Thursday, July 24, 2014

City-county summit considered

By The Herald Staff | 5/19/2014

There’s room for collaboration between the city and county.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Monday discuss the possibility of establishing a City of Ottawa and Franklin County joint summit to formally explore the goals of each entity.

There’s room for collaboration between the city and county.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Monday discuss the possibility of establishing a City of Ottawa and Franklin County joint summit to formally explore the goals of each entity.

Don Stottlemire, commissioner, voiced support for expanding the scope of the discussion to include officials from the other cities in the county, since he represents communities other than Ottawa, he said.

The county and City of Ottawa have the most to discuss, Lisa Johnson, county administrator, said, leaving the door open for separate meetings with officials from other communities. A conversation between the county and it’s largest city would help build collaboration on a variety of projects, including existing ventures like the 911 dispatch center, where Johnson noted room for relationship growth exists.

“I think it’s worthwhile,” Steve Harris, board chairman, said, agreeing with Johnson. “When we boil this down to just two entities, the city and the county, we can certainly be more focused on and be able to get to that point of truly what our visions are and what our goals are that we can truly work on and collaborate together on, because we do have overlapping things that occur that we probably go off on our own path.”

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