Rescue act

Moscow approves plan to use money from rescue act

Dec. 7 – Moscow City Council on Monday unanimously approved a plan to allocate $ 5.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, including $ 750,000 for small businesses and organizations with purpose non-profit.

The money is intended to provide COVID-19 relief money to local governments. Moscow received the first half of this money in June and will receive the second half in the summer of 2022.

The city has until the end of 2024 to commit the money for certain projects and until the end of 2026 to spend it.

The city plans to provide up to $ 750,000 starting next year to small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. He is still working to get a clearer idea of ​​how many businesses and organizations will need this money.

The Partnership for Economic Prosperity is seeking answers to a survey on the effect of COVID-19 on regional businesses. The information gathered from the survey will be used when distributing American Rescue Plan Act benefits.

The city will accept requests from establishments that want the money, and the council will review those requests.

The council also plans to spend $ 1 million on stormwater infrastructure, including $ 600,000 for a new sewer jet truck. He also wants to allocate up to $ 150,000 to his affordable housing program.

The vast majority of the money from the rescue act – around $ 3.6 million – will be spent on building water lines in the city, including downtown.

Also on Monday, the board unanimously agreed to reach a settlement agreement with Johnson & Johnson and three major opioid distributors who could provide money for treatment for opioid addiction.

According to the state, if enough local governments in Idaho opt for this settlement, the state could receive a maximum of nearly $ 120 million. At a minimum, it will receive just over $ 64 million.

City prosecutor Mia Bautista said that when Moscow receives its allowance, 85% of it will have to be spent on tackling opioid addiction. It can be used for treatment, putting people in touch with the help they need, preventing overprescribing opioids, and preventing overdose deaths, among other uses.

According to statistics provided by Bautista at Monday’s meeting, there were six opioid overdose deaths in Latah County in 2018. There were seven in 2017, two in 2016 and three in 2015.

On Monday, city supervisor Gary Riedner provided an update on the financing of the new terminal at the Pullman-Moscow regional airport.

Moscow City Council agreed to pay $ 2 million to help fund the project, and Pullman City Council said last week it was prepared to do the same.

Riedner said Moscow’s payment will be phased and fully paid by the end of 2025.

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