The first application for CARES Act funds from the county was received last week. Crawford County Associate Commissioner and CARES Act Committee member Jared Boast updated his fellow commissioners about the committee’s work at their meeting on June 30.
The Crawford County CARES Act Committee is meeting on Mondays to discuss allocation of the funds received by the county. The county received $2.8 million in funding to disburse to the area and is accepting applications for that funding at this time.
Boast reported the first application had been received from the city of Steelville and the majority of the request was to fund a School Resource Officer. Boast stated the city had made “an excellent case” that this was a COVID-19-related expense because, while the officer was previously employed, that position had changed drastically because of the COVID-19 crisis. The city also submitted some other expenses for consideration. Boast reported the city’s application was under review, and no decision had been made by the committee yet.
Boast also noted, “We have agreed as a board to understand some agencies will apply multiple times—some expenses will not be incurred until this fall.” He encouraged entities applying for funds to “go ahead and submit what you have currently so we can try to be diligent about the disbursement of funds.”
County Clerk John Martin reported he plans to have the county’s application for funding to the committee by August 1.
Boast also reported there would not be a meeting of the committee on July 6, but there would be another on July 13 at 8 a.m. at Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, and when signed by President Donald Trump, established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated $150 billion for that fund. This fund is used to make payments for specified uses to states and certain local governments. The state of Missouri received about $2.3 billion of this fund and Crawford County’s share of that is $2.8 million.
Although the U.S. Treasury has only issued limited guidance on this funding, the key point is that it must be used for COVID-19-related expenditures. Crawford County has determined to allocate funding first to local political subdivisions (including school districts and first response agencies) and public health facilities.
The Crawford County Commission has established a committee to oversee the disbursement of these funds. Committee members are Lesa Mizell, Crawford County Emergency Management Director (EMD); Jared Boast, Crawford County Commissioner; Bill Lange; and Darrell Layman.
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