Commissioners talk relief funds, public comment

Holland Hospital staff work at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site outside Holland Hospital. In Ottawa County, a committee formed to explore possibilities on how to spend federal coronavirus relief funds is advancing discussions.

HOLLAND — During their Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting, Ottawa County commissioners heard updates on potential allocation plans for the $57 million the county received in federal relief dollars earlier this year.

The money, sent to Ottawa County through the American Rescue Plan Act, has certain criteria to be spent:

  •     Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact
  •     Providing pay raises to essential government staff
  •     Covering revenue losses incurred because of the pandemic
  •     Making investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.

To decide where Ottawa County would place funding, commissioners voted earlier this year to form an ARP committee, made of county stakeholders from various business, non-profit and government officials. 

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