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File #: RES 22-448    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 3/23/2022
Title: Authorizing the City to transfer $4,000,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to a specific account for Water Lead Pipe Replacement.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Chris Tolbert, Nelsie Yang
Attachments: 1. RES 22-448 Financial Analysis


Authorizing the City to transfer $4,000,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to a specific account for Water Lead Pipe Replacement.



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 950,000 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 eligible workers;

3) For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and

4) To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure; and


WHEREAS, to make necessary investments in water infrastructure, the City identified the following need that meets the ARPA eligibility criteria, for a total of $4,000,000:


1.                     Water, Lead Pipe Replacement: $4,000,000


WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 10.07.4 of the City Charter, the Mayor recommends the transfer of unencumbered ARPA appropriations between departments as outlined in the attached financial analysis, which is consistent with the City’s plan to shift ARPA funds to project-specific accounts for spending; now therefore, be it


RESOLVED, that the City Council of Saint Paul does hereby authorize the City to transfer $4,000,000 from the ARPA holding account to project-specific accounts as outlined in the attached financial analysis.


Financial Analysis

See attachment.




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