City of Saginaw, Michigan

December 22, 2021 SAGINAW, MI – At the Monday, December 20 City Council meeting, Saginaw City Council adopted a resolution establishing the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Advisory Committee. The purpose of the ARPA Advisory Committee will be to provide input regarding potential projects or category spending for which the City of Saginaw may use ARPA funds.

As stated in the resolution, the ARPA Advisory Committee will be responsible for providing input from various communities of interest that the members represent. Once the information is gathered, the committee will formulate a recommendation for a strategic funding plan that considers the community priorities established by City Council. The committee will prepare recommended funding priorities for consideration by City Council.

The committee will be a non-paid committee. It will meet approximately once a month or as needed. The committee will consist of no less than 10 and no more than 15 people. Members will be City residents, individuals who own businesses located in the City, or the directors/managers of established/recognized non-profit corporations or churches located within the City, and a majority of the members shall be city residents. Members of City Council and City employees or contractors shall not be eligible to serve on the committee. As stated in the resolution, “members must be non-biased and keep the spirit and intent of the ARPA funding, as well as all applicable rules and regulations, in mind when making recommendations.”

Members will be appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval. City administration and consultants will be available to provide assistance to the committee as needed.

Mayor Brenda F. Moore commented on the formation of the committee, “ARPA funding provides a unique opportunity to build on the strategic priorities established by council and invest in Saginaw’s people, neighborhoods, and businesses. We are looking for committee members that will bring a specific expertise, experience or vision — in a way that we feel is going to be the most beneficial as we work through how to make the best use of the ARPA funds. The advice and guidance of each member is going to be essential.”

Individuals interested in applying for membership on this committee will need to submit an application to the City Clerk’s Office. The application is available on our website at https://bit.ly/3xZKrOi. Once completed, applications can be returned to the City Clerk’s Office, 1315 S. Washington Avenue Room 102, or sent via email to clerk@saginaw-mi.com.

For questions regarding the membership application, call (989) 759-1480.

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