The American Rescue Plan Act is the federal plan to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Battle Creek is set to receive a total of $30.5 million, half in 2021, and half in 2022.
The way we spend this money must meet specific federal requirements. We are allowed to use ARPA funds in four ways:
- Negative economic impact
- Premium pay for eligible workers
- Government services lost revenue
- Water, sewer, and broadband
We held a series of town hall talks from October to December 2021; you can watch the virtual town hall and the talk live interpreted in Burmese, both below.
The City Commission is scoring community project requests using the Community Request Evaluation Rubric, linked below. The next public meeting about this is a commission workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10. It will be held in person at City Hall, 10 N. Division St., and streamed live on the city's YouTube channel.
Community requests and information
Additional community request documents
Town hall information & Dec. 14 workshop materials
City operations ARPA projects
See the table showing our previous list of city staff recommended projects for ARPA funding, addressing our operations, as well as the current list, approved by the City Commission on Feb. 1, 2022. The previous list includes links to videos our team created to help better explain the projects.