The Muskingum County Commissioners are supporting resolutions that could ultimately lead to the merging of the county and city of Zanesville law enforcement dispatch centers.
Executive Director of the Planning Commission Andrew Roberts met with the commissioners on Thursday to discuss local government innovation funds. He said it’s a pool of money that can be used for shared services.
"We are going to make application, hopefully next week, for some grant funds that we can use to put a feasibility study together, just to have a third party look at our dispatch centers in the county and see if there’s anything we can do to combine them and save the county and the city money at the same time," said Roberts.
Roberts is asking for a $50,000 grant, and the county and city are each contributing $2,500. However, he said this subject has been addressed several times before.
"We think that probably one of the better ideas is to get a third party that’s completely independent to take a look at our situation and just give us some feedback," said Roberts. "That’s not to say that any of this stuff is going to get done. Once the feasibility study is over, if nobody likes it, then it can be put on the shelf, but it’s just something that we really need to look into."
If both the county and city agree to the terms outlined in the feasibility study, Roberts said the same program offers a 12 year, 0% interest loan that would help implement those terms.