“We want community members to be informed about how ARPA funds will benefit the entire community and upcoming opportunities to be part of the decision-making process on the application of these funds. .” — Mayor Nicholson (Spenser Hasak)
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LYNN — Mayor Jared Nicholson announced Friday morning the launch of LynnARPA.com, a website designed to provide information about American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and information about projects involving the funds.
The City of Lynn will receive $75 million in funding over the next two years. Half of that funding was received on May 20, 2021. The remaining half will be available in May, according to Nicholson’s office.
“Having a website to educate community members, share information, receive feedback, and track funding is all about transparency, maintaining trust with the public, and inclusive decision-making,” Nicholson said. “We want community members to be informed about how ARPA funds will benefit the wider community and upcoming opportunities to be part of the decision-making process on the application of these funds. .”
The website includes a calendar that displays upcoming meetings and events related to ARPA funding, links that direct the user to the U.S. Department of the Treasury website and the US Government website page. Status on assignments, a webpage featuring a schedule of ARPA community engagement meetings, a webpage detailing information on funding opportunities, and a contact page. Other web pages, such as the ARPA Projects page and the Public Funds page, are still under construction.
ARPA was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021. The law provides federal assistance to state, county, tribal, and local entities to respond to economic and public health impacts created by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
“I am grateful to the federal government for making these funds available, which will go a long way towards help our community mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nicholson said.
City Council Speaker Jay Walsh appointed General Councilor Brian Field to serve as Council Liaison to communicate between the Mayor’s office and City Council in the deployment of ARPA funding.
Field said the funds are a unique opportunity for the city and thanked Nicholson for his communication with the city council. He added that the website will allow for greater public input from residents on ARPA expenditures.
“We appreciate the open communication Mayor Nicholson had with council, even before he was sworn in, and we look forward to working with him, his staff and the wider community, to decide which areas will have the most impact. great impact when investing ARPA funds. “, Champ said. “It’s important to include the public in decision-making and we look forward to working with everyone involved.”
To date, the city has dedicated $13.5 million in ARPA funds to improve air quality in its municipal buildings by replacing and upgrading HVAC systems in public buildings in Lynn. In addition, $500,000 has been earmarked for the purchase of COVID antigen rapid test kits and $3 million is allocated to the Lynn Economic and Industrial Development Corporation (EDIC/Lynn) for relief grants to small enterprises.
The remaining $58 million will be spent on initiatives and priorities through community engagement and outreach. Of this amount, $800,000 will be allocated to translators to include those who speak different languages in the conversation. Public health, housing, food security workforce development, entrepreneurship and small business development, as well as environmental, behavioral and mental health will be the main areas of focus of these conversations.
In February, the city will launch a series of educational community meetings and public participation sessions, as well as a series of surveys to gather feedback on proposed uses of ARPA funds. A community survey from ARPA will be made public on February 1.