The Menominee County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan to join Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System to replace the communications system currently in-use in Menominee County. County Administrator, Jason Carivou says, “the current system and infrastructure in use is old and antiquated.”

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 caused the original cost for this plan to more than triple as well as leasing and maintenance costs to increase fivefold.”

Menominee County was allocated a total of $4.5 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has already allocated just over $500,000 of the grant money as loss revenue due to COVID-19 for 2020, which can be used for general government service. The switch to Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.