For immediate release
Dent County obligates all CARES Act funds
ST. JAMES—As of Thursday, Dent County is no longer accepting Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic (CARES) Act grant applications, pending further review by the Dent County Commission. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), who is administering the grant, reported more pending requests than grant dollars available on Wednesday. Access to Dent County’s applications has been suspended on MRPC’s website.
Dent County received $1,827,024 in federal CARES Act that was dispersed to cities, political subdivisions, public agencies and businesses in the county. MRPC has received over 50 applications that staff worked to process and submit to the Dent County Commission for review, who then reviewed the applications, issued final approval and made all the applicable payments. Roughly 15 applications are pending review and/or approval. Based on approved grant requests to date, funds have primarily reimbursed schools, law enforcement, health and safety organizations and businesses for such activities as distance learning, extra protective equipment, and excess costs incurred due to COVID-19 that were unexpected.
Combined, counties in the Meramec Region were awarded a total of $23,278,689. The state of Missouri passed out a total of $520,925,478 to counties within the state. Funding distribution was based on population.
For more information, visit treasurer.mo.gov/COVID.
Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 34 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.