Contact: Dan Heaton
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2019
Utility Permits Keeping Macomb County Strong
Wes Jonik spends almost all of his time at work thinking about power.
Jonik is an engineer with the Macomb County Public Works Office, which has been reviewing dozen of permit applications made by DTE and Consumers Energy to accommodate investments being made by the two utilities in Macomb County. Where the company’s work crosses a county drain, an MCPWO permit is necessary.
“Almost a third of our permit reviews so far this year have been for either DTE or Consumers. We work to turn those as quickly as possible while still ensuring they get a full review. Their investment in our power infrastructure is a vital part of the economic vitality of our community,” said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller.
According to DTE, the company is investing $23 million this year in Macomb County infrastructure improvements with $43 million more planned for 2021 and $39 million in 2022.
Consumers Energy is investing $58 million in projects in Macomb County this summer, primarily on a major north-south natural gas transmission line in the northwest portion of the county.
“We all have to work together on these projects,” Miller said. “As we’ve divvied up the work in our engineering plan review department, we’ve dedicated one of our engineers, Wes, to make utility company permit reviews his number one priority. These are jobs that most people will never see, but are critical to the well-being of our county.”
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