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Hinesville to receive $6.5 million from ARPA Funds
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During the May 20, City of Hinesville Council meeting, City Finance Officer Kimberly Thomas Ryon said the City of Hinesville would be receiving $6,569,056 from the American Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said the first allotment is expected in May 2021. The second allotment in May 2022 and that the funds will be distributed directly to the City. She said the U. S. Treasury Office released guidance on how funds can be used on May 10 with further guidance and clarification expected in the coming weeks.

Eligible uses include money for public health response to fund COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff.

Replace public sector revenue loss by using funds to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic. Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, invest in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and/or make investments to provide unserved or underserved locations with new or expanded broadband access. Funds can be used to respond to economic harms to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries and the public sector. Funds may be used for premium pay for essential workers by offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.

Ryon recommended Mayor and Council schedule a workshop to discuss specific uses of ARPA Funds with project deadlines to ensure the City will expend the funds by the period of performance specified in the ARPA guidance.

Some of the projects they are considering to fund include:

➢ Green Zone Well Project

➢ Wastewater Treatment Plant projects (Sewer Infrastructure)

➢ Fire Station

➢ Small Business Assistance

➢ Homeless, Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance

➢ Payroll for public safety personnel


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