The Riley County Law Board has approved letters requesting the city of Manhattan and Riley County provide funding through American Rescue Plan Act grants that they’ll be receiving from the federal government.
The funding would provide for a two-percent employee pay adjustment for the remainder of the year, cover Emergency Leave for COVID from 2020 that hasn’t been reimbursed, the purchase of a digital citiation system for use on patrol and to buy a truck for the Hazardous Evidence Response Team’s use.
Captain Josh Kyle told the board the request was built around one-time funding items.
Board member and Riley County Commission Chair John Ford said, however, it’s not likely the personnel related items will get his vote when debated by that panel.
Both the city and county have been tentative in making plans with ARPA funds while waiting on clarifications as to where those grants can be used.