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Town of Normal wants input on how to spend pandemic relief money

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The Town of Normal said Monday it wants public feedback on how to spend pandemic relief money, making an online survey available to help shape how to use $10.8 million over the next two years.

The survey lets people rank several broad categories of how the federal government allows the money to be used. The survey will be up for six weeks. The town already has received half the aid and will get the rest next year.

“The Town of Normal values feedback from residents and we want to hear from citizens how to prioritize these dollars,” said Cathy Oloffson, director of communications and community relations. “

Rankings range from “No priority” to “Low,” “Medium” or “High” priorities. The survey also asks an open-ended question about the biggest issue facing the town due to COVID-19.

The town said it wants a representative sample and is including demographic questions.

The town council will hold a work session later this year to further discuss community needs and potential uses of the American Rescue Plan Act funding.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.