- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Buena Vista Township has found nearly $400,000 in unused grant money.

City Supervisor Christina Dillard announced during a Tuesday meeting that she found the grant balance, the Saginaw News (https://bit.ly/2mpLKAC ) reported. The $389,600 was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2010, as an Economic Development Initiative Special Project grant.

“I was going through some papers and came across a letter that stated that they were expiring grant funds,” Dillard said. “So I called to see if those funds were still available and I got a confirmation that they were going to expire on Friday, Sept. 17, 2017.”

The money was originally for a green-space project called The Towne Green Park, but that development was paid for through another grant, according to the township’s Downtown Development Authority.

The township has until September to spend the grant money on economic development projects, which Dillard said she’ll find from Buena Vista’s master plan draft.



“Between our commissions and committees and residents, the main goal of the master plan was to decrease blight,” she said. “We planned to apply for grants for that, but hopefully this could be something we could use that for.”

Some residents have also asked the township for sidewalks and street repairs. Dillard said she is in contact with the grant coordinator and would use residents’ input as a guiding factor “for initiatives around the township.”

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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