A lot of cash, a number of want: Council will get an replace on federal rescue funds

The US $ 39 million bailout has risen to nearly $ 60 million, all of which must be spent by the end of 2024, county council finance committee members learned Tuesday.

And that’s an estimated $ 168 million in public transportation, housing, public health programs, and direct assistance to residents and businesses in the form of rental and utility benefits, unemployment, economic checks, coronavirus testing and response, and other forms of government assistance.

It’s a big change for a county that often struggles to keep up with its commitments, noted Puna Councilor Ashley Kierkiewicz.

“I see – that’s kind of money in a generation,” said Kierkiewicz. “We had to pinch pennies for so long and now there are tens of millions out there.”

Finance director Deanna Sako tried to dampen the council’s spending enthusiasm.

Spending, Sako said, has to fit into very specific categories to qualify for federal funds. The district has to submit its first quarterly report to the federal government next month.

The money can be used for public health and tackling negative economic effects, especially in underserved areas.

“We make sure that all of these things we want to do actually fit into the categories we have,” said Sako. “That was a challenge.”

For example, the county is not qualified to use federal stimulus money to make up for lost public sector revenue because the county’s general fund has not taken a hit from the rise in property values. This is bad news for the Department of Water Supply, which is trying to make up $ 2.9 million in lost revenue from unpaid water bills.

“The county as a whole is fine, but that doesn’t help the water supply ministry,” said Sako.

Much of the money will go to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure alongside childcare so that people can be kept busy, especially as the tourism sector recovers.

“We want to be deliberate and wise on this piece,” said Doug Adams, director of research and development, who is looking for the best way to connect critical broadband networks and create childcare facilities for children under five. There are 12,000 children in that age group on the island, but only 3,600 childcare places, he said.

“We’re looking for ways to get people back to work,” he said. “If you want to see economic development, we have to make sure that our children are cared for.”

Hilo Councilor Sue Lee Loy urged the administration to reach out to nonprofits on the island to put together larger funding and grant packages to help the community.

“Over time, we’ve given a little to a lot of people and not really seen the effects,” said Lee Loy. “The nonprofits in our community are doing so much and it would be helpful if we could align them with these goals.”

Council chairman asks DC mayor to hurry emergency cash to move off evictions

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a nationwide moratorium on evictions, but the ban has ended and DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is concerned about the possibility of several hundred evictions in the district in the coming weeks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a nationwide moratorium on evictions, but the ban has ended and DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is concerned about the possibility of several hundred evictions in the district in the coming weeks.

“We have money available to help tenants with rent; and if the tenant is eligible, they shouldn’t be evicted, ”Mendelson said.

He said the city has approximately $ 200 million in federal emergency funds designed to keep people in their homes, but warned that the bureaucratic hassle in the city’s STAY DC program is preventing the city from that the money will achieve its intended purpose.

“About 70 evictions are planned for next week, most, if not all, of which will be stopped when the rent is paid. And I’ve been told that for most, if not all, of them, STAY DC’s money is an option, but the city isn’t moving fast enough to get those dollars out, ”Mendelson said.

STAY DC provides grants to tenants and housing providers to cover past and future rental payments as well as ancillary costs. Last month, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said the district reached a national milestone for rent relief before a use-it-or-lose-it period on September 30th.

In a letter Wednesday to Bowser, Mendelson said the city’s Department of Human Services, which administers the STAY DC program, has rejected efforts to meet to address the crisis.

“You are not ready to meet with me; they are not ready to tackle this problem; and they are not ready to block these evictions next week as far as I can tell, ”Mendelson said.

Mendelson asked Bowser to explain to the council by the end of the week how she would provide the money to avert the evictions.

The mayor’s office was asked to comment on Mendelson’s letter, but there was no immediate response.

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Council hesitant about holding cash for memorial

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The group, which is at the forefront of plans to build a memorial recognizing the COVID-19 pandemic, asked the county if they would be willing to hold donations for the project and share the bills for building the memorial with the To pay donations.

Dubois County Council members are reluctant to do so.

Members of the COVID memorial group spoke to the district council about the idea earlier this week. They expect input to come primarily from organizations, corporations, and the Dubois County Community Foundation, said group member Beth Waltz. Individuals are also interviewed if necessary.

She said these companies need a way to make these payments. The Community Foundation suggested that it be either a nonprofit organization or a government agency.

“This is a one-time thing. It should be done within a year, ”said Waltz. “We’re not trying to create a 501 (c) (3) or go through the process.” A 501 (c) (3) is a nonprofit that has been recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service for its not-for-profit programs.

The group of volunteers came together especially for the erection of the monument. Dubois County Commissioners have agreed to place the memorial on the southeast lawn of the Dubois County Courthouse. The monument will be about 1.5 meters high at its highest point and about 10 feet in diameter. Its design will be circular and include a black granite pillar with gray granite round benches that sit on a circular concrete stamp. There will be inscriptions on the memorial, but no names, project manager Chris Waltz assured the council.

Beth Waltz stated that the memorial will recognize an event that has occurred that affects everyone in the country. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever had. Everyone is affected, ”she said. “And it’s not over yet.”

The estimated cost of the proposed design, which includes the stone, lettering, and installation, is approximately $ 11,300. As soon as the monument is completed, it will be handed over to the district and the district will take care of its maintenance.

Council President Mike Kluesner told the council that when the commissioners approved the placement of the memorial, it was declared that no taxpayers’ money will be used to build the memorial.

Kluesner was the first to express his reluctance to be the place where people would submit donations for the memorial. He said the district attorney would have to draft the resolution to create the fund for the donations. In addition, the district’s audit office must collect and track the donations, pay the construction bills from the fund and then take on the mandatory state audit of the fund.

“I just don’t think we should get involved in raising, maintaining, and paying for any kind of building,” he said. “This money should be raised by the foundation, a financial institution, or a CPA to separate private funds from public funds.”

Chris Waltz said the foundation proposed the option because the foundation’s funds are generic and in a pool that they are spent out of. “So it’s not focused on any particular thing,” he said. “We wanted to make sure this was targeted to raise the money we needed.”

Kluesner suggested setting up a fund at a financial institution into which the donations could be paid. Chris Waltz said there would be more legitimacy having the fund with the county since the checks would be made out to the county, not an individual.

“We’re trying to make it a little more formal,” said Beth Waltz. “That legitimizes the project. We are looking for that legitimacy and support. ”She added that the number of transactions to and from the fund would be very small.

District Councilor Charmian Klem said she didn’t want the auditors to do any extra work to keep an eye on the fund. She said that when it becomes known that donations are being accepted, people will be chipping in large and small amounts.

“We would ask our staff to devote as much time as necessary to getting it, tracking it, and reviewing it,” she said.

Klem also said she heard concerns, people saying the county’s money should not be used to build the monument. “Gathering this through the auditor could look like public money,” she said.

Kluesner said the council would consider the motion for the next month. The matter will be discussed at the Council meeting on September 27th. In the meantime, he asked the group to find other avenues for the fund. Councilor Becky Beckman suggested that the group speak to the Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The council also:

• Issued the Dubois County Health Department emergency clearance to use the $ 308,704 the state is allocating to the reopened local COVID test site.

• Discussed the Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program or HELP. Council members did not feel they had enough information to decide whether to create a new position as community coordinator or to contribute money for the position. The commissioners are trying to determine whether the county should apply for the program, with the coordinator specifically helping figure out how the county should use its federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. If selected, the county would add a minimum of $ 20,000 and the Department of Community and Rural Affairs would help fund the coordinator’s post for the first year; in the following years the district would finance the entire salary. The commissioners are looking to see if other communities are interested in jointly submitting an application and are speaking with the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission about the program.

• Made financial arrangements to keep COVID workers in the county health department for the next year by adding $ 139,531 to the department’s budget for 2022; the money comes from the rain day fund.

• Creation of a courthouse well maintenance fund to accept funds from a Dubois County Community Foundation for the well.

• Has agreed to assist the Patoka Lake Watershed Committee in their search for a grant to acquire a Watershed Coordinator.

Council contemplating axing three interlocal agreements to unencumber cash for police pay raises

JACKSON, miss. (WLBT) – Jackson City Council could have found a way to give police officers a raise without having to raise taxes.

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 2, at Jackson City Hall to discuss the city’s budget for the 2021-22 financial year.

During the budget deliberations, the administration and council held talks about a possible increase in property tax in order to finance salary increases for experienced police and firefighters.

However, this tax hike may not be necessary if several items that will be considered by the council on Thursday are adopted.

The council is considering repealing three agreements, two that would allow the city to detain offenders in prisons outside of the county, and one to pay the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office half a million dollars to provide additional patrols around the city .

If repealed, the agreements would free approximately $ 1 million in city funds and could be used to fund raises for corporations in the Jackson Police Department, their Jackson Fire Department equivalents, and communications personnel.

It would also mean the city would not have to levy taxes on a mill to generate the funds needed to raise wages.

A mill would make about $ 1.2 million a year, according to the city.

Council President Virgi Lindsay says she also supports the idea because the agreements were never implemented.

“They were never implemented for one reason or another, and as I suggested early on, this is our opportunity to take these funds and invest in our first responders,” she said.

The council approved interlocal agreements with Yazoo County and Holmes County last October that would have enabled the city to transport felons there and place them in prisons.

The agreements were necessary because Hinds County is currently unable to detain most of the offenders at the Raymond Detention Center under a federal consent decree.

Holmes County’s board of directors signed the agreement last year, stating that Jackson detainees transported to Holmes County Jail be screened for COVID-19 prior to transportation.

As of June, the Yazoo board had not yet signed its agreement.

If both are overturned, Jackson would save $ 500,000.

In March of this year, the Council signed a second agreement one to provide $ 500,000 to the Hinds County Sheriff to pay for additional patrols around the city.

The proposal was drafted and approved by Ward 3 city councilor Kenneth Stokes with no details being worked out.

For example, the city guides wanted the money to be used to hire additional deputies specifically for patrols in Jackson.

However, the late Sheriff Lee Vance wanted to use the funds to pay existing alternates overtime to patrol Jackson after their normal shifts were over.

It was unclear whether the terms of this agreement were ever finalized.

Sheriff Vance died in August after contracting COVID-19.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chamber.

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Divided Aspen Metropolis Council sends Wheeler cash query to voters

After locating a member of Aspen City Council who was absent from Tuesday’s regular session to vote on a controversial election issue, the council voted 3-2 in favor of an ordinance asking voters to withdraw tax revenue from the Divert real estate transfer tax for the Wheeler Opera House.

Councilor Skippy Mesirow was reached by city director Sara Ott after an hour and a half discussion of his elected counterparts, who were stuck 2-2 in a vote, to send the question to the vote.

Mesirov attended the meeting at his Aspen apartment after a vacation trip through WebEx. The conversation among councilors continued for another 40 minutes, which ended in a swing vote by Mesirov after asking questions about the councilors’ positions that they had previously stated.

He voted because of his late arrival despite objections from two council members, Ward Hauenstein and Rachel Richards.

“I think this is a flawed process because Skippy comes at the last minute,” said Hauenstein.

Richards asked Mesirov to wait and listen to the entire conversation later before making a decision.

“If you get involved,” she said, “I would really appreciate it if you wait and watch until you see the previous discussion … and I don’t want to have to repeat 10 minutes of online comments to you about my concerns and assessments.”

The special session was called for Tuesday so Richards could be on the podium. since she was on vacation a week earlier when the rest of the council debated whether the question should be sent to the electorate.

Richards said she watched the August 24th meeting of the council and was ready to turn down the vote question for a myriad of reasons, including the fact that the city’s recent election results showed that the required 60% of voters are unlikely to support her.

Prior to Mesirov’s appearance, Councilor John Doyle said a decision to send a question to voters was important enough for all five members to vote.

“I just firmly believe that Skippy should be here so we can get a resounding yes or no,” he said. “I hate having another meeting, but he’s part of our board of directors, he should get involved.”

With the Friday deadline for submitting ballot language to the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, the council took a break to see Mesirov’s availability.

Richards said the council members’ conflicting views on diverting funds from the Wheeler Opera House did not send out a good signal to voters.

“Great, you have a 3-2 vote to put it on the ballot and try to win with it,” she said, arguing more than once Tuesday that it was still not entirely clear how the money was being spent and how much would be diverted and what would be left for the historic Wheeler Opera House.

“I think if the council puts a question together and publishes it and it fails, it is the council’s failure to ask a failed question … and I think that is not reflected well in the council,” she said.

Mayor Torre, who had voted with Doyle and Mesirov to put the question on the ballot, said the time had come.

“I think we should go ahead with November and give our community a chance to vote on it,” he said. “That doesn’t work structurally for us and we should fix it and we could fix it by putting it on the ballot and supporting it and getting it over the 60% threshold … and I also think that doesn’t tie our hands up, even to ask another question in the next year or two, or right now, when we are sitting in front of us and have the opportunity to make progress. “

The poll question is asking that some of Wheeler’s property transfer tax revenue be diverted to the Red Brick Center for the Arts, which is currently supported by the city’s general fund and the city’s wealth management plan fund.

The elimination of the general fund as a source of support for the Red Brick would allow the city to pay its remaining $ 2.1 million in outstanding certificates of attendance for the financially vulnerable Isis Theater.

The poll also calls for the cap on $ 100,000 annually allocated to arts and culture grants to local nonprofits to be lifted and opened up more widely to the visual and performing arts.

The Wheeler real estate transfer tax was first adopted by voters in 1979 and was specifically pledged as financial support for the Wheeler Opera House, plus the $ 100,000 annually allocated.

In 2016, voters extended the RETT to 2039 and reiterated the 1979 vote that any change in funding would require the support of 60% of voters.

The Wheeler Opera House currently has $ 40 million in funds.

Hauenstein said he wants to ensure other important community needs, particularly mental health and childcare, are adequately funded before asking voters to divert money from the Wheeler property transfer tax for more arts funding.

At the beginning of the council discussion on Tuesday before Mesirov’s appearance, Doyle said in the back of his mind that if the question fails, it could be asked again, but with questions from the Wheeler board of directors and other concerns, it would be a good idea to step down and assess it more closely, instead of rushing it.

He later changed his mind and voted yes to put it on the ballot after voting against Richards’ earlier motion to deny the ordinance that voters sent him.

Hauenstein and Richards voted yes to reject the motion, while Torre and Doyle voted no, which resulted in a 2-2 deadlock.

When asked again to approve the regulation, Richards and Hauenstein vote no and Mesirow, Torre and Doyle vote yes.

“I see valid arguments for both sides,” said Doyle when he was pushed to his position by Mesirov. “I’m struggling with this because we could get it back on the ballot right away; I like what Torre said about letting the voters decide, we have a smart electorate, and I also agree with the points Rachel made as she hasn’t even met the Wheeler board yet. It’s a difficult thing. “

Mesirov leaned over to Torre’s position.

“Let’s do it now and let the polling feedback guide us,” he said.

The council spent much less time discussing another vote question, which was passed 4-0, to be sent to Aspen voters this fall.

The council spent about 15 minutes at the beginning of the meeting approving two regulations and a decision that sends a basic exchange question to the voters.

If approved by voters, it would lay a 19 acre shelter easement over Shadow Mountain, preventing future development and guaranteeing public access and recreational opportunities.

The property is known as the Pride of Aspen Mining Claim, and if voters agree to the land swap, it will be owned permanently by the City Park Department and Pitkin County’s Open Space Program.

By approving the deal with homeowner Bob Olson who owns 501 W. Hopkins Ave. owned next to the Midland Trail, he will receive 4,000 square feet of public right of way on his 7,500 square foot property.

The additional square footage to Olson’s property would allow for better access and more landscaping around the home, along with setbacks that would create a buffer for the adjacent Midland Trail.

His company, RD Olson Investments II, LLC, headquartered in Newport Beach, California, bought the 19 acres on Shadow Mountain for $ 1 million in 2018 for prophylactic purposes to ensure no one would do or suggest anything right behind their home that he could contradict.

As part of the land swap, between 360 square meters and 780 square meters of additional floor space could be added to the existing 3,450 square meter house, depending on the proposal and land use regulations.

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Columbia Metropolis Council considers concepts for American Rescue Plan cash

COLOMBIA, Mon. (KMIZ)

Columbia City Council pondered how to spend $ 25 million received from the federal government.

The discussion came as the council prepares to vote on its budget for fiscal year 22. Funds from the American Rescue Plan make up a small percentage of the money the council must garner, but many have urged the council to invest in areas it frequently does not invest in while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council discussed how to use the money to fight homelessness in the city. Citizens’ surveys have shown that housing construction is a priority for consideration. The draft plan prepared by city officials for ARPA funding shows that $ 3 million will be spent on this issue. The Voluntary Action Center has asked for ARPA funds to help with its Opportunity Campus for people affected by homelessness, including shelter. The group said it would take $ 5 million to get it established.

The council members discussed how best to use this money. Mayor Brian Treece said $ 3 million could be too expensive. He said the city needs to ensure that whatever it has spent money on produces results in solving the problem.

“I think there are some unique needs that I think the city should be a partner on,” said Treece. “And I think the county has to be a partner and I think the private sector has to be a partner.”

First ward councilwoman Pat Fowler said the city needs to spend enough money to make the program in which it has invested successful. So did other urban ARPA investment ideas, including mental health services and community violence prevention.

“Now if we put extra strain on a nameless person to make all of these connections and bring all of these things together, the chances are they’ll fall apart,” said Fowler.

City Manager John Glascock revealed his plan for spending at a news conference on July 29th. The $ 474 million budget includes a 3 percent raise for all employees and the creation of 38 new jobs in the city. The government is still cutting back on staff cuts that were cut in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Glascock said the city is in “good financial condition” and expects to raise $ 443 million for the fiscal year beginning October 1.

The Council held its first public hearing on the budget on August 16. He will hold two more hearings, scheduled for September 7th and September 20th, before possibly voting on September 20th.

The health department also asked for more money to keep some temporary positions. Deputy Director Scott Clardy said the department must hire investigators on the case to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic because of the recent surge caused by the Delta variant. Clardy said the $ 1.2 million needed would also be paid for through grants and the county.

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Niles council members hurry for settlement cash from opioid epidemic lawsuit earlier than deadline

(WKBN) – Money is pouring into Ohio communities as part of a class action lawsuit settlement against drug companies for their role in the opioid epidemic.

The Ohio churches will receive $ 26 billion.

Niles is one of the communities working to get an ordinance to accept some of that money. They held a special council meeting on Wednesday evening to learn more about this money.

Niles is said to win $ 300,000 from the settlement.

This money can be used for treatment, education, distribution crackdowns, and other community needs.

12 year old Mahoning County girl looking for her forever home

Gostlin: Is there a reason the city shouldn’t accept this money?
Zuzolo: “Not from a legal point of view. Not that I could see it. “

Philip Zuzolo is a Niles Law Director.

The compensation never has to be paid back.

Johnson and Johnson and three pharmaceutical distributors pay the bill. One such distributor is Cardinal Health, based in Ohio, just outside of Columbus.

“This epidemic has hit us hard,” said Jimmy Julian, a member of Niles City Council.

According to the Ohio Attorney General’s website, Trumbull County ranks sixth in the state for all opioid-related deaths.

Niles has the second largest death toll in Trumbull.

“It will go into resources fighting this epidemic, which is still rife in northeast Ohio but across Ohio as a whole,” said Julian.

The distributors have 17 years to pay their severance payments. Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson and Johnson will cease selling and promoting the sale of opioids.

“Very much needed by the police, courts and various educational programs, and hopefully it can help families affected by this epidemic,” said Julian.

But the city is running out of time to pass the ordinance.

“We were told that the resolution or ordinance must be passed by August 13th to allow full participation,” said Zuzolo.

Not enough city council members showed up to see him off without a third reading.

So the last vote will take place on Thursday.

Councilors at Wednesday’s meeting say they expect to be approved before Friday’s deadline.

Council OKs plan to pay out remaining hardship cash

WINDOW ROCKS

In a special session on June 25, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously passed a bill to establish a Phase II CARES Fund spending plan for hardship cases.

The bill would provide funding to eligible Navajo tribesmen who did not receive funds under the initial hardship payments.

The second phase will be funded from the remaining $ 41.97 million in the Hardship Fund from the Navajo Allocation from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, plus any investment income.

In August 2020, the Navajo Nation Council decided to provide financial assistance to Navajo people and families in financial need due to the coronavirus pandemic and public health orders, and passed the Navajo Nation CARES Hardship Assistance spending plan Find.

Of the $ 361.5 million that ended up in the hardship that included repayments from unfinished CARES Act projects and services, $ 319.5 million was spent on hardship payments to 308,000 Navajos.

Acting Controller Elizabeth Begay confirmed that her office is now able to retrieve hardship claim information from Baker Tilly, the accounting firm that former Controller Pearline Kirk hired to manage the hardship support portal.

With an amendment added by Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton, the bill prioritizes payments to 1,865 Navajos who applied by November 30, 2020, the hardship application deadline, but did not receive checks because certain documents such as CIB were not submitted, or personal information such as date of birth or addresses was incorrect or inconsistent with existing records.

“The legislation opens the harshness to anyone who did not apply,” said Charles-Newton. “My amendment says that the 1,865 people who applied before the deadline but didn’t receive their checks will be processed first.

“They did everything they should, but they ran into problems that were beyond their control,” she said. “It’s all about being fair.”

Begay said it would take a total of $ 2.45 million to process the checks to the 1,865 claimants out of the remaining $ 41.97 million, and that payments must be made by July 31st, provided that all outstanding application problems have been resolved.

For these individuals, the payments of $ 1,350 for adults and $ 450 for children are the same as those received by previous applicants.

After the payments were distributed to the 1,865, Begay said the remaining 90,135 of the 399,494 enrolled Navajos who did not apply for hardship or missed the deadline were under phase. Apply for payments from the balance of $ 39.52 million II.

However, if all 90,135 apply, they would only get an estimated $ 438 per person, she said.

The bill states that the controller’s office will “set, publish and implement a 60-day filing deadline for eligible Navajos who have not previously received hardship funds …”.

“Our office has the authority to set the start and end dates of the 60-day application period for Phase II,” said Begay.

As it stands, Begay plans to open the application period on August 1st and last until September 30th.

Begay previously suggested that when the remaining funds ($ 39.52 million) in the Hardship Assistance Fund are used up, the council will likely have access to funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to accommodate all Navajos who make the first round of Hardship Assistance in excess of $ 438 per person.

But that too would have to be regulated by law by the Council.

Regardless, Begay has estimated that it will take an additional $ 600 million to accommodate 399,494 enrolled Navajos with a new round of ARPA hardship support of $ 2,000 per adult and $ 1,000 per child, which is roughly one-third of the $ 1.9 billion ARPA funding allocated to the Navajos equals nation.

Whitefish council mulls choices for federal reduction cash

Whitefish City Council will take on several key proposals Monday night, including the city’s annual budget, a plan to expand the city’s urban growth line south of Montana 40, and ideas for how the city can spend more than $ 1 million on state pandemic relief.

Governor Greg Gianforte announced on Friday the final round of payments to the cities of Montana from the American bailout plan signed by President Joe Biden in March. In a statement, Gianforte said the funds would give cities “the power to address their individual needs, from helping those affected by the pandemic to investing in their infrastructure needs”.

Whitefish is said to receive $ 1,059,435 from the aid package. Gianforte’s office hadn’t disclosed the exact amounts for Kalispell and Columbia Falls as of Friday, although an earlier estimate by U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s office suggested Kalispell would receive approximately $ 5.95 million in direct assistance. These numbers do not include the money that goes to local school districts.

Whitefish City Council will have a working session on Monday to discuss what to do with the aid. A presentation on the Council session filing stated that money could be used for a variety of purposes including:

  • To cover costs related to water, sewer and rainwater components in rebuilding Edgewood Place and to offset expenses from city tax revenues.
  • Allows the city to reduce the amount of tourist tax it will collect in fiscal year 2022.
  • Supplementing parks and recreational income.
  • Purchase of “contactless” garbage cans for the city.
  • Fill in gaps in the city’s affordable housing programs.
  • Granting grants to nonprofits, corporations, and individuals to aid recovery from the financial impact of the pandemic.
  • Approval of the city library’s application for sanitary products.
  • We continue to offer video streaming and other “hybrid” options for hosting public meetings.
  • Purchase of radios for the Whitefish Police Department.
  • Providing “short term rental compliance and enforcement services” related to health and safety.

After the working session, the council could have a regular meeting on the proposal to expand sewage, water, police and fire services south of the Montana city limits 40. The expansion of the city growth limit is a step in the follow-up process. Council members and citizens have considered and debated the proposal during the last Council meetings.

The council will also consider an annual operating budget of approximately $ 42.5 million, which would reduce property taxes and focus on keeping funds in the city’s savings account.

The council met for the first time in person last week after holding virtual meetings for more than a year due to the pandemic.

The working session on Monday starts at 5.30 p.m. and the main session starts at 7.10 p.m. in the town hall; the option to join via Webex video conferencing is still available. For instructions on how to turn it on, as well as the agenda for the council meeting, see the city’s website.

Assistant Editor Chad Sokol can be reached at 406-758-4439 or csokol@dailyinterlake.com.