FAYETTEVILLE N.C. – The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners is gathering input from citizens as the board plans for investing its American Rescue Plan funding. Residents will have the opportunity to complete an online survey, participate in community input meetings at different locations in the county or log in to a virtual meeting in July.
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. The ARP includes $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Cumberland County’s allocation is $65 million. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has established eligible uses for the funding and published an Interim Final Rule. Eligible uses for ARP funds by counties include supporting public health expenditures; addressing the negative economic impacts of the pandemic; providing premium pay for essential workers and investing in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
The online survey is available at cumberlandcountync.gov/ARP. The survey will close on July 31.
ARP Citizen Input Meetings
The Board of Commissioners established a three-member ARP committee which includes Commissioner Jimmy Keefe, the committee chairman; Commissioner Glenn Adams, the board’s vice chairman; and Commissioner Dr. Toni Stewart. The ARP Committee will meet with the Mayors’ Coalition on July 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey Street.
The ARP committee invites county residents to participate in the following community meetings:
- July 15 6:00 p.m. Spring Lake Family Resource Center, 103 Laketree Blvd., Spring Lake
- July 20 6:00 p.m. Godwin Town Hall, 4924 Markham St, Godwin
- July 22 6:00 p.m. J.D. Pone Recreation Center, 2964 School Road, Hope Mills
- July 27 6:00 p.m. Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St., Fayetteville
- July 29 6:00 p.m. Virtual ARP Public Input Session; login information will be posted on the County website at Cumberlandcountync.gov/ARP.
For additional information on Cumberland County programs and services, visit cumberlandcountync.gov.