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City using FEMA grant savings for new projects

December 20th, 2013 - 8:20am

(PORT ANGELES)-- A FEMA grant that Port Angeles received back in 2009, may now provide the city with some additional and unexpected financial benefits.

That grant was originally issued to the city as a Port Security Grant in the amount of $416,416, and was meant to fund the purchase and installation of security cameras for the city's waterfront area. Funding for the grant was delayed, and in the interim, the costs for the equipment dropped dramatically. The cost savings resulted in nearly $100,000 of funds the city would now like to use for other projects.

Nathan West, the Director of Community and Economic Development for Port Angeles, says the city plans to use the "extra" money for security issues regarding fire services and additional lighting along the waterfront.

In addition, the city is still evaluating other ways to use the additional funds for the port area. As those ideas develop, the city will release more information.

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