The Press Newspaper
‘Innovation’ funding to be decided
The Local Government Innovation Fund Council scheduled a meeting June 1 in Columbus to review round 1 loan and grant applications and decide if they should be approved.
The LGIF was established to provide financial assistance to local governments for projects that provide more efficient service and collaboration.
The Ohio Department of Development is administering the program, which awards grants of up to $100,000 for feasibility studies; $100,000 in loans per entity for demonstration projects, and up to $500,000 in loans for demonstration projects for collaborating entities.
For more than a year, representatives of Lake Township, the cities of Rossford and Northwood, and the Village of Walbridge have been meeting informally to study if emergency dispatching services could be combined for all four communities.
After attending an informational session in January at Owens Community College to acquaint local officials with the LGIF, the local entities applied for funding.
Currently, Rossford and Walbridge contract with Lake Township for 24-hour 9-1-1 dispatch service through a call center located at a former Ohio State Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road the township purchased a few years ago.
Northwood handles its own emergency dispatching service at a facility in the police department on Wales Road.
One option being considered is to extend the software used by Northwood police for the proposed regional system.
The software supports the department’s computer aided dispatch system, which enables police to log onto a data base of arrest records and other reports from their vehicles.
According to the minutes of a recent commissioners meeting, the parties have filed an expedited petition for the annexation.
Rick Claar, a member of Elmore Village Council, said the parcels are residences along Ames Street and the owners want to link with the village’s sewer system.
To do so requires the parcels be located in the village, he said.