Six counties — Eaton, Mecosta, Oakland, Oceana, Ottawa and St. Clair — are among local governments landing funds via the “Competitive Grant Assistance Program” for work they are doing on “mergers, consolidations, interlocal agreements and cooperative efforts,” the Treasury Department announced Tuesday.
All together, the six counties will receive about $4.5 million.
Oakland will receive the lion’s share of that sum, $3.8 million for “collaboration by three counties to form the Great Lakes Water Authority” to fix and upgrade the Detroit water system.
The amounts and purposes for the other awards are:
- Eaton, $10,0001, for collaboration by area communities to determine the feasibility of shared recycling services.
- Mecosta, $601,641, for consolidation of morgue services with Newaygo County.
- Oceana, $13,750, for collaboration by area communities to determine the feasibility of shared fire services.
- Ottawa, $31,588, for consolidation of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office with the Village of Spring Lake/City of Ferrysburg Police Department.
- St. Clair, $10,500, for collaboration with Sanilac County to determine the feasibility of shared public health services.
For more information on the program, visit its official Web page.