Mayors Pulling It Together

http://www.delawareonline.com/blogs/turtles.jpgThis push for consolidation could go in any of a thousand different directions, but it’s certainly way overdue-

PROVIDENCE — The regionalization of public-safety and public-works services in seven metropolitan Providence communities is the goal of enabling legislation that Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline plans to submit to the General Assembly.

The legislation, drafted after discussions with the other municipal leaders, is aimed at clearing potential hurdles to regionalization that may exist in city and town charters, state law or regulations so that the seven communities — Providence, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls — could begin making plans for creation of metropolitan police, fire and public-works districts.

The goal of regionalization, Cicilline says, is to maintain services and to cut costs in difficult economic conditions.

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