Governor Nom announces millions of dollars in federal aid to reimburse COVID-19 expenses, Redfield to receive $513,870


Governor Nom announces millions of dollars in federal aid to reimburse COVID-19 expenses,

Redfield to receive $513,870

Staff report

According to an announcement by Governor Kristi Noem last Wednesday (June 24th), millions of dollars in federal aid for COVID-19 recovery have become available for distribution to every city and county in the state. The city of Redfield will be receiving $513, 870  of available federal funds for the reimbursement of COVID-19 related expenses and Spink County will be receiving $421,197.

“We have not had any finalized plans,” said City Finance Officer, Adam Hansen, when asked what the city of Redfield plans to do with the federal funds. “Some of the funds will be used for remodeling at City Hall and putting up protective shields.”

According to Noem, the funds are meant to be used for the reimbursement of expenses related to COVID-19, but they cannot be used to recover lost revenue. Hansen said the city of Redfield has not yet received much guidance on what to do with the funds, but they have plenty of time to come up with a plan.

“The period [that the funds can be used] is from March to December,” said Hansen. “So it’s not like we have to use it in two weeks.”

The Redfield City Council will be discussing the funds more in upcoming council meetings.

Just north of Redfield, Noem spoke at Aberdeen’s City Hall last Wednesday. She  announced that Brown County will receive nearly $2.6 million and the city of Aberdeen will receive  $6.388 million. In Huron, she spoke at the city administration building on the same day, announcing $1.219 million in available funds for Beadle County and $3.024 million for the city of Huron.

Following is a list of local Spink County towns with their population estimates (as of July 2019) and the amount of Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars available to them:

Ashton:

Population: 124

Funds: $28,033

Brentford:

Population:80

Funds: $18,086

Conde:

Population: 142

Funds: $32,103

Doland:

Population: 181

Funds: $40,920

Frankfort:

Population: 151

Funds: $34,137

Mellette:

Population: 214

Funds: $48,380

Redfield:

Population: 2,273

Funds:  $513,870

Tulare:

Population: 211

Funds: $47,702

Turton:

Population: 49

Funds: $11,078

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