The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has been very generous with federal American Rescue Plan Act Money in recent months – the commissioners have pretty much followed the biblical rule of ask and you shall receive.
However, one Guilford County town – Sedalia – has been put on hold when it comes to an allocation.
Earlier this month, Sedalia Mayor Howard Morgan spoke before the Board of Commissioners in a work session and, unlike just about every other town or group who made a request that day, the board didn’t vote to hand over any money to Sedalia.
Sedalia, just like the other small towns in the county, will likely end up with some of the $104 million the county has been giving away. However, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said after the work session that he and other commissioners didn’t feel the town’s plans for the money were well developed enough at this point.
Alston also said that there were some questions as to whether some of the money could legally be spent the way the town planned to spend it.
Morgan told the board that Sedalia residents were very concerned about water contamination. He asked that some of the money be used for infrastructure improvements such as water filtration systems for homes with problems, and the mayor also requested financial support for increased broadband internet services as well as a pay increase for an administrative assistant position for the town clerk.
He said growth in the town was putting the clerk’s office under pressure and the clerk needed more help.
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is expected to revisit the request from Sedalia at an upcoming work session.