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Welcome to SEMCOG's Think Regional/Act Local blog! SEMCOG is the only organization in Southeast Michigan that brings together all governments to solve regional challenges and enhance the quality of life for the seven-county regions 4.7 million residents. With this regional perspective in mind, we work with member local governments to sustain our regions reputation as a great place to work, play, and do business.

 

Our panel of SEMCOG staff bloggers will post daily to this blog, discussing SEMCOG's data, federal and state legislative issues, and environmental and fiscal sustainability best practices for local governments all with the goal of creating a successful future for the region.

 

Meet SEMCOG's Blogging team:

Amy Mangus
Member Services
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Dave Boerger
Government Efficiency
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Bill Anderson
Local Government Revenue
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Carmine Palombo
Transportation
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Xuan Liu
Data & Demographics
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Grant Brooks
Public Outreach
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Think Regional/Act Local

Library Benchmarks

(Best Practice, SEMCOG Member Services) Permanent link

 

April 8, 2014 – This week’s blog focuses on Libraries as part of our continuing series reviewing the recently updated SEMCOG municipal benchmarks.

 

SteacieLibrary
By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

SEMCOG Library Benchmarks

 

Library Benchmarks

 

Some communities have their own libraries and some use regional libraries. The strategy depends largely on size and historical practices. Regardless, it behooves municipal officials to make sure the library services being provided to their citizens meet or exceed their expectations. With new technologies dramatically changing library services, it’s also important that the municipal IT budget be at an appropriate level.

 

The above benchmarks help guide and assure that proper methodologies are being applied to assure effective library operation. The highlighted utilization and cost metrics are especially pertinent.

 

SEMCOG can help sort through your library issues and develop an optimum strategy, at no cost to member communities. Contact Dave Boerger.

 

Dave Boerger
Learn how to navigate fiscal uncertainty by improving efficiency, fostering collaboration, and enhancing service delivery. Through weekly posts, Dave will discuss legislative developments, best practices, and training opportunities.

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SEMCOG Water & Sewer Benchmarks

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April 1, 2014 – With the deadline fast approaching to decide the future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, this week’s blog as part of our continuing series reviewing the recently updated SEMCOG municipal benchmarks will focus on Water & Sewer metrics.

 

D.C. Sewer
By Zginder (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

SEMCOG Water & Sewer Benchmarks

 

Water and Sewer Benchmarks

 

Even though most communities across the region use Detroit Water and Sewerage for such services, the infrastructure within the boundaries of your community must be managed internally – a tall challenge in today’s fiscal environment. Sometimes sewer and water systems can be out of site and in turn out of mind, with such assets not being properly maintained or used.

 

The above benchmarks help guide and assure that proper methodologies are being applied to assure effective operation of these utilities within your community. For example, the benchmarks highlighted in yellow show the frequency of typical problems for the best and average systems across the region. Ongoing attention by senior officials is necessary in order to improve performance if your municipal water and sewer system is experiencing problems at higher than indicated levels. Otherwise your residents and businesses will no doubt express low satisfaction with the service and have high complaint rates.

 

SEMCOG can help sort through your sewer and water department issues and develop an optimum strategy, at no cost to member communities. Contact Dave Boerger.

 

Dave Boerger
Learn how to navigate fiscal uncertainty by improving efficiency, fostering collaboration, and enhancing service delivery. Through weekly posts, Dave will discuss legislative developments, best practices, and training opportunities.

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