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IRON MOUNTAIN – Dickinson County will hire a national accounting firm to help oversee its $ 4.9 million share of American Rescue Plan Act funding.
The ARP is a $ 1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill enacted on March 11 by President Joe Biden. Local governments have until the end of 2024 to commit to spending and the end of 2026 to use the money.
Some local authorities have turned to consultants to ensure compliance with the rules of the law on expenditure. In the Dickinson County case, Comptroller Brian Bousley recommended CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, who currently has a contract to perform county budget audits.
“They are nationwide and it’s a pay-as-you-go proposition”, Bousley told the county board of directors on Monday.
ARP consultation fees could range from $ 75 to $ 250 an hour, depending on the level of expertise and research, Bousley said, adding that the cost can be paid out of the funding itself.
Among other uses, ARP funds can help offset the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic or pay for necessary infrastructure for water, sewage or broadband, according to the National Association of Counties.
Dickinson County received a federal payment of $ 2.45 million, representing half of its allocation, and placed the money in an interest-bearing account as it researches appropriate uses.
Bousley said he has five projects in mind that he will discuss with the board before approaching the consultant. He described the funding as “probably once in a lifetime money.”
The board, in a related case, passed a resolution from the Michigan County Association urging the state to use $ 4 billion of its ARP funds to match local spending.
In another action on Monday, the county council:
≤ Agreed to make a one-time payment of $ 22,000 for a construction loan for the Dickinson County Fair. Although the fair board will be able to make the payment, the assistance will help with other matters, including a new grandstand roof. Additional spending also had to be made this year for electrical issues in the exhibition building, a new entrance gate and a fence around Norway Speedway, Commissioner John Degenaer Jr. said. Most of the events in the Fair 2020 were canceled due to the pandemic, but attendance at this year’s fair totaled 44,000 people, he said.
≤ Received the 2021 Allocation Report from Matthew Baumgartner, Director of Equalization, showing a gain of $ 17.8 million – or 2% – in assessed value in the county. That should mean an additional $ 112,000 in operating revenue for the county budget, he said.
≤ Authorized the Dickinson County Library Board to collect 0.8988 vintage for the upcoming fiscal year. This is a decrease of 0.0002 thousandths from the current rate, with the fractional reduction due to the Michigan Headlee Amendment limitation on tax revenue.
≤ I have learned that Mike Ghere will begin training to be appointed County Mine Inspector after Steve Smith retires in 2022. A resolution will be prepared to recognize Smith’s exemplary service, board members said. ‘administration.
≤ Accepted to post a position of office director of the Lac Antoine park for the 2022 season at a rate of pay of $ 13.50 per hour.
≤ Salary studies authorized for the comptroller’s office and equalization and courthouse grounds and parks. These are the only groups of employees to have yet undergone an independent compensation review by MGT Consulting Group of Bay City. Bousley pointed out that he had not requested a controller’s review.
≤ Renamed Winnie Fornetti for a three-year term on the Department of Social Services Board and William Cummings for a five-year term on the Library Board.
≤ Re-elected Alan Perla for a four-year term in the Veterans Office in a 3-2 vote against candidate Kim Mainville. Commissioner Ann Martin and President Henry Wender voted for Mainville.
≤ Agreed that Degenaer oversees the creation of a Dickinson County Flag which may be displayed at the fairgrounds and possibly other locations.
≤ After reviewing the maps, approved a request from the Tri-County Snowmobile Club to use a section of county property to accommodate a snowmobile trail at the northwest end of Indiana Mine Road, near the Natural Area of the Fumee lake. The change does not change the Fumee Lake trailhead and affects only snowmobiles, club rep Mike Harper said.
≤ I learned that Ford Airport had registered 10,931 passenger boardings from the beginning of the year until the end of September.
≤ At the request of Commissioner Barbara Kramer, observed a minute of silence in memory of former United States Representative Daniel Benishek, a Republican from Crystal Falls who served three terms in the United States House.