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American Rescue Plan Act dollars to reimburse the Urban Renewal Agency, replace revenue and more

With the passing of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, 2021, the city of Sandy was awarded $2,525,801 in funds to help defer costs of public health and economic impacts. These expenses were caused by the pandemic, pay premiums on employee insurance. They make up for lost revenue and make investments in infrastructure.

The city has already received the first of two installments of that grant, totaling $1,263,900.

"The first tranche of $1,263,900 was received in August," Deputy City Manager Tyler Deems said in a staff report. "Eligible expenses must be incurred after March 3, 2021. Funds must be obligated no later than December 31, 2024, and expended no later than December 31, 2026."

At the Monday, Nov. 1 meeting of the Sandy City Council, after city staff presented options on where those funds could be designated the Council approved.

The first half of the city's ARPA funds will be doled out as follows:

• The Permanent Covered Structures Program: $440,000

• Expansion of SandyNet services: $449,000

• Business/Nonprofit recovery grants: $100,000

• A Fat, Oil and Grease Program: $50,000

• The Special Service Contract Program: $10,000

• Revenue replacement for the city: $214,900

This plan will also create the aforementioned Small Business and Nonprofit Recovery Grant Program and establish a Sandy City Council sub-committee to review grant applications.

For exact breakdowns of how these funds will be allocated, visit tinyurl.com/y2thzpx7.


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