Safe to say, Terry Penner has been busy.
As the city of Seymour's administrator for the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery & Economic Relief (C.A.R.E.S.) Act program, which provided more than $4.6 million to Webster County, Penner has literally "beat the streets" to hand out applications.
"As of today, I've handed out 51 applications to businesses and not-for-profit organizations, including churches and clubs, in Seymour," Penner told the Seymour Board of Aldermen at its regular meeting last Tuesday, July 7.
"We now have a very easy-to-understand, simple two-page application that makes the process to apply for C.A.R.E.S. Act funding much, much easier for our businesses and organizations."
Penner received heaps of praise from the aldermen on her work with the program.
"Terry, I just think you've been amazing," South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp said. "Nothing else seems to be happening anywhere else in Webster County with this program, but you have been out there working hard."
"I agree 100 percent with Nadine on this," North Ward Alderman William Pogue added. "Everywhere I go, I've got people here in Seymour telling me that you've made it really easy for businesses to apply for (C.A.R.E.S. Act) help."
Penner said that working with the program is going much smoother.
"I appreciate the county officials, namely (County Clerk) Stan Whitehurst, for listening to our concerns as this program has progressed," she said. "Sigel Owen (the county's program administrator) also has been very helpful and has made several trips down here to Seymour to answer questions.
"The bottom line is that I want to see as much money as possible be given locally to our businesses, churches and organizations who were impacted by COVID-19."
Penner can be reached at any time by calling 417-425-9589.
She also works at Seymour City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday.