By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – The second round of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act funding, for infrastructure and revenue replacement projects, was approved Sept.19 during the City Council meeting.
The council held a study session July 19, 2021 to determine how the city’s ARPA allocation, $19.1 million, disbursed over two years, would be spent.
During the first phase, $1.48 million was spent on revenue replacement programs and $11 million on infrastructure upgrades, for a total of $12.48 million.
The second phase of ARPA spending continued to fund revenue replacement projects and infrastructure work, with particular focus on water infrastructure. The second phase allocation, $6.6 million, used most of the balance of the funds given to Lincoln Park.
Water main replacements for 2023 and 2024 received a $5 million allocation, while revenue replacement projects claimed the rest of the second phase allocation.
The second phase projects include: Police Department upgrades, $175,000; Animal shelter additions, $750,000; Pressure relief values for the water mains, to protect them from breakage due to water pressure spikes; a Fire Department driveway apron, $124,000; and work to the Department of Public Services parking lot, $120,000.
Some of the projects funded during the first phase of ARPA allocations included new windows and an electrical upgrade for the city hall, Police Department building upgrades, removal of the community center pool, alley improvements, animal shelter expansion, three pump stations, and a retention basin upgrade.