Message From the Mayor

March 30, 2020

CORONAVIRUS AND OTHER UPDATES FROM MAYOR BERNIE ASH:

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 virus crisis and ongoing tornado cleanup, I wanted to make sure our citizens know about several developments and sources of information:

1. Today, I signed an extension of the State of Emergency for Lebanon for seven more days, until April 6, 2020 - Executive Order No. 2 - A Continuation of the Local State of Emergency

2. Governor Bill Lee issued a statewide two-week ’safer at home’ order, closes non-essential businesses to take effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020 and lasts through April 14, 2020.

3. 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

4. Parks: The entrances to Don Fox Park and the Dog Park have been 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.

5. #ThinkLebanonFirst (for businesses): Business Assistance Survey

6. #ThinkLebanonFirst (for general public): Restaurant Availability

7. Economic Development: Navigating COVID-19 for Small Businesses 

8. City Council Meetings: Our next meeting will be virtual and is scheduled for April 7, 2020

9. Remote Planning Commission Meeting Rescheduled March 31st as Virtual Meeting

10. Public Works: Spring Clean Up moved to week of October 12th as all removal resources are still being used to clear tornado debris and damage. 

11. Lebanon Senior Citizens Center: Closed through the end of April

12. 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. 

13. 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