by Lauren Krupar
Cuyahoga Falls -- City Council approved spending $2.8 million June 11 to upgrade the city's dispatch services and expand the dispatch room at Fire Station 5.
The project will also include purchasing more than 200 new digital radios to be used with the county's digital radio system and installing five new dispatch consoles, which could provide services to Munroe Falls, Mogadore and Boston Heights in the future.
City officials said Cuyahoga Falls could provide additional dispatching services to those communities with the five consoles and could expand to other communities if needed. The planned dispatch room at Station 5 on Wyoga Lake Road has the ability to host 12 dispatch consoles if fully built out, city officials said.
If it shares the dispatch center with other communities, city officials said Cuyahoga Falls would benefit from improved communications between safety departments and from lowered costs.
Police Capt. Randy Rivers said the move would allow for future growth and provide additional safety.
"Just the size of the room over there at Station 5 allows for the potential of growth, and the geographical and physical location of Station 5 puts us in the safe zone," Rivers said. "We are trying to plan ahead."
As part of the upgrades, the city's dispatching and records hardware and software would be updated and a new microwave tower would be built near Fire Station 5 to better connect Cuyahoga Falls with the county system.
The project includes the radio purchases, the dispatch consoles and installation, the hardware and software upgrades, maintenance for the equipment and the microwave tower.
The purchases were approved 9-0 with Council president Don Walters (D-6) and member Doug Flinn (R-4) absent from the meeting.
City donates to school
Council also approved
9-0 the donation of a strobe light bar and switchbox to the Portage Lakes Career Center.
Police Chief John Conley said the strobe light bar is no longer needed by the city. He added the career center hopes to use the strobe light bar for a public safety program.
Council will meet at 6:15 p.m. June 18 in the community room of the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St. On the agenda is the subdivision plans for the GOJO property on Wyoga Lake Road, final plats of Meadow Run subdivision near Mud Brook, a grant application for the DARE program and other business.
Council also is expected to discuss a measure to increase city-run utility deposits, create a lien on delinquent water and sewer charges and establish additional fees.