ARPA provides over $8.8 million in funding for local water, sewer projects


On March 11, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the American Relief Program Act of 2021 to provide assistance to communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Guernsey County will receive about $7.6 million, while Cambridge will receive $1,006,000 and Byesville will receive $260,000.

The American Rescue Program Act, signed into law more than a year ago, will bring more than $8.8 million to Guernsey County for various water and sewer improvement projects in Cambridge, Byesville and other parts of the county.

ARPA payments of 50% of the total award are scheduled to be delivered in 2022 and 2023 one year after the first distribution is received.

Locally, Guernsey County received a total of $7,551,012 in two payments, while Cambridge received $1,006,000 and Byesville received $260,000, also divided into two payments a year apart.

In Byesville, village officials will use $260,000 to fund the South Second Street Waterline Project, which is estimated to cost $400,000.

Village Chief Brennan Dudley said: “Any time you can get this type of grant funding for any project, as long as the grant covers more than 50 percent of the cost, it’s a win for the village and for our taxpayers.”

The project is expected to start at the end of April.

Officials in Cambridge and Guernsey Counties are working on multiple waterline and sewer-related projects, although none of these entities have started and are still in the design phase.

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