MASSENA – The village of Massena will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to modernize the computer systems of the Massena Police Department and the village offices.
Administrators approved the use of $ 131,000 from village relief funds to modernize the village police department and office system, and $ 48,024 for computer services.
Mayor Timothy J. Ahlfeld said the village has asked Twin State to review the needs of the village. Twin State manages the IT services in the village offices, while a separate company is responsible for these services in the police department.
“We invited Twin State to come and do an analysis of our systems here and our systems in the police department,” Ahlfeld said. “They recognize that there are changes that need to be made and investments that need to be made.”
He shared this information with the administrators and discussed how they could use the American Rescue Plan Act funding to their advantage.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $ 1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill enacted in March. Within ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides $ 350 billion to states, municipalities, counties, tribes and territories, including $ 130 billion for local governments split equally between municipalities and counties .
One of the possible uses of the funding is to invest in water supply, sewerage and broadband infrastructure, making the investments necessary to improve access to clean water, support vital infrastructure for communities. sewage and storm water and expand broadband Internet access.
“One of the beauties of ARPA, the American Rescue Plan Act, is that they recognize that there are loopholes in IT infrastructure, and it came about when people had to work from home during this crisis. COVID, ”Ahlfeld said. “So there is money available through ARPA funds that we can spend on cyber assets. “
He said the amount of funding approved by the Trustees would meet the needs identified by Twin State.
“I asked them to speed up their assessment,” he said.
Twin State was due to visit village officials last week to discuss details of the job.
Deputy Mayor Matthew J. LeBire said it was a good use of funds for something critical which would alleviate the need to use general fund money in the future to fill in the gaps. computer science.