REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Long past time for leadership, combined dispatch

Ex-officio Mayor Craig Stahl says it's time for Sanduskyto combine dispatch operations with the Perkins Township Police Department a
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Ex-officio Mayor Craig Stahl says it's time for Sanduskyto combine dispatch operations with the Perkins Township Police Department and push for a combined new headquarters for the two departments.

Yes. Yes. Some city leaders and law enforcement professionals knew this full well more than a year ago and the opportunity to have already saved $200,000 has been squandered.

But tut, tut. It was a good idea then and it's a good idea now. We say it's a good thing Stahl has re-ignited the drive commissioners Dan Kaman and Dave Waddington never stopped supporting and it's time Perkins Township trustees Bill Dwelle and Tim Coleman have the courage to take a clear stand on this important issue.

The process of combining Sandusky and Perkins emergency dispatch operations has challenges but is not mired in bureaucratic hurdles. The groundwork has been laid, the timeframe can be tight, and the savings will be substantial and immediate as services are upgraded.

This is a no-brainer.

But Perkins trustee Jeff Ferrell needs to step aside and offer no input on this issue. He also should explain to voters why he hasn't shared with them the fact the Ohio Ethics Commission ruled in November that his votes on the issue would be inappropriate. He needs to publicly recuse himself from further debate. And given the likelihood future township issues will have an impact on the city, face the possibiity he will have to sit out many future crucial township issues -- leaving township residents to wonder how effective a leader he could be.