Over the next two years (2021 & 2022), Canfield will receive approximately $752,000 in funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding can be used to:
Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Address the negative economic impacts the community has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
- Provide assistance in disproportionately impacted neighborhoods (for Pittsfield this is defined as the Morningside and Westside neighborhoods)..
- Provide premium pay to low income employees who are doing or did essential work – working in businesses considered high risk, worked with the public, and/or distributed goods – during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- To offset reductions in local government revenue due to COVID-19.
- Invest in water and/or sewer infrastructure.
- Invest in broadband infrastructure.
The City of Canfield will be utilizing the ARPA Funds to implement citywide Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for utility billing in the City of Canfield.
At the September 15, 2021 City Council meeting, staff presented the ARPA Funds Utilization Plan to the City Council and the public. A copy of that presentation can be downloaded below.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
Sensus FlexNet communication network provides the City of Canfield and our utility billing customers a smarter way to collect, deliver, manage and analyze data for our utility system.
Through the utilization of CARES Act money the City launched a “pilot program” of the AMI system in 2020. AMI infrastructure and approximately 240 smart water meters were installed in targeted areas of the City. The City has integrated these meters into our utility billing system and has had success in obtaining and utilizing more data, and providing better information to our customers.
ARPA Fund Utilization Plan
As a result of the successful implementation of our AMI “pilot program” the City of Canfield will be utilizing the $752,000 received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to implement AMI throughout the City of Canfield. This implementation will take approximately 3-5 years, however we will be taking the necessary interim steps to transition to the full implementation of the AMI infrastructure citywide.