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File #: RES 20-1294    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 9/23/2020
Title: Authorizing the City of Saint Paul to transfer $19,915,912 of the Coronavirus Relief Fund aid to specific accounts for COVID expenses. 
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. RES 20-1294, Financial Analysis
Related files: RES 20-1715, RES 20-1622
Title

Authorizing the City of Saint Paul to transfer $19,915,912 of the Coronavirus Relief Fund aid to specific accounts for COVID expenses. 

Body

WHEREAS, the CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and the Department of Treasury has distributed $150 billion in aid to eligible units of government, including the State of Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, on July 7, 2020 the State of Minnesota allocated $23,582,254 of CRF funds to the City of Saint Paul and the Council accepted and amended the budget in RES PH 20-173; and

WHEREAS, according to the CARES Act and the State of Minnesota, the CRF funds may be used for expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019, were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020, and were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on November 15, 2020; and

WHEREAS, according to guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, local governments are authorized to expend CRF funds for expenses including:

- medical expenses

- public health expenses

- payroll expenses for staff substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to COVID-19

- expenses to facilitate compliance with COVID-19

- economic support

- any other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government that satisfy the CRF eligibility criteria; and

WHEREAS, to facilitate its response to and mitigation of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City identified the following areas of need that meet the CRF eligibility criteria, for a total of $19,915,912:

Existing and Projected City COVID Expenses

- Incurred and projected COVID costs for payroll and leave: $8,877,161

- No contact water valve replacement: $241,715

- PPE cache for first responders, city employees, and people experience unsheltered homelessness: $709,000

- Parks outdoor space access: $20,000

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Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
9/22/2020 8:33 AMSharon4USA Against Robbing Federal Peter to pay Sanctuary City St.Paul http://sicko-citystpaul.blogspot.com and http://sharonscra.blogspot.com -1