EagleHerald Staff Writer

MENOMINEE—The Menominee County Board of Commissioners last week discussed the potential future purchase of a detective’s vehicle for the county sheriff’s department.

Currently, Menominee County Sheriff Mike Holmes is interested in a 2021 Chevy Blazer, which would cost about $28,680, plus delivery costs. The dealership is in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Menominee County Administer Jason Carviou said this vehicle could be paid for partially from a Hannahville grant and from the money the county received from salvaging a totaled patrol vehicle.

“The county board actually has to allocate where that money (from the salvage) goes back to, but in this case, that vehicle was bought with the road patrol millage so the money must go back to the road patrol,” Carviou said.

The Hannahville grant designated for a new vehicle totals $26,401 and the extra money from the salvaged vehicle amounts to $12,950.

Carviou said he believes the money to purchase this vehicle is already budgeted without using the $12,000 from the salvage. “I don’t think you need to change the budget too much at this time, if you do purchase the vehicle.”

Holmes said the new vehicle would be a common vehicle that would not be out-fitted with the lights and cameras that a typical patrol vehicle is.

“We purchase more common vehicles for our detectives so its easier for them to be undercover. It’s a Jeep Cherokee, a Blazer, a pickup truck, these are vehicles that are very common and you see on the road every day,” Holmes explained to the board. “These vehicles are driven by the detectives for a minimum of six years. So we’ll get our money out of them.”

He explained the previous detective vehicle was fully-outfitted as a patrol vehicle because the detective was also a uniformed officer. However, the county’s new detective is not a uniformed officer and his vehicle does not need to be nearly as well-equipped.

The previous vehicle is now being utilized as a patrol vehicle.

The board gave Carviou a consensus thatit would be willing to look into the vehicle and he will reach out to the dealership for a solid quote on the vehicle.

In other action, the board:

Æ Authorized the use of up to $20,000 from the Parks Improvement Fund for creating a website for online reservations

Æ Approved a proposal from Konect to create an online reservation’s website

Æ Discussed a resolution reaffirming the Menominee County Road Commission as the delegated authority for maintaining the lake level at Shakey Lakes, which will be voted on at the next meeting.