During the most recent meeting of the Woodstock City Council, members heard the latest update on how money Woodstock received through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act was being used.
According to City Manager Jeff Moon, the city’s allotment of money from the state under this piece of legislation was approximately $1.7 million. He said there have been some expenses the city has already incurred this money could be used for, such as the hazard pay for Woodstock’s first responders that was approved earlier this year.
“Since we’ve met the threshold with the state and federal for how the funds have to be spent, and we’ve already received the first 30 percent and have filed for the next 70 percent, that really kind of frees the money up at this point. It’s truly a reimbursement for expenses the city has already made,” Moon said.
Throughout the past few weeks, Moon said he and other city staff members have been reviewing the projects CARES Act money would be eligible to be used for. Public health and safety items receive top priority, deficiencies in city technology identified as a result of the pandemic and one-time expenses that will have to be funded in the upcoming year.
In the list as it was presented to the council, some payroll items included overtime for city employees who work late and on weekends sanitizing city facilities to help halt or slow the spread of the virus. Other projects listed during the meeting included badge readers and a replacement of HVAC units and the roof at the city annex, money to help out a handful of food pantries throughout the city, upgrading the audio and video equipment in the council chambers, laptop equipment for city staff to be able to more effectively work from home if necessary, an audio/visual cart for virtual meeting use at city facilities, redoing the rear entrance at the Woodstock Senior Center and contactless registration and equipment rental software for departments like parks and recreation, among other items.
“Good list, thanks,” Councilman Rob Usher said.