Elmhurst Park District to receive CARES Act funds to help with pandemic’s financial impact

Two recent decisions by the Board of Park Commissioners will assist in dealing with the impact of COVID-19 related expenses on the District.

At the September 14 meeting, the Park Board approved entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement with DuPage County to have the opportunity to receive reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses.

DuPage County received more than $161 million in federal funding to help pay for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds can be used for necessary or unanticipated expenses incurred due to the public health emergency. One million dollars of the county’s federal CARES Act funding has been made available to all 38 park districts in DuPage County.

The District is eligible to be reimbursed (based on per capita) up to $57,126 for COVID-19 related expenses through December 31, 2020.

More recently, at the October 26 meeting, the Park Board also approved an Intergovernmental and Subrecipient Agreement with Cook County for reimbursement of COVID-19 related expenses up to $5,000, such as personal protective equipment, sanitation, and Plexiglas.

Expenditures submitted to Cook County for reimbursement will be separate from those submitted in accordance with the DuPage County IGA.

This funding will help ease some of the effects of the pandemic on the Park District community as the Board and staff continue to seek out resources and opportunities that will improve the Park District’s financial conditions during this challenging time.