Township receives COVID funds from government to use in city improvements

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The Canton Bicentennial Committee was honored for receiving a Spirit of America award at the selectmen’s meeting on Thursday. From left to right, Brian Keene, Anne Chamberlin, Phyllis Ouellette and Loretta Blancato. Committee member Liz Rothrock is missing from the photo. Marianne Hutchinson / Rumford Falls Times

TOWNSHIP – The city received half of its total COVID-19 government funding of $ 115,966 this month, City Clerk Carol Buzzell said at the selectmen’s meeting on Thursday.

The rest of the funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also known as the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, will be received “in a year,” Buzzell said. The city has also received a questionnaire to fill out with city plans for spending the funds, which is due to be completed by 2026.

City Treasurer Vernice Boyce, who was present at Thursday’s meeting, explained how ARPA funds should be spent: “I understand that if you have (city) water or sewers (improvements), you can carte blanche for everything related to water, sewers or broadband; or whatever will better facilitate meetings like Zoom (conference) or whatever is concerned or does something for safety to keep your workers safe. “
Boyce also noted that ARPA funds could be spent on items that allow better air circulation in buildings.

In another case, Boyce gave elected officials a review of the city’s fiscal year 2020-2021 audit plan and assured them the city “is doing pretty well” financially, she said.

Boyce pointed out that the city’s budget for 2021-2022 is $ 2.45 million, which also includes its budget for the RSU 56 school district, shared with the cities of Dixfield, Carthage and Peru.

The city’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Canton City Treasurer Vernice Boyce explains the city’s fiscal year 2020-21 audit plan at the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday. Sitting nearby are Deputy City Clerk Nicki Girard and Selectman Scotty Kilbreth. Marianne Hutchinson / Rumford Falls Times

Boyce also suggested that elected officials make a decision on how much money to keep in an unnamed fund, to avoid the city having to borrow money during the months of July through October, when they do not receive income from property taxes. .

In addition, the Canton Bicentennial Committee received the Oxford County Spirit of America Award for “outstanding community service”. The committee organized several fundraising events throughout the year for the final bicentennial celebration in August, which included four days of festivities marked by a parade, fireworks, street dancing and all kinds of entertainment. .

The members of the bicentennial committee are Brian Keene, Phyllis Ouellette, Anne Chamberlin, Loretta Blancato and Liz Rothrock.

According to a letter from the Spirit Foundation of America read by President Russell Adams, the Spirit Foundation of America is located in Augusta, Maine and is a nonprofit public charity promoting volunteerism in its tribute to the Spirit Foundation. of America’s commendable community service, (which) can be presented on behalf of any municipality in Maine.

There will be a brief ceremony for all of the 2021 Spirit of America Prize winners on November 4 at 9 a.m. at the Oxford County Courthouse in southern Paris.


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