In May, members of the Green Lake Township Board in Grand Traverse County voted to distribute a portion of their federal COVID-19 aid to township workers, including elected officials.
During a community meeting on Monday, the board voted four to three to put the funds on hold.
Members plan to review where the money is going and make sure it is in line with federal guidelines.
The federal government says the aid money can be used for infrastructure, lost revenue, personal protection and equipment, and staff, as well as the salaries of elected officials.
However, the state says the money cannot go to elected officials.
Marvin Radtke, the Green Lake Township overseer, says the COVID-19 aid money should be based solely on federal guidelines as it is federal money.
Radtke says he and the community clerk invested more than 1,000 hours of overtime to protect the community during the pandemic.
“I was down in the playground and wiped things off according to the instructions of the executive,” said Radtke. “Whenever someone touched the playground equipment, they had to be wiped off.”
A community member who volunteered during the November election says Judy Kramer, Green Lake community secretary, made sure everyone was safe during the election.
“Judy Kramer took such care to keep us healthy. She made sure we had the personal protective equipment we needed, ”said Linda Pepper, a resident of Green Lake Township. “I don’t mind going ahead and rewarding someone who goes far and higher. You kept everyone sane; that is a huge achievement.
The church now plans to hold a series of meetings to get an idea of where people want the funds to go.