Dialing upgrades

Joining in on Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for collaboration, Grand Haven officials are looking at new telephone options with the help of other communities in Ottawa County.
Alex Doty
Dec 6, 2012


Grand Haven City Council recently approved submitting an $18,750 grant application that would help cover the cost of a $60,000 study on telephone collaboration between various government entities in the county.

“There’s some sophisticated stuff out there that, by ourselves, we wouldn’t be able to afford,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “We’re looking to elevate our game, but we can’t do it ourselves.”

McGinnis said that in addition to Grand Haven, local school districts, surrounding cities and townships, and even the county, are looking to be a part of the telephone collaboration.

“As we’ve progressed, we’ve picked up the cities of Holland and Zeeland,” McGinnis said. “I have a feeling that this could have a big county flavor.”

Earlier this week, Grand Haven Area Public Schools officials voted in favor of participating in the collaborative study, and other municipalities are looking to get on board.

“Meeting after meeting, we sit around (the council chambers) and everyone shows up,” McGinnis said of the participating communities.

McGinnis said participants with 100 or more lines would pay $5,000, and those with fewer than 100 lines would pay $2,500. This figure, he noted, could change if more communities sign up.

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