So far, North Adams has received $ 1.9 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. What will it be used for? | North Berkshire

NORTH ADAMS – Almost two million federal dollars have been paid to the city through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Mayor Tom Bernard plans to spend it on infrastructure projects and an economic stimulus fund, he told city council at its Tuesday night meeting.

The story so far: So far, the city has received $ 1.9 million, which is half of the total ARPA funding that the city will ultimately receive, Bernard said. He outlined his priorities for the funds, which he says can be used until 2024. Infrastructure projects, especially water and sewage initiatives, are his top priority. “Starting with (…) a plan to improve hydraulic modeling and study water tariffs which will prepare the ground for many other water projects that we know the city must carry out”, Bernard said. “It is $ 80,000 that I will commit to spending immediately on this funding. “

Bernard is also considering launching an economic stimulus fund. “My vision on this is that it can be something that would be open to small businesses and human service providers to reach the level of response to urgent community needs related to (pandemic) recovery,” he said. he said, adding that an application is in progress. works.

North Adams receives $ 666,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money;  more on the way

NORTH ADAMS – US federal bailout law money has started pouring into the community.

Other communities are trying to figure out how their money will be spent. Pittsfield is expected to receive around $ 40 million, about half of which is already in city coffers. Residents weighed in on how to spend the money in forums and a poll.

What can the money be used for: The funding can be used for restoring public health, replacing income and investing in infrastructure, among other areas, Bernard told the board on Tuesday.

What the board thought: Some businesses struggled to raise money through the city’s microenterprise stimulus fund with the Franklin County CDC last year, Councilor Jess Sweeney said. She urged Bernard’s administration to try to overcome any barriers to accessing funds.

How much of the money would go to infrastructure and how much to the stimulus fund? Asked Councilor Benjamin Lamb. Bernard estimated that 75 percent would go to infrastructure projects. But that could change, Bernard said.

And after: Residents will be able to influence funding priorities through a survey and scheduled meetings, said Bernard.

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