GRANVILLE — After the heated disagreements and assertions made during recent meetings, the Granville Village Board has approved a contract with the county for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) to provide the village’s police department with dispatching services.
The approval came quickly and without much discussion during a special meeting held on July 3. Board member Jeff Greathouse passed on making a vote, and Jim Petit, the most outspoken board member against the proposal, voted against it.
“Approaching the village for payment of services wasn’t meant to be controversial or to cause a disturbance. Approaching Granville, as well as the other villages throughout the county, is strictly a long-overdue intergovernmental contract,” Putnam County Sheriff Kevin Doyle previously stated in response to the arguments.
The board agreed to a slightly revised agreement with an initially shorter term that will charge the board $5,558.64 for a pro-rated, 10-month period and $7,633.85 for the next year. Following that, the village can negotiate for four-year renewal terms.
Granville will receive approximately $1,000 a year in a reimbursement from the village of Standard in relation to its separate law enforcement services contract.
The other change to the agreement was the Granville Police Department must answer dispatched calls while on duty, which, according to information from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, is roughly 80 percent of the time. During the times when the Granville P.D. is off-duty, the PCSO will continue to cover the village.
Services included in the dispatching agreement include fingerprint and booking services, intoxilyzer, radio frequency, radio tower, records management data, and access to the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS).
According to Sheriff Doyle, these added services wouldn’t have likely been included in agreements with other area dispatching centers.
During the June 19 Granville Board meeting, Putnam County Board Chairman Steve Malavolti stated the proposed dispatching fees amounted to roughly 94 cents an hour.
The Granville Village Hall reported $173,595 was spent by the village last year to fund Granville’s own police department, not including additional insurance costs.