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"Merging the Suburbs" event discusses collaboration efforts of Pepper Pike, Orange, Moreland Hills and Woodmere

Faith Boone, Sun News, 13 October 2011

When asked about where the idea came from to conduct a study, and the possibility of a merger, Akers said it evolved over the years and there are a number of areas where collaboration efforts have already been seen between the four communities.

“The cost of government is getting way out of hand,” Akers said. “There’s got to be a way to collaborate, share services and do better with less.”

Mulcahy said Orange Councilman Dan Brown did talk to people at Cleveland State University and Baldwin-Wallace College about doing a study focused on the consolidation of services.

“At the end of that study (the Baldwin-Wallace study), merger thoughts started because of the notion that there could be savings. The county provided resources, backing, and everything we needed to get this study underway,” Mulcahy said.

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