A report covering a feasibility study of a proposed regional emergency dispatching center in northern Wood County is expected to be completed by June at which time it will be presented to the elected officials of the jurisdictions participating in the study.
The study is being funded by a grant of $87,000 from the state’s Local Government Innovation Fund.
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday authorized spending $10,000 of the grant to retain Poggemeyer Design Group to see that the study complies with regulations covering the grant, said Mark Hummer, township police chief and administrator.
He expects the report to be completed by late May or early June, he said.
The township, cities of Northwood and Rossford, and villages of Millbury and Walbridge are conducting the study, which actually began before the grant was received - with police chiefs and administrative personnel meeting informally to discuss if dispatching service could be efficiently combined.
Rossford and Walbridge now contract with Lake Township for 24-hour 9-1-1 dispatch service that is housed in a former Ohio Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road and Northwood handles its own emergency dispatching service from the police department office on Wales Road.
The Village of Millbury contracts with Lake Township for police coverage.
Chief Hummer said Thursday the study group will seek what are called Requests for Qualifications from firms that will be used to assess the dispatching centers and related equipment.
Poggemeyer Design Group is also being retained to study how a regional system could be administered.
One possibility is the formation of a council of governments that would include a fiscal officer and a board to supervise operations, the chief said.
He said the state’s promotion of the LGIF program is an indicator that consolidation of public services where feasible is the trend for the future.