Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAt the Marlinton Town Council meeting Monday evening, Mayor Sam Felton gave an update to Town Council regarding the CARES Act funding. The CARES\u00a0 Act \u2013\u00a0Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act \u2013\u00a0is a $2.2 trillion nationwide economic stimulus bill passed by Congress.\r\n\r\nFelton explained that the Town of Marlinton has received the first half of funding it was promised in the amount of $212,000. A second check of the same amount is expected later. He said that $100,000 of the funding has already been promised to the broadband programs coming to the county.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re going to need more information before we write anyone a check with regard to any broadband programs because it\u2019s a puzzle,\u201d he said. \u201cThe eligibility factors and getting them to match with the area \u2013\u00a0not just around Marlinton, but Pocahontas County \u2013\u00a0is a challenge to say the least because of the underbid that Frontier Communications did with regard to the bid process.\u201d\r\n\r\nCouncil has yet to decide how to spend the rest of the CARES funding, and Felton said there is plenty of time to brainstorm projects according to the deadline attached to the funding.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have until December 31, 2024 to really provide our plans for what we\u2019re going to do,\u201d Felton said. \u201cIt\u2019s my understanding, after we develop our plan, we have until December 2026 to actually spend those monies. That takes some of the pressure off. We don\u2019t want to waste time, but that will give us more time to consider these things.\u201d\r\n\r\nDuring the public input portion of the agenda, council heard from concerned residents who have had items disappear from porches and properties on Third Avenue. They said they have contacted the police, but are unable to press charges because they could not identify the thief or thieves at this time.\r\n\r\nFelton said he has heard about the thefts and that he would pass the information on to town officer Shane Peacock to investigate.\r\n\r\nCouncil approved the following items:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Dunn Engineering Agreement \u2013\u00a0CDBG-MIT Stormwater Project.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Dunn Engineering Agreement \u2013\u00a0Sewer System Improvement Project.\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Dunn Engineering Agreement \u2013\u00a0Water Rehabilitation Project.\r\n\r\n\u2022 to move forward with contracting American Legal Publishing Corporation to codify the town ordinances.\r\n\r\nMarlinton Town Council meets the first Monday of each month, holidays excluded, at 7 p.m. in the municipal building auditorium. The meeting is available virtually through Zoom.