Message From the Mayor

Message from the Mayor 

PHASED REOPENING FOR CITY BUILDINGS CONTINUES

  • Today, the City of Lebanon will continue its phased reopening of city facilities. I, along with our dedicated city staff, are working to restore more traditional operations while proactively protecting residents by exercising the necessary cautions that will help continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  • In Phase II of reopening city facilities, beginning May 21st at 6:00a.m., the Jimmy Floyd Family Life Center will open with special considerations. 

  • Please note the following: 
  • The outdoor pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and child care will remain closed until further notice.
  • Adhering to the Governor’s recommendations, gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited in different areas of the facility so a limited number of people will be allowed into the facility at any given time.
  • Only current members will be allowed to use the facility and no daily fees will be permitted.
    • If your membership expired while the facility was closed, please call Melinda Stockton 615-453-4545 ext. 6105 or Tim Hill 615-453-4545 ext. 6106 to renew.
    • No new memberships will be offered until the entire facility opens for use.
  • It is recommended that all members wear a mask.
  • Staff will take each person’s temp as they come in. Any persons with temperatures above 100.4 will not be able to enter.
  • Members are encouraged to adhere to the recommended rule of social distancing by at least six feet between persons both inside and outside of the facility.
  • Members are asked to please be aware of all signs that are posted throughout the facility regarding clean hygiene and social distancing.

Additionally, all other city administrative and office employees will return to traditional work on Tuesday, May 26th.

Residents are still highly encouraged to use the drive-thru, phone or online methods whenever possible.

Call Customer Service: (615) 444-6300
Business Tax: (615) 444-4905
Building Inspection: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2327
Purchasing: (615) 443-2802
Lobby Security Desk: (615) 443-2839 ext. 2222
Engineering Department: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2320 or ext. 2325

Utility Billing:  If you have made payment arrangements to pay your City of Lebanon bill, please try to make an effort to keep your payment arrangement. We do understand that several people in our community have jobs that have been affected by the tornado and COVID-19 virus. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding your City of Lebanon utility bill. You can reach us at 615-444-6300 or by email at customerservice@lebanontn.org.

The city will continue to waive credit card fees for utility bills and business licenses through the end of May.

Beginning Monday, May 11th, the City of Lebanon began working through a phased reopening plan for city-owned and operated facilities.

Phase I of reopening city facilities, initiated on May 11th, opened the first floor of City Hall at 200 North Castle Heights Avenue. 

Please note the following procedures and precautions: 

  • One person per family will be able to enter City Hall at a time and all visitors must check in with the guard on duty.
  • Shields/barriers will be in place for in-person interactions with staff or visitors.
  • Adhering to the Governor’s recommendations, gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited either inside or outside the facility.
  • Masks and gloves will be provided by the City for all employees at City Hall.
  • Each waiting area will include floor decals for social distancing.
  • Aggressive routine cleaning will be taking place throughout the day at City Hall.
  • City business that will be conducted by dropping things off with the guard: building inspections, building and beer licenses, vendor permits, plans, plats, and documents.

The city will continue to conduct meetings electronically to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Links to the meetings will be placed on the City of Lebanon website at www.lebanontn.org

City Council Meeting: Our next virtual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd.

Planning Commission Meeting: The next virtual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th.

At this time, park facilities including playgrounds, fields, courts and facilities will remain closed until the end of May. The Don Fox Park is now open for walkers and the Dog Park is also open.

The Senior Citizens Center will remain closed until further notice.

Reopening dates are contingent on continued local progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and are subject to change should the need arise.

Detailed recommendations for reopening restaurants, retail businesses, places of worship, hair salons and other close contact businesses, and other services are being made by Governor Lee. Business owners and residents are encouraged to review the state’s guideline online at www.tn.gov. The continued closing of certain businesses and non-essential services and restrictions on businesses are part of executive orders issued by the governor, which the city nor the mayor can override. Links to those recommendations can be found below.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND UPDATES FROM GOVERNOR LEE:

Governor Bill Lee issued the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s rollout of guidance and best practices for Tennessee businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to keep employees and customers safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries.

All 95 local county health departments offer free COVID-19 testing five days a week. Find a full list of locations here.

RECENT ORDERS:

Executive Order No. 36: Executive Order No. 36 consolidates provisions from Executive Order Nos. 15, 19, 20, 24, 28, and 32 into one order, while extending and in some cases expanding those provisions, and Executive Order No. 37 extends Executive Order No. 26. The full text of the orders can be found here.

Executive Order No. 35: Amends Executive Order No. 30 to allow for the reopening of small group, non-contact entertainment, and recreational venues according to new Economic Recovery Group guidelines. The full text of the order is available here.

Executive Order No. 34: Extends Order No. 16 to allow for government bodies to hold meetings remotely until June 30 to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee. The full text of the order is available here.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR - RECENT BULLETINS:

COVID-19 Bulletin #33

COVID-19 Bulletin #32

COVID-19 Bulletin #31

COVID-19 Bulletin #30

In addition to strict adherence to CDC guidelines, the State recommends all businesses put into place an assortment of measures to protect consumers and employees. More information can be found below:

General Guidelines: The State is recommending safeguarding protocols for all businesses in Tennessee, including those that are re-opening and those essential businesses that have remained open during the Safer at Home order. These safeguarding protocols are based on the recommendations of the CDC and OSHA. To support the Pledge for Tennessee, all employers and employees should take steps to reopen safely, help other industries be able to open more quickly, and help Tennessee remain healthy and open for business.

Office Building Guidelines: The State recommends safeguarding protocols for all businesses in Tennessee, including those that are reopening and those essential businesses that remained open during the Safer at Home order. These safeguarding protocols are based on the recommendations of the CDC and OSHA. To support the Tennessee Pledge, all employers and employees should take steps to reopen safely, help other industries be able to open more quickly, and allow Tennessee to remain healthy and open for business.

Businesses should follow guidance issued by OSHA, the CDC, and Tennessee Department of Health. These guidelines do not replace or supersede any applicable federal or other regulatory requirements or standards. To assist your business in taking appropriate precautions for COVID-19, particular industry-specific safeguarding protocols have been created with the input of private sector working groups in partnership with the Economic Recovery Group. Protocols are subject to revision and may be released on a rolling basis.

For the purposes of these guidelines, offices include but are not limited to: general and corporate offices, headquarters facilities, and branch offices; call centers and other remote service centers; and co-working or shared office spaces.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. Available for download here.

Universal Guidance for Tennessee Businesses can be accessed here.

Restaurant Industry

Retail Industry

Exercise Facility

Close Contact Guidance

Places of Worship

Lodging & Accommodations Guidelines

Manufacturing Guidelines

Construction Worksite Guidelines

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Navigating COVID-19 for Small Businesses 

#ThinkLebanonFirst: Learn more about how to support local businesses during this time by using the Restaurant Availability guide and visiting our local Economic Development webpage and social media sites.

EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE 

Tennessee Department of Education:  The Tennessee Department of Education has developed and designed a number of resources for optional, free use by local districts. This includes school closure toolkits; three times per week superintendent calls; instructional, daily programming on PBS and companion teacher, student and family guides; free access for all families to early childhood platform ReadyRosie; SchoolMealFinder website for families to locate meal services; a STE(A)M Resource Hub; as well as federal waivers with a focus on nutrition, accountability and special education.

Tennessee Department of Human Services: Emergency Response and Recovery Grants for Existing Child Care Facilities

UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Tennessee Talent Exchange powered by Jobs4TN

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Office of the Governor: Information about the ongoing novel Coronavirus outbreak

Tennessee Department of Health: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus 2019

World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Rapid Response Resources: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)



Message from the Mayor 

May 8, 2020

PHASED REOPENING FOR CITY BUILDINGS

Beginning Monday, May 11th, the City of Lebanon will start to work through a phased reopening plan for city-owned and operated facilities.

“As cities across the state begin to reopen their facilities, it is important for the City of Lebanon to offer its citizens safe and conscientious methods to access city facilities,” said Mayor Bernie Ash. “I will continue to monitor local cases of COVID-19 and closely follow the recommendations of Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Health as our community moves forward. Our employees and residents have committed to flattening the curve and should continue to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and wear masks while in public to help ensure our city remains healthy and well.”

In Phase I of reopening city facilities, the first floor of City Hall will open on Monday, May 11th. Please note the following procedures and precautions: 

  • One person per family will be able to enter City Hall at a time and all visitors must check in with the guard on duty.
  • Shields/barriers will be in place for in-person interactions with staff or visitors.
  • Adhering to the Governor’s recommendations, gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited either inside or outside the facility.
  • Masks and gloves will be provided by the City for all employees at City Hall.
  • Each waiting area will include floor decals for social distancing.
  • Aggressive routine cleaning will be taking place throughout the day at City Hall.
  • City business that will be conducted by dropping things off with the guard: building inspections, building and beer licenses, vendor permits, plans, plats, and documents.

All other city administrative and office employees will continue to work remotely via telephone and email. Residents are still highly encouraged to use the drive-thru, phone or online methods whenever possible.

Call Customer Service: (615) 444-6300
Business Tax: (615) 444-4905
Building Inspection: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2327
Purchasing: (615) 443-2802
Lobby Security Desk: (615) 443-2839 ext. 2222
Engineering Department: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2320 or ext. 2325

Utility Billing:  If you have made payment arrangements to pay your City of Lebanon bill, please try to make an effort to keep your payment arrangement. We do understand that several people in our community have jobs that have been affected by the tornado and COVID-19 virus. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding your City of Lebanon Utility bill. You can reach us at 615-444-6300 or by email at customerservice@lebanontn.org.

The city will continue to waive credit card fees for utility bills and business licenses through the end of May.

The city will continue to conduct meetings electronically to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Links to the meetings will be placed on the City of Lebanon website at lebanontn.org.

City Council Meeting: Our next virtual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th.

Planning Commission Meeting: The next virtual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th.

At this time, park facilities including playgrounds, fields, courts and facilities will remain closed until the end of May. The Senior Citizens Center and Jimmy Floyd Family Center will remain closed until further notice.

Reopening dates are contingent on continued local progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and are subject to change should the need arise.

Detailed recommendations for reopening restaurants, retail businesses, places of worship, hair salons and other close contact businesses, and other services are being made by Governor Lee. Business owners and residents are encouraged to review the state’s guideline online at www.tn.gov. The continued closing of certain businesses and non-essential services and restrictions on businesses are part of executive orders issued by the governor, which the city nor mayor cannot override. Links to those recommendations can be found below.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND UPDATES FROM GOVERNOR LEE:

Governor Bill Lee issued the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s rollout of guidance and best practices for Tennessee businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to keep employees and customers safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries.

All 95 local county health departments offer free COVID-19 testing five days a week. Find a full list of locations here.

RECENT ORDERS:

Executive Order No. 35: Amends Executive Order No. 30 to allow for the reopening of small group, non-contact entertainment, and recreational venues according to new Economic Recovery Group guidelines. The full text of the order is available here.

 

Executive Order No. 34: Extends Order No. 16 to allow for government bodies to hold meetings remotely until June 30 to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee. The full text of the order is available here.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR - RECENT BULLETINS:

COVID-19 Bulletin #32

COVID-19 Bulletin #31

COVID-19 Bulletin #30

COVID-19 Bulletin #29

In addition to strict adherence to CDC guidelines, the State recommends all business put into place an assortment of measures to protect consumers and employees. More information can be found below:

General Guidelines: The State is recommending safeguarding protocols for all businesses in Tennessee, including those that are re-opening and those essential businesses that have remained open during the Safer at Home order. These safeguarding protocols are based on the recommendations of the CDC and OSHA. To support the Pledge for Tennessee, all employers and employees should take steps to reopen safely, help other industries be able to open more quickly, and help Tennessee remain healthy and open for business.

Places of Worship: This resource is an aggregation of suggested protocols from various faith communities across Tennessee. Not all suggestions will be appropriate for each faith community. These suggestions are included as a courtesy for your convenience. These suggestions are not, and should not be construed as, mandates or requirements by the State of Tennessee, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, or any other entity of federal, state, or local government.

Moving forward, people should continue to exercise caution while COVID-19 remains present in Tennessee. To minister to vulnerable populations while also protecting those populations and continuing our state’s progress to contain COVID-19, faith communities are strongly encouraged to continue offering online services and other creative methods of worship and ministry. Faith communities should conduct as many activities as possible remotely and should follow the recommendations in this guidance when deciding to begin gathering in person once again.

Office Building Guidelines: The State recommends safeguarding protocols for all businesses in Tennessee, including those that are reopening and those essential businesses that remained open during the Safer at Home order. These safeguarding protocols are based on the recommendations of the CDC and OSHA. To support the Tennessee Pledge, all employers and employees should take steps to reopen safely, help other industries be able to open more quickly, and allow Tennessee to remain healthy and open for business.

Businesses should follow guidance issued by OSHA, the CDC, and Tennessee Department of Health. These guidelines do not replace or supersede any applicable federal or other regulatory requirements or standards. To assist your business in taking appropriate precautions for COVID-19, particular industry-specific safeguarding protocols have been created with the input of private sector working groups in partnership with the Economic Recovery Group. Protocols are subject to revision and may be released on a rolling basis.

For the purposes of these guidelines, offices include but are not limited to: general and corporate offices, headquarters facilities, and branch offices; call centers and other remote service centers; and co-working or shared office spaces.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. Available for download here.

Universal Guidance for Tennessee Businesses can be accessed here.

Restaurant Industry Guidance can be accessed here.

Retail Industry Guidance can be accessed here.

Exercise Facility Guidance can be accessed here.

Close Contact Guidance can be accessed here.

Lodging & Accommodations Guidelines

Manufacturing Guidelines

Construction Worksite Guidelines

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Navigating COVID-19 for Small Businesses 

#ThinkLebanonFirst: Business owners are encouraged to complete the Business Assistance Survey.

#ThinkLebanonFirst: The public is encouraged to learn more about how to support local businesses during this time using the Restaurant Availability and visiting our local Economic Development Page and local social media sites.

EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE 

Tennessee Department of Education: Commissioner Penny Schwinn released a statement regarding the Governor’s recommendation to extend school closures through the end of the school year.

The Tennessee Department of Education has developed and designed a number of resources for optional, free use by local districts. This includes school closure toolkits; three times per week superintendent calls; instructional, daily programming on PBS and companion teacher, student and family guides; free access for all families to early childhood platform ReadyRosie; SchoolMealFinder website for families to locate meal services; a STE(A)M Resource Hub; as well as federal waivers with a focus on nutrition, accountability and special education.

Tennessee Department of Human Services: Emergency Response and Recovery Grants for Existing Child Care Facilities

UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Tennessee Talent Exchange powered by Jobs4TN

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Office of the Governor: Information about the ongoing novel Coronavirus outbreak

Tennessee Department of Health: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus 2019

World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Rapid Response Resources: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CDC Pledges $10 Million to Tennessee: COVID-19 Response



April 24, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FROM MAYOR BERNIE ASH:

Yesterday, I signed an extension of our city’s Local State of Emergency which mandates non-essential businesses remain closed until April 30, 2020. Executive Order No. 6

I and other mayors in Middle Tennessee have been following the Governor’s lead with our Executive Orders to maintain consistency throughout the region. Yesterday and this morning, Governor Bill Lee announced his plan to restart the economy in Tennessee. The following is how that will affect the City of Lebanon:

  1. State Parks will reopen Friday, April 24, 2020, for daytime use only. Playgrounds are closed.
  2. Restaurants will reopen Monday, April 27, 2020, at half capacity with employees following CDC guidelines. No live music performances will be permitted. The bar areas will be closed. More detailed information can be found in the links below.
  3. Retail will reopen Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at half capacity with employees following CDC guidelines. More detailed information can be found in the links below.
  4. Work at home where possible will continue, for the time being.

Other Guidance to come next week:

  • Churches
  • Gyms
  • Barber Shops
  • Salons
  • Tattoo Businesses
  • Massage Businesses
  • Medical Offices
  • Dental Offices

We are not yet at “business as usual,” but we are at the beginning of Phase 1 reopening. COVID-19 is still an active concern in the community and residents are advised to practice preventative measures. The Safer-At-Home Orders have been lifted, but we must continue social distancing and proper hand hygiene so that we continue to work together to beat this virus.

Important information and updates from Governor Lee:

Governor Bill Lee issued the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s rollout of guidance and best practices for Tennessee businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to keep employees and customers safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries. More information can be found below:

General Guidelines: The State is recommending safeguarding protocols for all businesses in Tennessee, including those that are re-opening and those essential businesses that have remained open during the Safer at Home order. These safeguarding protocols are based on the recommendations of the CDC and OSHA. To support the Pledge for Tennessee, all employers and employees should take steps to reopen safely, help other industries be able to open more quickly, and help Tennessee remain healthy and open for business.

Retail Guidelines: In addition to strict adherence to CDC guidelines, the State recommends retailers put into place an assortment of measures to protect consumers and employees.

Restaurant Guidelines: In addition to strict adherence to CDC guidelines, the State recommends restaurants put into place an assortment of measures to protect consumers and employees.

In line with all recent health recommendations, the City of Lebanon City Hall, 200 N. Castle Heights Avenue, office lobbies will be closed until further notice. Non-essential city administrative and office employees are working remotely via telephone and email. If you call City Hall your calls will be forwarded to the proper party. This has been working smoothly and all residents are being served at this time. We encourage customers to continue to use the drive-thru, phone or online methods.

Call Customer Service: (615) 444-6300
Business Tax: (615) 444-4905
Building Inspection: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2327
Purchasing: (615) 443-2802
Lobby Security Desk: (615) 443-2839 ext. 2222
Engineering Department: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2320 or ext. 2325

Parks: The entrances to Don Fox Park and the Dog Park will be closed until further notice to adhere to social distancing, however the loop around the walking track will be open. You can park on the side parking lot off of North Castle Heights for access to the trail. The Cedar City trails are still open. Also, the restrooms, playground equipment, and pavilions at the park will remain closed.

#ThinkLebanonFirst: Business owners are encouraged to complete the Business Assistance Survey.

#ThinkLebanonFirst: The public is encouraged to learn more about how to support local businesses during this time using the Restaurant Availability and visiting our local Economic Development Page and local social media sites.

Economic Development: Navigating COVID-19 for Small Businesses 

City Council Meetings: Our next meeting will be virtual and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Meeting electronically is necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A link to the meeting will be placed on the City of Lebanon Facebook Government Page within two to three hours of the meeting’s end. Anyone who wants a chance to speak at the Public Hearing or provide comments during the City Council Meeting should contact Mike Collinsworth at mcollinsworth@lebanontn.org or 615/443-2839 extension 2401 by 5pm on Monday May 4th.

Virtual Planning Commission Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 28th.

Lebanon Senior Citizens Center: Continues to remain closed and we will revisit opening with further guidance and planning later in May.

Jimmy Floyd Family Center: Continues to remain closed and we will revisit opening with further guidance and planning later in May.

Utility Billing:  If you have made payment arrangements to pay your City of Lebanon bill, please try to make an effort to keep your payment arrangement. We do understand that several people in our community have jobs that have been affected by the tornado and COVID-19 virus. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding your City of Lebanon Utility bill. You can reach us at 615-444-6300 or by email at customerservice@lebanontn.org.

EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE 

Tennessee Department of Education: Commissioner Penny Schwinn released a statement regarding the Governor’s recommendation to extend school closures through the end of the school year.

The Tennessee Department of Education has developed and designed a number of resources for optional, free use by local districts. This includes school closure toolkits; three times per week superintendent calls; instructional, daily programming on PBS and companion teacher, student and family guides; free access for all families to early childhood platform ReadyRosie; SchoolMealFinder website for families to locate meal services; a STE(A)M Resource Hub; as well as federal waivers with a focus on nutrition, accountability and special education.

Tennessee Department of Human Services: Emergency Response and Recovery Grants for Existing Child Care Facilities

UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Tennessee Talent Exchange powered by Jobs4TN

 GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Office of the Governor: Information about the ongoing novel Coronavirus outbreak

Tennessee Department of Health: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus 2019

World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Rapid Response Resources: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CDC Pledges $10 Million to Tennessee: COVID-19 Response

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    Bernie Ash

    Mayor

  2. Debbie Jessen

    Mayoral Assistant

  3. Jennifer Trammel

    Mayors Office

April 14, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FROM MAYOR BERNIE ASH:

Today, I signed an extension of our city’s Local State of Emergency in compliance with the extension of Governor Bill Lee’s state-wide Stay At Home Executive Order which mandated non-essential businesses remain closed until April 30. Executive Order No. 5

Important information and updates regarding the response to COVID-19:

Governor Bill Lee extended the statewide ‘Stay At Home’ order, closing non-essential businesses until April 30, 2020. Read the full update from the Office of the Governor regarding Executive Order 27

In line with all recent health recommendations, the City of Lebanon City Hall, 200 N. Castle Heights Avenue office lobbies will be closed until further notice. Non-essential city administrative and office employees are working remotely via telephone and email. Customers are encouraged to use the drive-thru, phone or online methods.

Call Customer Service: (615) 444-6300
Business Tax: (615) 444-4905
Building Inspection: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2327
Purchasing: (615) 443-2802
Lobby Security Desk: (615) 443-2839 ext. 2222
Engineering Department: (615) 444-3647 ext. 2320 or ext. 2325

Parks: The entrances to Don Fox Park and the Dog Park will closed until further notice to adhere to social distancing. The Cedar City trails are open, but the loop trail at the park is closed. Also, the restrooms, playground equipment, and pavilions at the park are closed.

#ThinkLebanonFirst: Business owners are encouraged to complete the Business Assistance Survey.

#ThinkLebanonFirst: The public is encouraged to learn more about how to support local businesses during this time using the Restaurant Availability and visiting our local Economic Development Page and local social media sites.

Economic Development: Navigating COVID-19 for Small Businesses 

City Council Meetings: Our next meeting will be virtual and is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Meeting electronically is necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A link to the meeting will be placed on the City of Lebanon Facebook Government Page within two to three hours of the meeting’s end. Anyone who wants a chance to speak at the Public Hearing or provide comments during the City Council Meeting should contact Mike Collinsworth at mcollinsworth@lebanontn.org or 615/443-2839 extension 2401 by 5pm on April 20th.

Virtual Planning Commission Meeting will be on April 28th.

Lebanon Senior Citizens Center: Closed through the end of April

Jimmy Floyd Family Center: Closed through April 2020. We will be deep cleaning the center and hopefully will be able to open on May 1, 2020. 

Utility Billing:  If you have made payment arrangements to pay your City of Lebanon bill, please try to make an effort to keep your payment arrangement. We do understand that several people in our community have jobs that have been affected by the tornado and COVID-19 virus. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding your City of Lebanon Utility bill. You can reach us at 615-444-6300 or by email at customerservice@lebanontn.org.

EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE 

Tennessee Department of Education: Statement from Commissioner Penny Schwinn on Governor’s Recommendation to Extend School Closures (Closures until April 24, 2020)

Tennessee Department of Human Services: Emergency Response and Recovery Grants for Existing Child Care Facilities

TDOE and PBS Partnership: Daily instructional content for Tennessee students

 

UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Tennessee Talent Exchange powered by Jobs4TN

 

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Office of the Governor: Information about the ongoing novel Coronavirus outbreak

Tennessee Department of Health: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus 2019

World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Rapid Response Resources: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CDC Pledges $10 Million to Tennessee: COVID-19 Response



TORNADO DISASTER RECOVERY

Tennessee Department of Military: Tornado and Severe Weather Response

Federal Disaster Assistance: 

Individuals and Households

On March 5, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a Major Disaster for the state of Tennessee as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred on March 3, 2020.

This declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties. The updated Major Disaster Declaration also makes Tennessee’s declared counties – Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Putnam, Smith, and Wilson – eligible for federal reimbursement in all available categories of the federal PA program. News releases for the disaster declaration can be found here.

If you have a homeowner’s policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance. Get the process started quickly. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin. Take photos and videos of all damage before you start cleaning up.

To apply for assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY), multilingual operators are available, press 2 for Spanish. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

You will need the following to apply for assistance:

Social Security number;

Daytime telephone number;

Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and

Insurance information, if available.

Fact Sheets: Individual Assistance Program, Individuals and Household Programs


Small Business Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing assistance to those impacted by the March 3 tornadoes. The disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding on March 3, 2020, covers Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties in Tennessee which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Cannon, Cheatham, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Jackson, Overton, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White and Williamson in Tennessee.

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per applicant to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have otherwise been met.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are administered and processed through the SBA. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at sba.gov/disaster.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

FEMA/TEMA: Updates

Tennessee Department of Human Services: The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making two essential resources available to families with a financial need who were impacted by March 3rd’s severe weather. Beginning March 16, TDHS will begin accepting applications for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits and the Families First/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Cash Assistance program.

 Nashville Area Chamber:  Tornado and COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Webinars