Rooster River flood mitigation funding in limbo as Fairfield awaits Army Corps of Engineers permits

A multimillion-dollar project to reduce flooding along the Rooster River is in the middle of a town government tussle over how to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds before they expire. Town officials said Fairfield has about four more months to commit more than $2.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Rooster River flood mitigation work, but they might need to move the money elsewhere if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t grant the necessary permits for the project within that time frame. ARPA fund recipients are required to allocate the money by the end of 2024 and spend them by the end of 2026, but Gerber said the town would need to go out to bid, requesting project services, by June or July to have enough time to commit the final costs before the deadline.

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