Michigan Mayor Vows to Refuse Federal Grant

A Michigan mayor is at odds with the city council over accepting an $8-million federal grant to recall laid-off firefighters, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Taylor council members voted 5-2 to override Mayor Jeff Lamarand's veto of a resolution directing him to accept the money. They also voted 5-2 to hire an attorney to represent them to find a way to accept the grant, Councilwoman Jacklyn Molner said.

The dispute involves a two-year Staffing For Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It would allow the city to recall some of the 32 firefighters laid off since August -- a move that reduced their ranks to 24 on duty, a number some council members say is unsafe for the city.

But Lamarand has warned that, by accepting the grant, the city could be responsible for as much as $1 million to cover pension benefits and vacation and sick days that were not taken by the recalled firefighters.

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