City Council Regular Meeting
The 117th United States Congress passed a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill called The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ("ARPA") which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. ARPA will deliver $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments and the City of Schertz will receive a total of $10,417,416.86 from ARPA. This amount will be delivered in two equal disbursements or tranches and will equate to $5,208,708.43 per tranche.There are five categories outlined in ARPA where funds can be spent and per discussion held at the City Council Budget Retreat on August 6, 2021, staff recommends allocating the funds as such.
Resolution 21-R-85 approved on August 24, 2021 outline the ARPA spending plan. Category 3 authorizes the use of funds for municipal purposes up to the amount of revenue the city lost due to the pandemic. Outlined on the council memorandum for Category 3 was the purchase of an ambulance for $251,000.00.
Staff recommends City Council authorize the City Manager to use ARPA Funds assigned to Category 3 to purchase a new ambulance.
The goal of utilizing ARPA funds is to speed up the recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
A new ambulance will enhance the Emergency Medical Services fleet ensuring continued reliability and service coverage.
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDED ACTION
Approval of Resolution No. 22-R-40
This expenditure is covered fully by the ARPA and will not impact city operations or reserves.
Staff recommends approval of Resolution No. 22-R-40
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