The $ 2.8 million requested from ARPA is part of a $ 6.7 billion federal package distributed to the state in August.
Because of the “nearly 16,000 residents of Spring Creek, [which] contains the vast majority of the unincorporated population of Elko County, “Steninger said he believed the county” should target people in unincorporated areas with its funding. “
Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine said cities and counties can distribute the funds, but he told commissioners on Aug. 4, “We want to know who is hit hardest.”
Conine also highlighted seven priorities for strategic improvement. These included support for disadvantaged communities, support for small businesses and revitalization of the economy, investment in infrastructure, and modernization and improvement of state public services.
Steninger said he contacted Bahr to develop a proposal. It resulted in designations for the public health response, $ 28,775; negative economic impacts, $ 1.7 million; government services, $ 261,000; roads $ 559,000; and water and sewer infrastructure, $ 270,000.
Bahr noted that the SCA does not receive any federal or state funding available for incorporated towns, but that Elko County money “would support their larger unincorporated community” and “is important for growth.” .
After speaking to members of the association, a plan was finalized to support businesses and households affected by the pandemic and to “cover expenses such as PPE equipment, disinfectant and solving water problems.”