The idea of a regionalized dispatch is one concept that many of the county's entities support. However, how we get there and its intended purpose(s) are a different story.
Tim McClung and Kim Nuesse are pushing immediate regionalization to reduce costs. It is not about the safety of the citizens they serve; rather, it is about the potential savings. Should savings be our first priority? Furthermore, who will benefit from the proposed savings?
Three city commissioners indicate Sandusky needs a new 911 system and linking with Perkins "makes financial sense". That may be true for now, but I am fairly certain that if you research this, you will find that some users have had to replace 911 systems due to increased usage. Will the proposed savings be used to replace the system if necessary?
I also think that Mr. McClung's assumption of influence by "opinion and personalities" is a situation arising from the relationship between himself, his department, and his superiors. This is not the core of the issue; it is the urgency to complete this union without any study to confirm this proposal is the best for all communities.
The allegation that this process was "hijacked" by the county seems dramatic. Although I understand Chief Nuesse's dismay over exclusion, the same occurred to the other townships and cities of Erie County. The first the citizens (and the county?) hear of the dispatch proposal is its presentation, and without a blink, some of the city commissioners appear ready to sign on the dotted line.
It is time for all entities to pull together with the county and make certain the feasibility study addresses the needs of each community.