WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Wood County is one step closer to having a regional dispatch center, after the state gave a grant to some northern communities in the county.
Lake Township, Rossford, Northwood, and Walbridge all have stake in the grant. Police in those communities said a combined emergency dispatch center would save money and lead to faster response times.
The grant does not mean the project will definitely happen, but it does give law enforcement the tools to move forward.
The state is giving $400,000 in an innovations grant, which is meant to cover consulting fees and feasibility studies. Once that is done, the individual councils and boards will have to approve combining dispatch services.
According to administrators, this is about more than putting everything under one roof. The project would also include a council of governments. The goal would be to ensure bigger communities do not overshadow smaller towns and villages when it comes to making important decisions.
Administrators said this is an opportunity to improve several areas of city services.
"By combining together, it gives us an opportunity to provide for cost savings and/or improved governmental services. And the other side of it is, our goal is, to provide as an entity, that each governmental unit has stake in its operation," explained Ed Ciecka, Rossford city administrator.
Rossford expects the study to take less than one year.