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9-1-1 Dispatch Center to Merge with Centerville PDF E-mail

During the city council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the West Carrollton city council approved a contract that will merge the city’s emergency dispatch communications service with the city of Centerville.

Because of upcoming mandated digital upgrades to the emergency radio system and the financial impacts of recent state legislature decisions, the city was forced to re-evaluate the increasing costs of local emergency dispatch service.

The new five-year contract includes a first-year base cost of $244,495, with two-percent increases in the remaining years, and additional costs for each West Carrollton dispatcher who is hired by Centerville.

The contract also includes a provision that West Carrollton will receive a credit of the Public Safety Access Point (PSAP) fees, estimated at more than $30,000, which Centerville should collect if it becomes the fourth-largest PSAP in the county. These fees are obtained through a 9-1-1 surcharge that cell-phone customers pay. West Carrollton stopped receiving its share of these fees, due to state regulation changes, in 2009.

If West Carrollton did not merge its center, the city of Centerville would not collect any of this PSAP revenue after 2015. “With this merger, Centerville is projected to receive about $100,000 in 2016-2017 that it would not be able to collect otherwise,” said Police Chief Doug Woodard.

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Volunteers Needed for Local Commissions PDF E-mail

If you are interested in serving the community, there are openings on three different city volunteer boards and commissions.

One opening is available on the Recreation Board, which meets monthly to discuss various community sports and recreational opportunities in the community.

There is one opening on the Personnel Appeals Board, which meets only as needed to discuss employee issues.

The City Beautiful Commission, which works to improve the appearance of the community, also has openings. The CBC also hosts several events during the year and meets monthly.

To apply for any of the volunteer positions, residency in the City of West Carrollton is required. Please download the application and return to the Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave., West Carrollton, OH 45449. The City Council is responsible for appointing citizens to the volunteer boards.

 
Fire Capt. To Retire After 34 Years PDF E-mail

leanne  edCapt. Ed Huffman has been working as a West Carrollton firefighter since April 1, 1981 – when he was 18 years old.

On Feb. 23, 2015, he will retire after 34 years on the job. A retirement celebration for both Huffman and Leanne Nash, EMS Coordinator/Fire Prevention Officer, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the West Carrollton Nazarene Church, 550 S. Elm St.

Huffman started as a paid-on call volunteer and worked with his father, Ron Huffman, who was also a volunteer fire fighter from 1969 to 1984. His uncle Bob Slaton also worked in West Carrollton from 1970 to 1982.

“I grew up around the fire house, and it was just what I always wanted to do,” he said. “A lot of people don’t get to fulfill their childhood dream job,” Huffman said. “It’s really been an honor and privilege.”
Before earning the full-time West Carrollton captain’s position in July 1990, Huffman also worked in Mad River Township from 1985 to 1988 and in Miamisburg from 1988 to 1990.

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