Heated Debate Ends In County Approving Federal Grant

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A long, heated debate Wednesday as county leaders approved a $1.5 million dollar grant to help in planning for the future.

There was a packed house at the Sedgwick County weekly meeting. More than 20 people spoke up against the federal grant.

The money is offered to local governments to help in sustaining area communities in the future. Those opposed say taking the feds money will put restrictions on local residents.

"They will be making rules and regulations on where to live and how to live our lives," said Sandra Connary.

But Regional Economic Area Partnership President Joe Yager says his group is doing everything possible to make sure the federal government doesn't have its hands in making local decisions.

"We have been very diligent in looking through to make sure there is little impact," said Yager. "There is a lot of fear that they don't know what the plan is to look like."

Sedgwick is the first county of five area counties to accept the grant. The money will be used for future planning for the next three years.

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