Rescue plan

Dewey Beach Rescue Plan Act Spending Approved

Dewey Beach commissioners voted unanimously on Dec. 2 to approve spending the American Rescue Plan Act funds for essential worker compensation, new heating and air facilities for town hall and station rescue, and on a stormwater repair project on Read Avenue.

The city received $ 215,000 in funding from ARPA based on its annual census of 400 people, CEO Bill Zolper said.

Zolper said he assessed potential projects and guidelines for using the money, and lawyers for Barnes & Thornburg reviewed the plans to ensure the spending met federal criteria.

Regarding the bonus for essential employees, Zolper said 10 full-time police officers will receive $ 2 for each hour worked from March 23, 2020 to July 13, 2021. Each officer will receive approximately $ 5,000, for a total of 50,000. $.

Essential city workers will receive $ 1 for every hour worked from March 23, 2020 through July 13, 2021, for a total of $ 79,000 in bonuses for police and essential city workers, which Zolper said he hopes to distribute before Christmas. .

The new heating and air installations for the town hall and lifeboat station are also approved under federal guidelines for an estimated $ 31,000, the approved Read Avenue stormwater repair project at $ 27,000 and a pump rebuild for $ 2,300, Zolper said.

The total planned spending stands at just over $ 138,000, so the city will have a balance of $ 75,000, which must be used within three years, Zolper said. The city received the first federal disbursement of $ 107,000 and is expected to receive the next $ 107,000 within six months, he said.

All receipts will be entered in the Gray Fox Program on the auditor’s office website for public access, Zolper said.