Newnan approves three ARPA requests

The Newnan City Council unanimously approved three applications for American Rescue Plan Act funds at its Tuesday meeting.

Applications came from the Howard Warner and Newnan-Coweta Boys and Girls Clubs, Let Them Eat Toffee and Polish Me Pretty, and all three were approved without much discussion by Newnan City Council.

Boys and Girls Clubs has requested $135,472 in ARPA funds, both to recover lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to recruit new members for the 2022-23 membership year which starts in August.

According to the request, Boys and Girls Clubs would immediately launch a membership campaign, targeting 323 children in the community who wish to become members of their Boys and Girls Clubs.

The application said the campaign would target youth in disadvantaged areas and that Boys and Girls Clubs use federal guidelines for free and reduced meal income eligibility and collect household information annually.

“A growing body of evidence suggests that low-income youth have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and that non-school time providers, like (the Boys and Girls Club) are an important part of helping children and their families. recover,” the app says.

Let Them Eat Toffee, located in Newnan Court Square, is seeking $9,697 in ARPA funds. According to their request, these funds are intended to repay personal loans taken out due to loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These were withdrawn to cover rent, utilities and payroll, according to the application.

Polish Me Pretty, located on Lagrange Street, is seeking $28,000 in ARPA funds to “rebuild the salon from the effects of COVID,” according to its app.

Specifically, the company intends to purchase two pedicure chairs, a spa chair and two stools, a point of sale system to include wireless and contactless transactions, a laptop and printer, durable flooring, air purifiers, personal protective equipment and nail supplies.

“Our goal is not just to provide service, but to educate customers about healthy nail care,” the app reads. “Many services offer natural products throughout the service to limit the amount of exposure to chemicals.”

The application indicates that the company also intends to reduce the chemical exposure of Newnan’s underprivileged population.

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