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May 27, 2013

Falls officials want grant administrator back at city hall

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The investment would pay for itself, Grandinetti argues, as the city could collect on those reimbursements immediately.

“There is money that has already been put out that needs to be reimbursed,” Grandinetti said.

Financially struggling cities like Niagara Falls rely on grants to help provide services. When cities fail to properly administer grants they are unlikely to be considered for funding in the future, Grandinetti said.

“When you live in a community that relies so heavily on soft money, you need a grant writer,” she said.

Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said the hope in cutting the grant administrator position was that city employees could do more with less in a particularly trying fiscal year.

“With our financial situation, I’d still like to see the department heads write their own grants,” he said.

Choolokian said the city is so strapped he is not sure they can afford to accept grants that require a match, even ones the city has already been awarded.

“I’m not even sure we have enough to do those,” he said.

The council is expected to discuss the grant administration issue with Dyster during the work session during Tuesday’s meeting before a final decision is made.

“We’ll ask questions at the meeting and then we’ll go from there,” Choolokian said.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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