ARPA Expenditures

City of Elkins $3,084,933 in federal American Rescue Project Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). This page tracks spending of this money.

Introduction

In March 2021, Elkins officials learned that the city would receive $3,084,933 in federal American Rescue Project Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF). This money was to be distributed in two equal parts, half in 2021 and half in 2022. The city has until December 31, 2024 to obligate funds and December 31, 2026 to spend the funds. Use this page to learn more about how City of Elkins is utilizing these once-in-a-lifetime funds.


Allowed Uses for ARPA Funds


Under rules announced by the U.S. Treasury Department, ARPA funds may only be used to:


  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services up to the amount of revenue lost due to the pandemic
  • Respond to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic, by supporting the health of communities, and helping households, small businesses, impacted industries, nonprofits, and the public sector recover from economic impacts
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, to support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand affordable access to broadband internet

ARPA Expenditure Decision Process


To guide council's decision making concerning the use of ARPA funds, 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).


Full council approval was required for all ARPA expenditures, with the exception of 5 percent of the total funds (about $154,000) that council dedicated for community-based projects proposed by members of the public. Council delegated approval authority for this 5 percent to the ARPA Advisory Committee.


Public Outreach & Information


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

Council Focuses on Infrastructure for ARPA funds

Applications for ARPA Funds Due Feb. 28


In late summer 2021, an online survey was made available to solicit ideas from the public. To view survey results, click here to access an online dashboard.