Gov. Rick Snyder announces grants helping distressed municipalities with water, public safety, appraisal issues

Contact: Terry Stanton, Subscribe to Treasury Press Releases 517-335-2167
Agency: Treasury

February 3, 2015

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

Water system enhancement through improved waste management.

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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