CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – According to officials, the Kanawha County Commission has received a deposit in the amount of $17,299,249.50 from the American Rescue Plan’s “Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Fund.”
Kanawha officials submitted a request for ARP funding on Monday, May 10. In general, the American Rescue Plan Funds can be used to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to replace lost public revenues, to support economic stabilization, and to make necessary investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
Commission President Kent Carper said, “From day one, we have been absolutely committed to complete and total transparency. All American Rescue Plan funding will be discussed and voted on in a public meeting. We will be scheduling ARP specific public meetings and workshops in the very near future.”
Commissioner Ben Salango added, “The ARP funds represent a tremendous opportunity for Kanawha County. We will make sure these funds are used exactly how they were intended — to address the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to make sure Kanawha County has a strong and lasting recovery.”
Commissioner Lance Wheeler said, “We plan to put the ARP funds to the best and highest possible use, and will work closely with WV State Auditor JB McCuskey and his office to make sure every protocol is followed.”