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By Jackie Morris, Sullivan County Clerk
To update the community regarding CARES money received from the State of Missouri.
Last May the commissioners were notified Sullivan County would be receiving a percentage of monies the state received for COVID-19 . Documents were presented for signature and returned to Missouri State Treasurer for $714,000 to be direct deposited. These monies were to be used for COVID-19 related issues in Sullivan County by December 30, 2020. Guide lines were updated on a weekly basis for the use of the monies. The State Treasurer contracted with an outside CPA firm to audit the funds distributed. The audit reports were presented on a quarterly basis and all receipts, invoices, requests were to be uploaded as well. The audit firm would then review and determine if further information was needed to justify the monies spent. Upon December 30, 2020 all monies not allocated were to be returned to Missouri State Treasurer. No monies were returned, in fact additional time was allocated for expenditure of these funds. The commissioners requested this information be presented for the Sullivan County Community to see where the money went.
Sullivan County Ambulance received $205,750 for a new ambulance with a more isolated treatment area, to further protect the driver and/ or passengers wellness.
Area Schools received $97,100 and this money could also be used as a match with funds from Dept. Of Elementary and Secondary Education. Chromebooks, drinking fountains, chargers, masks, hand sanitizer were some of the items purchased.
Our local Health Department really stepped up to CARE for the community approximately $201,000 went to them for staffing needs, community supplies (face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves), educational material and misc. items pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local fire districts and law enforcement received $72,000 to improve communications and to purchase additional equipment to be in compliance with new safety guidelines for first responders.
Local Election equipment was upgraded and polling location upgrades were completed to provide a safe working environment for poll workers and voters as well in the amount of $64,485. Funds were also received from the Secretary of State and other Grants to help offset the expense.
An additional $73,700 was spent on local community requests from City of Milan, Milan Community Building, Multi-Purpose Senior Center, Milan Trunk or Treat, Sullivan County Rural Water office, American Legion Building and High Hope Services.
As reported in an earlier article, Sullivan County will be receiving additional funds with the America Recovery Act. These funds will be coming directly from the Federal Government. The monies distributed is calculated on the population according to the census. The new round of monies will be deposited in two deposits 365 days apart. Monies are to be spent on continued COVID-19 prevention and preparedness. Accountability will be directly with federal guidance.
Smaller municipalities will be receiving additional funds from the Missouri State Treasurer. The guidelines outlined by the state will follow along the lines as they did for the first round of CARES money.
If you have questions or concerns please contact County Clerk Jackie Morris at 660-265-3786.