This survey lists all of the projects and programs identified in the American Rescue Plan Act fund needs assessment.  Please review the list and indicate whether you believe each investment is very important, somewhat important, or not important.  The Select Board will consider the results of this survey when making decisions about how to invest our ARPA funds. Thank you for your feed back and any additional comments may be emailed to the Select Board at sb@actonma.gov.

This survey should take 5-10 minutes and closes Sunday October 13, 2021. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

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* 1. Are you an Acton resident?

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* 2. Do you own or operate a business or non-profit in Acton?

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* 3. What is your age?

The Town of Acton will receive $7,072,733 in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to address the impacts of the pandemic. At the September 13, 2021 Select Board meeting, a preliminary list of ARPA investment priorities was presented.  As one component in our community engagement process this survey will be used to receive input on individual project ideas from the community before the Board decides how this funding is used.  
The following graphic from the US Department of Treasury shows examples of how this funding may be used and some of the specific eligibility requirements.  More details are available at https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRP-Quick-Reference-Guide-FINAL-508a.pdf

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US Department of the Treasury Example Uses of Funds - Graphic

US Department of the Treasury Example Uses of Funds - Graphic
The following sections show the draft investment priorities by category as presented on September 13, 2021.  Please provide your feedback on each of these proposals.  There is also space at the end of each category to make additional suggestions.  PLEASE NOTE:  The projects listed would cost nearly $12M and there is only $7.072M available.

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* 4. Revenue Replacement

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
P1     Replace revenue related to FY21 local receipt shortfall to deliver services in FY22 $400,000
P2        Convert the historic Asa Parlin House and surrounding infrastructure into an ADA compliant Community/Cultural center $1,000,000
P3        Telephone system upgrade to integrate with new school (ABRSD Request) $595,000
P4        Replace revenue related to FY21 Kindergarten/Extended Day revenue shortfalls (ABRSD Request) $425,000
P5        NARA accessibility improvements such as replacing the damaged boardwalk at NARA park with an ADA compliant and new ADA compliant walkways $400,000
P6        Funding to acquire new open spaces and improve existing open spaces $250,000
P7        Town wide Sustainability initiatives such as an electric vehicle pilot program for public safety, constructing solar arrays, and energy efficiency improvements to public facilities to advance efforts towards achieving net zero carbon emissions $200,000
P8        Virtual and hybrid meeting technology support $25,000

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* 5. Water Sewer and Broadband Infrastructure

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
P9        Construct a sewer main extension to the Acton Housing Authority site at 364 Main Street $2,000,000
P10    Stormwater improvements at Fort Pond Brook related to the River Street dam $500,000
P11    Conduct a sewer feasibility study along the Great Road Corridor to support existing businesses and create new economic development opportunities in this commercial district $400,000
P12    Acton Water District water main upgrades in Kelley’s Corner (AWD Request) $100,000
P13    Extend broadband and utility service along Quarry Road $70,000

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* 6. Address Negative Economic Impacts

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
P14    A new online permitting system to streamline the building, health, conservation and planning permits to improve services and transparency $450,000
P15    Streetscape and parking improvements along Massachusetts Avenue and improvements to the Gardner Field in West Acton Center to help small businesses attract and retain customers $400,000
P16    Design and construct community recreation facilities including a dog park at 362 Main Street $200,000
P17    Forgivable loan programs to make it easier and more cost effective for residents and businesses to implement energy efficiency upgrades and reduce carbon emissions $100,000
P18    Implement recommendations from the Local Rapid Recovery Program to support businesses along the Great Road Corridor, including wayfinding signage and shared marketing services $100,000
P19    Provide financial incentives for businesses to install EV chargers in locations that would attract customers to frequent local businesses $40,000
P20    Update the existing Complete Street Plan to improve infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists $35,000
P21    Develop a public art plan and include public art in community spaces to help encourage pedestrian activity in business districts $25,000

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* 7. Support Public Health Response

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
P22    Improve air quality in public facilities by improving HVAC systems $500,000
P23    A new full-time licensed social worker position to support Acton residents and help oversee social service programs $300,000
P24    Permanent Outdoor Learning Spaces for 6 schools (ABRSD Request) $255,000
P25    Public health services and supplies in response to the Covid19 pandemic (vaccine, PPE, testing, contact tracing, etc.) $200,000
P26    Covid Mitigation Measures such as Graduation, AP Exams, Tents, Tables, Chairs for April 2021 Return to School (ABRSD Request) $102,000
P27    Social Emotional Screener & Curriculum (ABRSD Request) $63,750
P28    Expand and improve outreach to increase access to public health information and services $50,000
P29    Expand curbside services at the Memorial Library and West Acton Citizen’s Library to enhance literacy opportunities $40,000
P30    Create an outdoor meeting space next to Town Hall to facilitate outdoor customer service interactions and staff meetings $40,000
P31    Study to analyze the Town’s COVID-19 response and create a best practices manual for emergency management response $25,000

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* 8. Equity Focused Services

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
P32    Construct and rehabilitate affordable housing units in Acton for individuals and families $500,000
P33    Qualifying grants for tuition free ADK based on income level over 3 years (ABRSD Request) $510,000
P34    Qualifying grants for tuition free Extended Day Programming based on income level over 3 years (ABRSD Request) $510,000
P35    Emergency Rental Assistance program to assist households that are unable to pay rent $300,000
P36    Provide free After School Tutoring Program over 2 years (ABRSD Request) $85,000
P37    Community Food Program Mar-Jun 2021 (ABRSD Request) $78,200
P38    Childcare subsidy program to assist qualified families at or below 80% of the Area Median Income $75,000
P39    Workshops and programs related to mental health, equity and empathy $25,000
P40    Develop a youth council program to facilitate youth engagement in local government and provide expanded opportunities for participation in decisions being made at the local level $25,000
P41    Pilot program to provide a universal access program that ensures equal access to public recreational facilities by providing specialized equipment, programs and techniques $25,000

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* 9. Administration

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Important
P42    Grant Administrator/Procurement Officer to support the management of the ARPA funding and other federal and state grant programs for three years $275,000
P43    financial consulting and audit services to ensure compliance $25,000

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* 10. Premium Pay - (no projects or programs identified)  Use this space to provide an investment that you believe is very important that fits in this category

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* 11. Use this space to enter any additional comments or feedback

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