Deirdre Waterman, mayor of Pontiac, and other panelists will speak on Wednesday about how to administer federal bailout funds in the city’s upcoming town halls.
On June 21, Pontiac received approximately $ 18.8 million out of a total of $ 37.7 million. Funds must be received by December 31, 2024. However, funds can be committed and then spent up to two years later.
Waterman pledged months ago to organize town halls to help determine how money should be spent on public safety, infrastructure, neighborhood restoration, stress relief for post-pandemic citizens and more. .
“We will be announcing the schedule for these town halls tomorrow, as well as my proposal to council to schedule a retreat to present and review all of the data and citizen feedback that we collect as a result of these town halls,” Waterman said on Tuesday. “Right now, city council doesn’t have a plan for spending the funds, or even a plan for how to decide what to do with the funds. The aim of the ARP town halls initiative is to empower citizens to express themselves to help guide these decisions and processes.
Waterman said the town hall panelists will include ARP experts from Baker Tilly, an accounting and consulting firm, who will discuss guidelines and eligible uses for ARP money. Samino Scott, Executive Director of the Pontiac Collective Impact Partnership, will outline the strategic priorities for thriving cities and explain what community partners and organizations would like to see done with the funding.
The mayor, who is not on the ballot for her re-election in November, is also expected to discuss her plans once she is deposed.
The discussion will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Viewers can visit this link and use code 640943.