Warren County Supervisors continue American Rescue Plan Act discussions

Published 3:15 pm Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Warren County Board of Supervisors received $8.8 million from ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) and during its work session on Monday, they continued discussing how they could determine the best use for these funds. 

The board has already determined some line items including repairs to the Warren County Health Department since it is a vaccination site that will need to be funded, but to hear proposals from their constituents, they are looking at holding district forums.  

The dates and locations have not yet been determined and the board is also still in the process of developing the criteria that will be needed to be included for a request. 

ARPA funds must be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024, and spent By Dec. 31, 2026. 

The county board will be responsible for money distributed and all the funds must be accounted for, county administrator Loretta Brantley said.  

During a seminar Brantley and District 3 Supervisor Shawn Jackson attended, Brantley said, it had been stressed the ARPA funding received for the county was the responsibility of the board even after the money is allotted.  

“We can’t lose responsibility,” Brantley said.    

To assist in the accounting, District 4 Supervisor Dr. Jeff Holland suggested hiring someone to manage the funds. 

“I’m getting emails and calls from reputable people telling us we need a management company to run everything for us for ARPA,” Holland said. 

District 5 Supervisor Kelle Barfield said she was not in favor of hiring a company.  

Therefore, it was suggested the board hire one person with expertise in excel to oversee the ARPA funds. 

Audits will be conducted for any expenditures exceeding $75,000. 

In June the Culkin Water District association had asked the board for more than $8 million to provide consistency, sustainability and redundancy to its customers. 

Holland said they have now come back and requested funds to match what they could receive from the state. 

“The state has its own ARPA money, and the water district has apparently gone to the state with much the same proposal as they brought to us,” Holland said.  

To receive any funding from the state, Holland said, the water district must first get matching local dollars. 

During the seminar Brantley attended, she said, it had been specifically stated, that if they were to donate to a water district it had to be in the form of a grant. 

“This is a whole other process,” Brantley said, than money just being allocated per a request. 

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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