Officials suggest uses for rescue act monies

The entrance to Arrowhead subdivision in Winfield, one of several streets that will be repaved in the city. The city will conduct a poll and talk to residents about additional improvements that could be made, such as removing a tree from the middle of a cul-de-sac that has damaged the road. [Luke Brantley]

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — During its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, the Winfield City Council voted to hire the Hand Arendall Harrison Sale law firm out of Birmingham to help the city find out how it can spend the over $500,000 of American Rescue Plan money without incurring any fines for improper usage.
Mayor Randy Price addressed the council and explained that when the city received the funds from the federal government, there were no clear instructions on how the money could be spent.

“The federal government sent money to a lot of municipalities, and they sent us in the neighborhood of $500,000 this past May,” Price said. “They’re going to do that again, the way I understand it, next May. But there’s not been a real clear explanation of how that money can be spent just yet. We’ve got different engineers trying to make sure that if we spend the money, we spend it without being penalized or in any kind of danger of any kind of criminal doings by not spending it the way the government wants it spent.”

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