County commission approves use of Rescue Plan funds

St. Joseph County officials finally tapped into the $11.8 million in funds they received last year through the American Rescue Plan Act.

During their monthly board meeting Tuesday, county commissioners authorized funding for four requests that, collectively, total $235,000.

The four items and others were discussed in great detail at last week’s executive committee meeting. Without any debate Tuesday, commissioners approved funding for:

*A service that will restore and preserve aged documents legally required to be maintained by the county clerk’s office.

*A tow vehicle for the county emergency management’s mobile command center.

*A vehicle for buildings and grounds.

*A fleet car.

Commissioners have already agreed to allocate $4 million toward budget stabilization, $4 million to restoration of the courts building and $2 million for capital improvements. Tuesday’s purchases will come out of the capital improvements fund.

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