Representatives from Cleveland Heights, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid and University Heights cut the ribbon on a new regional dispatch center, called the Heights Hillcrest Communications Center, on Oct. 17.
Heights Hillcrest Communications Center is inside MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Medical Offices at 10 Severance Circle in Cleveland Heights and is the result of a seven-year process, said South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo during the ceremony. Each community put in $100,000 to fund the center, she said.
Cuyahoga County also provided $1 million to fund the center. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish called the day a “great day” and said the county has prioritized fostering regional cooperation.
“The county does a lot to support regional efforts, whether it’s sewers or roads or bridges and planning, lots of things,” Budish said. “I want to commend the cities of South Euclid and Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights and University Heights and Richmond Heights for coming together in a truly cooperative spirit to improve the lives of people in their community and it’s really a pleasure for us here in the county to make that happen.”
Income taxes for Heights Hillcrest Communication Center employees will be shared among the five communities, said Welo, with a portion of those taxes being used for maintenance of the center.
The communities will begin to move dispatch resources over to the communication center beginning Nov. 1 with South Euclid police and all communities are expected to be in the center by the end of February 2018.