CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Details have emerged as to the financial support Clinton Township will receive from relief programs funded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
Since the Act passed in March, Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon and the Board of Trustees have been actively searching for grant money to support services and shore up finances affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We aggressively sought out federal and state assistance where it existed to not only help bolster service to residents but to support staff as well,” said Cannon. “We’ve incurred costs directly related to the coronavirus to make the Civic Center safe for visitors and staff,” he said.
Cannon added that the Township offices have been open and safe for public use since June 15.
In July, the Township applied for the Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program (PSPHPR), which was created to reimburse eligible municipalities for public health and safety payroll expenditures. The program included $200 million in funding, beginning with reimbursement of April and May payroll expenditures.
According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, 600 applications were received, with $350 million requested, which exceeded available funds. As a result, the Treasury is paying 50 percent of the amount requested by each applicant. Clinton Township’s share totals $2,177,954 and is scheduled for deposit this week.
Also, Clinton Township has been awarded $170,000 under the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program (FRHPPP). FRHPPP was created to reimburse or pay for qualifying bonuses provided to first responders who have performed hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship related to COVID‐19.
“This reimbursement helps with the reduction in revenue sharing we see from the State due to the pandemic,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “The hazard pay premiums are a nice gesture of appreciation to our first responders and hopefully will serve as a stimulus for our local economy,” he said.
Early on during the pandemic, after safety protocols were in place, Cannon and Township staff have frequented area restaurants in support of the local economy.