Stow -- Creating a regional safety dispatch center may become a reality by mid-2017, if things go as officials from Stow, Tallmadge and Cuyahoga Falls hope.

The possibility of merging dispatch operations was the focus of more than 40 officials from the three cities as they met Tuesday at a meeting hosted by members of Stow City Council before an audience that included dispatchers and safety forces personnel, as well as members of the public.

Stow Mayor Sara Kline, Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters and Tallmadge Mayor Dave Kline addressed those in attendance to make a case for the regional dispatch center, proposed to be located in the Summit County Health Department building on Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

All three emphasized "the timing is right" for the creation of the project

Sara Kline stated, "Dispatch is essential to our communities, our residents and safety forces . . . there are few functions of local government more critical than dispatch."

Walters noted conversations on the issue have been taking place for about a year, with costs and efficiency reasons for the merger.

Dave Kline said "It's for our residents, for the betterment of all," and he fully supports the idea of merging.

See the Sept. 25 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.


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