WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Warren City Councilman Eddie Colbert who heads not only the police and fire committee, but also the finance committee submitted legislation that would allow the administration to enter into negotiations with the county to merge the city’s 911 dispatch.
“But I have not brought it to council for any type of action,” Colbert said. “We will have the appropriate amount of meetings, the appropriate amount of information gathering prior to us taking any vote.”
Councilman Al Novak said council has been left out of the loop. He said the dispatch is the lifeline for the police department and there are plenty of concerns from both officers and residents about a move like this.
“There has been no financial impact statement presented to us, what the cost savings would be, what we would be charged by the 911 center,” Novak said.
The city’s finances are the reason they are looking to merge with the county but are not sure how much money the move would save. Director of 911 Ernie Cook said they are still working on the numbers for the move.
“What I would consider equal or better service service to the citizens is number one,” Cook said. “It’s not just money, but we are probably in the four to five hundred thousand dollar range.”
Colbert has called a committee meeting to bring in all the affected parties to get more information and discuss the particulars of the contract.
“I would not be in favor of a move if it in any way put our citizens or our police department in any peril.”
That meeting is set for next Wednesday at 5 p.m.