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911 Options Considered; Citizen Feedback Sought PDF E-mail

Upcoming mandated digital upgrades to the city’s 9-1-1 radio system in 2016, along with a continuing shortage of staffers in the city’s dispatch communications center, is causing the West Carrollton city council to consider its options for future police and fire dispatch service.

During the council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Police Chief Doug Woodard outlined the options.
One option is to merge with the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center and the other is to fund the required upgrades (at a cost of $400,000-$500,000) and continue to operate a local dispatch center.
Each option has its drawbacks, said Brad Townsend, city manager. “It’s not an easy decision by any means,” he said.

Woodard said the police department has also discussed merging its center with other local communities – but no viable partnerships were identified.

Since 2008, the dispatch center has operated with four, instead of six dispatchers, which is optimal for staffing needs, according to Woodard.

One position was cut for budget reasons, and a lengthy hiring and training process has slowed the permanent replacement of the other position. This fall, the city saw the retirement of one long-time dispatcher and anticipates the resignation of another, who will transfer to another department, bringing the total staffers to three.

Chief Woodard said it’s difficult to fill the dispatcher positions when applicants are worried about their job stability.

However, while switching to the Regional Dispatch Center would save the city the initial costs of the digital radio equipment upgrade, the county offers no contractual guarantee on annual costs of service.

PSA K9 National Championships Nov. 8-9 PDF E-mail

The 2014 Protection Sports Association K9 National Championships will be held at West Carrollton’s Soccer Complex, 4800 Hydraulic Rd., on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-9.

Opening ceremonies for the canine obedience and protection event, hosted by the Southern Ohio Protection Sports Association (PSA), will start at 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 8. Admission is free to the event, which will also feature vendor displays.

About 25 dog-and-handler teams from the U.S. and Canada will compete for titles of ‘high obedience’ and ‘high protection’ as well as other achievements. Approximately 200 people, including decoys, judges and spectators, are expected to attend.

Make A Date for Nov. 7 Father-Daughter Dance PDF E-mail

The theme for this year’s Father-Daughter Dance in West Carrollton on Friday, Nov. 7, is “Frozen.”

Local dads and daughters are encouraged to dress up as Elsa, Anna, Hans, Kristoff, Olaf, or any other character from the movie “Frozen” at the annual event held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 7, at Fire Station 1, located at 125 W. Central Ave.

Advance tickets to the dance are $10 per pair, and $5 for each additional daughter. Tickets can be purchased from 8 to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave. The price increases to $15 per couple at the door.

The ticket price includes a party favor, snacks, and photo that will be mailed to the home. All girls will also receive a special gift to commemorate the occasion.

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