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State Treasurer announces grants for distressed municipalities

More than $2.7 million awarded for infrastructure and public safety projects

LANSING – State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks today announced a total of $2.7 million is being awarded to 16 municipalities through the Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships (FDCVT) Grant Program.

Municipalities can participate in the FDCVT Grant Program if they are experiencing one or more conditions indicative of “probable financial stress” as defined in state law. The grants fund specific projects, services or strategies — including infrastructure and public safety enhancements — that move a city, village or township toward financial stability.

“This grant program helps those municipalities that have faced recent financial challenges,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “Infrastructure and public safety projects are critical services that residents depend on every day. By proactively assisting our local units of government, we are enabling our entire state to thrive.”

For fiscal year 2021, the Michigan Legislature appropriated $2.5 million for the program, with a $200,000 carryover from the previous fiscal year. The FDCVT Grant Program has a $2 million cap per municipality and grants are awarded based on applications submitted by the municipality.

The following communities will receive funding this year, with projects and amounts noted (alphabetical order):

— City of Allen Park — Water system enhancement through replacement of lead service lines — $200,000

– City of Benton Harbor — Water system enhancement through replacement of fire hydrants and water valves — $300,000

– Village of Burr Oak — Water system enhancement through replacement of water meters — $77,000

— City of Ecorse — Public safety enhancement through replacement of one ambulance — $188,000

— City of Flint — Public safety enhancement through installation of surveillance cameras and purchase of police body cameras — $183,505

— City of Gaastra — Water system enhancement through repair of water storage tank — $298,000

– City of Hamtramck — Public safety enhancement through purchase of police body cameras — $111,146

— City of Highland Park — Public safety enhancement through installation of streetlights — $100,000

— City of Inkster — Public service enhancement through infrastructure replacement of fire station building — $214,764

— City of Inkster — Water system enhancement through replacement of fire hydrants — $100,000

_ City of Lansing _ Public service enhancement through technology infrastructure upgrades — $30,000

— City of Lansing — Public service enhancement through technology upgrades — $100,000

— City of Melvindale — Public service enhancement through technology upgrades — $18,075

— City of Melvindale — Water system enhancement through replacement of fire hydrants — $131,200

— City of Muskegon Heights — Public safety enhancement through installation of surveillance cameras and purchase of police body cameras — $153,000

— Village of Ontonagon — Public safety enhancement through replacement of fire department rescue truck — $227,995

— City of River Rouge — Public service enhancement through renovation of dispatch center — $198,151

— City of Saginaw — Public safety enhancement through replacement of streetlights — $37,109

— City of Wayne — Public safety enhancement through repair of police building HVAC system — $35,000

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