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More CARES Act funds go to school districts

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Posted: Sep. 27, 2020 12:01 am PALMYRA, Mo. — New CARES Act funding guidelines will...

Posted: Sep. 27, 2020 12:01 am

PALMYRA, Mo. — New CARES Act funding guidelines will mean more money for Marion County school districts.

During Monday’s meeting of the Marion County Commission, which oversees the distribution of CARES Act funds in the county, it was explained that a new rule allows a school district to request up to $500 per student without providing any documentation.

For the Hannibal School District it will mean $336,420 for Chromebooks. The commissioners had already approved $182,913 for personal protective equipment (PPE) out of a total request initially of $518,333.

The Palmyra R-1 School District requested $125,261 for hotspots and PPE. The request was approved unanimously.

Previously allocated by the commission was a request for $74,654 from the Marion County R-2 School District.

In other CARES Act requests, Marion County Emergency Services 911 requested $286,766 for PPE, Go Boxes for Telework capabilities and a portion of its payroll expenses. The commission awarded $27,818 for PPE and Go Boxes for Telework. It was explained that the commission did not award any funds for payroll expenses since 911 dispatch is not considered “front-line” essential.

The Palmyra Rural Fire Department requested $17,783 for PPE equipment. Its request was approved.

The Hannibal Jaycees was awarded $7,310 in reimbursements for PPE, advertising and the booking of acts for National Tom Sawyer Days that had canceled.

The Marion County Library District No.1 requested $2,357 for PPE. The commission approved the amount requested.

In other commission business, Corey Mehaffy, executive director of the Northeast Missouri Economic Development, requested that the commissioners partner with Ralls County to support NEMO Economic Development as a lead coalition member and grant recipient/administrator in applying for a $600,000 U.S. EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant.

The grant will be used to redevelop sites throughout Marion and Ralls counties by identifying properties that have issues with hazardous materials.

The Marion County Commission approved Mehaffy’s request.

The commission signed a reimbursement request for $545 to the Missouri Department of Transportation for design work on the bridge located on County Road 402.

Marion County Coordinator Teya Stice reported that the county is still waiting on MoDOT for soft match funds from the Taylor bridge project.

It was noted that the sign in front of the courthouse in Palmyra needs to be repaired. Since the state originally erected the sign the commission directed the county coordinator to contact the state to see if it will be making the repairs.

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