The Massillon Independent recently reported on discussions that the Tuscarawas Township trustees are having about their garage radio system.
Among the various options discussed by trustees and township fiscal officer Debbie Maier who is the wife of Stark County Democratic Party chair Johnnie A. Maier, Jr. (according to a STARK COUNTY POLITICAL REPORT [The Report] Tuscarawas Township source)
The Report believes it would be a disservice to township residents and taxpayers for the trustees to buy the radio system they are considering for the $17,000 quoted them unless the system would integrate completely into the Stark County 800 radio system that eventually will adopted by all of Stark County's emergency forces.
The Stark County system is a "state of the art system" which enables all users to talk to one another without the need for three or four radios/cellphones, et cetera. Moreover, The Report believes it is a safety issue (e.g. mutual aid) for Tuscarawas Township residents to integrated access to the Stark County system.
The Report suggests that township taxpayers insist the trustees (including state representative candidate [50th] Celeste DeHoff) look into whether or not the county system would be the best service for Tuscarawas Township's citizens.
Question: Are the reports of Tuscarawas Township public officials discussing upgrading the township's radios and example of counter-productive intergovernmental fragmentation that is so rampant in the county?