The Guilford County Board of Commissioners used a day work session on Thursday, August 4 to spend thousands and thousands in federal cash supplied by the American Rescue Plan Act – cash meant to assist present financial reduction from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board determined to make use of the cash to rent hearth fighters, make enhancements in paramedic coaching and assist the native Foster Dad or mum program amongst different issues.
Guilford County acquired $104 million in Rescue Plan cash in two funds—one in July of final 12 months and one in July of this 12 months. About 2,200 Guilford County residents supplied enter to the commissioners on what the county’s priorities must be for the cash.
Through the August 4 work session, the board heard numerous proposals together with the needs and wishes of the Metropolis of Greensboro and the cities of Stokesdale, Oak Ridge, Nice Backyard, Gibsonville and Summerfield.
Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston mentioned the magnitude of the requests “demonstrates the super want in our group.”
There’s lots more cash to be spent; nevertheless, on the Thursday work session the board accepted the next:
•$1,125,000 to rent and prepare 24 new firefighters every year over the following three years – for a complete of 72. They’re going to serve unincorporated Guilford County. In current many years there’s been an enormous fall off within the variety of volunteer firefighters serving to county hearth departments and this expenditure will improve hearth safety within the county.
• $400,000 for staffing of the county’s EMT/Paramedic Academy and upgrades in expertise and extra tools for the coaching program.
• $1,548,901 to fund a “specialised protecting providers crew” meant to struggle home violence and youngster abuse within the county. The crew will work with the Guilford County Household Justice Middle at each the Greensboro and Excessive Level location.
• $885,113 to work with group companions to enhance meals safety throughout Guilford County.
•$350,000 to double the variety of licensed, skilled foster households out there for youngsters referred by Guilford County Social Companies. Based on county officers, the aim is so as to add 150 new licensed foster households and “considerably enhance capability for youngsters in want of care.”
There shall be extra spending of the federal pool of cash down the road: The board is planning a collection of future work periods to listen to extra proposals and hand out extra funds.
Early in 2022, after a name for proposals, the county acquired 75 requests for the federal cash that amounted to greater than $280 million in asks. Guilford County Supervisor Mike Halford then developed a listing of $68 million in initiatives that he beneficial.