Winfield City Council Considers ARPA Spending | Winfield News
WINFIELD — City Council took a step Tuesday toward possibly spending funds from its American Rescue Plan Act fiscal stimulus package.
The council approved initial plans for four projects officials had previously outlined, including the Randolph Street sewer extension, for which bids have been received and could be awarded as early as the May 24 meeting, the council said. Clerk-Treasurer Rick Anderson.
Funding for the project, which is expected to be between $300,000 and $400,000, could come from ARPA funds, Anderson said.
“Potentially this is our most likely debut project initially,” Anderson said.
In addition to the Randolph Street Sewer Expansion, other potential ARPA-funded projects include the expansion of the city’s sewage treatment plant, a matching grant for the Hidden Creek stormwater and funding for 109th Avenue improvements, Anderson said.
Last year, the city received half of ARPA’s $1.3 million fund, or $675,000.
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The city is expected to receive the remaining $675,000 next month, Anderson said.
ARPA funds should be directed to capital improvements, such as infrastructure only, Anderson said.
The $1.3 million won’t be enough to fund all four projects, but officials can go down the list.
The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, and guaranteed direct relief to cities, towns, and villages across the United States.
The town of Winfield received its allocation based on its population, Anderson said.
In other cases, Winfield resident Rodney Dobbins questioned city officials about issues he had with trash cans being left out and untidy by some in his neighborhood.
Dobbins, who lives in Country Meadows, said he saw abandoned containers for three to five days after garbage collection day.
“Who enforces this?” Dobbins asked.
Dobbins said he was a longtime resident of Winfield and rarely complained, but he didn’t want the value of his property to drop.
Officials, including city administrator Nick Bellar, told Dobbins to contact the city with any complaints and the city’s code enforcement officer would deal with it.
“If you file a complaint, he (the code enforcement officer) will check it out,” city council president Gerald Stiener said.
Complaints can be made anonymously to a listed street if there are concerns about a neighbour’s anger, Bellar told Dobbins.
As for where trash should be stored on a property, the city doesn’t set those rules, but rather it would be part of homeowners association bylaws, Bellar and Stiener said.