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Wapello seeks COVID-19 relief from the State of Iowa

Wapello seeks COVID-19 relief from the State of Iowa

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WAPELLO — It was a short meeting, but Wapello city officials hope the special city council meeting Monday will soon lead to a big payday.

In a unanimous vote during a 90-second meeting, the council approved a resolution to seek $36,388 from the Iowa COVID-19 Government Relief Fund to cover unbudgeted public safety expenditures related to the pandemic.

According to the resolution, local government funding reimbursements may only be used for necessary expenditures related to COVID-19 that were incurred between March 1 and July 31 and have not been reimbursed from other sources.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated $125 million of the State of Iowa’s CARES Act funding to local governments for direct expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

City Clerk Mike Delzell said he became aware of the funding opportunity last week, but a Sept. 15 deadline forced the council to hold the special meeting.

Delzell said most of the funding requested by the city would go to cover salaries of the city’s public safety employees, which would include ambulance and police personnel.

He did not know when the city would hear back from state officials on its reimbursement request.

“We can use it the same as anyone else,” Mayor Shawn Maine said before the start of the meeting.

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