The Village of Mechanicsburg Regular Council Meeting on Monday May 4, 2020 will be held via Zoom at 6:30pm.
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There will be a Village of Mechanicsburg Street Committee meeting on Thursday, April 30th at 4:30pm.
“We are very thankful to the Champaign County Commissioners for funding this important initiative,” Kyle Hall, president of the CEP Board of Trustees, said. “The COVID-19 grant fund can really make a difference in our county. It will help small businesses bridge the gap in revenue during the shutdown and help them meet safety requirements for reopening, so that consumers will return to them with confidence.”
Through 5 p.m. May 15, qualifying local businesses may complete and submit a simple application for $500 to $2,500 in grant funds, at www.champaignworks.com/PayItForwardGrant.
Businesses may submit their applications directly from the website. But if they prefer, they may print out the application form, complete it, and drop it in the Champaign Economic Partnership mailbox (next to the CEP office door, inside the ATM lobby of Security National Bank, 3 Monument Square, Urbana), or email their completed, scanned application to the CEP at firstname.lastname@example.org, by the 5 p.m. May 15 deadline.
“The commissioners want to support the health and vitality of the Champaign County business community during the pandemic,” said County Commissioner Steve Hess, who serves on the CEP Board of Trustees. “Through this grant fund we want to help our local businesses get through this crisis by supplementing the support they’re getting from the state and federal government.”
To be eligible for the grant program, commercial or retail businesses must have a storefront in Champaign County (cannot be home-based or nonprofit), have fewer than 50 employees, be current on local, state and federal obligations such as taxes and assessments, been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and, if a franchise, have no more than two storefronts in the county and not be corporate owned.
CEP Director Marcia Bailey said the grants may be used for operating expenses such as rent, utilities, payroll, and the cost of supplies and modifications needed to comply with safety requirements for reopening. Grant money cannot be used for taxes or other assessments. Grant recipients will be required to report to the grant committee how they spent the money.
“Our grant committee desires to make this a self-perpetuating fund so that money will be available to support future economic sustainability in our community,” Bailey said. “Through the Pay It Forward provision of the program, we will encourage grant recipients to contribute financially to the Champaign County Small Business Grant Fund once their businesses are back on their feet – in an amount equal to or greater than their grant.”
She added, “Our small businesses are essential to the vitality of Champaign County. We want to do what we can to help get them back on track, to continue providing jobs and valuable products and services that make our county a better place to live and work.”
For grant guidelines and the application, visit www.champaignworks.com/PayItForwardGrant
Data show county’s communities are stable, with opportunities to build on a strong base.
Brush pick up is provided as a free service to our residents who are cleaning up the yard around their homes. Brush is picked up on Monday.
Please follow these rules:
Brush cannot be larger than 4” in diameter or longer than 4’ long and must be in manageable bundles.
No yard waste. (Grass clippings, sod, leaves etc.). No plastic bags.
Do not blow grass clippings into street. This washes into the catch basins and causes them to clog.
No thorns, briars, or poison ivy in bundles.
We will not pick up trimmings done by a private contractor. They are required to haul away their own debris.
Do not place brush in the street. Please place on the grass between the street and sidewalk. The debris could clog our storm sewers if it is placed in the street.
No trash. (Building materials, fence post, shingles etc).
No stumps or bushes with root balls
No Wheelbarrows or containers with debris.
Any piles not adhering to the rules will be rejected and will not be reconsidered for pick up.
Per Ordinance 16-06 Prohibiting disposal of leaves and other waste matter into storm sewers within the Village:
Residents will be warned for disposing grass clippings into the gutters while mowing and any other violations will be documented and can be charged with a minor misdemeanor for each day of non-compliance.
The Mechanicsburg Village Council Meeting on Monday, April 20th has been cancelled.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Community Clean up and scheduled yard sales for April and May will be postponed indefinitely. Annual June Community Yard Sale is on hold for now. New dates will be determined as we follow recommendations from our Governor Mike DeWine and Health Departments.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
The Paycheck Protection Program will be available retroactive from February 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees, through June 30, 2020. Small businesses and sole proprietors may begin applying on April 3, 2020. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10, 2020.
For more information, visit SBA’s online resource and review the attached materials.
Review these materials:
PPP Application (PDF)
PPP Borrower Information Fact Sheet (PDF)
PPP Lender Information Fact Sheet (PDF)
PPP Overview Fact Sheet (PDF)
Bank Information List (XLS)
Note: We have included a list of lenders eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program based on prior participation in the SBA’s 7(a) loan program. This does not guarantee an identified lender is accepting Paycheck Protection Program loan applications. Additional lenders may also become available.
Hydrant Flushing in April
The Village of Mechanicsburg will be flushing fire hydrants the weeks of April 6-10 and April 19-23, weather permitting, between 8am and 3pm.
Flushing is done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes. Your water is safe to drink. Occasionally, water becomes discolored after hydrant flushing. If this happens, run your cold water tap for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn't clear the first time, wait a few minutes and run the water again. You should avoid washing clothes until the water clears.
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