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  H.2.       
Meeting Date: 10/19/2021  
Contact: Brandon Wright, City Manager

COUNCIL ACTION
Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Byrd with a second by Councilmember Hughes to approve as presented. Motion passes 4-3.
AGENDA ITEM:
Consider directing the City Manager to allocate American Rescue Plan Act Funding for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to the following pandemic relief and infrastructure programs in accordance with U.S. Department of Treasury guidelines and to amend the FY 2022 Budget in accordance with these amounts:
  1. Westmoreland and Hampton Road Pump Stations Electrical Reliability Project ($3 million)
  2. Stormwater Sewer and Conveyance System Upgrades Project ($1 million)
  3. Student Tutoring Program ($1 million)
  4. Premium Pay for Essential Workers ($2 million)
  5. Gunshot Detection Technology Project ($300,000)
BACKGROUND:
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 and provides $360 billion for state and local aid to mitigate fiscal effects stemming from the public health emergency. From that allotment, $65.1 billion was specifically dedicated to cities. The City of DeSoto is receiving $7,306,702, with the first half already received earlier this calendar year and the second half to be distributed in 2022. Under ARPA, funding must be committed by December 31, 2024 and completely spent by December 31, 2026. The U.S. Department of Treasury has issued interim final guidelines to assist local governments in properly allocating and spending the funding. 

ARPA provides four main eligible use areas:
  1. Respond to COVID-19 or its economic impacts
  2. Provide premium pay for eligible essential workers
  3. Replace revenue lost due to COVID-19
  4. Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

Staff met with an Ad Hoc Committee on June 29, 2021 to develop proposed recommendations for the City Council, which was discussed at the July 6, 2021 City Council Meeting. From that discussion, the prioritized projects were premium pay for eligible essential workers, electrical reliability at the City's pump stations, stormwater system improvements, and student tutoring. The list of recommended projects includes these priorities as well as a gunshot detection system for Council consideration. 
FINDINGS:
The City of DeSoto will receive a total of $7,306,702 in ARPA Funding. Please see the attached ARPA Funding Allocation Recommendations document for details related to each of the recommended projects. In summary, the recommended allocations are as follows:
 
PROJECT  ALLOCATION 
Westmoreland and Hampton Road Pump Stations Electrical Reliability Project $3,000,000
Stormwater Sewer and Conveyance System Upgrades Project $1,000,000
Student Tutoring Program $1,000,000
Premium Pay for Essential Workers $2,000,000
Gunshot Detection Technology Project $300,000
FINANCIAL IMPACT:
The projects recommended for approval are to be funded with federal grant funds through ARPA. No City of DeSoto matching funds are required for this grant. 
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends that the City Council direct the City Manager to allocate American Rescue Plan Act Funding for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to the following pandemic relief and infrastructure programs in accordance with U.S. Department of Treasury guidelines and to amend the FY 2022 Budget in accordance with these amounts:
  1. Westmoreland and Hampton Road Pump Stations Electrical Reliability Project ($3 million)
  2. Stormwater Sewer and Conveyance System Upgrades Project ($1 million)
  3. Student Tutoring Program ($1 million)
  4. Premium Pay for Essential Workers ($2 million)
  5. Gunshot Detection Technology Project ($300,000)
MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Attachments
ARPA Funding Allocation Recommendations Detail


    

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