REGISTER VIEWPOINT: MERGE

Sandusky City commissioners and Perkins township trustees have a huge opportunity to cut expenses and improve safety services in bot
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Sandusky City commissioners and Perkins township trustees have a huge opportunity to cut expenses and improve safety services in both communities. The call for regionalizing government services as a way to reduce expenses has been loud and strong, but actions in response to that call have been limited.

The decision in Huron and Margaretta Township to merge emergency dispatch operations stands out as the example of quality governmental action to serve the greater good. It is an example city and township leaders would be wise to follow, and build upon.

Leaders make a plan and lead by taking action. There perhaps never will be a better time for our leaders to sit down and talk about what it would take to build one strong and efficient police department where now there are two. Talk, plan, act.

Both Sandusky and Perkins need new police headquarters; both departments are currently without a permanent chief; both departments have revenue shortfalls that likely will mean cutbacks in road patrol and other police services in neighborhoods on both sides of Perkins Avenue.

City commissioners and township trustees would be remiss if they do not do the due diligence this moment in time demands. We urge government leaders in both communities to start talking about merging safety service operations.

There might never be a better opportunity for these discussions to begin in earnest. The conversation between these two communities is long overdue, and the times demand change. The potential cost savings and benefits a better and more efficient police force could produce are enormous and far outweigh the difficulties and challenges working against cooperation.

We strongly urge commissioners and trustees to ACT NOW.