ARPA Funding Public Discussions and Actions Taken
ARPA related discussions with the HCEDC and the status of the City of Hermitage ARPA program. At the July 8, 2021 HCEDC meeting the City of Hermitage initiated the public discussion on the ARPA. At that time, the U.S. Department of Treasury limited the use of ARPA funds to four (4) categories the following areas: to respond to the public health emergency, providing premium pay to eligible workers, for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID–19 public health emergency and to make investments in water, sewer, or broadband projects. The HCEDC discussed the potential uses of the ARPA and the need to address the city’s capital project needs and storm water issues and a motion was adopted to make a recommendation to do stormwater improvements and under General Government any capital infrastructure.
the HCEDC was provided a draft 2022 ARPA budget from the Hermitage Board of Commissioners Budget Work Session. he final rule delivered broader flexibility and greater simplicity in the program. The city elected to use the standard allowance for revenue loss of $10 and focus on utilizing ARPA funding on impactful, general government capital expenditures.
For 2023 budgetary purposes after the completion of the aforementioned 2022 projects there remains approximately $1 million of ARPA funding available to address prioritized needs. The staff has identified two (2) major, priority road improvement projects that total $820,000 (Lori Lane - $430K & Timber Lane - $390K)
The total contract after the final compensating deduct change order was $885,942 leaving $84,754 of infrastructure – roads funding.
November 17, 2023 – Hermitage Board of Commissioners Public Budget Work Session
The Assistant City Manager reviewed the status of the approved ARPA activity. The projected remaining, approved ARPA funding for calendar year 2024 = $2,733 administration, $84,754 infrastructure – roads and $80,000 community development.