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Pine Co. Approves ARPA Spending, Says Further Plans in the Works

From Pine County:

"During the Tuesday, July 20 County Board Meeting, the Pine County Board reviewed recommendations from the county Economic Development Committee and approved additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending. Spending projects will support the public health response to the pandemic and its impact on Pine County residents.

Projects include:

Mental health initiative: This program will provide grants to community partners to provide

outreach, education, and connection to mental health resources and professionals.

Workspace renovation for the Sherriff’s office emergency dispatch: This will allow for

more coordinated and effective communication between dispatchers during high-volume

call times.

Purchase of Carey Guides client supervisory tools for the Probation Department: The

evidence-based practices in the Guides enhance supervision of clients resulting in reduced

recidivism and more effective use of agent time.

On Monday, July 19, the Economic Development Committee, comprised of Commissioners Mohr& Waldhalm met to continue establishing a work plan for ARPA funding. Within that planning session, projects discussed included cultivating community partnerships to distribute food, providing feasibility reports for infrastructure projects, rehabilitating homes and buildings, establishing more childcare, and expanding broadband access and speed.

Pine County is hosting a second discussion with townships and cities on July 27 at the North Pine Government Center in Sandstone at 5:00 p.m. Goals of the meeting include information sharing, identification of potential projects, and collaborative opportunities.

The American Rescue Plan Act was passed by Congress in March 2021 and will provide an

estimated $2.132 billion in aid to cities, counties, and townships in Minnesota. Pine County will receive approximately $5.7 million in assistance."

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