North Huntingdon will receive approximately $ 3 million from the U.S. rescue plan for a variety of public projects, but community officials have been told they don’t expect the check to be mailed immediately.
It could be about 60 days before North Huntingdon receives the money under the stimulus package that Congress passed in March, community administrator Jeff Silka told commissioners last week.
The money would be allocated to the community by the state, said Silka, but it won’t be in a lump sum. Fifty percent will be distributed first, the rest will come later, said Silka. The community administrators learned more about the distribution of funds and guidelines for using the money during a recent briefing. Another is planned for June, said the manager.
“It’s not a check that can be issued whatever we want,” said Silka, like pensions or employee wages.
North Huntingdon can use some of the money on long-discussed changes to the townhouse that houses the administrative offices, including planning and zoning, and recreation and parks, and the police department.
Since the North Huntingdon Township Municipal Authority cleared the second floor of the municipal building and moved to their offices along Turner Valley Road, officials have been discussing reallocation of space in the building.
The planning and zoning office could be moved upstairs and the detectives would move to that room. Chief Robert Rizzo previously told commissioners that moving the detectives upstairs would not only give them more space, it would also allow a room to conduct interviews during an investigation.
The projects for which the municipality can finance the economy include improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the townhouse.
When asked by Commissioner Ronald Zona about the project, Silka said it had been designed and could be put out to tender in June.
The municipality has discussed the need for several rainwater projects that could qualify for the stimulus money.
“This is kind of a New Deal,” said Silka, referring to the funding of public works programs under the New Deal, which was initiated under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
The community can also get back $ 266,000 in revenue it lost in 2020 due to the pandemic compared to 2019, Silka said. However, compared to 2019, the community lost only $ 166,000 in revenue last year after transferring about $ 100,000 from a capital fund account to the general fund. He is not sure how the federal government would explain this money transfer in the event of a permissible refund.
“Our earnings weren’t so negatively affected,” said Silka.