FENTON, Mo. (KMOV) – The mayor of Fenton is requesting that the city’s portion of unused money intended to qualify for a federal grant for the site of the former Chrysler plant in Fenton to be returned to the city.
St. Louis County, the city of Fenton and the state of Missouri contributed $2 million that was used to qualify for a grant to create a marketing plan for the former Chrysler plant site.
Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock is asking for $81,000 back from the $131,000 that the city contributed for the grant that went unused. The Fenton Board of Alderman recently passed a preliminary resolution to withdraw from the partnership with St. Louis County on the project.
Mayor Hancock says he would use the extra money to give city employees raises and believes St. Louis County is trying to spend the extra money on regional projects.
Douglas Rasmussen, of the St. Louis County Economic Council, says the regional projects will benefit the city of Fenton because the council wants to attract international markets that could import and export from the site.