At the September 7th Hunterdon County Board of County Commissioners Meeting the Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners discussed the funding received from American Rescue and the upcoming outreach session.
Commissioner Shaun Van Doren gave a report that touched on many important subjects including the upcoming outreach sessions:
“As a member of the American Rescue Fund Committee, I can report that outreach sessions are now being conducted soliciting suggestions for uses of the Funds received by the County. The Human Services Department held a virtual outreach session last week soliciting recommendations from the social services community.
There will be an economic recovery outreach session for the business community, conducted virtually by the County’s Economic Development office, on Thursday.
And the Administrator and Chief of Staff will host a virtual outreach session on September 14th at 5:30 pm that is open to the public.
Those interested can sign up through the County website or by going to hunterdon-rescue-fund-resources.com, where there is also information on the federal regulations governing the funds’ use.
There is a great deal of money involved, $12 million this year and another $12 million next year. I believe it is very important for the County to have public input on potential uses of the funds and I look forward to the reports from those who are conducting the sessions.”
Commissioner Matt Holt who is also a member of the American Rescue Fund Committee; continued:
“I am looking forward to the reports on the various Community Outreach sessions we directed to be held.
I also encourage all interested parties to sign up for the September 14th public outreach session.
For those interested in the details behind the federal grant funds, the rescue fund website provides valuable information.
As I have noted previously, there are a substantial amount of funds involved with this grant, $24 million over two years, and the Board will treat these monies in exactly the same conservative, fiscally prudent manner we approach all county finances.
I believe we should be looking to strategic use of the funds to establish long term recovery from the pandemic. I will look with interest at the public responses.
We have reached out to various authorities on the potential uses for the funds and it has been determined that the most recent storm related damage does not qualify for the use of American Rescue monies."