As it turns out, Arab will likely receive a bit more of the $382,578 earmarked for the city from CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security) Act Funds than expected.
When the city received the initial notification about the reimbursement funds due to the pandemic, it appeared the money could be used only for cleaning and sanitizing products, medical items, personal protection equipment, workplace modifications and laptops for employees who were working from home due to the crisis.
At that time, Mayor Bob Joslin didn’t feel the city would qualify to be reimbursed for very much of the funds set aside for Arab. But, Joslin told the city council that after meeting with Sen. Clay Scofield, Rep. Wes Kitchens and the other mayors in the county last week, “it appears they’ve opened up some areas for the use of the funds and the criteria seems to keep changing.”
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