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County on our ARPA monies

This from the County Commissioners. It is not clear to me how much they intend to administer our ARPA monies, versus just paying us our ARPA monies. Reading the 2024 and 2026 dates causes me some concern about their planned level and length of involvement.

The County of Presidents
CLERK:
WALTER F. TIMILTY
July 12, 2021
COMMONWEAL TH OF MASSACHUSETTS
COUNTY OF NORFOLK
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JOSEPH P. SHEA, CHAIRMAN, QUINCY
PETER H. COLLINS, MIL TON
RICHARD R. STAITI, CANTON
Dear Norfolk County Executive,
TRUSTEES OF
NORFOLK COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL
We are pleased to announce that on July 7, 2021, the Norfolk County Commissioners voted
unanimously to accept the funds associated with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
This action effectively allows the County Treasurer to apply for these federal funds and to have
the County Commissioners administer the funds on behalf of the Norfolk County Communities.
Norfolk County is expected to receive a total of approximately $13 7 Million over the life of this
grant. The County Director is working to develop a program for communities to make
application and receive awards from this grant.
The Norfolk County Commissioners firmly believe that working with other counties will benefit
our shared mission to provide direct support to the communities we service. On July 1, 2021, the
County Commissioners participated in a tri-county meeting with the Plymouth and Bristol
County Commissioners to exchange ideas and gain a common knowledge of grant administration
to provide more efficient and cost effective grant management for the betterment of our
respective counties. During this meeting, Plymouth County offered detai ls of the plan they
developed to manage distribution of CARES act funds.
The Plymouth County model proposes to fund the administration costs of the ARP A program via
interest gained from the federal grant funds held by the County Treasurer until released to the
respective cities and towns. The goal of this plan is to have all available grant funds flow
directly to the communities.
As the County Treasurer prepares to make application for funds to the United States Treasury,
we will commence our program development to prepare a similar plan to administer these funds
according to the Interim Final Rule guidelines. This process will take time. We ask each
community to patiently work with us toward building a successful program. Our approach will
include the following planned steps;
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES 614 HIGH STREET SUITE 201 P.O. BOX 310 DEDHAM, MA 02027-0310
TEL: (781) 461-6105 FAX: (781) 326-6480 EMAIL: info@norfolkcounty.org WEBSITE: www.norfolkcounty.org
SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF: AVON, BELLINGHAM, BRAINTREE, BROOKLINE, CANTON, COHASSET, DEDHAM. DOVER, FOXBOROUGH, FRANKLIN, HOLBROOK, MEDFIELD.
MEDWAY, MILLIS, MILTON, NEEDHAM, NORFOLK, NORWOOD, PLAINVILLE, QUINCY, RANDOLPH, SHARON, STOUGHTON, WALPOLE, WELLESLEY, WESTWOOD, WEYMOUTH, WRENTHAM
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A. Within the next 30 days
Conduct a virtual meeting with Town executives and Advisory Board members. The agenda will
include hearing from community leaders about specific needs, ideas, and any questions
concerning program management.
B. Within the next 45 days
Conduct a separate virtual meeting with Norfolk County Finance Committee members to
similarly address plan management and fund management.
We understand the County communities desire to secure these funds as soon as possible. This
need, however, should be coupled with the understanding that deliberate program development
and sound management will allow us to handle our communities grant needs until December 31,
2024 when this grant ends (period of performance through December 31, 2026).
Our main goal is to provide the Norfolk County communities with exceptional service to manage
these funds with a program designed to optimize resources and expedite payments while
adhering to the grant guidelines.
We are very excited for this opportunity to share these resources and collaborate with each
community to help make all our Norfolk County communities stronger for years to come.
Peter H. Collins
County Commissioner
Joseph P. Shea
Chairman
Richard R. Staiti
County Commissioner