A Rochester plan proposes using $5.1 million in federal pandemic response funds to support city residents, reduce service impacts and fuel economic recovery.

The plan up for review during the city council meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday would provide nearly equal amounts for programs designed to support people and businesses.

With a proposed $1.9 million investment in people-oriented programs, the largest expense would be $750,000 for a city conservation corps program designed to provide jobs for people facing employment challenges during the pandemic.

If approved, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department would enlist a partner agency to hire participants and focus work on tree planting, invasive species removal and park clean up, according to a report prepared by Rochester Deputy City Administrator Aaron Parrish.

Another $400,000 would be used to continue working with local nonprofits to provide services related to food, housing and other needs, while an equal amount would be earmarked for continued operation of a day center for people facing homelessness.

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The plan also calls for $250,000 to be used to support neighborhood arts and community artists, while $100,000 is planned to be used to focus on COVID-related disparities among the city’s Black and Hispanic communities.

When it comes to business, the plan provides an extra $250,000 to the spending on economic recovery efforts.

The largest economic recovery spending, $750,000, is earmarked for a variety of efforts aimed at supporting small businesses.

Another $575,000 would be used to position the Mayo Civic Center to hold safe conventions and create marketing around the city’s recovery efforts.

The plan also suggests using $500,000 for grants to COVID-impacted businesses holding city licenses to ensure their ability to continue operations and $100,000 for the Rochester Ready program to help local businesses.

The remaining funds provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act -- nearly $1.3 million -- would be used by the city to continue making alterations to buildings and practices to ensure services continue to be provided as safely as possible. It includes $250,000 to address safety during the Aug. 11 primary election and the Nov. 3 general election.

Parrish indicated in his report that the plan could change throughout the year as COVID-response efforts continue to unfold.

“Specific implementation will be further refined as we finalize partnerships if the council agrees with the general direction,” he wrote. “Since these partnerships may evolve, we are also suggesting that in October an update be provided to the council along with any suggested reprioritization of funds.”

The city has until Dec. 1 to spend the $5.1 million remaining of the $8.8 million in CARES Act funding. Anything not committed by Nov. 15 will be sent to Olmsted County for potential return to the state.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers of the city-county Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meetings scheduled to be held during the week of July 20 include:

Rochester

• City Council, 3:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the city-county Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188.

• Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, noon Wednesday with members participating by Skype. An audio recording of the meeting is expected to be available after the meeting on the ROCOG website.

• Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of the Government Center. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas.

• Outside Agency Oversight Committee, 1:30 p.m. Thursday online with details posted at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas.

Olmsted County

• Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, 11 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers of the government center. The meeting will be livestreamed at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/

• Physical Development Committee, 2 p.m. Tuesday in conference room 2 of the government center. A recording of the meeting will be posted at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/

• Administrative Committee, 2 p.m. Tuesday in the board chambers of the government center. The meeting will be livestreamed at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/

• Board of County Commissioners, 3 p.m. Tuesday in the board chambers of the government center. The meeting livestream at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/

• Parks Commission, 5 p.m. Tuesday via Skype. A recording of the meeting will be posted at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/

• Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, noon Wednesday with members participating by Skype. An audio recording of the meeting is expected to be available after the meeting on the ROCOG website.

• Soil and Water Conservation District Board, 8 a.m. Thursday. Meeting is being held via Skype, with details posted at http://olmstedcountymn.iqm2.com/