In March 2021, Elkins learned that it would receive approximately $3 million in federal American Rescue Project Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF).
The mayor established an ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee to study U.S. Department of the Treasury rules governing the use of these funds and analyze suggestions and requests from city staff and the public to determine the most urgent eligible projects.
The ARPA Advisory Committee consists of the chairpersons of each of council’s five standing committees. The committee’s chairperson is Mike Hinchman (chairperson of the Finance Committee). The committee’s other members are Marilynn Cuonzo (Municipal Properties Committee), Rob Chenoweth (Personnel Committee), David Parker (Public Safety Committee), and Nanci Bross-Fregonara (Rules & Ordinances).
In late summer 2021, an online survey was made available to solicit ideas from the public.
Read our press releases on this topic:
- Elkins to seek input on ARPA funds (March 2021)
- Elkins Mayor Establishes ARPA Advisory Committee (June 2021)
- ARPA Committee Reviews Rules at First Meeting
- Elkins Launches Online ARPA Survey
To view survey results, click here to access an online dashboard.
Federal rules, FAQs, and other resources concerning ARPA Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds may be found here.
Council has reserved five percent of the city’s ARPA disbursement for projects proposed by community organizations. Because federal rules impose significant documentation and reporting requirements on both the city and any subrecipients who receive ARPA funds from the city, organizations will be required to submit written applications and agree in writing to comply with federal rules. For more information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk.