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Grand Rapids committee votes down $500K CARES Act grant

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 18:51:16-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The city of Grand Rapids Committee of the Whole has voted down the acceptance of a $500,000 CARES Act grant.

The move came this morning in a 3-3 vote at a committee meeting.

The vote was on a resolution to accept the $500,000 grant of CARES Act funding from Kent County for crime prevention during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a staff report by Molly Clarin, chief financial officer in the city's Fiscal Services Department, to Mark Washington, city manager and liaison to the committee.

Before the vote, committee members and staff discussed the grant's public safety stipulations and adhering to them, as well as the Dec. 31 deadline to spend the funds.

Watch the vote here.