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Vitality Unlimited Seeks $ 1.5 Million in Covid Rescue Fund | Government and Politics

ADELLA HARDING Elko Daily Correspondent

ELKO – Vitality Unlimited wants to expand services to meet community needs that have increased due to COVID-19, and requests approximately $ 1.5 million in funding from the City of American Rescue Plan Act. Elko.

The city receives nearly $ 27.5 million from the two-segment bailout. The spending categories considered by Elko City Council include city infrastructure projects, government revenue replacement, public safety projects, non-profit demands, and aid to affected industries.

Sarah Adler of Silver State Government Relations spoke to the board this week about Vitality Limited’s three funding proposals.

City statistics for Elko from 2019 to 2020 show a 303% increase in visits for anxiety, a 193% increase in visits for depression and a 177% increase in visits for stress, 88% of which for post-stress disorder -traumatic.

Adler said use of the crisis hotline has jumped, with 1,168 calls this year so far and a 70% increase in the fourth quarter. “Unfortunately, we expect the need to continue,” she said.

The center’s presentation listed lost revenue that was not reimbursed at $ 18,324 for cleaning and disinfection, $ 490,786 in grant losses and $ 466,931 in losses due to COVID-19 quarantines and orders. home stay. Face-to-face visits declined 3.4% from 2020 to 2021, but telehealth visits increased.

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A proposal from the Vitality Center is $ 703,600 to increase professional clinical staff, $ 160,154 for staff training, hiring an outreach and partnership coordinator and renting additional space, and $ 80,000 for a van and vehicle modifications for mobile therapy / crisis response.

A second proposal was to purchase a women’s residence at 1297 Idaho St. with a negotiated price of $ 350,000 and up to $ 100,000 for maintenance.

Another proposal from the Vitality Center during the Oct. 19 hearing was $ 147,700 to improve the health, safety and restorative nature of the inpatient treatment environment, such as upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, $ 51,500; window replacements, $ 16,125; fixture replacement, $ 14,675; a walk-in freezer, $ 40,400; and landscaping, $ 25,000.

“We would love for you to find money for all three,” Adler said, also indicating that she was contacting Elko County and the state recovery portal for financial contributions.

Organizations interested in some of the town of Elko’s American Rescue Plan Act money have until Dec. 31 to complete and submit applications for the first round of funding, but the town government has also eye on much of the money.

Water projects

City Manager Curtis Calder said the No.1 priorities for infrastructure projects provided a second water source for the Northeast Nevada Regional Hospital, linked to a pressure reducing valve project for a estimated amount of $ 2 million, and a second water source at exit 298 of Interstate 80.

Upcoming priority projects include a $ 6 million pumping station, water reservoir and water pipe at Elko Mountain, $ 2 million Errecart Boulevard water pipe and grading, and a reservoir. water and a water pipe at exit 298 for $ 5 million.

Utilities Director Dale Johnson said work on Exit 298 “would enhance development … for future commercial and industrial development and open up the entire west side of town.”

Combined, the first and second priority projects would require around $ 18 million, according to Calder’s presentation to city council in the second bailout spending hearing. He also said the city’s overall loss of revenue due to COVID-19 for the year ending Dec.31, 2020, was nearly $ 4.64 million, including the loss of lodging tax. transitional $ 1.15 million.

Calder said the city’s recent decision to match Elko County funds for the Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Clinic for COVID-19 patients up to $ 250,000 could be eligible under the Act. rescue, and there are needs at the Elko Police Department, such as a new case management system.

Other requests

Also in this week’s public commentary, Carolyn Jordan of ABC 4 in Salt Lake City, which provides television programming to the Elko area, offered to provide local information on vaccinations and health care that could benefit. of rescue funds.

She said there could be 13 segments that could also include tourism promotions, and that there could be a digital campaign.

“You may also want to work with Elko County. It might work out there, ”said Mayor Reece Keener, noting that the TV station serves the entire county.

And Bailey Homes’ Sheldon Hetzel once again urged the council to extend water service to higher elevations along Lamoille Road for future development, highlighting the current housing shortage. He also spoke at the first hearing.

“I can’t tell you how bad it is,” he said, telling the board it would be a chance for a legacy investment.

Hetzel also came up with a new idea for Elko. He said a program in Winnemucca that provides a building housing multiple nonprofit services for a “one stop shop for services” could also be done in Elko, whether with rescue funds or otherwise.

“It’s an interesting concept,” Keener said.

Previous requests

At the first of two public hearings on the spending of the bailout funds, the council heard demands from the Boys and Girls Club, Nevada Health Centers, the Igloo, the Family Resource Center and the Western Folklife Center.

Nevada Health Centers are asking for $ 2 million for mental health programs and the Boys and Girls Club is asking for $ 400,000. The Western Folklife Center asked for $ 354,576, the Family Resource Center $ 300,000 and the igloo $ 50,000. Combined with Vitality’s claim of $ 1.54 million, Calder said the nonprofit claims totaled $ 4.3 million.

With the infrastructure proposals, tourism assistance, and public safety needs, Calder said there would be $ 536,065 left to spend, “so you can see the money is getting pretty tight.”

“The number could decrease or increase depending on the requests we receive and the eligibility of the project is determined,” Calder said in an email.

He also said that non-profit organizations, businesses and other types of government entities except the city of Elko will need to complete the application form.

Applications will soon be available on the city’s website and at the town hall. They can be completed online or sent or dropped off at City Clerk Kelly Wooldridge’s office. The city will review all requests.

“They have to prove that they can follow federal requirements,” said city director of financial services Jan Baum.

The US Treasury Department has extended the reporting deadline from October 31 of this year to April 30 of next year for ARPA funds.

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