At least two Pierson Township Board members plan to attend Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the topic of how county officials plan to distribute American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to local municipalities.
An estimated $2.5 million worth of upgrades to the Sheriff’s Office/Jail, $1 million worth of new equipment for the Road Department, a $1 million courthouse facade project, a $600,000 upgrade to communication towers to support the use of 800 megahertz radios by county fire departments …
These are just a few of the $11 million worth of planned projects to be funded with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars as approved by the Ionia County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The vote was 6-0 with Commissioner Scott Wirtz absent.
When Montcalm County officials decided to share the wealth by handing out $500,000 of the county’s $12.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to local municipalities to help with park projects, the feel-good idea seemed simple enough at the time.
However, after receiving nearly $3 million worth of requests (including asks of half a million each from two townships looking to build new township halls), commissioners are reconsidering the idea.
The debate among Montcalm County commissioners regarding how to distribute American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to local municipalities spilled over into at least two township board meetings last week.
Commissioner Chris Johnston of Crystal Township voted “no” on May 9 to approve the county’s APRA Committee recommendations regarding park money distribution. Johnston elaborated on his vote during last Wednesday’s Crystal Township Board meeting.
The Crystal Township Board voted unanimously to spend $35,000 of its share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money in support of the Crystal Township Fire Department.
The township will receive a total of $284,803 in ARPA money over the next few years.
Jeremy Miller, 46, of Greenville. I’ve been a Montcalm County commissioner going on six years, as well as a city of Greenville planning commissioner. I am a person who loves my family, sports and I want to do all I can for my community.
The Tamarack Lake Trail project continues to move forward after the Lakeview Village Council approved at its March 8 meeting to enter into an agreement with Prein & Newhof civil engineers to design the new trail.
The do-not-exceed cost of $5,900 will be paid one-third each by the village’s general fund, the Lakeview Downtown Development Authority and Cato Township.
Montcalm County board approves Drain Commission promotion/hire, union contracts, ARPA money distribution
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple union contracts, distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and Drain Commission Office personnel changes during Monday’s full board meeting.
All nine county commissioners were present: Chairman Patrick Q. Carr of Cato Township, Vice Chairman Adam Petersen of Montcalm Township and commissioners Ron Baker of Howard City, Mike Beach of Carson City, Kathy Bresnahan of Pine Township, Chris Johnston of Crystal Township, Phil Kohn of Edmore, Jeremy Miller of Greenville and Scott Painter of Greenville.
Montcalm County commissioners are recommending spending another $2.7 million of their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money on the Road Commission, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Mid-Michigan District Health Department.
Meanwhile, a nearly $800,000 request from Montcalm Community College was tabled.
The Cato Township Board is spending a third of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money on replacing the roof of their meeting place, but several residents raised questions about the lack of a bid process.