Harrison County Association of Mayors discusses American Rescue Plan Act funds with delegates and senators
SALEM, W.Va. – The Harrison County Association of Mayors met Wednesday night at Salem Town Hall to discuss American Rescue Plan Act funds with local delegates and senators.
Much of the discussion revolved around how each municipality made plans to use funds for their infrastructure, such as improving water and sewer systems. In total, with the list of projects proposed by each municipality that said more than $ 49,000,000 could be used in what they call “once in a lifetime funds”.
“Like most of West Virginia, the infrastructure has been shrinking year after year. And now we’re coming to a point where we’re going to have a lot of problems down the line if we don’t put this infrastructure where it needs to be to make sure that we have streams of fire, clean water for everything. the world to drink, and stuff like that, ”said Todd Somers, president of the Harrison County Mayors Association.
Members of the Harrison County Association of Mayors said there is a need to bring together all of the county leaders to show their joint efforts to work together on infrastructure projects they want to complete with American Rescue Plan Act funds.
“I’ll report with me that Harrison County has a plan. They have a plan for just about every location in Harrison County, and they will be ready-made plans that are worth funding. And that’s what we’re going to try to do, is to go ahead and get the funding for these projects, ”said Senator Mike Romano, D-Harrison County Senator.
Romano also added that water and sewage constitute a large part of the infrastructure of municipalities and that many infrastructure problems have existed for decades.
“The problem is, we’re talking really big dollars,” Romano said. “There’s a list here, which I think you’ve seen, that’s close to $ 50,000,000 just for projects in this county. This is a tremendous amount of money coming from whoever can give it to you, that won’t happen. It’s taxpayers’ money, you need to make sure it’s spent right, you need to make sure they get value for their money. This is what is important to taxpayers.
On Tuesday, September 9, Clarksburg City Council will hold a conference at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall to discuss in more detail their use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.