Hilliard Northwest News

Consolidation of dispatching services

Hilliard will apply for state grant to fund feasibility study


Hilliard City Council on Sept. 10 adopted a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a Local Government Innovation Fund grant from the state of Ohio.

Hilliard, together with Norwich Township and the city of Upper Arlington, will apply for the grant to study the feasibility of a multijurisdictional consolidation of emergency dispatching services.

City officials hope the grant would fully fund the cost of the study.

Hilliard previously discussed combing emergency dispatching services with Dublin and Worthington, but the scope of the current study does not include those cities; however, Hilliard could join with those cities at a later date, officials said.

In other business, council members adopted resolutions:

* Approving an updated Franklin County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

* Supporting an application by the Franklin County Engineer's Office seeking financial assistance for a project to construct a replacement bridge on Cosgray Road north of Scioto Darby Road.

* Approving the appointment of Hilliard Council Clerk Lynne Fasone and Recreation and Parks Director Steve Mazer to the board of trustees of the new Solebrate! festival.

* Approving a memorandum of understanding between Hilliard and HWallace Enterprises for a potential Bo Jackson's Elite Sports training facility at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park.