Dodge County Leaders To Discuss Projects Seeking ARPA Funding

(Juneau) A number of communities and organizations are seeking a portion of Dodge County’s American Rescue Plan Act funding. The county is slated to receive just over $17-million in Rescue Act dollars. Counties must commit to spending the money no later than 2024 and be expended by the end of 2026.

A total of 17 municipalities requested funding, which was presented to the county board Tuesday night. Beaver Dam is seeking just over $1.8-million-dollars to help close the financial gaps for a three-phase housing project downtown. Other municipal projects include a housing development in Horicon, a bridge replacement in Hustisford, and improvements to the village hall in Theresa.

Organizations requesting funds include Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association with $700-thousand, the Dodge County Fair Association has applied for $651-thousand-dollars, and the newly formed Clyman-Lowell-Reeseville Fire Department is asking for $432-thousand. Andrew Caine, a captain and grant administrator for the department, says the money will go towards the construction of a new building to help with EMS services.

Several county departments pursuing funds include Clearview with $534-thousand-dollars, Information Technology totaling $13.1-million, and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is seeking $34-thousand-dollars. In all, the county received a total of $72-million-dollars in project proposals. However, some proposals did not include a dollar amount.

The newly formed ARPA Project Evaluation Committee will review each request and score them based on need, feasibility, and objectives. They will then be introduced to the county board for a final vote. The evaluation committee is made up of the chairpersons from other county sub-committees and any board member who wants to join.

Click HERE to see all funding requests submitted to the county.