The Holly Springs City Council approved a Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the amount of $808,353 during its meeting Monday evening.

This grant provides money from the federal government to states, counties, and cities. The Georgia Municipal Association and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia have worked to get an allocation for cities and counties in Georgia.

“We will receive an allocation of $808,353 and the first allocation, or phase one, will be an advance allocation of $242,506,” Holly Springs City Manager Rob Logan said. “The first phase must be expended by Sept. 1.”

Logan went into detail during the meeting, stating that the money received will go toward the safety of city staff, as well improving and upgrading IT equipment and software.

“We plan to use the funds for reimbursement for all COVID-19 related expenditures, which includes personal protective equipment, sanitizing supplies and COVID-19 personnel leave,” Logan said. “Funds will also help pay for sanitizing supplies and equipment for the municipal building, city hall and depot, and will help improve IT equipment and software to allow employees to work remotely as necessary. We also will spend some of the funds to upgrade the IT audio equipment in the council chambers to improve the quality of meetings when viewed online.”

Logan added that the city didn’t have a lot of equipment to allow for remote working during the ongoing pandemic, but managed pretty well anyway. However, with that being said, he added that more equipment is needed to be able to do remote working in the future if necessary.

Another upgrade that was listed included upgrading the customer service window in the lobby at city hall to better protect staff, which would replace the sliding glass window which is currently there. Logan said that the window doesn’t provide enough protection for employees.

Mayor Steven Miller ended the meeting by stating that the city will spend money only on what’s needed even if that means the city doesn’t spend the entire allocation.

The city will submit an expenditure for a drawdown for the funds that aren’t used, due by Dec. 30.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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