ROCKLAND — Rockland’s city manager unveiled Oct. 4 a list of projects totaling nearly $1.7 million that could be paid for through the federal American Recovery Act grants.

The amount of money the city will receive, however, is $756,737.

The Council took no action during its meeting, but said they would hold a later meeting to further discuss potential uses of the federal money.

City Manager Tom Luttrell acknowledged the gap between items on the list and available money.

Luttrell said he would recommend the city use $210,970 of the grant money to reimburse the city for lost revenues during the pandemic.

Another $12,000 would be to equip the Council chambers with equipment so meetings can be held both in person and allow people to participate virtually at the same time. That equipment was already ordered, and the manager said he hopes it will be installed over the next week or so.

Also on the list is $100,000 to allow citizens to do business with the city online, so they will not need to come in person to city hall.

Another $225,000 was estimated as the cost to provide pandemic bonuses to public safety workers.

Firefighter Carl Anderson, the president of the Rockland Professional Firefighters Union, spoke to councilors at their Oct. 4 meeting to reiterate his call for the city to provide bonuses to the firefighters/emergency medical staff. He also made a presentation at their Sept. 8 meeting.

Knox County is providing retention bonuses for corrections officers, patrol officers, civil process servers, emergency communications workers and workers in the information technology department, and emergency management agency.

The $225,000 estimate by the city manager includes bonuses for firefighters/EMS, police and public services.

The largest single item on the manager’s list is $800,000 for the creation of a retention pond to be located between upper Talbot and upper Rankin streets. The retention pond would be aimed at reducing drainage problems along Lindsey Book. A retention pond was recommended for decades, but the cost was prohibited. The pond is also part of a storm water management plan developed by engineers Wright-Pierce for the city.

Another $220,000 is included for correcting drainage problems in Pen Bay Acres. Another $53,000 would be to correct drainage issues at Sis Marie Reed Park at the end of the Samoset Road, and $20,000 is on the list for a washer/dryer at the fire station.

City Manager Luttrell noted the city included some of these projects into requests to Knox County, which is considering requests from municipalities for use of its American Recovery Act money. Knox County received $7.7 million from the program. The requests made to Knox County by municipalities also exceeds the money it received.