Cities join for a mutual aid program for public service

by DIANE SMITH RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published:

The city of Ravenna is joining with its neighbors to create a mutual aid program with a different twist.

The city has established an online database that creates a mutual aid program for public service. The program, Ravenna Service Director Kelly Engelhart said, is similar to the mutual aid programs for safety forces, but allows communities to share equipment, employees and even ideas and legislation.

"We can't work independently any longer," she said. "We have to share resources and see how we can help each other."

Ravenna City Council approved an ordinance formalizing the agreement on Dec. 3.

Participating communities include the cities of Ravenna, Kent, Twinsburg, Hudson, Stow, Aurora and Streetsboro, as well as Mantua and Hiram villages.

Engelhart said the communities started meeting together in early 2011. The meetings were how Ravenna worked out an agreement with the city of Stow to share its arborist, Sue Mottl.

Email: dsmith@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4158

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