Local Authority Economic Efficiencies
Local Authority Name: Laois County Council ***WINNER***
Project Name: Road Recycling for the Restoration of Local & Regional Roads
This project aimed to evaluate and prove the effectiveness of In-Situ Cold Recycling for the restoration of Local and Regional Roads. From 2010 – 2012 Laois County Council Western Area, examined and tested this road restoration process against the existing methods of Wet Mix Macadam and hot macadam overlays. Following this evaluation period which included trials and testing, Laois County Council developed a user/client tender specification based on functional requirements and desired outcomes which leaves room for supplier innovation.
In 2012, using the developed tender specification to procure the annual road strengthening program by way of Cold In-Situ Road Recycling Laois County Council benefited as follows:
• Cost saving of over 40% compared to other solutions
• Reduction in CO₂ emissions of 56%
Local Authority Name: Westmeath County Council
Project Name: Westmeath Local Authorities - Restructuring
In the context of the Local Government Reform Process, the ongoing efficiency agenda in the local government sector and organizational efficiency, Westmeath Local Authorities over the past 12 months has totally restructured its service delivery model and the associated management structure. Prior to the implementation of this project, Westmeath County Council carried out its operations on the basis of four engineering areas, together with a separate operational area for Athlone Town Council, i.e. five operational areas in total. The revised structure now comprises of two operational areas, namely North and South Westmeath, centered on the principal towns of Mullingar and Athlone. The associated senior management restructuring has resulted in a 50% reduction in senior management grades, including Director of Service, and related technical supervisory posts. In addition the former posts of Town Clerk and Town Engineer in Athlone have been replaced by the posts of Senior Executive Engineer and Senior Engineer, covering both town and area duties. The resultant staff and operational savings exceed €2m per annum.