VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– After dozens of pitches from citizens and months of discussions, the Knox County Commissioners have developed a plan to spend the remaining $3.1 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act– but it’s not set in stone. 

President of the commissioners Kellie Streeter said they plan to prioritize the county’s parks, as the Ouabache Trails Park needs major renovations to its electric grid. She said the project could cost “upwards of $1 million.”

“The entire underground electrical system will have to be updated. And that is a major undertaking,” she said. “That will also hopefully include upgrading the electrical to the shelters, and it was really important to us that we upgraded our campground.”

Among other projects are plans to expand the county’s health department building, investment in a nursing simulation center at Good Samaritan Hospital and improvements to drainage around the county. 

The commissioners asked residents to submit proposals on how to spend the money over the second half of the year, something Streeter believes was beneficial.

“We’re looking at making impactful investment, and I feel great about the decisions we made. Having over seven million in requests and 3.1 million to afford, it was difficult. I’m sure some are very disappointed, but I think as a whole, we’re making the right decision,” she said.

Streeter said they ended up pursuing projects that could impact the largest amount of people possible.

“There were really small requests that we really would like to have funded, but there are many other entities just like them that would have needed the same. So how can we make the biggest investment that would help the most people in the county? That’s the lens we used,” she said.