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    Tuesday, May 28, 2024

    Montville reallocates more than $200,000 in ARPA funds

    Montville ― The Town Council allocated more than $200,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds Monday night.

    More than $50,000 was awarded each to the police department for a new cruiser, the Board of Education for a new van and the Raymond Hill Library to help fund its budget request and for building repairs.

    The library initially requested $100,000 from the town as it continues to use money from its endowment to cover the majority of its operating budget. Mayor Ron McDaniel recommended $75,000 in his proposed budget for library funding. The budget is slated to be finalized this week.

    The Parks and Recreation Department received $25,000 to install an ADA-compliant ramp at the town tennis courts, $20,000 for the town’s youth lacrosse league and $10,000 for the farmer’s market.

    The senior center was given $10,000 for computer replacements, while $1,000, or $500 each, was given to the Montville and Oakdale Fire Companies to help offset the costs of fire and ambulance coverage for the 2023 town carnival.

    The funds were reallocated by the town’s Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Impact Study Committee earlier this month, and approved by the Town Council Monday, after certain projects were not completed, funds were not used or there was a surplus from completed project.

    Paving at the community center was not completed at this time, which allowed $83,000 to be spent elsewhere.

    The town has approximately $4,000 remaining in ARPA funds. The town has until the end of 2024 to allocate its funds and has until the end of 2026 to fully spend its funds.

    k.arnold@theday.com

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