More than $8 million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds are allotted to Livingston County, The City of Chillicothe, and Chillicothe R-II School District. The funds are part of the $1.9 trillion package, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impact. Livingston County Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas says the allocation includes Livingston County to receive $2,953,183, the City of Chillicothe is to receive $1,787,541 and the Chillicothe RII Schools will receive over $3,500,000.
Douglas says the first half of the county funds are expected this month, with the second half in one year. He says unlike the Cares Act these funds do not appear to have many if any restrictions. Douglas says bridges are one area the Commissioners would like to spend some of the money, specifically on the BRO Bridges that need replacing.
Douglas says they also plan to inspect and evaluate the most deficient bridges in their system.
He says in addition they will look at projects that could benefit the City or School District and see how they may be able to work together.
The American Rescue Plan Act funds have to be spent completely until the end of 2024.