MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Mobile County Commission released a “revised version of its American Rescue Plan Act Strategic Spending Plan,” including three water/sewer infrastructure projects, according to a release from the MCC. About $62.9 million of the County’s $80.26 million in ARPA funds will go toward those projects.
The MCC has also allocated funding for Mobile County volunteer fire departments’ capacity enhancements.
The three water/sewer infrastructure projects include Bayou La Batre water distribution upgrades, Mount Vernon water treatment plant upgrades and a new water storage tank and water main for the Wilmer-Semmes-Georgetown area, according to the release.
“These were under Tier 2 consideration when the initial 32 projects were approved on Aug. 1, 2022,” reads the release.
Commissioners Merceria Ludgood, Connie Hudson and Randall Dueitt have committed roughly $62.9 million from Mobile County’s $80.26 million ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Breakdown of spending:
- Respond to public health crisis ($14.6 million)
- Improve public facilities and infrastructure ($9.5 million)
- Provide aid to the most vulnerable populations ($9.6 million)
- Strengthen local government operations ($24 million)
- Increase economic recovery and growth efforts ($5 million)
“Mobile County’s ARPA funds must be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024, and must be fully expended by Dec. 31, 2026,” reads the release. “About $17.4 million of the County’s ARPA allocation remains unencumbered, which allows the Commission some flexibility, including the potential to address additional needs at a later date.”
You can see the full revised Strategic Spending plan here.