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City Rejects Grant That Would Hire More FFs

Associated Press

June 16, 2011

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Grand Island has rejected a federal grant that would have paid the full salary and benefits for six new Grand Island firefighters for two years.

The Grand Island Independent is reporting that the City Council allowed Fire Chief Troy Hughes to apply for the grant in June 2009.

The city won the grant offered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but it was rejected by the city administration without being presented to the council.

Hughes says the grant would have required the city department to maintain the same staffing levels for two years, which posed financial risks for the city.

Administrator Mary Lou Brown says staff additions eventually require additional space to do their work. She says the city needs to make its staffing decisions “within a strategic framework.”