Resolution No. 91

Providing Authorization For U.S. Treasury Reporting For 2025 & 2026 ARPA Administration Estimated Costs – Agricultural Crisis Relief Coordinator - Department Of Finance, Division Of Recovery And Resilience

Resolution Information




Referred to: The Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture Committee (Chairwoman Sperry and Legislators Clinton, Corcoran, Hewitt, Litts, Stewart and Walls), The American Rescue Plan Act Special Committee (Chairman Corcoran and Legislators Clinton, Levine, Lopez, and Sperry), and The Ways and Means Committee (Chairman Gavaris and Legislators Collins, Hansut, Kovacs, Nolan, and Roberts)


Chairman of the ARPA Special Committee, Thomas Corcoran, Jr., and Deputy Chair Megan Sperry offer the following:


WHEREAS, this resolution has been submitted at the request of the County Executive on behalf of the Department of Finance, Division of Recovery and Resilience; and


WHEREAS, the Secretary of the United States Treasury Department issued a third interim final rule on November 20, 2023 which provides additional federal regulations on the meaning and mechanisms to obligate American Rescue Plan Act, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA-SLFRF) for a U.S. Treasury imposed grant deadline (See Federal Register, Volume 88, Number 222 pages 80584 through 80589); and


WHEREAS, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds not obligated by the U.S. Treasury obligation deadline of December 31, 2024 are required to be returned to the U.S. Treasury; and


WHEREAS, the third interim final rule provides a mechanism in grant reporting due to U.S. Treasury on April 30, 2024 for Ulster County to obligate ARPA-SLFRF funding for year 2025 and 2026 ‘reporting and compliance requirements’; ‘record retention and internal control requirements,’; and, generally, for meeting incurred ARPA-SLFRF needs as a result of, “receiving or expending SLFRF funds[,]” (See Federal Register, Volume 88, Number 222 page 80586); and


WHEREAS, this regulation provides a means for Ulster County to report specific 2025 and 2026 administrative support funding needs in an April 30, 2024 grant report that will obligate ARPA-SLFRF funding for the December 31, 2024 deadline; and






            WHEREAS, the Ulster County Legislature passed Resolution 400 on February 14, 2023 amending the 2023 Ulster County Operating budget and providing One Million Eight Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand Seven Hundred and Two and 00/100 ($1,889,702.00) Dollars of ARPA-SLFRF funding for the purpose of programmatic funding of the Agricultural Crisis Relief program (the ‘Program); and


WHEREAS, Program funding was not expended in 2023 and the authorized funding amount in Resolution 400 of 2023 was adopted into the 2024 Ulster County Operating budget; and


WHEREAS, additional funding for the Program is authorized in the 2024 Ulster County Operating Budget for the administrative position which has been filled at Half Time 0.75 FTE with the title of Agricultural Crisis Relief Coordinator Service Administrator in the amount of Sixty-Thousand and Twenty Three Dollars and Fifteen Cents ($60,023.15), which equates to Eighty-Nine Thousand, Three-Hundred and Ninety Eight Dollars and Forty-Eight Cents ($89,398.48) Ninety Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Five and 00/100 ($90,855.00) Dollars including fringe benefits; and


WHEREAS, the goals of the Program will likely require administrative support to report and complete expenditures for Program funds in the Ulster County budget fiscal years for ended December 31, 2025 and 2026; and


WHEREAS, authorization to obligate and secure ARPA-SLFRF funds for the 2025 and after December 31, 2024 through December 31, 2026 incurred as a result of meeting the requirements of an authorized Program requirements must be reported in the U.S. Treasury grant report due April 30, 2024 is requested of the Legislature; and


WHEREAS, the grant reporting would reflect an additional need of no more than One Hundred Eighty One Thousand Seven Hundred Ten and 00/100 ($181,710.00) Dollars for combined 2025 and 2026 Program administrative funding; and


WHEREAS, the amount of the 2025 and 2026 Program administration estimated costs written into the grant report would still require further authorization of the Legislature in the 2025 and 2026 budget cycles; and



WHEREAS, further 2025 and 2026 operating budget approvals for the Agricultural Crisis Relief Coordinator would require a re-allocation of funding per the authority granted to the Legislature in the Ulster County Charter as the Legislature has allocated the current amount of existing ARPA funds received by Ulster County;


WHEREAS, to take advantage of the additional flexibility provided by the third interim final rule, recipients must (1) determine the amount of SLFRF funds the recipient estimates it will use to cover such expenditures, (2) document a reasonable justification for this estimate, (3) report that amount to Treasury by April 30, 2024, with an explanation of how the amount was determined, and (4) report at award closeout the final amount expended for these costs; and


WHEREAS, Ulster County has issued two (2) rounds of the ARPA Parks Program and has awarded funding with a leftover, remaining amount of Four-Hundred and Fifty-Six Thousand, One-Hundred and Thirty-Five Dollars ($456,135.00), and intends to utilize a portion of this funding to cover the costs of extending the Agricultural Service Administrator position; now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, that the amount of SLFRF funds necessary to cover the Agricultural Service Administrator for each one year period, January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2025, and January 1, 2026 through December 31, 2026 is estimated to be Sixty-Thousand and Twenty Three Dollars ($60,023.00) annually, which equates to Eighty-Nine Thousand, Three-Hundred and Ninety Eight Dollars ($89,398.00) annually including fringe benefits, for a two year total cost of One Hundred Seventy-Eight Thousand, Seven-Hundred and Ninety Six Dollars ($178,796); and, be it further


RESOLVED, it is determined that the position is necessary to meet the reporting and compliance requirements of the funding source, including in connection with the preparation and submission of recipients’ required reports, review of subaward reports or subrecipient monitoring generally, maintenance of data and reporting tools, and review and processing of invoices; and, be it further







RESOLVED, the Ulster County Legislature hereby authorizes the ARP Division to obligate and secure ARPA-SLFRF funding for reporting purposes in relation to the estimated salary for the position of Agricultural Crisis Relief Coordinator in fiscal years 2025 and 2026 for the purposes of delivery of the Ulster County Agricultural Relief Program,


RESOLVED, the Ulster County Legislature hereby authorizes the Director of the ARP Division to report the above amount to Treasury by April 30, 2024, with an explanation of how the amount was determined for the purposes of delivering the Ulster County Agricultural Crisis Relief Program, and, be it further


RESOLVED, that the 2024 Ulster County Personnel Listing is hereby amended as follows: 




POSITION NO.                               TITLE                                               AMOUNT


80211226                                          Agricultural Service Admin         $15,005.00

(Annual Salary $60,023.00)


and, be it further


RESOLVED, that the 2024 Ulster County Budget is hereby amended as follows: 


                                                            DECREASE                                      AMOUNT


AA.8021.3405-1300.1300              Regular Pay                                     $15,005.00



AA.8021.3405-8000.8000              Retirement                                       $  2,321.00



AA.8021.3405-8010.8010              Social Security / FICA                   $  1,148.00




AA.8021.3405-8020.8020              Health Insurance Dental               $       25.00



AA.8021.3405-8020.8035              Health Insurance Hospital &       $  3,669.00

(App.#)                                              Medical



AA.8021.3405-8020.8055              Health Insurance Optical             $     180.00



AA.8021.3405-3400.4995              Federal Aid, ARPA                        $ 22,348.00



HH.7197.0635-4300.4505             Fees for Professional Services     $156,449.00



HH.7197.0635-3400.4995             Federal Aid, ARPA                        $156,449.00



and moves its adoption.





AYES:                     NOES:             



Passed Committee: Economic Development, Planning, Education, Employment, Arts and Agriculture on __________________.


Passed Committee: American Rescue Plan Act on __________________.


Passed Committee: Ways and Means on __________________.















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Updated: April 4, 2024