City Council Discusses Federal Funding Allocations, Announces Main Street Closure | News

Plans for allocating American Rescue Plan Act funds were discussed at the January 24 city council meeting after the initial allocation of $1.7 million in December, including $500,000 for a pilot plant water treatment. City Manager Greg McDanel also announced Main Street will be closed from 7 a.m. Feb. 8 to Feb. 9 for construction on Main Street South.

The US Treasury Department issued the final rule on January 6 and expanded how the funds could be used. ARPA was approved on March 10, 2021 for contributing to public health and economic recovery from the pandemic, in which Maryville received just over $2.3 million.

Of the $2.3 million allocated to Maryville, council approved $1.7 million in various locations at the December 13 city council meeting.

After these allocations, Maryville has a remaining budget of $613,000 to use against federal funding. McDanel said those ideas could include more funding for Phase II of the South Main Improvement Project, updated traffic signals, new amenities for the city, more funding for grants or loans to businesses, etc.

“The discussion is really just to start thinking about the rest of the $613,000,” McDanel said. “Almost everything is now eligible for ARPA funds.”

The Draft Final ARPA Funds Rule was released in May 2021, in which the US Treasury Department requested comments on the rules that outlined how these funds could be spent. ARPA’s final rule published on January 6 made changes to these rules and expanded the restrictions on the use of this money.

City Manager Greg McDanel mentioned workshops held by the city council on where that ARPA money should go before the final rule was thrown out the window based on the new guidelines.

“Really everything we talked about in previous workshops based on what we could and couldn’t do, we now have a free range in this category with the rest of the allocation,” McDanel said.

The largest allocation was $500,000 for a pilot plant for a new water treatment facility. After years of ongoing problems, the city looked to a new water treatment facility to combat water taste and odor. Before a new facility is built, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources requires that a pilot plant be built first.

The second highest allocation was $392,000 for police pay. The Maryville Police Department also received $40,000 for new mobile data terminals in police cruisers.

Other improvements at local parks received $215,000, including $100,000 for Thompson Splash ‘N Play, $75,000 for a new dog park in Sunrise Park and $40,000 for Downtown Pocket Park for improvements like benches and a mural.

The Downtown Facade Improvement Grant Project also received a $200,000 allocation in which city business owners can apply for funds to make alterations to things like storefronts, window replacement, exterior upgrades and more.

Commercial business owners can get 50% match up to $25,000, while non-profit businesses can get 50% match up to $50,000 on any approved project.

These funds will be requested through an application to be presented at the next City Council meeting on February 14, along with additional guidelines and agreements.

Another $270,000 was donated for stormwater drainage and $110,000 was allocated for the municipal court transfer.

This new final rule will take effect April 1, and the City has until December 31, 2024 to allocate the remaining funds and until December 31, 2026 to spend the full $2.3 million in federal funding.

James V. Hayes