Gov. Rick Snyder today awarded $8 million to eleven municipalities to fund various improvement projects, including water system and street lighting enhancements and technology upgrades through the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages, and Townships Grant Program.
Municipalities are eligible for the grants if they are experiencing one or more conditions indicative of “probable financial stress,” as defined by Public Act 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act.
“Municipalities receiving this special funding are some of the areas hardest hit by the Great Recession,” Snyder said. “I am pleased we can offer funding assistance to help these local governments improve various public services their taxpayers and residents expect and deserve.”
Under the grant program, funding may be used to pay for specific projects, services, or strategies that move a city, village, or township toward financial stability. There was $8 million appropriated for the program with a $2 million cap, per local unit.
The following communities will receive funding this year, with projects and amounts noted (alphabetical order):
- City of Benton Harbor $475,000 Complete a property reappraisal to provide updated and accurate assessing records. Additionally, community enhancement through blight management and sidewalk replacement.
- City of Benton Harbor $434,960 Water system enhancement through water main replacements and fire hydrant repairs.
- City of Ecorse $350,000 Public safety enhancement through improved street lighting.
- City of Flint $1,100,000
- City of Flint $900,000 Water system enhancement through leak detection and pipe assessments.
- City of Hamtramck $167,860 Complete a property reappraisal to provide updated and accurate assessing records.
- City of Hamtramck $50,000 Upgrade City Hall security.
- City of Hamtramck $404,600 Public safety enhancement through improved street lighting.
- City of Highland Park $2,000,000 Water system enhancement through meter replacement, leak detection, and system repairs.
- City of Inkster $73,460 Complete a property reappraisal to provide updated and accurate assessing records.
- City of Inkster $150,000 Water system enhancement through fire hydrant repairs.
- City of Inkster $30,000 Provide a backup power source for public safety.
- City of Inkster $240,000 Public safety enhancement through the creation of a multi-jurisdictional narcotic team.
- City of Inkster $41,970 Public safety enhancement through police officer training.
- City of Inkster $320,000 Public safety enhancement through the deployment of an additional police officer.
- City of Lincoln Park $143,490 Public safety enhancement through updated technology.
- City of Melvindale $88,000 Public safety enhancement through fleet replacement of police vehicles and updated technology.
- City of Pontiac $125,000 Community enhancement through blight management.
- City of River Rouge $591,508 Public safety enhancement through improved street lighting. Additionally, infrastructure replacements to City Hall.
- Royal Oak Township $86,559 Public safety enhancement through improved street lighting
- Royal Oak Township $217,593 Public safety enhancement of police services.
All appropriated funding has been awarded. No future rounds will occur in FY 2015
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