By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that 11 Michigan cities will receive Financially Distressed City Grants on May 11, with Ecorse and Melvindale being the only two Downriver cities among the beneficiaries.
In southeast Michigan, Inkster, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park and Royal Oak also will benefit from the state’s Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships Grant Program.
The current FDCVT Grant Program will fund $3 million statewide in infrastructure and public safety enhancements, with the goal of helping the municipalities’ financial stability.
Melvindale will receive $452,609 for public service equipment replacement and $189,580 for public safety enhancement through patrol vehicle and equipment replacement.
The city’s award was more than any of the other Michigan cities receiving FDCVT grants.
City Administrator Richard Ortiz said the award is great news for the city.
“The state of Michigan FDVCT grants will assist the city of Melvindale with much needed funding for the police department and the Department of Public Works,” he said.
Ortiz said the departments receiving grants are vital to the city, and the grant awards will benefits residents, businesses, city employees and even city visitors.
“The grants will allow the city to use its limited financial resources to provide other emergency services,” he said, and reiterated the city’s heartfelt appreciation for the state funding.