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Alpena County approves virtual 911 center & new website

Submitted by on April 28, 2010 – 6:06 amNo Comment

Alpena County Commissioners are pursuing a 3 year deal with a company that promises to provide a free website to promote the area.

CGI Communications says the website will come at no cost to county and will promote local businesses, schools, restaurants, culture and more.  The company will make money by selling advertising space on the website to local companies.

Commissioners view the offer as another tool that can only help the local economy.

The proposal from CGI was recently received and still needs to go through legal review before County Chairman Cam Habermehl will sign on the dotted line.  In addition, commissioner Gerald Fournier wants to make sure the contract includes an “out clause” for both parties.

Commissioners Tuesday, also approved the creation of a virtual 911 center with Alcona County.  The two counties will share common resources which is expected to save both parties money in the long run.  The virtual consolidation is estimated to cost more than $420,000. 

All but about $85,000 will be covered by a grant.  Alpena and Alcona will split the balance, which will be paid for with 911 funds. 

Michael Szor, Alpena County 911 Director, says the agreement will enhance 911 services to citizens of both counties.