Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act assistance in the city of Seymour had been handed out, according to Terry Penner, the city’s administrator for the federal program, which last month awarded $4.6 million to Webster County.
Penner’s specific focus?
Non-essential businesses forced to close their doors in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic this past March, April and May.
“We’ve identified the businesses deemed non-essential in the city and have applications in the hands of all except five or six of them,” Penner said. “For example, all of the hair salons and all of the restaurants have been contacted.”
Her business hours at Seymour City Hall remain the same from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday.
However, Penner said she has and will continue to make “house calls” to any city applicant.
Those calls can be set up by calling her cell phone at 417-425-9589.
“My schedule on days other than Mondays is pretty flexible,” she said.
Monday morning, Penner said she received her first completed application, which asked for $7,500 in C.A.R.E.S. Act assistance.
That application will be turned over to Webster County’s program administrator, Sigel Owen, today (Wednesday), and Penner said she is optimistic the local business will receive immediate county approval, followed by a check by early next week.
“I anticipate (receiving) several more applications within
the next few weeks,” Penner said.
“Hopefully, we’ll get this money to people pretty soon, which, in turn, I think will stimulate more completed applications.”
Applications have been distributed to businesses, civic organizations and churches.
“Again, our focus right now in the first phase of the program has been on the non-essential businesses who were forced to close their doors for several weeks,” Penner said.
“The program expands later this summer and gets a lot more inclusive.
“However, regardless of your business, we want for those businesses to get in touch with us here at the city, pick up an application and take a look at the C.A.R.E.S. Act funding. And if any help is needed, that’s my job. Contact me.”
Penner also can be reached on Monday at city hall in the council chambers or by calling 417-935-4401.