Rescue plan

Putnam will use a portion of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for golf course renovations

Putnam County has a long list of worthwhile projects to consider funding with the $19.1 million we expect to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, including requests from outside agencies, the Women’s Resource Center, Substance Abuse and Substance Abuse Services, Senior Citizens, Veterans Affairs, Law Enforcement and Infrastructure, from roads and bridges to sewers, the Putnam County Executive said, Mary Ellen Odell.

As with any project, timing is everything.

“We have moved a shovel-ready project – the $400,000 Putnam County Golf Course Renovation Plan – to the front line so that work can be completed in time to open the facility for the season and ensure the public safety,” said lawmaker Carl. Albano, chairman of the physical services committee. ‘There had been water damage and when investigating this we found that the asbestos needed to be removed.’

The golf course is a gateway for tourism in Putnam County. This is a reinvestment in a proven money and job generating business that hosted nearly 50,000 guests in 2021. This will increase jobs and revenue for the county for years to come.

It is particularly important to do this renovation before the start of the season. With the closure of the Garrison Golf Course, the Putnam County Golf Course has an opportunity to attract more golfers and more catering events.

There will be many more ARPA grant projects to come.

“We are only at the beginning,” said lawmaker Ginny Nacerino during the February 1 meeting of the Legislative Assembly. “We want money for mental illness, for education, for housing, for infrastructure. We haven’t got there yet. It just happened because time was running out.

The county was notified of its ARPA allocation late last year and held preliminary internal discussions. In the tradition of not counting our chickens until they hatch, we have decided to wait for the release of the final rule from the US Treasury before formalizing our plan for spending these funds.

This final rule was published in January and county department heads had until January 31 to submit project ideas. I also solicited city and town governments for project ideas and gave them a February 28 deadline. The final rule goes into effect on April 1.

“Our auditors are an outside agency,” said lawmaker chairman Neal Sullivan. “We will have an independent review by an outside agency to ensure that where we spend the money meets ARPA grant guidelines.”

When the rule is finalized, I’m sure we’ll have a good slate of diverse projects to pursue across the county, County Executive Odell said.