Fayetteville able to obtain pandemic aid cash

FAYETTEVILLE – The city’s chief financial officer stands ready to sign the papers required to receive nearly $ 18 million in federal coronavirus aid funds.

The city council voted 7-0 on Tuesday for an item that Mayor Lioneld Jordan had put on the evening’s agenda. The move enabled CFO Paul Becker to sign an agreement on the terms of the city’s share of the American Rescue Plan’s aid funds.

The city is said to receive around $ 17.9 million. The council’s approval allows the city to receive the money. An expenditure plan will come later, said Becker.

“This resolution has nothing to do with the use or use of that money,” he said.

Arkansas state and local governments are receiving approximately $ 2.6 billion in pandemic aid. Of the four major cities in northwest Arkansas, Springdale receives the most at $ 21.4 million. Rogers will receive $ 11.7 million and Bentonville will receive $ 6.9 million.

The US Treasury Department has stated that the money could be used to support public health and address the negative economic impact of the public health emergency. Cities can use the money under this umbrella for a variety of purposes.

Jordan said he wanted to use the money to tackle social, environmental and economic problems. He plans to seek recommendations from the city’s various resident-led bodies, residents and councilors.

Training the workforce, housing, infrastructure and supporting local businesses are in Jordan’s mind, he said. Jordan said he wanted input from the public but also wanted to act quickly.

“I know you get a lot of different points of view in this city and I appreciate that,” he said. “Diversity is our strength here. So from the different voices of people we will find solutions on how to spend the money we get.”

The city council must approve a plan for using the money.

In other matters, the council voted 7-0 to approve certain rainwater regulations for individual properties. Councilor Matthew Petty was absent.

The regulations will push developers to use a set of standards based on the entire impermeable surface added. Certain standards will be required for developments that add 1,201 to 6,000 square feet of new impervious space. Developments that add 6,001 and more square feet of impervious surface will require more standards. Drainage requirements will be reviewed during the building permit process, said Alan Pugh, city human resources engineer.

The requirements apply to single-family and semi-detached houses that are not part of a subdivision designed in accordance with the city’s current drainage regulations, Pugh said. These subdivisions are already subject to the city’s manual of drainage criteria, he said.

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Actions by the Council

Fayetteville City Council met Tuesday and approved:

Commissioning the fire brigade with a software company to compile data on fire protection systems for companies.

Re-zoning of a single lot southwest of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wood Avenue for a potential townhouse development.

Rezoning approximately 4 of 22 acres owned by Fayetteville Public Schools near the high school to redevelop portions of the site for school sports facilities.

Source: Fayetteville