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File #: RES 21-1179    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Archived
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/25/2021
Title: Authorizing the City to transfer $3,507,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to specific accounts to address ARP Administration and other needs to respond to the public health emergency and its negative economic impacts and provide government services.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. RES 21-1179 Financial Analysis
Title
Authorizing the City to transfer $3,507,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to specific accounts to address ARP Administration and other needs to respond to the public health emergency and its negative economic impacts and provide government services.

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WHEREAS, since the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was discovered in the United States in January 2020, the disease has infected over 35 million and killed over 600,000 Americans and impacted every part of life; and

WHEREAS, both the public health and economic impacts of the pandemic have fallen most severely on communities and populations disadvantaged before it began; and

WHEREAS, amid this crisis the City of Saint Paul (the City) has been called on to respond at an immense scale; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by the President of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the ARPA established the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, intended to provide support to local governments in responding to the impact of COVID-19 and in their efforts to contain COVID-19 in communities, residents, and businesses; and

WHEREAS, from the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund the U.S. Department of Treasury is distributing $45.8 billion to metropolitan cities, of which the City’s allocation totals $166,641,623; and

WHEREAS, in May 2021, the City received the first half of its ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Fund allocation of $83,320,812; and

WHEREAS, according to the ARPA, the Local Fiscal Recovery funds may be used for the following expenses and must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and spent by December 31, 2026:

1) To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
2) To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to el...

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Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
8/22/2021 9:41 PMJohn Purdy Ward 2  Against $1,700,000 of resolution ARP spending total of $3,507,000 is for "River Centre Ramp", but the attached financial analysis appears incomplete by not referencing the type of spending account being proposed. Companion resolution RES 21-1234, also being discussed today, references $1,700,000 of ARP funds to be used for River Centre Ramp maintenance. Is the City's intent to use a total of $3,400,000 of ARP funds for River Centre Ramp improvements by approving both resolutions? These resolutions should be amended to state that hiring of unemployed and low income St Paul residents is a requirement, and containing budget funds sufficient to train and and keep these citizens on the job. I stand "For" if amended, "Against" if this spending goes to the low bidder without naming the above stipulation. In its present draft I stand "Against" until amended. Respectfully submitted and I thank the Council for this consideration. +2 -2 2