Ottawa County approves $33.5 million in ARPA funds for 24 projects

OTTAWA COUNTY — Two dozen projects and initiatives addressing — in part — affordable housing, childcare and workforce development were approved for funding through Ottawa County’s American Rescue Plan Act funds Tuesday.

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners approved 24 projects totaling $33,501,657.58 during an hours-long meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22. The budget represents the majority of the county’s $57 million overall ARPA allocation. 

The approval capped a months-long process of determining priorities, soliciting ideas and proposals and discussing options, which began with the creation of an ARPA committee in May 2021. 

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Approval came in the second-to-last board meeting for eight members of the commission. The nine commissioners affiliated with Ottawa Impact (eight incoming, one incumbent) sent a letter to commissioners saying decisions should be tabled until the new board is in place. 

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