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Huntington Woods Opts Out of Public Safety Consortium Study

The project would have examined the feasibility of merging services between the city's Public Safety Department, the Berkley Public Safety Department and the Pleasant Ridge Police Department. 

The Huntington Woods City Commission on Tuesday night declined an invitation from Pleasant Ridge to join a fully funded public safety consortium study that also would have included Berkley, instead suggesting such an analysis would be more effective if it also encompassed Ferndale and Royal Oak.

Pleasant Ridge received a $132,000 grant in December for a three-month study that would have examined the feasibility of merging services between the Huntington Public Safety Department, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"huntington-woods-public-safety"} -->, the

Bob Hardy September 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM
i believe, given the economic climate that exists presently, it behooves our city to partake in any such study that could potentially be a benefit to all concerned. I believe this is a missed opportunity for our city. Furthermore, I really get tired of Mary White's attitude. She sounds more like a Detroit City Council member all the time (men's club members might agree.) She was not even present on time at the last meeting, when an up or down vote could have at least sped up the process for our good neighbors in Berkley and Pleasant Ridge
T. Scott Galloway September 21, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The City of Ferndale is interested in studying any and all models for sustainably delivering high quality police, fire and EMS services to our residents. A consortium or public safety district of the "Woodward 5" is an interesting starting point for further discussions. We look forward to investigating these and other opportunities to collaborate with our neighbors.
Deborah Canto September 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Rock on, Bob Hardy. Ferndale and Royal Oak are not interested in the Public Safety module because it upsets their separate fire and police identities. Pleasant Ridge was nice enough to invite Berkley and HW to participate - not everyone can be part of the 'planning' process all the time. HW should reconsider, or be stuck with the any State decision down the road, possibly one that causes much more consternation.
Linda Baker September 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I don't know how Ms Canto can be sure that Ferndale isn't interested, especially since Councilman Galloway is stating that they are - seems that the reasons that Pleasant Ridge citizens were upset with former incumbent councilpersons was their non transparency on issues - and a "plan" involves everyone especially when making decisions about public safety and funds. Seems that Ferndales Fire and or Police have had discussions in the past with other communities not being interested at that time, perhaps they were ahead of time, perhaps the time is right. Why not find out?
Nathan Schoenfeld September 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Makes more sense to team up with a nearby neighbor rather than someone who is miles away and across a major interstate to provide fire and medical services. Good for Huntington Woods! Seems "quite frankly" that the time frame for that studying this issue seems to keep changing according to Sherry Ball.

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