Chapel Hill residents shared with the Chapel Hill Town Council what they wanted to see more funding for – public restrooms and pickleball.
Amy Oland, the business management director for the Town, presented different Community Partner projects that could be funded with money received through the American Rescue Plan Act.
ARPA, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2021, was created to provide relief to those impacted by the pandemic.
The Town Council was presented with an ordinance written as an amendment to Chapel Hill's ARPA Fund. Oland said the Town is looking for possible ways to spend the remaining funds.
She said different projects were analyzed by consultants to determine which needed the most funding.
“We believe that this list provides a great variety of projects that help a wide range of those in our community that were most negatively affected by the pandemic,” Oland said.
The Town is looking into adding further public bathroom options such as porta-potties, which are cheaper to implement than bathrooms, which need staffing. Town Council member Camille Berry said the Town is in need of more private bathroom options.
Town Council member Michael Parker said sanitary centers are necessary for people experiencing homelessness to have a place to wash.
“I think that they were affected by COVID,” Berry said. “So I think that that is actually a very good use for these ARPA dollars. It’s not something I want to put off and wait until we would get another budget.”