Friday, May 22, 2020
Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Friday issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied Statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective Friday, May 22nd, 2020.
Tenth Supplemental State of Emergency Order
For more information, visit: http://governor.alabama.gov/
City of Millbrook Playgrounds Closed due to COVID-19
All city playgrounds are closed until further notice due to the virus outbreak. The city parks and walking trails are still open…Please observe social distancing. The Tenth Emergency Order does not open playgrounds.
Millbrook Dixie Youth Baseball and Millbrook Girls Softball League Announcement March 27, 2020
An update from the Millbrook Parks and Recreation Department about Millbrook Dixie Youth Baseball and the Millbrook Girls Softball League. With the announcement of the cancellation of the remainder of the school year by Governor Ivey, everyone is questioning whether or not the 2020 baseball and softball Spring season will be cancelled. Right now the state director has no plans to cancel any part of the 2020 season. He is hopeful that we can begin play sometime in late April or May. As soon as the State Board gets the go ahead from the CDC and the Alabama Health Department, they will be ready to give more information about the season. We will keep you updated as we receive information from league organization leaders.
U.S. Small Business Administration, Economic Injury Disaster Loans
While Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be a lifeline, they will take time to acquire and not all businesses will qualify. The Alabama Small Business Development Center recommends that you take action now to preserve cash and protect assets. You should be in contact with your lending institutions to see what programs your bank/credit unions are offering during this time (delaying payment requirements/interest only payments) and vendor payments on account.
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
FACT SHEET – ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
ALABAMA Declaration 16364
Incident: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
occurring: January 31, 2020 & continuing
All counties within the State of Alabama; the contiguous Florida counties of: Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton; the contiguous Georgia counties of: Carroll, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Clay, Dade, Early, Floyd, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Muscogee, Polk, Quitman, Seminole, Stewart, Troup and Walker; the contiguous Mississippi counties of: Clarke, George, Greene, Itawamba, Jackson, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Tishomingo and Wayne; and the contiguous Tennessee counties of: Franklin, Giles, Hardin, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion and Wayne
Application Filing Deadline: December 21, 2020
Disaster Loan Assistance Available:
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
• Credit History – Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
• Repayment – Applicants must show the ability to repay the loan.
• Collateral – Collateral is required for all EIDL loans over $25,000. SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available. SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but SBA will require the borrower to pledge collateral that is available.
The interest rate is determined by formulas set by law and is fixed for the life of the loan. The maximum interest rate for this program is 3.750 percent.
The law authorizes loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years. SBA will determine an appropriate installment payment based on the financial condition of each borrower, which in turn will determine the loan term.
Loan Amount Limit:
The law limits EIDLs to $2,000,000 for alleviating economic injury caused by the disaster. The actual amount of each loan is limited to the economic injury determined by SBA, less business interruption insurance and other recoveries up to the administrative lending limit. SBA also considers potential contributions that are available from the business and/or its owner(s) or affiliates. If a business is a major source of employment, SBA has the authority to waive the $2,000,000 statutory limit.
Loan Eligibility Restrictions:
Noncompliance – Applicants who have not complied with the terms of previous SBA loans may not be eligible. This includes borrowers who did not maintain required flood insurance and/or hazard insurance on previous SBA loans.
Note: Loan applicants should check with agencies / organizations administering any grant or other assistance program under this declaration to determine how an approval of SBA disaster loan might affect their eligibility.
Economic injury disaster loans cannot be used to refinance long term debts.
To protect each borrower and the Agency, SBA may require you to obtain and maintain appropriate insurance. By law, borrowers whose damaged or collateral property is located in a special flood hazard area must purchase and maintain flood insurance. SBA requires that flood insurance coverage be the lesser of 1) the total of the disaster loan, 2) the insurable value of the property, or 3) the maximum insurance available.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, FortWorth, TX 76155.
The City of Millbrook will provide free WIFI during COVID19 Event
The following locations will have free WIFI service outside of the building:
Legacy Park Building on Deatsville Highway
Millbrook Economic Development Center On Main Street
Millbrook Public Library on Park Circle
Millbrook Civic Center
The Connection Details are posted on the front windows of each location. Wifi will be available 7 days a week.
Remember that Spectrum has customer WIFI connections at various locations around the city as well.
Millbrook Street Department Limb Pick up – Possible Delays
The regular pick up of limbs and debris will continue, but at a slower pace due to the COVID19 outbreak. The state inmate labor that normally helps perform the pickups is not available for the next several weeks. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to be able to resume normal operations very soon.
The Millbrook Senior Center at the Millbrook Community Center is closed until further notice.
Meals delivery and pick up will continue.
Message from Mayor Al Kelley
As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the subject of most news reports and conversations, both in Millbrook and around the world. It is beginning to impact nearly every facet of our lives. The City has been monitoring the spread of the virus for some time, preparing for a widespread outbreak. We remain vigilant as we address the serious realities of this pandemic.
It’s always best to have a plan, which is why I have initiated regular meetings on this subject with my departments and have established regular communication with employees and calls with leadership in state and county government including our health care and education communities. We are working together with the county and state to continue to provide services and disseminate information as timely and quickly as possible.
It’s important to communicate and coordinate our efforts locally and regionally, particularly given the dynamic and constantly evolving nature of this situation, which is reason for messages like this one. There seems to have been some form of discussion about coronavirus almost every hour, at any hour.
We are practicing proven flu-prevention techniques at the City and I encourage you to do the same. Regular hand-washing is imperative — and please be mindful of your interaction with large groups. I would also encourage you to regularly disinfect the surfaces of your mobile devices and commonly used surfaces. If employees are sick, we encourage them to stay home and we offer the same important advice to members of our community.
As for now, City Council meetings and scheduled meetings at the City will proceed. These meetings are typically below the 50 person threshold that medical authorities has provided in terms of size of meetings. We will encourage attendees to refrain from handshaking and suggest that all maintain comfortable social distance during meetings.
We are constantly evaluating the status of local events, again keeping the 50 person guidance in mind. We are in the process of reviewing each of them. Any schedule changes will appear on our website and Facebook pages, cityofmillbrook.org and facebook.com/cityofmillbrook.
For the very latest news and information about the coronavirus, we regularly use the resources listed below:
Remember: The NUMBER ONE thing WE CAN ALL DO is WASH OUR HANDS several times a day. Thank you for making this a priority.
As always, our communication is intended to inform and not alarm. It’s my desire to keep everyone in our community safe and healthy and I appreciate every resident and visitor to Millbrook doing their part during these unprecedented times.
Additional Information on Census Day
FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY
Contact: Ann Harper
City of Millbrook, Economic Development Office
334-285-0330 / email@example.com
CITY OF MILLBROOK RECEIVES GRANT TO BUILD NEW SENIOR CENTER
Fifty-eight (58) Alabama communities across the state received an early Christmas present from Governor Kay Ivey as she recently announced grant awards totaling $18.7 million under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The City of Millbrook is one of the recipients and will use its grant to construct a new Senior Center on Grandview Road near City Hall. Currently, the City’s Senior Program operates out of the Millbrook Memorial Center, a dated building with limited space and amenities, and shared with other groups.
Mayor Kelley on receiving the news, “I am very appreciative of Governor Ivey and the staff of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ACEDA) for working hard to select the most needed and impactful projects for funding. The CDBG grant application process is highly competitive and I’m just grateful that they saw the tremendous need and importance of our proposed project. Our goal is to help improve the quality of life of our older residents and provide value to these families in our community.”
The City received a $250,000 grant from the CDBG Community Enhancement category and will match the grant with $350,888. The grant will be used for site preparation, construction of a 4,200 sq. ft. senior center, architect/engineering fees and project administration. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission will manage the project for federal and state compliance.
Olivia Venable, Millbrook’s Senior Program Director, is very pleased that the project is moving forward. Ms. Venable said, “I along with the 125 plus seniors we are currently serving per week are so happy and thankful. This is the first time our program will have a dedicated building where we can continue to develop and expand our Program with a wide variety of services ranging from nutrition and wellness programs to social and recreational activities. It is important that our older citizens stay active and social. This is essential to quality of life. We can’t wait to get started!”
The City of Millbrook Recycling Center, located on Grandview Road adjacent to Minnie Massey Park is again able to accept plastics for recycling.
The city has reached an agreement with Repower South to be able to accept plastics for recycling.
The City of Millbrook Recycling Center is operated by the Street Department and is located on Grandview Road adjacent to Minnie Massey Park.
The Millbrook Recycling Center accepts newspaper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum. We are unable to accept glass for recycling.
The Hours for the city recycling center are:
Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.