Although no decision has yet been made, Cadiz city officials are currently debating what should be done with the funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, several avenues were openly discussed among members on where the money should go. Currently, Cadiz has its first federal payment of over $345,000 in an interest-bearing account, and a matching payment is due in August. Last week, the city received a residual check for $1,200 to add to this cache.
At the top of Mayor Todd King’s list, and perhaps advice, is the potential purchase of the old CeeBee/IGA grocery store parking lot — which over the years has become dilapidated and vacant.
Near the intersection of KY 139 and Main Street, King, City Clerk Barbie Johnson, Councilman Brian Futrell and Councilwoman Susie Hendricks explained what the city could do with such space – which currently consists of three lots and which is in serious need of infrastructure development.
Hendricks noted that if the Trigg County Chamber of Commerce leadership class does not get their matching grant for the Farmer’s Market roof, they would like to allocate $20,000 of those ARPA funds for radiant heat. King said it’s already going to be run by the city anyway.
Johnson listed a number of other possible avenues. The city’s payroll can be addressed. Two police cars have also already been purchased, and this money can be donated to the city’s general fund.
For the first time in 25 years, Cadiz Police Chief Duncan Wiggins is looking to change the color scheme of the unit’s fleet, and these funds can help with that too.
A new roof, new HVAC unit and some fire department repairs could also be in the works for the Cadiz Fire Department, if that is manageable. The water main break near Little River cost the city more than $106,000 to replace, and Johnson said that could also be covered by those ARPA funds.
The main theme of these discussions boils down to the fact that the city of Cadiz and other local government bodies have a long list of projects they would like to see happen. And Johnson said there are many areas that need special attention.
In January, the Kentucky League of Cities outlined a US Treasury Department “final rule,” saying ARPA funds for cities could be used to replace lost public sector revenue, create health impacts and the economy, provide bonuses and focus on water/sewer/broadband infrastructure.
In June 2021, the Trigg County Tax Court announced that it would dedicate a sizable portion of its ARPA award — which totals more than $2.8 million — toward improving midstream broadband internet infrastructure. rural.