Dodge County Board Creates Committee To Review ARPA Project Proposals

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board has approved creating an ad hoc committee to evaluate American Rescue Plan Act project proposals. The county is slated to receive just over $17,000,000 in Rescue Act funds. Counties must commit to spending the money no later than 2024 and be expended by the end of 2026. The resolution to create a group originated from the county’s Land and Water Conservation Committee.

Supervisor and Committee Member Andrew Johnson says investment of the relief funds is a tremendous responsibility and a once in a lifetime opportunity. He says it makes good sense to have a fair process and adequately consider all proposals.

The committee will be comprised of chairpersons from other county sub-committee’s including Executive, Finance, Building, Human Resources, Highway, among others. Johnson says any county board supervisor can also join. He says supervisors can review proposals at the committee level or hear then when they are introduced at the county board. Johnson adds that every proposal will be brought before the board with an evaluation and best projects highlighted.

The committee will meet quarterly or when there are at least five ARPA project proposals available for review. County leaders also have a February 1st meeting where they will hear and discuss projects seeking ARPA funding.