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Scott County Considering How to Spend Its Rescue Plan Dollars

Scott County will receive nearly 34 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan, and the board of supervisors is starting to consider how to spend it.

Budge Director David Farmer says county staff has identified some possible projects, including lead abatement in older homes, and paying part of the cost of a new juvenile detention center.

"Ventilation modifications to Scott County buildings - administration, courthouse, and jail - that would also be another larger project that might work. As well as networking with other communities as far as water and sewer."

The board is also looking at how other local governments are planning to spend their money, and it welcomes suggestions from local residents.

Farmer says final rules for how this federal money can be spent are expected in July or August.

"It is a lot of local choice in order to identify your major projects, with the caveat of fitting under the COVID response, and how the best response to either current or future conditions, so that we don't repeat the pandemic."

He says local governments in the Quad Cities will receive a total of more than 150 million dollars from the American Rescue Plan.

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.