UPDATE: Greenville Responds To Misspent Stimulus Money Report

One city in the east is responding to a recently published report by Republican Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn that says it was ineligible for stimulus funds.

The report lists 100 stimulus projects deemed as wasteful, including 1.9 million given to Greenville by the office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control.

Merrill Flood, Greenville community development director, says that an error in the approval process was made on the part of HHLHC-- but he says the money is not being rescinded--and that it certainly is not wasteful spending. "We are making a difference in the lives of families that are affected by lead based paint hazards. We have tested 71 units and cleared 53. We're actually ahead of schedule and that 25 families that have children under the age of 6 have had lead based paint eliminated from their homes so it won't harm the lives of those children."

An audit by the inspector general shows Greenville did not score high enough for the funds, but received the money anyway.

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Stimulus package money that made its way to Greenville is on a list of projects some senators say was a bad way to spend taxpayer money.

The list from republican Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn includes $1.9 million allotted for Greenville to address lead in homes. However, a government audit found Greenville did not meet the threshold for that funding. The government decided not to rescind the money from Greenville as the audit suggested.

The City of Greenville's website says the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is being used in the following ways:
-Control and reduce lead hazards in one hundred and fifty (150) low-income housing units in the Greenville area (70 owner occupied units, 30 rental/vacant units).
-Addressing 150 housing units occupied by children under the age of six w/ elevated blood lead levels.
-Provide 75 outreach programs for community awareness and education regarding lead hazards aimed at reaching 5,000 people.
-Screening and test for elevated lead levels in children under age six.
-Provide Lead Safe Work and Lead Certification training to at least 10 Contractors involved in the City of Greenville housing rehabilitation program.
-Provide economic opportunities to at least sixty (60) unemployed and underemployed persons in the targeted neighborhoods, creating 60 jobs.
-Develop a self sustaining program by integrating lead hazard reduction into housing rehabilitation programs.

This was not the only project in North Carolina to make the list called "Summertime Blues." The University of North Carolina at Charlotte received more than $760,000 in stimulus funds to help develop a computerized choreography program. The report says the creators wanted to create a YouTube-like “Dance Tube” online application.

Money sent to Duke University to investigate new networking approaches for improved privacy and functionality for social networking websites was also criticized in the report.

Wake Forest University is using $266,505 in stimulus funds to continue its annual science education workshops for reporters. Another stimulus project they received brought $144,541 to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine. Wake Forest also received nearly $300,000 to study whether Integral Yoga can be an effective method to reduce the frequency and/or severity of hot flashes” in menopausal women. All three were criticized in the new report.

North Carolina State University projects that are under fire include a study of whether video games can improve mental health for the elderly, along with bug storage at the North Carolina State University Insect Museum.

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  • by Change the subject on Aug 13, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    Racism still exists. I know many white dont care for black male nurses.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 9, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    Anonymous on Aug 6, 2010 at 03:40 AM, so you are a liar if you work for 35 years? Me confused...obviously, we know who the liar is and who really is confused. Please, don't believe me, please, I only bear facts. You know, stuff that is supported and not conjecture on some loons program. D_Nice Location: Manhattan on Aug 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM, glad Jesus loves you...OK, so you voted for Obama...don't defend him, your one termer..your Jimmy Carter, Bye, Bye...Bama...Now, go back to Manhatten to check out your new site for a Mosque....such a gesture of love for America...just lovely.
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  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    Yes the money was not rescinded and Greenville did the only thing a government can do, they spent it on the most liberal programs they could think of. The catch on the stimulus money is that it is to be spent on things that don't stimulate the economy. They may be wonderful and helpful and kind but not stimulus. I wonder if any of them thought to save it, let it make interest, help the city to keep a positive balance sheet into the next several years which promise to be just as challenging as the last two.
  • by McArthur Park on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    Question: How do you reason with a jacka**? Answer: you don't, you just bribe it. It is not a coincidence that the democratic symbol is a jacka**! I do not have a lot of praise for the elephant party either. I pray that the people of America will vote for honest and capable men in November who will uphold the Constitution of this great land and reward who believe in sound moral principles.
  • by D_Nice Location: Manhattan on Aug 5, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    I would love to salp to taste out the mouth of Osamba Bin laden oil.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    Barlow, the point is you can work for a man that is a honest one or a dishonest one, pick one. Don't penalize all because one is corrupt. I think your post just exposed Rangle and Waters...posterchilds for corruption. Both wealthy and cheating the system.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Aug 5, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Just don't eat the paint. Problem solved.
  • by Tyrone Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 04:11 AM
    Some of these posts claim that it was on the local level government that we should blaim instead of the Federal. If that is true then it means that the Federal government is giving out blank checks without checking to see where your money is going. That would be worse. Any idiot politician that voted for this should be voted out of office and tried in court for stealing public money.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 5, 2010 at 03:46 AM
    Snake Oil: When are you going to quit with the "Have you ever worked for a poor man"? You're like a parrot. Nobody has anything against anybody EARNING enough money to be wealthy. I don't want to be stole from, I don't want people lying to me to get me to invest in their worthless stocks, I don't want to see jobs going to sweat shops overseas, I don't want employers breaking the law and hiring illegals, I want the rich to pay there fair share of taxes, I don't want money hid in Switzerland or the Caymans that should be paid to the government. ETC., ETC.,ETC. If you want to sit around like a deaf, dumb and blind man and be robbed, I guess that is your business, but many of us are not to keen on it.
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