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Norton City Council votes to share dispatch with Copley, Barberton

By Beacon Journal staff

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In this file photo, Jeff Bogue, senior pastor and Dan Gregory, lead pastor at Grace Church on Cleveland Massillon Road watch as firefighters battle a past fire in Norton, Ohio. Norton’s fire and police safety dispatching will meld with Barberton and Copley Township. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)

NORTON: The City Council passed two pieces of legislation this week that would meld Norton’s fire and police safety dispatching with Barberton and Copley Township. The center would be in Norton.

Barberton and Copley previously approved similar measures for their communities.

Named the Southwest Summit Council of Governments, the regional body will utilize dispatch and other safety personnel from all three governmental bodies working together to ensure the safety for residents.

The city may drop from the agreement after two years and a 60-day notice should the pact, in the opinion of the council, prove ineffective or cost-prohibitive, Law Director Peter Kostov said.

The three communities also agreed to enter into a loan with the state to provide the necessary funds, up to $300,000, to consolidate operations.

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