More cities, counties approved for federal COVID reimbursements

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Sixteen northern Kentucky local governments have been approved for or are close to final approval for almost $7 million in federal reimbursement for expenses related to preparing for and combatting the spread of the coronavirus.

The money comes from some $300 million the state received in initial Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security — CARES — Act for local governments with expenses related to COVID-19.

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Five northern Kentucky governments have received final approval for reimbursement for a total of $1.3 million. Eleven others have received preliminary approval, meaning they will receive reimbursements once final documentation is submitted to the Department of Local Governments.

“Our local governments have been life lines in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this funding is so important,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in announcing the funding approvals. “We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to keeping Kentuckians safe.”

DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene mentioned how essential reimbursements are for local governments.

“We know our local governments are experiencing decreases in revenue, making this funding even more important while we combat this crisis. Our staff is working diligently to make the process simple and efficient so we can get reimbursements out the door to our cities and counties as quickly as possible,” Keene said.

Fort Mitchell
The City of Fort Mitchell will receive $592,653 in reimbursements to cover payroll expenses for police officers and costs incurred to sanitize public spaces and ensure social distancing.

“We are grateful for this CARES Act reimbursement, which will help us offset our expenses related to the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Mayor Jude Hehman. “With this reimbursement, we will continue to keep our first responders safe by providing sanitation supplies. And in the near future, we plan to add a marquee to our Main Street so we can share important messages with our residents. Effective communication is the key to keeping everyone safe and informed.”

Villa Hills
The City of Villa Hills will use $239,962 to reimburse payroll expenses for police officers, firefighters and EMS workers.

Mayor Heather Jansen expressed appreciation for the funding, which will help their first responders.

Williamstown
The City of Williamstown will receive $227,989 in reimbursements for police, fire and EMS payroll.

Mayor Rick Skinner discussed that this funding will help the city of Williamstown provide uninterrupted services to their community. “We couldn’t be more excited to be getting this reimbursement through the CARES Act to help us recoup some of the money we’ve had to spend during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Skinner. “Budgets were tight and this allows us to continue operation without interruption.”

Wilder
The City of Wilder will receive $220,753 in reimbursements, which will cover the cost of PPE for the city and payroll expenses for police officers who have dedicated significant time to combatting COVID-19.

Mason County
Mason County will use $46,000 to reimburse expenses for PPE, signage to encourage social distancing, technology expenses to allow telework, disinfecting supplies and payroll for temporary employees necessary to combat COVID-19.

Eleven other local governments in northern Kentucky have been granted preliminary approval and are expected to have final approval once they submit outstanding documentation to DLG.

  • Florence has preliminary approval for $2,335,449 for payroll for police, fire and EMS workers.
  • Erlanger has preliminary approval for $1,233,797 for payroll for police, fire and EMS workers.
  • Alexandria has preliminary approval for $519,241 to cover payroll expenses, sanitizing supplies, grants for small businesses to offset the financial burden of COVID-19 and technology upgrades to allow employees to work remotely.
  • Grant County has preliminary approval for $427,384 to cover payroll for the Grant County Sheriffs Office and to install plexiglass in the County Clerks and Sheriffs offices.
  • Fort Wright has preliminary approval for $412,527 to reimburse payroll expenses for their police and fire departments.
  • Highland Heights has preliminary approval for $344,022 in reimbursements for PPE and payroll for quarantined employees and police officers.
  • Elsmere has preliminary approval for $243,860 for PPE and family and medical leave for employees.
  • Southgate has preliminary approval for $124,874 for payroll for police officers and technology to allow employees to telework.
  • Pendleton County has preliminary approval for $83,168 to cover payroll for the Pendleton County Sheriffs office.
  • Edgewood has preliminary approval for $13,555 to cover PPE, sanitizer, payroll for first responders and technology to allow employees to telework.
  • Covington has preliminary approval for $12,679 for decontamination and sanitizing supplies and technology to allow employees to telework.

Since the application was released in May, DLG has received approximately 100 applications for reimbursement from city and county governments across the commonwealth that are pending approval until all documentation is submitted.