“Some of us have been more immediately interested due to our geographic proximity,” said Horn. “The grant would allow us to refocus and expedite the process. We’re already doing some things together, such as sharing our police databases.”
Ohio 48 — Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood and Kettering, Main Street in Centerville — connects the three cities. The main trunk of Oakwood’s underground fiber-optic cable runs just below Far Hills.
“Our governor and leaders in Columbus have told us often that we need to work together more and share services,” he said. “We might learn whether this will be funded by last October. We could get started on it as early as December.”
Horn said the cities could combine servers, phone systems and security systems while linking traffic systems, community libraries, schools and courts.
“Using this to create revenue is not driving this so much as reducing redundancies and being more efficient, but there might be an opportunity to offer backup capability for private facilities,” he said.
“A century ago, cities were trying to hook up their streets so you didn’t go from four lanes in one, to two lanes and then one in another. This is just a different type of highway.”
Oakwood installed its system in the mid to late 1990s during an overhaul of traffic signals in the city.
City manager Norbert Klopsch said it replaced an unreliable system that relied on World War II-era copper wiring.