Westport to host public forum on federal funding

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An exterior of Westport Town Hall in Westport, Conn., on Friday Apr. 17, 2020.

An exterior of Westport Town Hall in Westport, Conn., on Friday Apr. 17, 2020.

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WESTPORT — First Selectman Jim Marpe announced that the Board of Selectmen will have a special in-person public meeting to continue review and public discussion of project ideas and prioritization for American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funds to be distributed to the Town of Westport.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium. Public attendance and comments are encouraged.

In a release, Marpe explained that, on Aug. 18, the Board of Selectman discussed how to distribute “two equal tranches of the $8.4 million dollars allocated to the Town from the federal government’s COVID-19 American Rescue Plan coronavirus local recovery funds. These funds provide substantial flexibility for each government to meet local needs — including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest hit by the COVID crisis.”

The funds can also be put toward water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure improvements.

Eventually, town staff and administrators revised and updated the presentation, which is available at https://www.westportct.gov/government/selectman-s-office/arpa.

Marpe said the forum will provide an opportunity to hear public comment and discussion from other elected officials, volunteers, pertinent organizations, and members of the public on how the funding may be appropriately distributed.

The meeting will be live streamed on www.westportct.gov and broadcast on Westport’s Optimum Government Access Channel 79 and Frontier Channel 6020. Emails to the Board of Selectman may be sent prior to the meeting to selectman@westportct.gov.