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Falls Village makes plans for ARPA relief funds

FALLS VILLAGE — First Selectmen Henry Todd told the Board of Finance Monday, Sept. 13 that the town will receive some $331,000 in federal pandemic relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2020 (ARPA). The town has already received about $155,000, with the remainder expected in May or June 2022. 

Todd said the town used $42,000 on the new septic system for 107 Main St.

He said the funds must be used within a four-year period, “so we have time for thoughtful deliberations.”

To that end, at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting following the Board of Finance, Todd outlined a plan to send a survey to townspeople asking for their thoughts on how to spend the ARPA funds.

Carol Thomas and Amy Wynn, representing the Falls Village Equity Project, asked permission to use the crosswalk at Beebe Hill Road and Main Street for a project that would combine an artwork with the crosswalk.

Wynn described the project as “a welcome mat.” She explained the group was applying for a grant for an artist to create the crosswalk, and needed the go-ahead from the town to proceed.

The selectmen agreed. 

The selectmen accepted with regret, the resignation of transfer station chief Tracey Wilson.

Todd reported that the owners of the Falls Village Cafe wish to “firm up” their lease in terms of length of the lease, not the rental price. Todd said he would ask for a written request.

And the selectmen agreed to get an estimate on improving the external ventilation at the cafe, in response to a request from a neighbor.

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