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Lost grant sparks city, Chamber dispute
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Tourism is proving to be a turbulent relationship between city government and the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce. In an email to McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen members from Chamber president Mandy Eller, she expressed concern for what she considers unnecessary meetings by city administrator Bill Brock that slowed down the process for a $28,500 tourism grant -- to the point the grant was lost. However, Brock counters that Eller is responsible for losing the grant because she didn’t obtain competitive bids, or provide progress reports as required.