Bladensburg has asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to waive a deadline it missed to reapply for $90,000 in business revitalization funds, said Town Manager Eric Morsicato.
Town Council member Timothy McNamara said Bladensburg has received funds from HUD for the past eight years. The $90,000, given out over a three-year period, would be shared with Brentwood, Suitland and Mount Rainier.
McNamara said the town was uncertain why the application had not been received by HUD, but that the papers may have been lost in the mail.
Morsicato said the town sent minutes of meetings showing that Bladensburg intended to apply for the funds to HUD so it might obtain a waiver for the missed deadline.
The issue has ignited a dispute between incumbant candidates for the Town Council and their opposition, McNamara said.
Katherine McEntee and former town police chief Reagon Henry, who are running against present council members, signed a letter blaming the town administration for missing the deadline, he said.
In other action at its meeting last week, the Town Council was told it has the support of Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening for a Korean and Vietnamese war memorial to be constructed in Bladensburg near the town's Peace Cross, a World War I memorial.
The town has collected donation totaling nearly $4,000, about half of the memorial's estimated cost, Morsicato said.