Milaca will use CARES Act funding to buy plumbing fixtures | Milaca

Milaca will use federal COVID-19 dollars to buy touchless faucets.

Public Works Supervisor Gary Kirkeby reviewed pandemic-related spending worth $ 16,200 during his activity report at the Milaca City Council meeting on Aug. 20.

Mayor Pete Pedersen asked for confirmation regarding the touchless faucets and the use of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) funds.

City Administrator Tammy Pfaff confirmed the spending could be approved under a city resolution that accepts funding and filing for COVID-19 expenditures.

Milaca is eligible for payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund of $ 218,110. Pedersen said the council could give Kirkeby approval to buy.

During the council meeting on August 20, the city guides unanimously approved a resolution to accept funding of the CARES law and submit expenses.

This resolution requested the allocation of $ 75,046 in CARES Act funds in the categories of Public Health Compliance, Economic Support, Medical Expenditure, and Public Health Expenditure for the period ended July 31, 2020.

“These faucets are automatic and are used in all toilets in the city’s parks and Milaca Town Hall, as well as in the fire station and ambulance garage,” said Kirkeby. “They will also be installed in the senior center, museum and liquor store.”

The city needs 18 taps. Kirkeby said he had received estimates from Jensen-Andersen Plumbing & Heating in Milaca and Gratole Plumbing in Foley.

“Jensen-Andersen’s offer was $ 900 each for the faucets and the Foley plumber was $ 750 each,” reported Kirkeby.

Mayor Pete Pedersen wanted to stay on site with the purchase.

The council unanimously agreed to Jensen-Andersen’s quote in Milaca.

The total CRF aid available to the towns and cities of Mille Lacs is $ 1,165,671.

The funds are to be used for necessary expenses due to COVID-19 that were not taken into account in the budgets approved on March 27, 2020 or that arise from March 1, 2020 to December 1, 2020.

However, the funds cannot be used to replace revenue for lower than expected tax or other revenue collections and for expenses. Applications for this funding will be accepted until September 15, 2020.

The total amount of CRF allocated to cities in Mille Lacs County is $ 773,896. Foreston is entitled to $ 39,780. Isle is entitled to $ 58,690. Milaca is entitled to $ 218,110. Onamia is entitled to $ 64,793. Pease is eligible for $ 17,630. Princeton is entitled to $ 358,243. Wahkon is entitled to $ 16,650. Bock is not authorized.

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