Carroll Eyes Uses For ARPA Funding

FREWSBURG — A work session meeting to discuss how the town of Carroll should spend its American Rescue Plan Act funding was postponed due to COVID-19.

The meeting was supposed to be held Jan. 11, but was postponed because of “COVID issues,” said Russell Payne, town supervisor. He said his wife and himself both have COVID, and that they are on the “other side of it.” He added that he will be returning to work this week, which is also when the rescheduled meeting will take place, with no specific date and time set yet.

“We’ve rescheduled the meeting to discuss the funding and the projects we want to explore for next week,” he said.

Payne said the town has time to decide how to use the $318,000 in funding they will receive from the federal government. He said several projects have been proposed to receive federal funding. He added that one of the ideas at the top of the list is the “Hometown Heroes” package, with pictures of service members from the town who have been killed or missing in action during wartime being placed on banners that would be installed along the main streets in Frewsburg.

“We’re working closely with the American Legion Samuel Derby Post,” he said. “It will be a way to commemorate the veterans in the community.”

Additional projects that have been proposed is to provide the Myers Memorial Library with $53,000 for a deficit in funding for a construction project; $31,000 for a batting cage and pavilion at the town park; and to purchase a speed trailer that the Carroll Police Department can place on the side of the highway that displays the speed a vehicle is going to discourage speeders.

In other business, the town board held its regular monthly meeting last week and approved the hiring of a new town attorney. With the passing of Paul Webb last year, the town needed to appoint a new attorney. Payne said the board approved Michael Panebianco of Lewis & Lewis to be the new attorney.

“He came highly recommended,” Payne said about Panebianco.


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