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File #: [23-0408]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 4/3/2023 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 5/10/2023 Final action: 5/10/2023
Title: Consider American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding for Community-Based Budgeting Projects.
Attachments: 1. Draft Staff Presentation, 2. Staff Presentation, 3. AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUND (2023-05-10/O-4)
Related files: [22-0862], [23-0235], [23-0322], [22-0730], [22-0823], [22-0510], [22-0662]

Consider American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding for Community-Based Budgeting Projects.

Amy Oland, Director
Business Management
Sarah Poulton, Senior Project Manager
Town Manager's Office

Overview: Town Council set aside $500,000 of the total ARPA funding of $10.7M for a community-based budgeting pilot. Staff performed an extensive outreach campaign and received over 1,300 total votes on 21 potential projects. Staff will present a recommended funding allocation for community-based budgeting projects based on the community's voting.

That the Council enact the attached project ordinance amendment that allocates funding for electric leaf blowers and mowers for Parks and Recreation; a greenway connector from the new Tanyard Branch affordable housing neighborhood to the Tanyard Branch trail; sidewalk repairs needed for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements; and a van for Parks and Recreation program users needing ADA accommodations which received the most votes through the community-based budgeting initiative.

Decision Points:
* Staff will present the following scenario for the remaining ARPA funds:
Electric Leaf blowers and mowers for Parks and Recreation
ADA sidewalk repairs
Tanyard Affordable Housing connector greenway
ADA van for Parks and Recreation programs

Key Issues:
* ARPA funding must be obligated by December 31, 2024.
* Staff informed Town Council on the approach of receiving input on Town projects using the remaining $500,000 of ARPA funding set aside for a community-based budgeting pilot at their April 19, 2023 meeting (
* There are $14,000 of unused OWASA-awarded ARPA funds from their original allocation due to customers paying their water bill debt.
* Staff have performed over 50 hours of in person events, talked with nearly ...

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