savings are estimated at $370,000. 


Kalamazoo County: PSAP Consolidation Project Study
Granted $20,000

Goals of the project include identifying economies of scale, integrating E-911 operations of different PSAPs to streamline and provide seamless service across the region, increasing inter-operability across jurisdictional boundaries, enhancing E-911 service delivery model and response times, decreasing costs for all participating entities, and preserving long term sustainability of providing high quality E-911 service to the region.  Short term savings are estimated at $500,000. Long term savings are estimated at $4,000,000.


Kent County: Multi-Jurisdictional Parks and Recreation Study
Granted $37,500

The goal of the project is to look at park land and trails management and services and identify, evaluate, and implement organizational, operational, and funding models, particularly focusing on opportunities for collaboration or consolidation in service delivery and funding that will most effectively sustain and enhance these services.


Marshall: Shared Police Facility Feasibility Study (City, MSP, Calhoun County)
Granted $21,146

The goal is to provide adequate and up to date facilities for the Marshall Police, Calhoun County Sheriff, and Michigan State Police in one building and to study the areas where resources, shared space, equipment, and real estate will be practical and adequate. 


Onekama Township: Disincorporation of the Village of Onekama into Onekama Township
Granted $355,365.55

The goal of the project is to effectively and efficiently disincorporate the Village of Onekama into Onekama Township in accord with the report of the Disincorporation Commission and a vote by the electorate approving the disincorporation.  The overall goal is to foster collaboration and partnership in the greater Onekama Community. Short term savings are estimated at $73,000-$100,000. Long term savings are estimated at $730,000-$1,000,000 over ten years.


Ottawa County: Holland-Zeeland Service Sharing Initiative
Granted $14,804

The goal of this project is a comprehensive short term and long term approach to collaboration and service-sharing options.  Included in this goal is having complete inventory with costs to measure progress, demonstrate and document savings and establish benchmarks for best practices.  Short term savings are estimated at $537,596. Long term savings are estimated at $2,687,982.


Pleasant Ridge: Pleasant Ridge/Berkley Public Safety Merger
Granted $132,250

The goals of the project include merging Pleasant Ridge Police Department with Berkley Public Safety Department to form one Public Safety Department, and after this merger, Oak Park and Huntington Woods will possibly follow.  They hope to increase emergency personnel, expand capital improvements, and promote cooperative efforts with the project.  Long term savings are estimated at $2,000,000 over ten years. 


River Rouge: River Rouge/Ecorse Public Safety Department Project
Granted $647,609.46

The goal of the River Rouge project is to implement a high-quality public safety program in river Rouge and Ecorse by cross-training police officers and fire fighters to perform both police and fire functions.  As a result of this initiative, a reduction in overall cost to River Rouge of providing essential fire and police services in a single public safety department, along with a reduction in overall cost to Ecorse through consolidation will be realized. Additionally, the effort will include ensuring that the 26th District Court is able to operate efficiently via consolidation to a single courtroom in Ecorse.  Lastly, an additional goal of the initiative is to reduce the costs of other city services by evaluating consolidation across various city departments. Short term savings are estimated at $850,000. Long term savings are estimated at $17,000,000.


Saginaw: Regional Fire Collaboration Project Study
Granted $12,500

The goals of the project in Saginaw include identifying economies of scale in providing fire service across the greater Saginaw region, identifying increased cooperation across municipal boundaries in providing fire service to three communities, enhancing the service delivery model and response times, decreasing costs, preserving long term sustainability of providing high quality fire service, and creating a local government conducive to expansion of this concept.  Short term savings of the project are estimated at $200,000. Long term savings are estimated at $700,000.


Southgate: Allen Park/Lincoln Park/Southgate/Wyandotte's Animal Control Services Consolidation
Granted $235,000

Goals of the project include consolidating Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Southgate, and Wyandotte's animal control services and shelters, to provide improved service in a cost efficient manner, build a facility large enough to accommodate all member cities' animal control population, eliminate redundancy and duplication of duties, maximize resources and provide multi-city services, save money in the short term and long term, and reduce the amount of euthanized animals by increasing hours for adoption.  Short term savings are estimated at $251,266.50. Long term savings are estimated at $753,799.50. 


Stockbridge: Stockbridge Municipal Building & Stockbridge Middle School Facility Sharing
Granted $3,250

The goals of the project include consolidating the Village of Stockbridge Municipal Building and Offices within Stockbridge Community Schools, which would save the taxpayers rent and utilities.  The aim is to consolidate two separate government buildings into one.  Short term savings are estimated at $41,856. Long term savings are estimated at $75,912.


Trenton: Combined Dispatch Center & Prisoner Lockup Facility (Trenton/Riverview)
Granted $239,750.43

Goals of this project include combining specific functions and operations of each department (Trenton Police Department, Trenton Fire Department, Riverview Police Department, and Riverview Fire Department) to reduce overall operating expenses, improve service to each community, increase operational effectiveness, and reduce redundancy in each department.  This project also seeks to develop an operational model and pilot program for equipment utilization and forming the infrastructure for this combined effort, extending the opportunity for additional communities to join.  Short term savings are estimated at $115,303.46. Long term savings are estimated at $576,522.30.


Wakefield: Consolidation of Collection Service, Transportation & Disposal of Waste
Granted $241,500

Goals include offering expanded and improved performance, creating rate equity among customers and economic incentives for waste diversion, increasing the amount of commercial service pick up, ensuring city and townships' revenue streams remain stable, providing a broader range of garbage collection and container options, and retaining a guaranteed customer base and allowing one company to provide customer contact for all waste and recycling needs. 


Washtenaw County: Washtenaw Metro Dispatch
Granted $177,500

The goals include fully combining city and county police dispatch operators, improving the quality of 911 emergency responses in Washtenaw County, and reducing the cost of 911 emergency response for Ann Arbor.  Long term savings are estimated at $540,000.


Waterford Township: Waterford Pontiac Fire Services Consolidation
Granted $567,500

The goal of this initiative is to ensure that Waterford and Pontiac benefit economically by sharing administration and other resources to drive down costs and produce lower per unit costs per fire fighter.  Short term savings are estimated at $3,000,000. Long term savings are estimated at $12,000,000.


Westland: District Court Consolidation-Dearborn Heights/Garden City/Inkster/ Westland/Wayne
Granted $8,750

The goal of the project is to reduce personnel and capital asset costs for providing the services in the cities' District Courts, by combining functions, reducing personnel, employing technology and eliminating facilities.  Short term savings are estimated at $2,000,000. Long term savings are estimated at $2,000,000 annually. 


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