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Northwest Michigan health board can't agree on agenda, misses food grant application deadline

Randy Fath

At least eight northwest Michigan school districts will not receive additional healthy food options at school after the local Health Department Board couldn’t reach agreement on an application for grant funds.

Tuesday’s board meeting was cut short after the eight-member body was unable to agree on the agenda.

The point of contention was rooted in whether the board could discuss the grant application, which had the potential of bringing $500,000 to northwest Michigan schools.

Dawn LaVanway is one of the board members for the Northwest Michigan Health Department.

"We are here as a board to represent the people for this health department. When we can’t even agree on an agenda for the betterment of the people that’s really sad," said LaVanway during the board's meeting.

Board member Jon Turnbull opposed the grant application. He told WCMU he’s against it because there are too many unknowns tied to the grant.

Rick joined WCMU as a general assignment reporter in March 2022.