The Town of Normal launched a survey to collect feedback from residents to help prioritize investment areas to address related to the COVID-19 impact and recovery.
Cities in the United States received significant funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, address economic fallout and lay the foundation for recovery.
The Town of Normal is slated to receive $10.8 million over the next two years. Half of the funds have already been provided to the Town; the remainder will be paid to the Town of Normal in 2022. Funds must be allocated by 2024 and used by 2026. These funds may be applied only for qualified uses.
“The Town of Normal values feedback from residents and we want to hear from citizens how to prioritize these dollars,” says Cathy Oloffson, director of Communications & Community Relations. “The survey outlines several broad categories of how the monies can be used, and respondents are asked to rank the priority of the categories.”
Rankings span from “No priority” to “Low,” “Medium” or “High” priorities. The survey also asks an open-ended question about the largest issue facing the Town of Normal due to COVID-19.
“Participation in the survey is voluntary,” adds Oloffson. “People can complete the survey in less than five minutes. We are seeking a sample representative of our community, so the survey also includes demographic questions.”
The link to the survey is included on the Town of Normal’s website and on its social media pages. The Town will also share the link via email messages to those on its subscriber lists. And, the survey is being digitally distributed on a variety of platforms to residents via social media ads.
The Town of Normal partnered with ZenCity to launch the survey which will take about six weeks to complete. Survey findings will be one of the considerations the Town will use in determining how best to allocate ARPA dollars.
The Normal Town Council will be holding a work session later this year to further discuss community needs and potential uses of the ARPA funds.