BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 16 unanimously authorized the acceptance of a second tranche of federal aid under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, or ARPA.
That second disbursement, in amount is $22,325,096.50, results in a total of approximately $44.65 million in ARPA monies received by Saratoga County since the Federal Government passed the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package in March 2021.
The plan is intended to assist the U.S. in its recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. Locally, 20th District Democrat Congressman Paul Tonko voted in favor of the economic stimulus package; 21st District Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted against the package.
Saratoga County had received its first tranche in August 2021. This week the board authorized that acceptance of the second disbursement and created a liability account – titled “A-0688.ARPA” – where the funds will be held until the Board determines appropriate funding expenditures, in accordance with the guidance and rules of the U.S. treasury department.
Of the total ARPA monies received, $28.3 million has been allocated through August 2022, according to a listing of ARPA fund expenditures released Aug. 16 by county administrator Steve Bulger.
That allocation includes nearly $6.7 million to upgrade radio transmission equipment for Saratoga County emergency services and first responders, a $6 million target to expand and upgrade county sewer infrastructure (including assisting with projects related to the Global Foundries Chip Fab expansion); more than $3.5 million for highway infrastructure improvements, an additional $3.3 million to leverage additional state and federal funding for highway and bridge infrastructure upgrades.
About $3 million in ARPA funds has been allocated for costs associated with Saratoga County’s conversion to a full-service health department, and $2.1 million set aside to identify and bring high-speed Internet broadband service to underserved county areas.
• The county Board of Supervisors on Aug. 16 approved an amended agreement with a number of area school districts for the provision of Road Patrol Deputy Sheriffs to serve as School Resource Officer from Sept. 1, 2022 to Aug. 31, 2023. The cost to be paid by each school district is $75,419.87 per assigned Deputy Sheriff.
Those school districts are: Ballston Spa Central School District, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, Corinth Central School District, Galway Central School District, Mechanicville City School District, Saratoga Springs City School District, Schuylerville Central School District, Shenendehowa Central School District, South Glens Falls Central School District and Stillwater Central School District.
Road Patrol Deputies were also authorized to provide overtime security services at school activities and events outside of normal school hours at an additional cost to the school district of $50 per hour.
• No vote was taken regarding a resolution related to the proposed lease of county owned property at the Saratoga County Airport to Prime Group Holdings, LLC. The board voted to instead send the measure back to the county’s Buildings & Grounds Committee for further review.