What is there to study?
Sandusky city officials went, hats in hand, to the Perkins Township trustees' meeting Feb. 12 and outlined the options and benefits of combining dispatch operations -- and maybe even a police facility -- to be shared by the city and the township.
Trustees' Chairman Bill Dwelle and trustee Jeff Ferrell want to wait until the completion of a $90,000 feasibility study ordered by the Erie County Commissioners on a countywide dispatch system.
City officials have long maintained a joint city-township dispatch could stand on its own -- or, if desired, be the first step toward a countywide system. The city's ex officio mayor, Dennis Murray Jr., said as much to township trustees.
That's based on the findings of a committee of city and township residents that strongly recommended immediatate action on the proposal after a lengthy review of the pros and cons.
It's certainly conceivable a city-township partnership could demonstrate -- or even advance -- the feasibility of a countywide system.
However that shakes out, it's been demonstrated time and again, even before the difficulties New York ran into in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, that safety forces work better when they can talk to each other.
Those who resent Sandusky getting involved in Perkins affairs point out the city should solve its own problems before nosing into township business. Fair enough. Merging dispatch operations in the interests of efficiency would, in fact, solve a long-standing Sandusky problem. Given that Perkins Township's police share a corner of the township hall, it would solve a Perkins problem, too -- and save both entities money.
Think about that. Park the paranoia about the city taking over the township, or the township losing its identity, and think about the advantages.
Again, what's to study?