Sharon accepts American Rescue funds

  • The Town of Sharon. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/23/2021 2:45:16 PM

Sharon Select Board voted Tuesday night to accept and expend the funds granted by the American Rescue Plan Act, but made no specific plans for use of the funds.

“There’s no set plan at this point in time,” said Town Administrator Debra Harling. 

The town will receive about $38,000 over two years, according to Harling. She said that the guidance on how to use the money is unclear and ever-changing, and that although the funding is intended for infrastructure, “their definition of infrastructure is not our definition of infrastructure.”

For now, the town will place the funds in a separate bank account, as they have until 2024 to commit the funds to a project. The board discussed some ideas on what the money could be spent on, including an exploration into broadband for the town. An attending resident suggested a cell tower.

The board agreed to do more research into various options.

Board Chair Fred Woodhouse stated that he would rather the money simply sit until the town had need of it.

“We can just keep it until at some point, something comes up and we can help the town,” Woodhouse said. “I don’t want to spend the money just to spend it.”


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