A federal mix-up about a police grant has been sorted out, but not in Marysville's favor.

A federal mix-up about a police grant has been sorted out, but not in Marysville's favor.

In September, the city received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, informing officials they'd snagged a $125,000 grant through the COPS Hiring Program that would allow the division to hire an additional officer.

Mayor John Gore said Police Chief Floyd Golden then started the hiring process.

"We were excited we were going to get to hire another officer," Gore told City Council at their Dec. 17 meeting.

But in October, Golden received another letter from the grant program, informing him Marysville had not been selected for funding after all.

Gore said he made calls requesting clarification and received another letter last month.

According to the letter from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Marysville "should have only received the letter informing you that your application was not selected to receive funding this year."

"I am aware of the ramifications that this error had on your jurisdiction and offer my apologies," Director Ronald Davis wrote.

Gore said he was told Marysville, Wash., received the grant but somehow a letter was sent to Marysville, Ohio, instead.

"I tried to explain to them that when I make a mistake, I pay for it," Gore said.

That plea fell on deaf ears. Gore said the city plans to apply for the grant again in the hopes of adding to its police force.

In other city news, council approved contracts to provide fire service to Darby, Dover and Paris townships.

Darby and Paris townships have contracts with the city for fire service from 2016 to 2018. The Dover Township contract covers only 2016. Gore said the township is working on a fire levy to fund the payment to Marysville for the service.

According to the agreement, Darby Township will pay Marysville $51,652 annually, or $154,956 over the three-year term. Paris Township will pay $239,538 annually, for a total of $718,614.

Dover's contract for 2016 will cost $206,000.

Fire Chief Jay Riley said the amount each township pays is proportional to its service needs and also increased proportionally from the last contract.