- As I reported on Saturday, Town Hall is closed to the public. Town Hall employees are available to assist you and you can reach them by email or by calling their Town Hall phone number. We are trying to make this as easy as possible for everyone, but at the same time, we must keep people as safe as they can be during this difficult time.
- I know that many people are concerned about the congestion on the dam and in many of the State forest parking areas. As of now, all these areas are open to the public, so that people can get needed recreation and fresh air. Unfortunately, many people are abusing this privilege and there is a risk that the MDC and the CT DEEP will be forced to shut down the parks. That would be very unfortunate, but all we can do is obey the rules and hope others do likewise.
- As of last Friday, Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits are now able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program — loans totaling 250 percent of their average monthly payroll in the year before the loan. If they spend at least 75% percent of that money to pay their workers for 8 weeks, those businesses will be eligible to have the cost of those eight weeks fully forgiven at federal expense.
- The Paycheck Protection Program is one of the many programs designed to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The US Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are managing this program and coordinating with financial lenders to begin accepting applications.
- Unfortunately, there is a lack of guidance from the Treasury Department and SBA, which created confusion for lenders, some of whom are not currently accepting applications. Small businesses interested in the program should continue consulting with their local lenders as the program roll-out continues.
- The CDC is recommending now that Americans wear cloth masks when out in public. The U.S. Surgeon General released a quick video tutorial on how to make a no-sew mask.
- This is an interesting editorial from Boston Public Radio that provides a lot of food for thought and good guidance:
- We have mentioned in past notices that the Town has a group of volunteers willing to help those who cannot (or should not) leave home to get groceries, pick up prescriptions, go to the post office, etc. We also have funds available to help those in financial need and will be adjusting the groundrules for who qualifies for the help, and how much money they can be given. More information on that program will be available in the next few days. Please contact Town Hall at (860 379-8285 if you have a need for either program.
And as always, stay safe and healthy