Tucker plans to use remaining ARP funds on parks, stormwater

Cofer Lake at Kelley Cofer Park in Tucker. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Tucker, GA — The city of Tucker announced anticipating spending its second installment of American Rescue Plan Act funds on parks, stormwater and broadband. The total $13.5 million ARP funds must be expended by December 2024.

ARP is designed to assist communities to recover from the COVID pandemic. Guidelines for spending include funding lost revenue, infrastructure, cybersecurity, health services, education and public safety.

John McHenry, assistant city manager, said like the CARES Act funding, Tucker is looking to help residents in both the short and long term.

The city has partnered with NETWorks to distribute $1.2 million of ARP funds to residents in need of rent, mortgage and utility assistance. Around $250,000 worth of applications have come in for rent assistance, said McHenry. Tucker also bought property off Main Street for $1.2 million to convert to greenspace.

McHenry announced a list of projects for the remaining funds.

– City programs: $10,000 spending on cleaning supplies, masks and distance separation devices

– Parks and Greenspace: $2.7 million spending includes $750,000 spending at Fitzgerald Field on sports fields and $210,000 on sewer line improvements, $600,000 on Johns Homestead improvements and $500,000 on Cofer Lake boardwalk

– Stormwater and Dam Repair: $1 million sending on dredging Cofer Lake and $1 million on stormwater baseline

– Broadband: $300,000 spending to improve internet access and increase security in parks and on trails

No further details were available from the city. Tucker was awarded $4.1 million in CARES Act funding from the federal government in 2020, which the city spent on rent, mortgage and utility assistance, distance learning, PPE and small business grants.

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