American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as an effort to jumpstart the economy. Baldwin County will receive approximately $2,172,400.00 of the stimulus money. For more information on ARRA go to www.recovery.gov or to learn more about the impact on Alabama,  visit Alabama’s website at www.stimulus.alabama.gov.

 Agency

 Description

Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)

Grant:  Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System (BRATS) Section 5311 American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA)Tier I

Award Amount: $34,312.00

Grant Period: 10/01/09 - 9/30/10

Federal funds awarded for the acquisition of support equipment/facilities to assist in the operation of BRATS were used to purchase seven bus bike racks and a 20 x 30 x12 metal storage building. Provision of bus racks increases accessibility of routes for those who do not have a personal vehicle or for those who choose to bike to a BRATS transit location and transfer between routes.  The storage shed will provide additional storage for signs, tools, cones, tires, and other transportation related equipment.

Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)

Grant: Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System (BRATS) Section 5311 American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA)Tier II

Award Amount: $883,616.00

Grant Period: 03/10 - 9/30/12

The capital grant will provide financial assistance to renovate the BRATS Robertsdale office and build a transit hub in Fairhope.  BRATS’ system wide improvements will begin with the expansion of the Robertsdale Central Office in order to accommodate staff increases that are needed to continue current operations and to prepare for system growth.  The Fairhope Transit Hub will improve transit options for the transit dependent population of Baldwin County increasing ridership and decreasing the number of cars on Baldwin County roads.

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Grant:  Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Award Amount: $69,070.00

Grant Period: 03/01/09 – 02/28/13

This program's primary goal is to preserve and create jobs, to promote economic recovery, and to assist those law enforcement agencies most impacted by the recession. This programs secondary goal is to stabilize state and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. Baldwin County will use the Recovery Act funds to hire a full-time Victim Services Trial Coordinator to work with the District Attorney on cases involving domestic violence and juvenile court proceedings.

Department of Energy (DOE)

Grant: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

Award Amount: $719,700.00

Grant Period: 10/01/09 – 09/30/12

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) activities for this award include upgrading lighting at four buildings owned and operated by the Baldwin County Commission and the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office as well as upgrading HVAC chillers at two buildings. Specifically, the lighting upgrade activity seeks to replace fluorescent lamps with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps. In some cases, a fixture may be modified by replacing the fluorescent lamps with LEDs and in other cases; an entire fixture may be replaced with a new fixture that includes LED lamps. Accessories such as occupancy sensors may be added to certain areas to automatically turn-off lighting in certain areas when not in use. Approximately 5,000 fluorescent tubes comprising more than 1,600 fixtures will be upgraded or replaced.

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

Grant:  Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program

Award Amount: $465,705.18

Grant Period: 10/01/09 – 09/30/10

The Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant Program money will be used to help the Baldwin County Drug Task Force investigate, arrest and prosecute drug offenders, allowing the prosecution team to remain in place.  Funds will largely be used to purchase vehicles, equipment to improve technology and other electronics.  The unit is a specialized law enforcement team composed of representatives from the District Attorney's Office, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office and police departments of Bay Minette, Daphne, and Loxley.