The American Rescue Program Act, signed into law more than a year ago, will bring more than $8.8 million to Guernsey County for various water and sewer improvement projects in Cambridge, Byesville and other parts of the county.
ARPA payments of 50% of the total award are scheduled to be delivered in 2022 and 2023 one year after the first distribution is received.
Locally, Guernsey County received a total of $7,551,012 in two payments, while Cambridge received $1,006,000 and Byesville received $260,000, also divided into two payments a year apart.
In Byesville, village officials will use $260,000 to fund the South Second Street Waterline Project, which is estimated to cost $400,000.
Village Chief Brennan Dudley said: “Any time you can get this type of grant funding for any project, as long as the grant covers more than 50 percent of the cost, it’s a win for the village and for our taxpayers.”
The project is expected to start at the end of April.
Officials in Cambridge and Guernsey Counties are working on multiple waterline and sewer-related projects, although none of these entities have started and are still in the design phase.
“We’re going to be able to help with a lot of things,” Cambridge Mayor Tom Orr said of the funding awarded to the city.
The Guernsey County Commissioner has identified sewer lining projects in the Colonial Heights and Morgan Manor subdivisions on the west side of the county as the first projects to be completed with ARPA funding.
Lining the sewer in both subdivisions is expected to save the county money in terms of the fees the new Concord Village charges to treat wastewater from both locations.
“In the case of the lining project, twice as much liquid is processed as the zone consumes,” said Commissioner Dave Wilson. “This is a serious issue and we need to reduce costs due to our contract with New Concord to deal with liquid waste.
“The lining project will go a long way toward making that happen,” Wilson added.
The county also identified improvements to the treatment facility at the former State Hospital site on Old 21st Road north of Cambridge and replaced a waterline across Interstate 77 on Eckelberry Road, among other projects that will be funded by ARPA revenue.
These projects are still in the planning stage.
The $1.9 trillion U.S. rescue package has allocated billions to help Ohio contain COVID-19 and build a strong, sustainable economic recovery, including:
- More than $5 billion for Ohio and local governments to help maintain services, expand testing, distribute vaccines, and keep essential workers, including health care workers, police, firefighters, teachers, and food, sanitation and transportation workers .
- More than $4 billion for Ohio schools to help students safely return to in-person learning.
- Distributed $1,400 relief checks to more than 6 million Ohioans.
- Provided more than $613 million in emergency rental assistance to Ohioans and shelter for working families.
- More than $1 billion in child care funds for Ohioans to help open doors for early childhood educators and home child care providers.
- $1.2 billion to support Ohio colleges and universities, including $126 million for colleges and universities in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District.