Wittenberg to use reamining ARPA funds

Luke Reimer

The Wittenberg Village Board voted in favor of using its remaining American Rescue Plan funds during its meeting on March 6.

The village currently has $1,177.91 left of the $103,412.54 that it received from the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining money will be used as a fee to the Wittenberg Fire Department, falling in line with the village’s commitment to getting a new water tender for the department.

The other $102,234.63 went to improving various functions and operations around the village.

“$96,184.63 was used to buy special enzymes to treat the sludge in our wastewater pond, $6,050 was used to purchase the new voting machine offered by Shawano County and the remaining $1,177.91 will be used to pay a fee to the fire department,” said Wittenberg Village Clerk Traci Matsche.

The board has previously used the ARPA funds for the enzymes, but cannot use the remaining funds for that, as each unit costs approximately $4,000, leading the board to use the money for the fire department.

The decision came unimaously, with Wittenberg Village Board Trustee Paul Yaeger being absent from the meeting.