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Scott County Considers Possible ARPA Projects

Scott County may use some new federal dollars for storm and wastewater projects, juvenile detention, and housing and shelter programs.

Tuesday morning the Board of Supervisors discussed some possible projects for ARPA funds - from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Budget Director David Farmer expects the county will receive a total of 33.6 million dollars, and ten possible projects are being considered.

"We at the county are looking to make sure we utilize this money as one-time project money and not incorporate any projects that will be built into future operations budgets. We're looking at it as one-time money."

Staff and supervisors have been talking about possible projects since June, and Farmer says they want to hold a public work session next month on how to spend the ARPA money.

The money cannot be spent on pensions, for rainy day funds, or for roads. But if a storm water project requires rebuilding a road, that's allowed.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.