Village to take another shot at grant

Village Council hopes an on-again, off-again state grant will be on again. Council on Monday gave Village Manager Ryan Cotton the go-ahead to apply for a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for the purpose of purchasing a half-acre vacant parcel adjacent to Mill Point Park, at School and Exchange streets.
Marie Havenga
Jan 12, 2012


The land is often used for parking during overflow events at the village park.

The state trust fund board approved a $330,000 grant for the village in December 2010. It would have been used toward the purchase of the Mill Point property and eight other parcels that could have been included in Phase 2 of the Grand River Greenway, which was scheduled to extend from Division Avenue east to Leonard Road. But after neighbors voiced concern about the routing for the nonmotorized path, Village Council decided to drop plans for phase 2.

In August 2011, council attempted to amend and reduce the amount of the original grant so the village could still purchase the Mill Point Park parcel — but state officials said that could not be done, and the village had no other choice but to withdraw the grant request.

The deadline for the next round of trust fund grant requests is April 1. Approved projects will be announced in December, with funding coming through in 2013.

Village Manager Ryan Cotton said he estimates the village has “a 50/50 chance” of obtaining the $100,000 grant.

“It remains to be seen what other projects are submitted and what attributes they bring,” said Cotton, who has secured more than $5 million in grants and low-interest loans for the village since 2003. “It’s a matter of the final ranking the trust fund uses when they score the benefits of these projects.”

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