APPLETON – The Outagamie County Board approved using $1 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funds for information technology projects, including $177,000 for a critical IT security update.
Allocation of the ARPA funds were unanimously approved Tuesday at the board’s first meeting back in person since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The critical IT security update will address email security issues, upgrade software services used by the Sherriff’s Office servers and county servers, and upgrade the county’s password manager. It will also put $35,000 toward an audio-visual room that will be used to support virtual county board meetings.
The use for the remaining funds the board set aside for IT projects and infrastructure will be determined at a later date.
The board also approved $100,000 in funds for a small business environmental fee waiver program and $10,000 for community violence intervention programs.
The county has $10 million remaining from the $18.6 million it received in the first half of its federal COVID-19 recovery funds. The funds will be set aside under the lost revenue component until the board decides how to use it.
The county received a total of $36.4 million in federal funds to use by the end of 2024.
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