Boardman OKs panel for radio-dispatch project oversight

By Ashley Luthern


Boardman trustees approved creating a council of governments last week to oversee a joint radio-dispatch project, and Austintown trustees are expected to do the same at their next meeting.

The two townships are sharing the cost of a $1.5 million Motorola radio system, which will enable both to meet new federal standards that all public-safety land-mobile radio systems change from analog to digital systems.

Boardman Administrator Jason Loree said the creation of a council of governments is “moving forward” on the entire project.

“It’s really a beginning point for regionalizing the radio system under the new digital guidelines,” Loree said.

The radio system connects emergency dispatchers with police officers on the road. Work is under way now to install three radio-dispatch consoles — instead of two — and one backup at each township dispatch center.

The extra console at each location can allow other entities to use the system.

Loree said there is a provision to allow additional members on the system through the council of governments. The Mill Creek MetroParks Police Department is expected to pay about $200,000 to use the radio system, which should be running by the end of this month.

“The council of governments will be the owner of the system,” said Austintown Administrator Mike Dockry.

Dockry said Austintown trustees are expected to approve joining the council of governments at their Nov. 13 meeting.

Austintown is picking up no more than $830,000 of the cost, which will be paid out over a maximum of 15 years, according to Vindicator files.

Boardman is contributing $750,000 using federal grants and its Law Enforcement Trust Fund that includes seized funds from drug raids.

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