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Proposed end of Liberty 911 center called ‘death sentence’



Published: Sat, February 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

Liberty

The Liberty Fraternal Order of Police opposes the township’s plan to close Liberty’s 911 center and send all 911 dispatch operations to the Trumbull County 911 Center.

“By virtue of the trustees’ refusal, to date, to place a renewal [levy] on the ballot ... they’ve delivered a virtual death sentence to our community’s first line of defense,” said Liberty FOP President Robert Altier in a press release.

Township trustees and the administrator have said the Liberty 911 center has become too expensive with the wage increases its four dispatchers received over the past five years since the 1.25-mill levy was placed on the 2008 ballot. The levy funds 911 operations in the township.

Moving the dispatchers to the county would save the township $200,000 a year, said trustee Chairman Stan Nudell.

The four dispatchers would work for the county 911 in Howland Township if Liberty’s 911 operation is terminated, he said.

The Liberty FOP press release said Altier believes the trustees are making the decision “under the radar and on a fast track so the community will not be aroused.”

Nudell, however, said the trustees have taken their time on deciding and said nothing is finalized.

The union encouraged residents opposing closure of the township’s 911 dispatch center to appear at the next trustee meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the township administration building.


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1artful96(17 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I fought to defeat SB5 because I believe Americans have the right to collectively bargain. Now that this right has been protected in Ohio, Unions have to conduct themselves in a responsible manner. The tax payer needs a break, no one is losing their job - Someone is losing control of something they would like to keep. The right to hire and enrich a select few at the expense of a whole Community. There are many such examples in Trumbull County of wasted tax dollars. McDonald's Police, Fire and EMS services comes to mind as well as the entire McDonald School District. We can combine many many Services here in the County to free up money for Job creation, will we take this new road or will we be back in a few years to try to defeat another SB5 like bill and if we have to - how many Non-Union members will return to help? The defeat of SB5 was not a mandate for Unions to thumb their noses at compromise - failure to do so will result in decreased support among non-union members.

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2MRWIII(3 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

We voted for this a few years ago. It costs me $7.00 per month. If we voted for it, why dont we have a say so? I understand the saving of money, but if the money is already set aside for our 911 sevice, how is that saving money? Besides, how can Trumbull county pay new employees when they are strapped and are talking about giving employees time off? Please Come out to the meeting Monday. We already tried 911 with the county and it didnt work for Liberty, it hasnt changed.

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3jimbob(7 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I'm concerned that all these Trustee's want to do is move in a backward direction. They will not hire new officer's even though they have the money. They want to close the radio room so that Liberty Residents can be demoralized by Trumbull County Dispatch attitude and disrespect. The professionalism of the Trumbull County Dispatcher's have greatly declined. It would be a serious dis-service to the Liberty Residents to move this radio room. Wouldn't the township be paying a double LEADS fee if this move takes place? Paying twice for one service is kind of rediculous. So, lets talk savings..............!
On a seperate note, when are the Trustee's going to bounce the police chief out of here so that Liberty can get back to becoming a respectable place to live?

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4lib(12 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

There is no problem with having a county system. Allegheny County in Pittsburgh serves all the communities and there is no problem. The same is true in Mercer county. Both systems are digital data systems besides being call centers. The calls are automatically transferred to each community. That is what you can do with NEW TECHNOLOGY. Trumbull County has the newest technology. There is no reason for each community to have their own systems. Besides, nobody is going to lose his or her job.

The taxpayers cannot have one more penny added to their taxes in Liberty township. Township property tax rates are already at maximum. Lastly, the police had their own 911 system when they did not respond to emergency calls about Mary Rush and she died on her front porch having accidently locked herself out of her house. The police would not get out of their car to investigate her cries for help since it was raining and cold that night. People pleaded on 911 for assistance and the police did not act. So, whether you call that a homicide or not, it was a unnecessary death related to our own failed 911 system.

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5jimbob(7 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Lib,

You are raging douche bag! Let the Mary Rush thing go. You're starting to sound Chief Tisone. One bad call and you have to hang your hat on it to make the officers look bad. You're only making yourself look bad. The only reason for the 911 center wanting everyone to go there, is to keep the place open. Let’s be honest here, without our money they will simply fade away. Simply, the 911 center does not offer the level of professionalism (dispatchers) that we have here in Liberty. To revisit your assh*76le comment, what does the dispatchers or the radio room have to do with what officers do on the streets. NOTHING! DISPATCHERS DO NOT CONTROL OFFICERS.

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6ValleyForce01(2 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Funny how Chief Tisone can't be bothered to speak up for his 911 center I'm sure those people have his number - loyal to the end or not.

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