The ARPA Committee Is Forming

The Town of Richmond has been awarded over $1.2M in ARPA funds. These funds are a direct payment to municipalities to aid in the economic recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. There will be many projects in Richmond which qualify for funding, but there are also strict stipulations regarding what the money may be spent on. The Selectboard has formed the ARPA Committee with the goal of better understanding the guidelines for how the money may be spent, actively engaging the community in a process to collect ideas on how Richmond should spend these funds, and making recommendations to the Selectboard on projects to fund.

Letters of interest to be on the committee are due by the end of the day on Oct. 20. The Selectboard will make appointments to the committee at their Nov. 1 meeting. Form more information on the Committee see this document . Letters of interest can be dropped off at the Town Center or emailed to Town Manager Josh Arneson at jarneson@richmondvt.gov

 

General ARPA Information

The calculation for redistribution of the $121 million of county ARPA money is now complete. Richmond is due to receive another $800,218.94 in two equal payments of $400,109.47, one in 2021 and the second in 2022. This brings to total amount of funding for Richmond to $1,231,427.80. Please see this page on the VLCT website for more information:

https://www.vlct.org/news/county-arpa-redistribution-calculation-done

There are guidelines on what these funds can be used for. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns has provided a webpage with more information on these funds which can be viewed here and will help to answer many questions about the funds.