I-Team Waste Watch: Grant Giveaway
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:47 AM EDT
WYOMING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In November, the Newschannel 3 I-Team took a close look at the Wyoming Fire Department after an independent report blasted the city's manager for closing fire stations and understaffing the department.
The authors of the report called staffing "woefully inadequate," and told city leaders to spend more than $1 million to hire more people.
Now, the I-Team has discovered that when the opportunity came to accept $1 million in grant money to help the department, the City Manager turned it down, even as he accepted similar grants for the city's police department.
We dug deeper to figure out just why the city leader refused help from the federal government, free of charge for at least two years.
City leaders would have been able to add six new firefighters to a staff that's having a hard time keeping up with such high call volumes.
Newschannel 3 Chief Investigative Reporter David Bailey has been working on the story for five months, and has the latest in this Waste Watch Investigation.