Proposed end of Liberty 911 center called ‘death sentence’

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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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