Council Approves CARES Act Funding Allocations

Council Approves CARES Act Funding Allocations
Posted on 10/16/2020
New Hope City Council has moved to formally approve allocations for funds received for eligible COVID-19 pandemic expenses form the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The resolution passed by New Hope City Council its Sept. 12 meeting allocates an amount not to exceed $235,277 to the West Metro Fire-Rescue District (WMFRD) for public safety personnel costs. According to WMFRD Chief Larson, this is the maximum amount New Hope would need to reimburse the district for duty crew and full-time staff costs if a portion is not reimbursed by FEMA. If a reimbursement is received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the transfer to WMFRD would be less. The remainder of the $1,641,664 CARES allocation would be submitted for police department personnel costs. The resolution states that the City Council finds this allocation methodology to be a necessary part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is consistent with the intent of the Federal guidelines for CARES Act expenditures.

The city of New Hope received $1,641,664 in CARES Act Relief Funding to address unanticipated expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A proposed allocation plan of the funds was received by the New Hope City Council at the September work session. The proposed plan included various costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), technology costs, public safety personnel expenses, emergency paid administrative leave and administrative and other expenses.

Subsequent to the work session, a summit was conducted with four major auditing firms, including the city’s auditing firm, Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich & Co., P.A. (MMKR), to confirm public safety costs were eligible. The auditors agreed that submission of public safety personnel costs creates a streamlined auditing process. As such, recommendation was made that the city seek reimbursement for public safety personnel costs versus claiming reimbursement for PPE, technology and other administrative expenses.