Manistee, Mich. —Manistee public safety agencies received nearly $160,000 in grants with revenues generated by the Little River Casino Resort. The Manistee Local Revenue Sharing Board announced the award recipients at its Cycle II Grant Awards meeting Monday.

 

The revenue sharing board receives two percent of electronic gaming profits from the Little River Casino Resort. The Board is required to distribute nearly 12 percent of that amount through public safety grants, meet its payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) obligations and then award additional public safety or other lawful local government purpose grants if desired. Representatives from Manistee County, the City of Manistee and Manistee Township sit on the Board.

 

“The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians began gaming as an economic tool to strengthen government services,” said Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli. “We strive to provide economic development and jobs for members of both our tribe and community. We are pleased to see how revenue sharing payments are contributing to our community.”

 

The Board accepted 11 of the 26 local public safety applications, eight of which received the full funding requested.

 

The following public safety grants were awarded in full:

  • $20,000 to Manistee County on behalf of the Manistee County Planning Department for partial funding for a contractual GIS Analyst II, who will work with the planning department for the auditing of GIS databases, which are integral to emergency management and 911 services;
  • $19,305 to Bear Lake Township on behalf of the Bear Lake Township, City of Manistee, Onekama, Norman, Filer and Maple Grove fire departments for the purchase and coordination of equipment (144 Nomax hoods, 144 Dragon fire structure firefighting gloves and 144 extraction gloves);
  • $16,000 to the City of Manistee on behalf of the City of Manistee Fire Department for the purchase of a fire safety training trailer commonly used by fire safety educators around the State of Michigan;
  • $8,000 to Manistee County on behalf of the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office for tuition expenses to attend Northwestern’s School of Public Staff and Command, which is being hosted by Manistee County in 2017;
  • $7,500 to Onekama Township on behalf of the Onekama Township Fire Department for the purchase of a Lucas Chest Compression System, which would be placed in the township’s emergency medical response vehicle;
  • $7,020 to Manistee County on behalf of the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office to update the dive team’s AGA masks and communications that will work in conjunction with other dive units for both safety and universal communication consistent with other team’s equipment;
  • $4,000 to the City of Manistee on behalf of the Manistee City Police Department to pay tuition of one position attending the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command; and
  • $3,512.35 to Onekama Township on behalf of the Onekama Township Fire Department for the purchase of miscellaneous adapters and supply hoses to allow firefighters to better serve the community during times of emergency.

 

The board awarded partial funding to a trio of larger public safety requests. Those grants are as follows:

  • $28,524 to Norman Township on behalf of the Norman Township Fire Department to replace four self-contained breathing apparatuses;
  • $21,000 to Manistee Township on behalf of the Manistee Township Fire Department to purchase refurbished air packs that are compliant with the 2007 version of NFPA 1981 and NFPA 1982; and
  • $15,000 to Manistee County on behalf of the Manistee County Maintenance Department to partially fund the replacement and upgrade of 16 existing security cameras in the courthouse building.

 

Additionally, the board awarded one of two other lawful local government purpose grant applications. Brown Township’s request for $10,000 to upgrade the Brown Township Hall was approved.

 

The board also approved more than $1.1 million in PILT (payment in lieu of taxes). The $1,149,530.11 goes to local government entities to pay the taxes they would receive if the Little River Casino Resort was not on tax-exempt lands.

 

The receiving entities are:

  • West Shore Community College ($98,065.44);
  • Manistee Intermediate School District ($72,977.16);
  • Manistee Area Public Schools ($642,516.30);
  • Manistee County ($276,995.92); and
  • Manistee Township ($58,975.29).

 

On December 8th the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians presented a check to the Board for $878,424 — the second of two payments in 2016 — which brings the total amount of local revenue sharing payments to $32,147,224 since the casino opened in 1999.

 

The Tribe also contributed $4,771,005.31 to the state of Michigan this year bringing the total payment to the state to $90,122,654.29 since 1999.

 

Under the gaming compact and amendment between the tribe and the State of Michigan, the tribe mutually agreed to make annual distributions to the Board.

 

 

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