The Menominee County Council of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to join the Michigan Public Safety Communication System to replace the communication system currently in use in Menominee County. County administrator Jason Carivou said, “The current system and infrastructure in use is old and dilapidated. “
Carivou says, “The county originally planned to build a new VHF radio system that would be owned and maintained by the county. However, once the county started exploring the VHF system, a number of factors more than tripled the initial cost of this plan, as well as the rental and maintenance costs which quintupled.
Menominee County has received total funding of $ 4.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The county has already allocated just over $ 500,000 of the COVID-19 lost income grant for 2020, which can be used for general government services. The transition to Michigan’s public safety communications system is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.