The Wichita County Commissioners on Monday split the $ 25.6 million the county receives from the federal government’s U.S. Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the largest tranche of COVID-19 relief money.
“We came up with more than we had (ARPA money), but we still covered a lot,” said County Judge Woody Gossom.
He said the biggest single expenses are on county facilities. A total of $ 10.6 million was awarded, most of which went to improvements to the courthouse and its annex on Scott Avenue.
“What we’re doing in the courthouse is getting new district courtrooms and new county court-at-law courtrooms,” Gossom said.
The renovation also includes the relocation of the district clerk’s offices and other offices and the creation of a jury assembly area. In the appendix, the work will include renovation of the tax office.
Other expenses from ARPA funds will include:
- $ 4,500,000 to the Wichita Valley Water Project to provide more water to sub-serviced parts of the county.
- $ 3,800,000 in prize money for prison guards who have become difficult to hire and retain.
- $ 2,719,000 for radio tower work to improve emergency communications.
- $ 2,000,000 for the Hatton / Hammon roads rehab project, a joint project with the City of Wichita Falls.
- $ 1,045,000 for a Hatton / Hammon Road water pipeline, also a joint project.
- $ 503,000 to the Burkburnett Water Project.
- $ 305,725 in Adult Supervision Financing.
- $ 250,000 for an Electra Hospital District ambulance.
- $ 195,000 for The Kitchen food truck.
- $ 150,000 for a Charlye Ola Farris sculpture for the courthouse area.
The total amount for the list is $ 26,068,225.73 for reporting purposes and is adjustable. The Hatton / Hammon Road waterline, Adult Probation and The Kitchen food truck have already been approved for funding.