911 merger discussion continues in Warren

Warren Council discussed a 911 merger with Trumbull County

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A lot of questions and a lot of concern are two things that came out of a meeting Wednesday where a discussion was held about merging Warren’s 911 Center with the Trumbull County 911 Center.

There also was a lot of emotion.

“We need to stop the taunting, the tormenting and the teasing that they’re shutting us down and bye-bye. That is enough. We want to work with council. We want to work with the city. We want to make this work to keep our dispatchers here,” Warren 911 dispatcher Sandy Placanica-Frazeskos said.

There are many issues worth exploring. The big one is that Warren’s equipment will need to be replaced if the merger does not happen.

“We want to make sure that the system they would be moving to would have the same capabilities and capacities as the system in which they are currently operating,” Warren 7th Ward Councilman Eddie Colbert said.

One estimate is that Warren could save $400,000 a year by letting Trumbull County handle its dispatching.

“We have to be 110 percent sure it is the right move and at this point, I can’t see it is the right move for right now. But when you have financial problems, these kind of things come up,” Warren at-large councilman Dan Sferra said.

No decision was made and council did not give anyone authority to negotiate a deal with the county. But the issue will persist.

“Given the budget concerns which brought us to this place, we don’t want to rush, but we don’t want to dawdle either,” Warren Safety-Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said.

Trumbull County Commissioners are meeting Thursday to consider expanding the territory of the county 911 Center into Warren.

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