Keweenaw board approves spending for communications center

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http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=3571

Keweenaw board approves spending for communications center
Money will help pay for wiring in building
By KURT HAUGLIE, DMG Writer

EAGLE RIVER — A joint Keweenaw/Houghton County emergency command communications center is moving closer to completion as a result of action taken Wednesday by the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners unanimously approved spending a maximum of $1,500 for communications equipment wiring at the center on Hecla Street in Laurium.

Jack Dueweke, emergency services coordinator for Houghton and Keweenaw counties, said the building in which the center is located was purchased after the voters of Houghton approved the establishment of a 911 telephone system in 1998. After the Michigan State Police took over that function at its Regional Dispatch Center in Negaunee, much of the communications equipment in the Laurium building remained.

“It’s got more telephone lines than you’ll ever use,” Dueweke said.

About $20,000 has been spent on the center, Dueweke said, and it has telephone and radio equipment as well as access for laptop computers.

Having a central communications will greatly help with coordination of emergency personnel in the event of a major disaster, especially one that affects both counties, Dueweke said.

“I think it’s a good location for both counties,” he said. “The benefit to both counties if there’s a disaster would be immeasurable.”

The communications center does not replace each county’s 911 system, Dueweke said, but it will augment them in the event of a disaster.

The board also approved the recently completed Keweenaw Trail Executive Summary of the Keweenaw Trail Committee, which consists of Eagle Harbor, Grant and Houghton townships and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region.

The executive summary is a plan for establishing a non-motorized recreational trail system to run from the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Grant Township to the boundary with Houghton County.

Commissioner Don Keith said because Keweenaw County voters defeated a proposal to set a millage to establish a trail system, the plan from the Keweenaw Trail Committee is a good idea.

“I was disappointed (with the millage vote) but the people spoke,” Keith said. “This is too important an issue to let it die.”



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You will be lucky to get just one antenna installed for $1500. Either someone is smoking some weed or these guys think radio systems are much cheaper there in Michigan.

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http://www.mininggazette.com/stories/articles.asp?articleID=3571

Keweenaw board approves spending for communications center
Money will help pay for wiring in building
By KURT HAUGLIE, DMG Writer

EAGLE RIVER — A joint Keweenaw/Houghton County emergency command communications center is moving closer to completion as a result of action taken Wednesday by the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners unanimously approved spending a maximum of $1,500 for communications equipment wiring at the center on Hecla Street in Laurium.

Jack Dueweke, emergency services coordinator for Houghton and Keweenaw counties, said the building in which the center is located was purchased after the voters of Houghton approved the establishment of a 911 telephone system in 1998. After the Michigan State Police took over that function at its Regional Dispatch Center in Negaunee, much of the communications equipment in the Laurium building remained.

“It’s got more telephone lines than you’ll ever use,” Dueweke said.

About $20,000 has been spent on the center, Dueweke said, and it has telephone and radio equipment as well as access for laptop computers.

Having a central communications will greatly help with coordination of emergency personnel in the event of a major disaster, especially one that affects both counties, Dueweke said.

“I think it’s a good location for both counties,” he said. “The benefit to both counties if there’s a disaster would be immeasurable.”

The communications center does not replace each county’s 911 system, Dueweke said, but it will augment them in the event of a disaster.

The board also approved the recently completed Keweenaw Trail Executive Summary of the Keweenaw Trail Committee, which consists of Eagle Harbor, Grant and Houghton townships and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region.

The executive summary is a plan for establishing a non-motorized recreational trail system to run from the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Grant Township to the boundary with Houghton County.

Commissioner Don Keith said because Keweenaw County voters defeated a proposal to set a millage to establish a trail system, the plan from the Keweenaw Trail Committee is a good idea.

“I was disappointed (with the millage vote) but the people spoke,” Keith said. “This is too important an issue to let it die.”



Kurt Hauglie can be reached at khauglie@mininggazette.com
 

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I wouldn't think they would need a whole lot of money because up until a couple years ago that building was Houghton County's new dispatch center with all new equipment. The building was only used for a few years or so before they switched over to the Negaunee regional dispatch center.
 

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jim202 said:
You will be lucky to get just one antenna installed for $1500. Either someone is smoking some weed or these guys think radio systems are much cheaper there in Michigan.

Jim
No, no, Jim... Like yooper927 mentioned, the center on Hecla street referred to in the article is the former Houghton County E911 Dispatch Center. It is only a couple years old, and stock full of radios, phone lines, E911 consoles, etc.

There is a 150' antenna tower there, with several antennas mounted up.

The $1,500 is to be used to get the Emergency Management stuff wired up to the existing E911 stuff, so the center could be used in the event of a multi-county disaster.
 

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wogggieee said:
Don't remember when they switched to Negaunee dispatch, but was that after the 800mhz switch?
I don't remember exactly when, either, but it was sometime in 2005...
 

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Snipped from http://www.houghtoncounty.net/minutes/Minutes-12-14-2004.html

The Houghton County Board of Commissioners held a Regular Meeting / Public Hearings on Tuesday, December 14, 2004, in the Circuit Court Room of the Courthouse, City of Houghton.
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Commissioner Lahti announced the Public Hearing for the new E- 911 Service Plan was open. Commissioner Lahti stated the Public Hearing is regarding the move of 911 from Laurium to Negaunee. He then opened the floor for comment. Numerous Houghton County residents in attendance voiced their opinions and asked questions ranging from why the decision was not put to a vote of the people, when the move will take place, the cost to the County to have Negaunee dispatch, and the purchase of 800 megahertz radios. The Board answered the questions raised and listened to both pro and con comments. With no further comment, Commissioner Lahti announced the Public Hearing was closed for the E-911 Service Plan.
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So, in December of 2004, they were having public hearings regarding the upcoming move... :eek:
 

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I'm pretty sure that the move was made in 2005. They were not dispatching 800 from there at the time because no one could afford it. When they closed the Hecla St. location there was still 3 or 4 years of an additional 911 tax on our phone service. (We pay about the highest 911 rate in the State). The Commissioners decided to use that money and equip everyone with the 800 radios. It is mostly done now. I think the computers and nonessential equipment went to Negaunee.

I think Dueweke is having a wannabe attack. We would have to import a lot of people to even have a major disaster.
 
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