The City of Statesboro will hold three public meetings to seek input on the proposed use of funding from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The city is expected to receive approximately $12.3 million in ARPA funds. Of this amount, the city has already received $6.15 million with the remaining portion due to be received in July 2022. The public meetings will be held at the following dates and times:
- Meeting 1 Thursday, October 7th at 6:00 p.m. – City Council Chambers, City Hall, 50 East Main Street
- Meeting 2 Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. – Crossroads Community Church, 23923 Hwy 80 East
- Meeting 3 Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. – City of David Worship Assembly, 227 Institute Street
The city has prepared a preliminary plan to utilize the ARPA funds but is seeking public input and comment before any funding plan is finalized by the Mayor and City Council. A short presentation detailing the plan will be given by city staff at each of the three public meetings. The preliminary plan currently includes proposals to fund the following:
- $2.5M for housing rehabilitation: specifically for the Johnson St. Neighborhood as well as scattered sites;
- $3M for new sewer lines;
- $500,000 for Food Insecurities (matching a $500,000 Bulloch County grant to relocate the Food Bank); and,
- $153,110.50 for Loss Revenues/Incentives.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend to the meetings.