Dublin Villager

2014 budget proposal

Emergency services dispatching will require new personnel

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin is expecting to see 10 new staff members in 2014.

In the proposed 2014 budget, 10 new full-time and four new part-time positions were requested in the human resources, street and utilities, police and events administration departments.

The largest request for new staff comes from the police department.

As Dublin prepares to take on emergency dispatching services for Hilliard Police and the Norwich Township Fire Department, Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said six new staff members will be needed to staff the communications department.

"We're adding five dispatchers and one supervisor in the next year," he told council during a Nov. 6 budget workshop.

The addition of six new communications workers will bring the department to capacity in its current space, von Eckartsberg said.

"If we contract with other (municipalities) we will be out of room," he said, noting that money has been designated in the capital improvements program for design of a communications addition.

The new communications staff, training and other related expenses will cost about $1.9 million, von Eckartsberg said.

The proposed 2014 budget for the Dublin Community Recreation Center did not have many changes from 2013, but a space study will come soon.

Councilman John Reiner said he's seen the recreation center crowded and heard complaints from residents.

Although the pool and gym space for basketball, volleyball and other sports are in high demand, Matt Earman, Director of Recreation Services said, other areas ebb and flow.

"It really does depend on when you show up," Earman said.

A study will be done this fall to look at space issues, Earman said.

Councilman Michael Keenan suggested looking at other space outside the recreation center and Earman said the study would include that.

"We may not need to build infrastructure, but maybe we need to get more creative," Earman said.

In the communications department, money has been allocated to do marketing for the Bridge Street District and to get the word out about construction coming at the end of 2014 on the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 interchange, said Communications Director Sandra Puskarcik.

The department also budgeted to print a map of Dublin's bike trails in 2014.

Council will meet for another workshop on the 2014 budget at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

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