Council moves spending $1 million in ARPA funds for a performing arts center to the top of the list

The notion of spending $1 million of the $2.6 million in unused American Rescue Plan Act funds designed to bolster the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic received strong support during the last couple of Susanville City Council meetings.

The theatre owner has agreed to sell the property to the Susanville Symphony Society for $400,00.

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And now, according to an item on the council’s Wednesday, March 6, agenda, that expenditure has risen to the top of the list. No action will be taken as the item is on the agenda in order to give direction to staff.

Additional proposed spending includes $158,048 for a Susanville Marketing Campaign, $200,000 for a complete General Plan Update, $520,000 for repairs at the Susanville Fire Department, $250,000 for repairs at the Susanville Police Department, $75,000 for repairs to City Hall,and $447,462 to pay off city debt. The proposed spending totals $2,651,510.

According to the staff report, “The proposed expenditure plan for the ARPA funds reflects a thoughtful and strategic approach aimed at addressing the immediate needs of our community while also laying the groundwork for long-term resilience and prosperity. The plan prioritizes investments across five key categories, encompassing private investment for community benefit, marketing, policies and procedures, infrastructure, and debt repayment. Through careful consideration of public input, council direction, and community benefit, this plan seeks to maximize the impact of ARPA funds, ensuring that they are utilized effectively to support economic revitalization, enhance public services, and promote the well-being of all residents.”

The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. with a closed session conference with a real property negotiator regarding the Ramsey Ditch.

The pubic portion of the meeting begins at 5 p.m. Items on the agenda include Business from the Floor (public comment); the Consent Calendar (minutes from the council’s Feb. 21 meeting and vendor and payroll warrants); New Business (Lassen High School update, Resolution No. 24-6280 regarding repairs to Hangar 9 at the Susanville Municipal Airport); Resolution No. 24-6281 regarding pumps at the Diamond Mountain Golf Course. Resolution No. k24-6282 regarding a fee schedule for credit cards at the Diamond Mountain Golf Course, Resolution No. 24-6283 amending the city’s 2023-2024 budget, and a discussion regarding auditing services); Continuing Business, consideration of the proposed ARPA Expenditure Plan; Department reports; and future council items.

The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.