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Consultation with the city of Easton, Pennsylvania (2007)

City of Easton: Early Intervention Plan Review

From the report:

“This report has been completed pursuant to a contract between the City of Easton and Lafayette College’s Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government. It is a Program Review of recommendations contained in the 2006 Early Intervention Report, which was completed by Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM) with assistance from Keystone Municipal Services. Specifically, the scope of work included:

1. Meeting individually with each of Easton’s five Department Directors and other employees to review the recommendations made in the PFM Report and to determine which of the recommendations have been implemented, rejected, or not completed yet;
2. Reviewing with each Department Director and other employees why any recommendations were rejected;
3. Addressing with each Department Director and other employees the realistic feasibility of implementing each recommendation;
4. Discussing with each Department Director and other employees additional operational issues that are both important, and of potential value to the efficient and productive delivery of public services; and
5. Offering recommendations to each Department Director and other employees to assist and guide them in achieving goals and objectives.

This report has five sections: (1) Introduction; (2) Executive Summary of recommendations that the Meyner Center believes should be priorities for the City; (3) Historical and Background Information; (4) General Observations; and (5) Program Review of the individual recommendations in each department.”

Consultation with Forks Township, Pennsylvania (2009)

2009 Forks Twp Strategic Plan

From the report:

“A municipality is, in many ways, a business, although a unique kind of business that measures its ultimate success by the quality of public services and assistance that it provides to its residents. It is difficult for any full-time business to be run effectively by a Board whose members work on a part-time basis; therefore, the elected officials need an effective administrator and staff that understand the policies of the Township, and the direction established by the Board.  Forks Township has a Board of Supervisors whose members are dedicated to serving its residents.  It also has an administrator and five Department Heads capable of administering the day-to-day activities of the Township.  The most effective way to administer the municipality is to create a team consisting of the Board members and the full-time management staff.  If they work together and communicate thoroughly, the Township can succeed in providing a high quality of public services and assistance to the residents of Forks.  We recommend that the Board of Supervisors empower its Township Manager and Department Heads with the authority necessary to carry out the policies established by the Board.  The Board should steer the boat, and leave the rowing to the staff.  This delegation of responsibility by an informed Board to a skilled management team will result in an effective, efficient, and productively run municipality.”

Bioterrorism Preparedness (2003)

Bioterrorism: State of Preparedness in the Greater Lehigh Valley and Warren County

From the report:

“This report conveys the results of a January-February 2003 bioterrorism-preparedness survey of police, fire, EMS, hospital, and emergency-management first responders in Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Warren Counties conducted by the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College. The purpose of the survey was to obtain a general picture of the region’s preparedness to respond to bioterrorism.”