All of the projects included in this recommendation have been submitted by city departments, non-profits and outside agencies, and community members; and were determined to be the most viable to be recommended to the City Council for approval during the first round of project selection scheduled for mid-July.
The total amount of ARPA funding requested for the July package of projects recommended by the City is approximately $35.1 million.
Since the onset of the community engagement process for ARPA spending and project selection, the City has been working to gather input through traditional grassroots means and a multi-faceted online approach. Outreach efforts included connecting with community stakeholders, canvassing neighborhoods, distributing press releases, email blasts, social media posts, and setting up in-person and virtual community meetings in each Ward.
In early February, a community survey was developed and distributed to help the City of Lynn develop a transparent, strategic, and equitable plan for federal ARPA funding. The survey was designed for the purpose of understanding the impact of the pandemic on city residents and to gather a sense of community stakeholders’ priorities for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. During the month of May, the public was invited to attend several workshops for an opportunity to collaborate with staff to help submit their project suggestions and proposals.
The survey was available online from February 8, 2022 through March 31, 2022 and reached roughly 1,653 respondents. Of the 1,653 survey participants, 1,259 prioritized infrastructure improvements with 39% survey participants citing roadway & sidewalk improvements as a top priority for ARPA funding investments.
Six, 3-hour sessions with translation services were open to the community for a chance to work with staff to propose their ideas in May.
Feedback from the City’s community outreach highlighted particular needs to address parks and green space, the cost of housing, improvements to roadways and sidewalks, and litter. The City’s recommendations are in line with those priorities, taking into account priorities from the City’s ARPA Scoring Matrix such as the implementation timeline and project sustainability (i.e., the reality that the finding is a one-time revenue source).
Launch of the phase I ARPA Project proposal and suggestions.
Presentation of the Lynn ARPA survey results to the City Council.
Presentation of the Survey Results (PDF)
Phase I project submittal workshops.
Project Submittal Workshop Announcement (PDF)
The City is reviewing community suggestions which may be integrated into other projects that will receive ARPA funding in July.
Community Suggestions for ARPA Investment
Closure of phase I project submittal requests
Launch of project selection survey.
Overview of the Project Selection | City Hall
Closure of the Project Selection Survey
Phase I presentation to the City Council and vote
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