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City Council to use ARPA funds to replace ancient snowblower

January 21, 2022

In a short special meeting during which no new public input was accepted, the Bonners Ferry City Council, with the mayor absent and by unanimous voice vote of the four city council members, approved the purchase of a 2014 snowblower using American Rescue Plan Act funds.

That isn't to say the council didn't hear more -- a contingent of the full house in attendance broke into the derisive chant, "send it back!" and shouts of "traitors" and "communists!" when the motion was seconded and had to be silenced, and after the vote was taken, one woman shouted loudly, "shame on you!"

After council chair Rick Alonzo opened the meeting, council member Ron Smith spoke, saying that the council had already accepted the federal monies and at question was only whether to use the funds to replace a 60-year-old snowblower. He said he had spoken with both city administrator Lisa Ailport and city attorney Andrakay Pluid, both of whom assured him the purchase qualified for ARPA funds and that there were no untoward conditions associated with accepting the federal monies.

In response to testimony presented at Tuesday's meeting at which Resolution 2022-1-12 to authorize the use $105,950 of $567,208 in ARPA funds allocated to replace the snowblower was first opened, Smith said he'd checked with Shoshone County officials to check on a contention that they had refused ARPA funds, to find out that they had not.

On making the second, council member Brion Poston said he'd read over 600-pages of material on ARPA he'd received from Idaho First District Representative Sage Dixon's office, and saw nothing to change his mind on using the funds.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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