SERSG is a consortium of twenty cities and towns lying within three counties in southeastern Massachusetts.
A Unique Approach
The SERSG approach to regionalism is unique. It is grass-roots regionalism wholly consistent with the long tradition of flinty independence which has characterized local government in New England for more than three centuries. Unlike other approaches which typically feature imposition from above of "one size fits all" solutions to problems, SERSG utilizes a voluntary "bottom up" approach. SERSG regional initiatives are requested by the member municipalities and are tailored to meet the precise needs of those communities which are participating in that particular initiative.
Benefits to Member Communities
SERSG municipalities save in the aggregate hundreds of thousands of dollars on joint purchases of supplies and services as well as receiving regional trainings on various topics of mutual interest.
SERSG makes available a series of Basic Services described below to all of its member communities in return for the annual assessment. The SERSG Board of Directors, composed of the chief administrative officer of each participating municipality or his/her designee, review the scope and nature of these basic services each year as part of the annual budget process. The Board determine the work program consistent with the needs of SERSG members. While these services are available to all members, no member need avail itself of a particular service.
Past services have included: collection and dissemination of information on changes in laws or programs likely to affect SERSG members; procurement services; personnel training; government surplus property acquisition; and initial feasibility investigation of special projects and grant applications.
From time to time two or more but less than a majority of SERSG communities may wish to pursue a particular initiative jointly. The assistance of SERSG in investigating the proposal and other preliminary work is included within the scope of the Basic SERSG Services.
If the special project is to be pursued beyond the initial feasibility stage, SERSG and the sub-set of SERSG member communities will enter into a supplemental agreement by which SERSG will undertake to perform Special Services to facilitate implementation of the initiative and receive additional compensation commensurate with the level of effort and consistent with grant allowances for administration.
This special allocation and assessment extends the special benefits of SERSG to targeted projects while not unfairly burdening the majority of communities which do not directly benefit. The additional revenue generated by SERSG will allow augmentation of SERSG infrastructure and could ultimately help defray assessments for Basic Services.
In 1993 fourteen communities applied for and received matching grant monies from the Executive Office of Communities and Development with the assistance of the Old Colony Planning Council for the informal establishment of SERSG and the funding of a professional public administrator. After many years, the needs evolved differently for SERSG and the Old Colony Planning Council so organizational change took root.
Now SERSG is among one of many regionalized procurement and services groups around the state.
Moira Rouse, Regional Administrator
Moira Rouse has served as the sole staff person at SERSG since February 2015. She assists communities in saving hundreds of thousands of dollars through cooperative procurements and the provision of other services. Before joining SERSG, Moira worked in public sector finance and procurement and had a background in private sector financial services. Moira holds a bachelor's degree and a Master's in Public Administration from Clark University and was certified as Massachusetts Public Purchasing Official in 2015.