Rescue plan

North Augusta receives first round of American Rescue Plan Act funds

AUGUSTA NORD, SC (WJBF) – North Augusta council members, department heads and others gathered on Monday for a study session. City administrator Jim Clifford has announced some good news. The city received its first installment of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Thinking the money is there is a big plus for the city of North Augusta,” said City Councilor Pat Carpenter.

The city now has around $ 6 million in ARP funds, almost half of what the city is entitled to.

City Councilor Eric Presnell said, “We have aging infrastructure here compared to Columbia County. This is all relatively new, but we have sewage systems that date back to the early 1900s. ”

According to Clifford, the city will have to file an expense report by April 30, 2022, but that doesn’t mean the rescue funds have to be spent by then. He told NewsChannel 6’s Wes Cooper that they were playing the long game and some of the money would be used for infrastructure.

“There are still a lot of storm sewers open in the city. It would be nice to contain them, so we don’t have these big storm drains open, so I think that’s part of the things we’ll be looking at, ”Presnell said.

Clifford reports that there are talks between heads of state for the state to match a portion of a city’s use of ARP funds.

Presnell said: “It would be a good thing. A match of funds so that the money is not mismanaged.

No money will be spent without council approval. North Augusta could receive the other half of its ARP funding at the end of next year.