Metropolis of Bentonville meets to debate American Rescue Plan cash allocation

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – The city of Bentonville meets to discuss how to spend the American bailout money.

By September 7, Bentonville will have received half of its planned $ 6.9 million.

Some of the proposed projects are direct responses to the pandemic, such as increasing reserves of personal protective equipment, and others would use the funds for infrastructure projects such as upgrading the city’s water and electricity meters or protecting the city from ransomware attacks.

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“It’s actually a requirement within the process, so we want to make sure we’re getting it right,” said Bentonville Mayor Stephanie Orman. “For us, our community is a community that has a can-do attitude and in order to have that, to work together, it is important to be able to listen to the public.”

The city has not held any votes but has had a better idea of ​​what to do when the time comes to vote on the allocation of that money.

Benton County committee discusses allocation for covid-19 cash

BENTONVILLE – Benton County’s finance committee met Tuesday to discuss the allocation of the $ 27 million fund to the US bailout plan.

Congress passed the US $ 1.9 trillion rescue plan in March, which provided financial relief to state and local governments to combat the economic pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Benton County’s Quorum Court set up the fund on May 27 to withhold the money from the federal government until it could decide how best to spend it.

The clawback funds must be due by December 31, 2024 and issued by the same date in 2026. District Judge Barry Möhring suggested holding preliminary exploratory sessions, which would be an extension of the finance committee from the week of July 19th. The meetings would cover both immediate expenditure and items that need further consideration.

Each meeting could have a single focus area, but the August meetings would span larger ideas. Moehring suggested that funding be focused on district employees, district facilities, public health and economic recovery, infrastructure, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.

When reviewing spending, these members should question whether the spending meets US bailout criteria and whether it solves a problem or benefits Benton County, he said.

Moehring emphasized the importance of transparency, determination and cooperation with the public in determining the use of funds. The process also requires patience as some projects don’t take several years to complete. Some may need to be completed faster than others, but the dish doesn’t have to “eat the whole elephant in one sitting,” said Möhring.

“If we have the right process and are patient, we will achieve the right results,” said Möhring.

Moehring cited ways to deal with the recent negative economic impact, such as accelerating the recovery of the tourism and hospitality sectors, helping small businesses, and helping workers and families.

In addition to helping small businesses, Justice of the Peace Carrie Perrien Smith believes that county process improvements and equipment upgrades would be wise use of money, she said. Smith also cautioned against using grant money to expand the trail system if the maintenance of the trail after the expansion is not taken into account.

Ineligible uses of the money include paying into Rainy Day funds or financial reserves, financing debt servicing, and spending on general infrastructure other than water, sewer, and broadband investments.

Committee members also discussed several remedies during Tuesday’s meeting. They are unanimously donating $ 75,000 from the Cares Act to implement Questys’ document management system in the County Clerk office. The system makes the ongoing process paperless and eliminates document storage.

Additional funding included an additional case manager request for the public defender’s office due to process changes amid the pandemic. The motion was passed after Justice of the Peace Joel Jones requested that the money be drawn from the Cares Act instead of the general fund.

The approved funds will be submitted to the Quorum Court for review.

Union Purchase $50,000 in Allocation Cash From LAFC – Philadelphia Sports activities Nation

On Thursday, the union announced that it had acquired $ 50,000 in allocation funds from LAFC. In return the union have exchanged the homegrown player rights for goalkeeper and graduate of the YSC Academy, Tomas Romero. Philadelphia continued to do business, making big bucks for general allotment.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper recently played for Georgetown University when he recorded 10 wins, two draws and seven shutouts in his freshman year. In 2019, he led the Hoyas to their first NCAA Soccer College Cup title by registering the final parade in a PK shootout and winning the College Cup as the second graduate of the YSC Academy. This was certainly an impressive feat that must have caught the attention of LAFC.

Before Romero moved to Georgetown, he played for the union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC /union II. At the age of 16, he was the youngest goalkeeper to start a USL championship game when he started in the goal in Bethlehem in April 2017. In the same season Romero made history again as the youngest player to win a league competition. He then played a total of 17 USL games and recorded two shutouts. Romero was for that too union The Academy’s U15 / 16, U17 / 18 and U18 / 19 teams play a total of 36 games, including 35 starts.

Internationally, Romero has been nominated to El Salvador’s U17 and U23 teams, including the 2017 Concacaf U17 Championship. Romero certainly has the talent and skills to be a solid player in MLS, and with that move has he got the chance to fight for the starting job for one of the best teams in the league.

The Union also swapped all of their picks from this year’s MLS SuperDraft along with their first round for next year. They traded next year’s election for Nashville SC and will look to the academy and homegrown players to filter the youth through the club. If they can continue to sell some of their young players to European teams for even more money, with these assets and their current players they will be well prepared for the future.


“Featured image: Rafael Suanes / Georgetown University”