Napoleon City Council met in special session Monday night to create a special fund allowing it to accept federal money for COVID-19 expenses.

Previously, the city passed legislation to request the funds from Henry County, which will act as the disbursement agent for funds coming from the state. Ohio received $4.5 billion from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus Act.

However, Monday night City Law Director Billy Harmon said the state also requires the city to create a special fund for the money so it can be tracked appropriately.

Napoleon is eligible to receive up to nearly $214,000 of the $934,000 the county will receive. The split of the money has been based on the same formula used to administer Local Government Funds.

The date for Henry County entities to request funding is Oct. 15. In the past, it has been noted city officials are tracking expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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