ARPA Funds

Last modified on November 16th, 2022 at 02:55 pm

In March 2021, Elkins officials learned that the city would receive $3,084,933 in federal American Rescue Project Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). This money was to be distributed in two equal parts, half in 2021 and half in 2022.

Under the act, the city has until December 31, 2024 to obligate funds and December 31, 2026 to spend the funds. As of November 2022, about 99 percent of the city’s ARPA funds have been obligated. However, because of supply chain issues, many planned expenditures are still pending. To access a live view of the amount of Elkins ARPA funds still waiting to be spent, click here.

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In late summer 2021, an online survey was made available to solicit ideas from the public. To view survey results, click here to access an online dashboard.

Scroll down for more information about what ARPA funds may be used for, how Elkins officials made ARPA expenditure decisions, and other information.

Allowed Uses for ARPA Funds

Under rules announced by the U.S. Treasury Department, ARPA funds may only be used to:

  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services up to the amount of revenue lost due to the pandemic
  • Respond to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic, by supporting the health of communities, and helping households, small businesses, impacted industries, nonprofits, and the public sector recover from economic impacts
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, to support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand affordable access to broadband internet

ARPA Expenditure Decision Process

To guide council’s decision making concerning the use of ARPA funds, the mayor established an ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee to study U.S. Department of the Treasury rules governing the use of these funds and analyze suggestions and requests from city staff and the public to determine the most urgent eligible projects.

The ARPA Advisory Committee consists of the chairpersons of each of council’s five standing committees. The committee’s chairperson is Mike Hinchman (chairperson of the Finance Committee). The committee’s other members are Marilynn Cuonzo (Municipal Properties Committee), Rob Chenoweth (Personnel Committee), David Parker (Public Safety Committee), and Nanci Bross-Fregonara (Rules & Ordinances).

Full council approval was required for all ARPA expenditures, with the exception of 5 percent of the total funds (about $154,000) that council dedicated for community-based projects proposed by members of the public. Council delegated approval authority for this 5 percent to the ARPA Advisory Committee.

ARPA Expenditures in Elkins

Council has obligated approximately 99 percent of its ARPA disbursements as shown in the below list. Completing all of the below planned expenditures will take time, due to supply chain and related issues.

  • Needs assessment for water and wastewater system: $154,246
  • Study for extension of sewer line up North Randolph Avenue: $15,100
  • Community-proposed projects: $154,246 [link]
  • Street Department backhoe: $110,271
  • Riverfront Development Design study: $5,000 [link]
  • Street Department equipment and vehicles: $543,000
  • Fire Department equipment: $60,000
  • Redesign of city website and agenda management software: $31,350
  • Peer counselor funding to Addiction and Homeless Resources Task Force: $5,000
  • Elkins Parks & Recreation Commission for tools and equipment: $31,000
  • Davis Medical Center for safety equipment: $9,079
  • Water Distribution Department equipment and vehicles: $389,775
  • City hall fire alarm system, accessibility upgrades, and HVAC: $450,000
  • Water Treatment Plant supplies and equipment: $261,000
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant wheel loader: $102,000 [link]
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant SCADA (computerized control system): $100,000
  • Wastewater SCADA upgrades: $76,705
  • Water Treatment Plant SCADA (computerized control system): $147,801
  • Wastewater Collection Department service truck & bed: $165,900
  • Wastewater Collection Department backhoe: $134,100
  • Wastewater Collection Department dump site: $80,000
  • Water Treatment Plant compressors: $21,784
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