The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 

To support immediate pandemic response, bring back jobs, and lay the groundwork for a strong and equitable recovery, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, designed to deliver $350 billion to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to bolster their response to the COVID-19 emergency and its economic impacts.

The US Treasury Department launched the program on May 10, 2021 to make much-needed relief available to local jurisdictions to:

• Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control;

• Replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs;

• Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses; and,

• Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic on certain populations.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs—including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. These funds also deliver resources that recipients can invest in building, maintaining, or upgrading their water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

For more details on how cities can use funds, please review Treasury’s fact sheet.

On April 18, 2022, the City Council held a Public Hearing and voted to authorize the City Manager to apply for, accept and expend the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in the amount of $6,440,140.00 subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Offer and Rules and Regulations Pertaining Thereto. 12.

The City Council also held a Public Hearing to consider the Adoption of Resolutions appropriating Five Million Two Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($5,260,000.00) from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant first tranche, already received, to pay costs associated with the Multi-Purpose Fields Lighting and related expenses at the fields, Citywide Sidewalk Reconstruction, Citywide Street Paving, Management and Rehabilitation, Islington Street Phase 2 Project, and the payment of costs incidental and related thereto. 

These appropriates are as follows:

The City will use ARPA Grant Funds in the amount of $560,000 for Multi-purpose Fields Lights and related expenses for the unused balance of $560,000 of the Borrowing Authority from Resolution #14-2018 Adopted by the City Council on July 9, 2018, for up to $3,400,000.00 for the cost related to the Construction of Multi-Purpose Recreation Fields.

The City will use ARPA Grant Funds in the amount of $2,400,000 for the cost related to City Street, Sidewalk Upgrades, Bridges and Facility Improvements for the unused balance of $2,400,000 of the Borrowing Authority from Resolution #14-2019 Adopted by the City Council on July 15, 2019, for up $10,550,000.00 for those costs. 

The City will use ARPA Grant Funds in the amount of $2,300,000 for the cost related to the Prescott Park Master Plan Implementation, City Street and Sidewalk Upgrades for the unused balance of the Borrowing Authority from Resolution #17-2021 Adopted by the City Council on August 2, 2021,for up to $13,300,000.00) for those costs.

The City Council voted that the Borrowing Authority for these each of these unused balances is hereby Discharged and Rescinded. 

The City Council also voted to obligate $65,000.00 in ARPA funds towards a Public Health Profile and Needs Assessment.