Dodge County Leaders To Discuss ARPA Funding At Future Meeting

(Juneau) Dodge County leaders have set aside a future meeting to discuss how to best allocate the county’s American Rescue Act Funds. The decision to schedule the February 1st meeting was made Monday while the County Board’s Executive Committee listened to Horicon’s request for ARPA funding to help cover costs for a housing project. Supervisor Kira Sheahan-Malloy says she wants to see all projects requesting funds through the American Rescue Act be presented at one time. She says spending the money on a housing project is valuable but notes her concern with bringing each proposal by piecemeal.  

Last month, Executive Board Chairman Russ Kottke floated the idea of creating an ad hoc committee to handle the ARPA funding. It was ultimately voted down, with some on the Executive Committee wishing to see all the county board members have a say in how the money will be spent. At yesterday’s meeting, Kottke noted that Sheahan-Malloy said last month she did not want to hear from department heads. He added that [the executive committee] is (quote) “jumping around like a fish in the lake.”  

Sheahan-Malloy says no slight was intended and just wanted to make sure all other board members had a say in the process. She added that she was just advocating on their behalf. 

The meeting will also be open to community and business leaders. Details will be available soon on how those leaders can contact the county to express their interest in ARPA funding. Dodge County is slated to receive just over $17-million-dollars in American Rescue Act Funds.