Niles dispatchers to stay on job

The new funding configuration is part of a plan required by the state to bring the city out of fiscal emergency

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Niles City Council voted  unanimously to move money around to keep the city’s dispatchers on the job.

According to the Tribune Chronicle, the city approved a proposal that would allow city leaders to take money from three departments city dispatchers handle calls for and use it to help pay their salaries.

The light, water and sewer departments will contribute an amount proportional to the call volume the dispatchers handle when the departments are not manned, as determined by a yearlong time study compiled by Jill Montevideo, president of the dispatchers union. The time study was certified by city and state auditors.

The new funding configuration is part of a plan required by the state to bring the city out of fiscal emergency within five years.

Dispatchers have been funded through the city’s general fund. The ordinance adopted Wednesday designates money from the enterprise funds of the three other departments, which are operated on the fees of their customers. Those departments will contribute about 36 percent of the $290,000 a year cost for the dispatchers.

In addition to adjusting how the dispatchers are paid, the three full-timers and five part-timers also made concessions worth $144,000 this year, $120,000 in 2017 and $139,000 in the following years to keep their jobs in the city rather than go to the Trumbull County 911 Center in Howland.

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