At this time Easton has received $1,112,922.17, in our bank account, of funding from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA). We are scheduled to receive the same amount again in 2022.
To date, the Board of Finance has approved the use of $89,551 of those funds by the Fire Department for refurbishment of dry hydrants and the purchase of an automatic CPR device similar to those in use by EMS.
We also have pending a request from the Fire Department to use an additional approximately $37,000 to purchase turnout gear and personal protective equipment. All of the candidates for selectman in the last election as well as myself have come out in favor of applying ARPA monies toward replacing our EMS building. We do not presently have a cost estimate for the EMS building, but there is a good chance it will not require the total remaining uncommitted funds.
I feel it is important that the general public have a chance to weigh in on how best to use these funds. I therefor plan to make the first item on the agenda for the Dec. 7 Board of Finance meeting an open discussion involving the public as well as Board of Finance members.
The meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center but will also be on Zoom. It’s your money so you should be able to participate in deciding how it is used. If you are unable to attend the meeting but still would like to give us your input, feel free to e-mail me your comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share your comments with the meeting.