Saturday, June 2, 2012
Beachwood, Shaker Heights among communities to study feasibility of regional dispatch center
Beachwood and Shaker Heights are among five communities that will use a $50,000 grant from the state to study the feasibility of a regional dispatch center. The Ohio Local Government Innovation Council approved more than $3.4 million in grants and $2.9 million in loans to 51 projects across the state today. The new program encourages collaboration and creative, new ideas to help communities save money on services. "Teamwork leads to great successes. Today's investments foster collaboration that will ensure valuable services are delivered, while overcoming financial issues that plague many local communities," said Christiane Schmenk, Director of the Ohio Department of Development in a press release. "The large response to this new program …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Pepper Pike City Council approves plan to move dispatch to Beachwood
We are hearing about more and more cities joining forces to cut costs on emergency services. Pepper Pike could move its emergency dispatch services to the Beachwood Police Department, said Police Chief Mark Sechrist. “The beauty of this one is that we’re going to be able to do this and maintain the same level service for everyone,” Sechrist added. Pepper Pike would cover the costs of three more dispatchers in Beachwood, and the departments would share the equipment and computers in the Beachwood dispatch center. Pepper Pike’s dispatch staff of three is not large enough to cover the phones 24/7. One city could be busy while another is quiet, Sechrist said, so by putting everyone in the same room, the cities will see better service. Mayor …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
City will join regional effort to evaluate feasibility for regional dispatch center
Beachwood City Council approved a measure to join four other cities to evaluate the possibility of a regional dispatch center at Tuesday’s council meeting. The measure called for Beachwood to join an application for a state grant of $100,000 to conduct the study for the feasibility of the joint project with the Eastside Departments Group Enforcement (EDGE). EDGE includes Beachwood, Euclid, South Euclid, Shaker Heights and University Heights. If the grant is awarded, Beachwood will pay up to $2,000 toward the grant’s required 10 percent match. Read the full ordinance, as well as the full results of the council meeting, on the PDFs to the right.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Money to be used to study feasibility of regional dispatch center
City Council will consider an ordinance to join four other communities in a feasibility study for a possible regional dispatch center at tonight’s meeting. The five cities – South Euclid, Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Euclid and University Heights – are applying for a $100,000 state grant to conduct the study. The five cities make up the Eastside Departments Group Enforcement (EDGE), a project to explore sharing services among police departments. Council meets at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall. Click on the PDF to the right to see the full agenda, and watch Beachwood Patch for complete coverage.