City of Sealy officials provide uplifting messages

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Social distancing and missing out on your favorite activities can surely wear down on a person over time but local officials want to remind community members that this is all for the long-term benefit of the city and surrounding area.

Sealy Mayor Janice Whitehead- Once again, the citizens of Sealy shine in their efforts to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19. Citizens and businesses should be proud of the ways they are reacting to the shelter in place, maintaining social distancing, and taking care of elderly neighbors. We are monitoring daily calls with the state to provide clarification of the relief programs established for the city.

Help is currently available for those businesses and individuals feeling the effects of the recommended shelter in place. On the state level, the CARE Act outlines opportunities for small business owners to keep both their business and their employees (PPP program). The guidelines for filing for unemployment have been relaxed, and there are thousands of part-time positions available through the Texas Workforce Commission (WorkInTexas.com).

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Jennifer Sullivan, Sealy City Council Place 4- I would like to thank the community for doing their part to help slow the spread of the virus by staying home and remaining diligent in their efforts. I pray for the health and safety of all essential personnel and their families and thank them for their selfless service to others. These are uncharted waters for all of us and if we all do our part, we will get through this stronger than ever.

Adam Burttschell, Sealy City Council Place 6- The thing that's great about our country, our community, our culture, is that we are never short on hope and we are more resilient and resourceful than anyone. A crisis like this will test us all, but I have no doubt that we will persevere and come out stronger than before. The federal government has offered help thru its new stimulus package, but there are little things that we can do each day to help the Sealy and Austin County community. First and foremost, keep yourself and your family safe by following CDC and WHO guidelines. Second, try and support our local businesses that are allowed to remain open and keep in mind those that were mandated to close. Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help; whether it be from a neighbor, friend or community leader. There is no better time than now for us to rely on our town's most precious resource; our love and care for one another.

Sealy City Manager Lloyd Merrell- The local business community has done an excellent job of closing their doors to protect their customers and employees. They are to be commended for that sacrifice.

The Economic Development Corporation and its Executive Director Robert Worley are working with state officials to shorten the time necessary for the local EDC to make grants available to local business owners to pay rent, employees, utilities to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

The City Council has instructed that customers will not be subject to disconnect for utilities because they have lost their job during this crisis.

The CARES Act established a $349 billion SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The PPP is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed and assist with payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees or SBA fees. All loan payments will be deferred for six months.

Most importantly, if employers maintain their payroll, certain portions of the loans can be forgiven, including payroll, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utility payments.

Loans will be available through more than 135 existing SBA-certified lenders in Texas, including banks, credit unions and other financial institutions.

  • Find a certified lender in your area: SBA’s local assistance finder
  • Find out when you can apply: Treasury factsheet
  • Find more information regarding PPP and loan requirements: SBA.gov/Coronavirus

Sealy residents have shown they are capable of beating this crisis, and together we will.

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