The Philomath City Council will again take up the topic of how to spend $160,000 in remaining American Rescue Plan Act funds at its meeting Monday, July 10, at City Hall.
The city’s Budget Committee in 2022 approved the use of ARPA funds to pay for a $1.1 million sewer line project on South 17th and 18th streets. Funds will also be used for projects to update the City Council’s meeting room at City Hall for hybrid and live-streaming meeting capacity, a new kiosk at City Hall, new holiday light post decorations for the downtown area and new technology to expand public access to city documents online.
A suggestion to spend the other $160,000 on new street lights led to a debate. The city followed with a community survey and the issue now goes before councilors Monday not only in the regular meeting at 7 p.m. but as the sole discussion item during a 90-minute work session that begins at 5:30 p.m.
Also on the agenda is a vote to adopt a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the union that represents public works employees.
For those not attending in person at City Hall, the regular meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.