Routes to Recovery provides municipalities funds to assist with COVID-19 costs
Lincoln County municipalities can be compensated for unbudgeted expenses necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the State of Wisconsin Routes to Recovery program. Funded through the federal CARES Act, the Routes to Recovery program allocated each municipality in Wisconsin funds on a per capita basis to help relieve the financial costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wisconsin Towns Association has provided information on what expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and November 6, 2020 are eligible for reimbursement under this program:
• Election supplies and voting machines that support absentee voting and voting machines that reduce physical contact during elections
• Personal protective equipment, including face masks/shields, gowns, gloves, boot covers, coveralls and hand sanitizer/alcohol wipes
• Absentee mail drop boxes
• Computers and other equipment that support virtual meetings
• Town furnishings that can be easily cleaned and reduce contact points
• Long term building modifications to enable COVID-19 precautions, such as contactless paper towel or soap dispensers
Grant amounts to Merrill area communities are as follows:
• City of Merrill – $158,088
• Town of Merrill – $49,423
• Town of Scott – $23,460
• Town of Pine River – $30,450
If a municipality is unable to use its full allocation, they can reallocate their funds to another municipality. Additionally, recent information from the Towns Association indicates that a municipality can donate supplies or reimburse school districts for expenses necessary for the school to respond to COVID-19. Both of these options help retain the funds in Lincoln County. If a municipality fails to use or reallocate their funds, the funds will remain at the State level to be used before the end of year deadline.
For additional information please contact Melinda.Osterberg@wisc.edu or visit: https://doa.wi.gov/Secretary/RRG-ProgramGuidance.pdf