Oswego County Legislature Awards First Round of ARPA Funding
June 10, 2022
OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Legislature passed a resolution at its June meeting to provide funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). In addition to health care facilities, services and programs, approved projects include small businesses, non-profit organizations, and community development and infrastructure initiatives.
“Over the past year, there have been many discussions across the state and the country about the types of projects that could be funded through this initiative,” the County Legislative Speaker said. Oswego, James Weatherup, District 9. “We have been very careful in our deliberations, not only to determine the best investments for the future of our county, but because if an audit determines the project is ineligible, we will have to repay those funds, which would defeat the purpose of this opportunity.
Meetings between President Weatherup, County Administrator Phil Church, Director of Community Development, Tourism and Planning Dave Turner, leaders from various business sectors, locally elected mayors and city supervisors, contractors of social services, representatives from local school districts and emergency services agencies, and other county lawmakers culminated in the development of a basic blueprint for how the county would move forward in the process of ‘Evaluation.
“We created the Office of Strategic Initiatives and asked Dave Turner to be its director to help ensure compliance,” Weatherup continued. “We have also convened a working group – deliberately designed to be independent of any political or peer pressure – to review the proposals. It remains vital for us to ensure that this process remains as fair and impartial as possible. »
Proposals are screened through computer software specifically designed to evaluate ARPA projects. They are then discussed, interrogated, and assessed by Director Turner and the task force before being presented to the appropriate legislative committee for further review and debate. Ultimately, they are presented to the full legislature for final analysis and a vote.
“This is a unique opportunity to shape the economic future of Oswego County in a truly impactful way,” Turner said. “With this in mind, we are committed to allocating these funds using a thorough and thoughtful process. We take our time – meticulously researching each of these proposals – and make systematic decisions; not only on their eligibility for funding, but also on their ability to improve and strengthen the economy of Oswego County.
This resolution approved at the June meeting of the Legislative Assembly represents the first set of winning proposals. Oswego County continues to accept project applications for ARPA funding.
Applications can be found online at: https://www.oswegocounty.com/government/county_legislature/american_rescue_plan.php or by contacting a local legislator.
For more information on ARPA funding, contact the Oswego County Office of Strategic Initiatives at [email protected] or 315-349-8260.