KINGSTON, NY – Kingston will use nearly $50,000 of its US federal Rescue Plan Act funding to pay an employee through the end of this year to manage projects to be funded by the plan.
At a meeting on Tuesday, the Common Council voted 8-0 to pass a resolution authorizing a budget transfer of $49,516 to hire a temporary economic stimulus plan project manager to oversee the implementation and reporting of funding. of the American Rescue Plan Act. The budget transfer would fund the position through the remainder of 2022, with money coming from the $17.3 million in federal funding the city is to receive through the American Rescue Plan Act.
The resolution passed without further public discussion among the aldermen.
Alderman Carl Frankel, D-Ward 2, was absent.
Mayor Steve Noble previously told aldermen the position would be temporary, until 2025. He said the proposed salary would be $70,000 a year going forward and the employee would work in the Office of Management city grants.
The employee’s salary should be fully funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.
Noble said the project manager would be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of projects funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.
In April, the city council passed a resolution authorizing the spending of American Rescue Plan Act funding under an economic stimulus package created by the city.
Under the adopted plan, the city will allocate 27.5% of federal funding to action housing projects. A further 26% will go to vital community infrastructure projects, while 12% will be allocated to the category of protecting public health and supporting and safety of the general public.
The city will also allocate 8% of the funding to the nonprofit service support category, while 7% each will be allocated to the arts, culture, and tourism development project categories; business district development and redevelopment funds; and the Parks and Greenways Improvement Fund. The remaining 5.5% will be used for the category of administration, program delivery and bonuses for essential workers.