JOLIET – The Will County Board continues to make progress with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund allocation.
Last month, the Board’s Executive Committee allocated funds for township governments, fire protection districts and the Will County Forest Preserve. On Tuesday, June 7, and Wednesday, June 8, representatives of Will County townships and representatives from fire protection districts are meeting with consulting firm Anser, who is assisting the Will County Board with ARPA planning. These informational sessions are designed to guide stakeholders through the application process.
“It is very important to the Board that we engage key stakeholders throughout the planning and allocation process of ARPA funds,” said County Board Speaker Mimi Cowan. “By actively working with those on the front line providing critical services we will have success in positively impacting all our communities.”
At last week's Executive Committee meeting, Speaker Cowan updated board members on ARPA planning work and listened to committee member suggestions. The committee agreed to continue the discussion of park districts, library districts and municipal parks at the next Executive Committee, where they will hear a presentation on how funds could be distributed.
Board Minority leader, Mike Fricilone said, “We have a unique opportunity to collaborate and listen to leaders from throughout the County and then act. I look forward to hearing what township officials and fire protection districts have to say.”
In July, the County Board’s Executive Committee is planning to discuss fund allocations for health agencies.