- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials have announced $6.6 million in grants to local governments and agencies under a program that encourages consolidation of services to increase efficiency.

The state Treasury Department announced 16 grants Monday under the Competitive Grant Assistance Program.

The department says the program helps local governments offset the costs associated with mergers or consolidation of public services.

A $3.8 million grant goes to Oakland County for a collaboration with Wayne and Oakland counties to help launch the Great Lakes Water Authority, which is taking over operations of southeastern Michigan’s 4 million-user water system from Detroit.

The Treasury Department says East Lansing is getting $793,000 for an “active violence/shooter response team” for six fire departments.

And Mecosta County gets $602,000 for a morgue consolidation with Newaygo County.

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