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The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved how $ 887,366 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) CARES money should be spent, based on the committee’s recommendations. This amount comes from the $ 3.8 million the county has already received from ARPA.
Supervisor Dave Thompson said supervisors had already approved spending of $ 1.5 million for heating and air conditioning for the sheriff’s office, as well as $ 1.1 million for the control panel.
“And now we’re going to add an additional $ 887,000?” “ He asked. “It’s getting closer. “
The approved expenses were as follows:
• $ 3,374.24 for County Department COVID sick leave from March 3 to May 31.
• $ 9,500 for the schedule
• $ 5,750 for the conservation service
• $ 23,750 for the Marshall County Courthouse
• $ 8,500 for the electoral center
• $ 4,750 for the county engineer’s office
• $ 28,500 for the sheriff’s office
• $ 80,750 for technology items for conference rooms to enable virtual meetings
• $ 3,893.22 for Emergency Management Director Kim Elder and Marshall County Communications Commission Director Rhonda Braudis to attend the National 911 / EMA Homeland Security Conference.
• $ 76,773.94 for the improvement of the sheriff’s office washrooms
• $ 29,574.63 for Green Mountain Fire Department radios.
There were concerns that some of the projects proposed to receive money would not be authorized under federal regulations.
Supervisor Steve Salasek said the county may have a plan for the $ 7.8 million the county will receive. Benson agreed and told a recent conference that a full seven hours was spent discussing ARPA funding.
Thompson pointed out that an ARPA funding proposal was for the Green Mountain Fire Department radios. Benson said the department is asking for 50 percent of the total amount.
“Green Mountain is a little different from all of our other cities because they are not an incorporated city,” she said. “So they couldn’t apply for ARPA funds.
Supervisor Bill Patten asked how many Green Mountain radios would purchase at a cost of $ 59,000. Pat Cornwell of the ministry told him the plan was to purchase 19 pagers, six mobile radios for trucks and 14 portable radios – four for first responders and 10 for firefighters. All are state of the art and will be compatible with the improved emergency communication system.
“It makes more sense to me now” said Patten. “I thought it bought a lot of radios.”
Thompson said his concern is the second “Pandora’s box” is open, all other fire departments will ask the same. He wanted to point out that the only reason ARPA funding is being considered for Green Mountain is because it is an unincorporated town.
“It will not be the county that will pay for the radios” Thompson said.
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