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Tensions Growing over SAFER grant
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Tension was high during a discussion on a SAFER grant that could be used to hire two city firefighters, if accepted by McMinnville officials.City administrator David Rutherford says he must speculate because his name was not placed on the grant application as someone FEMA could speak to about information. Despite making a request weeks ago to be added, his name had not been placed on the “secure” list.McMinnville Fire Chief Kevin Lawrence applied for the FEMA grant last year during discussions by the board to close Fire Station 2 and lay off eight firefighters. The grant had two portions — fund the eight people officials had talked about laying off, or fund the two positions that had been frozen approximately two years ago.