May 1, 2013 – As the Local Government Effectiveness Team travels the region providing no-cost operational and fiscal services to SEMCOG member communities, we find all kinds of innovative solutions that are helping our members maintain and sometimes enhance services while lowering costs. Some of the most recent examples follow:
Construction Inspection Scheduling Tool
The City of Novi is one of the first communities in Michigan to to provide an online inspection scheduling tool. Contractors and homeowners in Novi can schedule construction inspections using the new Online Inspection Portal. The portal allows users to request all types of inspections, such as building, electrical, plumbing, and heating.
Small Commercial Revolving Loan Program
The Small Commercial Revolving Loan Program, maintained by the City of Ann Arbor's DDA, currently offers business owners low-cost loans in order to encourage energy efficiency improvements.
Controlled Computer Shut-Downs
The City of Wixom has enacted a policy of controlled computer shutdowns for all administrative and other office equipment, which do not run programs or other functions outside of normal business hours. These controlled shutdowns have saved the city over 17,000 kW/year in electricity usage while also reducing HVAC loads.
Septage Disposal Facility
St. Clair County has begun a feasibility study as to the possibility of operating a septage disposal facility within the Smiths Creek landfill. This facility is to be used to provide an alternative method of disposal for the county's septage waste, which allows the county to divert septage from the traditional processing plants, easing capacity, while allowing the gas produced by the decomposition of the septage waste to be used as an alternative energy source.
To develop similar innovative solutions within your local government, contact SEMCOG’s Dave Boerger for no-cost assistance.
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