ESCANABA - Discussion of a tri-county facility housing Michigan State University Extension services is not a done deal, according to officials.
In September, Delta County approved a Tri-County MSU Extension agreement in support of joining together the Delta, Menominee, and Dickinson County Extension offices in one combined central location. Under the proposed consolidation, jointly-owned property at Pinecrest in Powers would serve as the base of operations for educators and 4-H coordinators, as well as MSU support staff for Dickinson, Delta and Menominee counties.
However, discussion is still occurring in regard to this potential change.
The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners had explored, but ultimately rejected, the tri-county proposal, as reported in the Iron Mountain Daily News.
Delta County Administrator Nora Viau said Dickinson County officials will be meeting this week to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Iron County to share a 4-H agent. Dickinson County currently splits a 4-H coordinator with Menominee County, Viau explained. This decision may impact the proposed consolidation.
"We're going to look at the contract that they've got with Iron County," said Viau, noting that, at the very least, the option will still be explored and discussion will continue with Menominee County on how to move forward.
The Delta County MSU Extension Office remains housed in its current location at the Service Center in Escanaba.