Daleville debates how to use COVID relief funds

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DALEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Earlier this year, Congress approved the $1.9 trillion American Recovery Plan with appropriations to just about every city and town in the country. This was to help them recover from the effects of the pandemic.

But guidelines as to how that money can be spent are rather rigorous and specific, so the city of Daleville is among those looking for direction on exactly how that money can be spent.

Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton anticipates his town will receive around a million dollars in American recovery act money, but mayor Stayton says he and the city council will need direction on what it can, and can not be spent on.

For instance, the town has been looking at building a concession at Culpepper Park, it is not known if any of the Recovery Act Funds are used for such a project.

“It’s really frustrating because you have a lot of things you want to do, but you don’t know,” Stayton said. “You don’t want to do something you might get in trouble for and use it for something your not supposed to, but Daleville has a lot of stuff we would like to use it for.”

Like many towns and cities across the Wiregrass, Daleville has a number of water and sewer issues. Mayor Stayton is wondering whether he can use American Recovery Act Funds to fix the problems.

Mayor Stayton says much of the city’s infrastructure has not seen any major improvements since the 1960s and ’70s. He would like to see a portion of the recovery act funds to be spent. In that direction, but it’s unclear whether it can be spent on such things as water, sewer, and even city roadways.

“We got some drains that need to be replaced. How many times they wash out,” Strayton said. “It’s ridiculous how long these drains have been here. We want to take care of these problems, but I don’t know if we can or not. There’s so much infrastructure that needs to be worked on, because it’s been so long since it’s been done.”

Until a definite plan is set in motion on how American Recovery Funds can be spent, Mayor Stayton says the funds will be placed in savings and gain interest.

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