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City of Ravenna-Ohio DOT joint garage

City of Ravenna-Ohio DOT joint garage

  • Ohio DOT Techicain 2 Billy Greene refules at a central location that serves multiple state and local governments. An electronic fuel monitoring system ensures agencies are charged only for what they use.

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    Ohio DOT Techicain 2 Billy Greene refules at a central location that serves multiple state and local governments. An electronic fuel monitoring system ensures agencies are charged only for what they use.

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    Ohio DOT Techicain 2 Billy Greene refules at a central location that serves multiple state and local governments. An electronic fuel monitoring system ensures agencies are charged only for what they use.
  • City of Ravenna public works crews formed and poured a concrete ramp so trucks could enter the garage more easily. To bring the garage into EPA code the city also installed an oil separator for the entire garage.

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    City of Ravenna public works crews formed and poured a concrete ramp so trucks could enter the garage more easily. To bring the garage into EPA code the city also installed an oil separator for the entire garage.

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    City of Ravenna public works crews formed and poured a concrete ramp so trucks could enter the garage more easily. To bring the garage into EPA code the city also installed an oil separator for the entire garage.
  • A 7,000-ton salt storage structure behind a garage housing both DOT and Ravenna operations also serves local townships and school districts.

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    A 7,000-ton salt storage structure behind a garage housing both DOT and Ravenna operations also serves local townships and school districts.

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    A 7,000-ton salt storage structure behind a garage housing both DOT and Ravenna operations also serves local townships and school districts.
  • The Ohio DOT and City of Ravenna worked together to build a wash bay in their shared garage.

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    The Ohio DOT and City of Ravenna worked together to build a wash bay in their shared garage.

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    The Ohio DOT and City of Ravenna worked together to build a wash bay in their shared garage.
  • The City of Ravenna bought truck scales to weigh the amount of salt each agency uses.

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    The City of Ravenna bought truck scales to weigh the amount of salt each agency uses.

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    The City of Ravenna bought truck scales to weigh the amount of salt each agency uses.

In June 2012, Ohio’s Office of Management and Budget released 10 recommendations for how local governments could continue providing quality service despite severe budget cuts. They all boil down to the same thing: sharing employees, equipment, and facilities across jurisdictions.

Like many public works departments during the recession, the Ohio DOT (ODOT) and City of Ravenna had already begun doing just that. The impetus was a 42-year-old ODOT District 4 facility that was dangerously degraded. Built in 1969, the location housed fuel, a full-service garage, salt and other materials, and administrative offices, in addition to most of the county’s vehicles.

At about $5 million, completely rebuilding was out of the question. Besides, it was August. Oct. 1 is the official start of snow season in Ohio.

Faced with these realities, District 4 managers came up with a novel idea: Move operations back to their former headquarters in Ravenna. In 2003, ODOT had “sold” the facility for $1 to a local nonprofit organization that’s rented the space to the city’s street department since.

And that’s how Northeast Ohio’s first shared-services garage was created.

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