Granite Quarry receives flexible grant funding to transform town

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, June 8, 2022

GRANITE QUARRY — While still in its proposal stage, the Town of Granite Quarry plans for a brighter future with funds it received from U.S. Department of Treasury.

The town, as a non-entitled unit, received an American Rescue Plan Act grant last June and has opted to use the standard allowance, meaning the sum allows for maximum spending flexibility with minimal compliance burden. Granite Quarry plans to amend the adopted grant project ordinance at its next budget meaning on June 13.

The U.S. Department of Treasury distributes the relief grant to NEUs by state government. It is proposed that the $959,917 received goes toward funding the current salaries of government workers, leaving the town’s general fund for transformative projects in the community.

The necessary policies were adopted by Granite Quarry’s Board of Aldermen on May 19. If the board adopts the amended ARPA Grant Project Ordinance by vote, staff will begin the process of designating the funds, which would take place in the next few months.

Financial officer Shelly Shockley said town officials are unsure about other projects down the road. The Board of Aldermen also made a motion to conduct a public hearing June 13 at 6 p.m. for feedback on the proposed budget. The hearing will be held at the town hall at 143 N. Salisbury GQ Ave. in Granite Quarry.