DENVILLE, NJ -- As the COVID-19 crisis continues all around the world, communities such as Denville Township take caution and push forward.
Denville Mayor Thomas Andes recently released an address regarding the situation, thanking all who have done what’s necessary and helpful to combat the hazards caused by the virus lockdown.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the employees in the various essential fields, including health care workers, first responders and even supermarket staff to name only a few,” said Mayor Andes.
“We recognize and will be forever grateful for the sacrifices you are making by risking your own health on a daily basis in service to your communities and your neighbors. May God be with you and protect you and your loved ones. Also, my most sincere well wishes to anyone who is or has a loved one infected with the coronavirus. Our prayers are with you and your family for a speedy return to good health. And, finally, a very big thank you to everyone who is doing their part to limit the spread of the virus in our collective attempt to ‘flatten the curve’ by adhering to the advice and directives for social distancing and other measures being made by our state and federal leaders.”
More importantly, Mayor Andes took the time to relate information and details for various state and federal programs that could help reduce the anxiety that the township community is experiencing through the COVID-19 crisis.
“During the past several weeks, I have been in daily contact with federal, state and county officials to gather information and details on anything that can help protect our residents or help lift up our residents and local business owners who have unexpectedly come upon bad times through no fault of their own,” said Mayor Andes.
“On nearly a daily basis, I convey these documents to our township administration and police department, who have created a consolidated site that provides the latest information. The information on the site ranges from the complete copies of the executive orders issued by the governor, the latest CDC information and guidelines, updated statistics related to the number of active COVID-19 cases in our community and a long list of state and federal programs aimed at helping both individuals and business owners weather the current storm.”
Here's the link to the site: http://denvillepolice.org/covid19_info/index.php
“Residents are encouraged to visit the site regularly as new programs, directives, initiatives and details are being released on almost a daily basis,” said Mayor Andes.
“The links to the various programs are arranged in chronological order with the newest programs always towards the top. I will continue to scour for information and fight for programs that will help our residents and businesses until we are fully recovered. As stated in a previous release and as demonstrated by the amazing generosity of our community so far during this crisis, Denville will get through these difficult times and will forge an even stronger sense of community because of our efforts.”
Mayor Andes encouraged township business owners to check the websites listed below for valuable updates.
-State (EDA): Logon to: https://faq.business.nj.gov/en/collections/2198378-information-for-nj-businesses-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak, and click the circle in the bottom right corner. Fill out the questionnaire and you will receive a call.
-Federal (SBA) Logon to: https://bench.co/blog/tax-tips/coronavirus-relief-bill/, and make an appointment. As of now, the call back schedule extends into next week.
Other useful links for township residents to follow:
-EDA Eligibility Wizard: https://assistance.business.nj.gov/
-COVID Business Portal: http://cv.business.nj.gov/
-Facebook Small Business Grant: https://www.facebook.com/business/grants?content_id=KKf6RWdyo87L7QO
In other news, the next town council meeting is scheduled for April 7, at 7:30 p.m. The session will be live streamed for those who do not want to participate in person. A link to the council meeting will be available on the township website next Monday or Tuesday morning.
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