Because the Belltown Road project had been formally noted as an infrastructure need and is therefore “existing,” Warner and Key said the project should be eligible within ARPA spending parameters, which include requirements that eligible projects must already exist within a locality, and eligible projects must be completed by the plan’s spending deadline several years from now.
Councilors did not settle on an exact dollar figure the town would commit to each project but unanimously moved to allocate up to $500,000 toward the Belltown Road project, up to $2 million toward the Town and Country sewer project, up to $2 million for the Helm Street water tank replacement and up to $100,000 for broadband improvements within town limits.
In 2017, Warner said the town began discussions with the authority about adding a capital improvement project to install a water line to service the affected residents. This project’s estimated cost is $300,000, and using some of the ARPA money could help offset the expense.
The town has so far received $3.4 million in ARPA money, and will receive $3.4 million more for the second and final dissemination.