The Kendall County Forest Preserve District is getting about $330,000 of American Rescue Plan funds from the Kendall County Board. The board earlier this week approved an intergovernmental agreement to provide the funding to the Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission. The agreement was approved by the forest preserve commission at their meeting which followed the Kendall County Board meeting Tuesday. County board members also serve on the forest preserve commission.
Forest preserve chairwoman Judy Gilmour says the forest preserves in Kendall County were used extensively by residents during pandemic shutdowns.
Forest Preserve Director Dave Guritz says the extra funding will be used for things like trail and facility maintenance and the hiring of a new maintenance worker.
When the Kendall County Board learned of the American Rescue Plan funds there was some question as to whether or not they could be used for the forest preserve district. Forest Preserve Commissioner Matthew Kellogg said that he was happy to find out the funds could be used to support the forest preserve district.
The county received around $25-million in American Rescue Plan funds. It is setting some aside for grants for area nonprofit groups and is looking into setting more aside to support local small business.