Lexington County Council Hears Requests for $58M in Recovery Funds

Posted 9/30/22

Lexington County Council began hearing requests Sept. 27 for some $58 million in State Local Fiscal Recovery funds.

The federal funds are designated for support of COVID-19 response efforts and to …

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Lexington County Council Hears Requests for $58M in Recovery Funds

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Lexington County Council began hearing requests Sept. 27 for some $58 million in State Local Fiscal Recovery funds.

The federal funds are designated for support of COVID-19 response efforts and to replace lost revenue for local governments. The aid is aimed at supporting economic stabilization for households and businesses.

Representatives of seven prominent community organizations in Lexington County made their plea for millions in assistance. County officials say they have received a total of 35 applications for the funds.

Final decisions on disbursement will be determined by Lexington County Council at a later date.

Midlands Technical College is seeking $4.6 million to fund a pilot program that will provide students in need the resources to further their education. Some 3,900 students would be eligible for the program each year.

Comporium, an internet, cable and TV provider is seeking $9.4 million to help provide broadband to some 16,000 homes in the Swansea area that currently do not have access.

“It will get Lexington completely wired with broadband,” he said.

The Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission is seeking $10 million to improve water-sewer infrastructure in areas of Lexington County that are currently in need. Improving infrastructure is currently a designated priority of the commission, according to Jay Nicholson, general manager.

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is seeking additional funds to address major staff shortages that have impacted park and recreation services for the past two years. The commission is also seeking resources to meet a growing demand for after-school activities at the parks.

The Irmo Fire District is seeking $1.2 million for a new training site for firemen, as it says the current training site on Ball Park Road in Lexington is too far away to serve local firemen. 

The nonprofit Big Red Barn is also seeking financial help to address health issues affecting the military patrons they serve at the Blythewood retreat. The facility, strongly endorsed by Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon, is designed to provide a place of retreat and peace for members of the military in need.

“It allows them to have the life they need,” said Lamont Christian, director of the Warrior Path Program, an assistance program that provides expert companionship to participants at Red Barn.

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, which focuses on helping fathers with problems that impact their children negatively, is seeking more funds to help families eradicate poverty for the health and well-being of children. Strengthening families through father engagement is the core mission of the coalition.

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