WALLBURG — An allocation of nearly $1 million in COVID-19 relief funds could be distributed soon in the town of Wallburg, as town officials discussed potential uses for the funding.
According to Jay Wagner, town attorney, the town received $910,000 in the federal COVID-19 relief bill. Town officials are still waiting to find out what uses are approved for the money.
Among the acceptable uses for certain, lost revenue can be replaced with funding received during the pandemic. It can also be used for an expansion of broadband services. Other uses are to be determined.
“They don’t know what’s in a bill until they pass it,” Wagner said. “With this one, they don’t know what’s in it after they pass it.”
Wagner encouraged the council to hold off on any action until it is determined what the funding can be used to facilitate. Half of the money will be allocated this year, and half will be distributed next year. He said it would be another month or so before they will determine what the money can be spent on.
Besides reimbursement to any local and state government for lost income, other uses for the funds are up in the air. Councilman Lynn Reese asked if North State wanted to extend lines for broadcast to Wallburg if the town could finance it with the money. Wagner said he believed it could.
Councilman Zane Hedgecock suggested that the local government should start thinking about what to do with the money. It was proposed that the town leaders could ask representatives — including Rep. Steve Jarvis, who is the state legislator whose district covers Wallburg — to advise via a Zoom town hall meeting how to spend it and improve infrastructure.
Mayor Allen Todd was optimistic about the proposal, saying that Jarvis is the most accessible representative the town has ever had.
Also during the meeting, Councilman Steve Yokeley provided a report on the Wallburg Town Hall Park. He said the town is running out of room on its property and offered an endorsement to purchase any surrounding property at the next available opportunity.
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