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Three Flint projects still moving forward despite questions surrounding grant money

Flint City Council approves moving forward with three programs with federal grant money.(Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WSMH)

The Flint City Council had more questions than answers about moving forward with spending $422,000 in community grant money which has gone unused. Two weeks ago, the city council voted to use the money to purchase a new firetruck, replace a roof on a city business center, and fund part of an investment run by the North Flint Reinvestment Corporation. However, the Department of Housing and Urban Development contacted the city with questions about the grant money, and the procedure the city used to reallocate it. City of Flint Department of Planning and Development Director Susan Wilcox believes the money will be used according to guidelines.

“I wouldn’t say a one, or two, week delay would hurt the process. But I do feel like we are in the process of handling their questions. Most of the issues are misunderstandings from what was reported,” Wilcox says.

The City of Flint will continue with their due diligence on the three programs, but will not allow any signed contracts until the questions with the Housing and Urban Development is cleared.

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