Supervisors give green light to ARPA funded projects

Friday, May 13, 2022

PLYMOUTH CO. — After numerous meetings by the Plymouth County’s ARPA Fund Committee, a final list of project recommendations were presented to the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting.

The list, which involves 11 projects, totals fund appropriations of $2,206,627. The projects are possible because of the money received by the county as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Plymouth County was allocated $2,440,000, with half of those funds received in December of 2021, and the remaining half to be received in May.

Supervisor and ARPA Committee Member Craig Anderson presented the final project list to his fellow board members.

The list includes:

• The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office — a Trimble Forensics GNSS (a GPS device that aids in traffic accidents) - $15,000.

• Plymouth County Conservation — Storm water improvement project at Hillview Recreation Area - $350,000; and Hillview campground electrical upgrade - $80,000.

• Plymouth County Secondary Roads — Multiple road projects - $1,040,127.

• Plymouth County IT Department — Courthouse generator - $250,000; and computer security - $32,000.

• The YES Center — Multiple projects - $7,000.

• Plymouth County Fire Departments — Seven departments loss of income due to COVID pandemic - $130,000.

• Plymouth County Ambulance Services — Multiple projects - $130,000.

In addition, the supervisors committed $2.44 million in July to Premier Communications for county fiber optic expansion.

Anderson further explained the figure for the secondary roads department.

“The roads department figure is a moving target,” Anderson shared. “It’s the slush fund for everything that doesn’t get used or if project totals change, the roads number will be affected. Tom (Rohe, Secondary Roads superintendent) understands this is a moving target.”

One of the sheriff’s department’s larger requests, the LENCO Bearcat Armored Rescue Vehicle for $230,000, was not on the list of recommended approvals and remains under discussion, Anderson noted on Tuesday.

The board unanimously approved the recommendation. Local governments that received payments must have the money obligated by Dec. 31, 2024 and spent by 2026.

Other committee members involved in making the recommendations were: Sheriff Jeff TeBrink, Rohe, IT System Administrator Shawn Olson and Plymouth County Conservation Director Nick Beeck.

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