The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion stimulus package signed into law on March 11, 2021. The purpose of the stimulus package is to provide support for health and economic impacts directly related to the COVID 19 pandemic. A total of $350 billion was allocated to state, local, territorial and Tribal governments through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (aka ARPA). The direct payments are distributed through the U.S Department of Treasury and are subject to the requirements specified in the Final Rule issued by Treasury on January 6, 2022.
Wheelock's Share of ARPA Funds
At the January 18, 2022 meeting of the Wheelock Selectboard, a vote was passed to recruit Wheelock citizens for the purpose of establishing a committee with a specific charge to research eligible uses for Wheelock’s ARPA allocation ($246,912) and other opportunities, with assistance from VLCT, NVDA and others and ultimately recommend actions to selectboard.
The first ARPA committee meeting was held on February 3, 2022. Vanessa Seguin (Town Clerk/Treasurer) was elected chair and Eileen Boland was elected minute clerk.
The group established the regular meeting dates to be the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. The next scheduled ARPA committee meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at 7:00 PM.