Community Relief thanks GEPB for funding support

Dear Editor,

The staff and board of directors of the Community Relief Fund of Glasgow-Barren County would like to publicly thank the Glasgow Electric Plant Board for the monetary assistance they allocated to our agency earlier this year. We also want to make the public aware of the tremendous impact these funds have had on our community. Due to the corona virus pandemic, the impact of this contribution has been far greater than anyone could have anticipated.

The $4,500 monthly donation for electrical service from Glasgow EPB freed up Community Relief funds to assist with other utilities and rent. In addition, it allowed us to increase the maximum amount we can expend to help our clients pay their qualifying expenses. During the past five and one-half (5 ½) months, we have assisted 118 households with their EPB electric bills totaling $10,618.45. As said earlier, this same amount in Community Relief funds then went to help others with their needs.

We also want to let everyone know that the $10,000 contribution approved by the EPB board for Community Relief recently, will have a similar effect, especially in the payment of past due rent for our clients. The requests for assistance with rent have increased dramatically over the past 2 ½ months, due primarily to the business/industry closings because of COVID19. During this time frame, Community Relief assisted 97 households with $26,514 for payment of past due rent.

Through these two allocations to Community Relief, Glasgow Electric Plant Board has had, and continues to have, an extremely positive impact on our community during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

Sincerely,

Stacy Janes and Alma Basile, CRF Staff members and CRF Board members: Scott Basil, Jeff Bruce, Joan Edwards, Charlie Evans, Shelia Foster, Patrick Gaunce, Kathy Gibson, Larry Glass, John Harbert, Becky Honeycutt, Billy Houchens, Penny Huffman, Sherry Jones, Sheri Lee, Mike Padgett, Rhonda Pedigo, Neil Thornberry, Joe Trigg and Cookie Whiteside.

If business can’t open, it can’t use PPP

Dear Editor:

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) signed by President Trump as a tremendous help to small businesses with less than 500 employees. It is well-known that our local bankers have done an excellent job working with local businesses to apply for these funds, which provide payroll reimbursement for eight weeks and limited funds for incidental expenses, based on a 75/25% formula. Sounds great that local small businesses can make payroll and have money to pay for rent, utilities, etc. during this time of crisis.

Big Problem. The eight weeks of funding started the day the company signed the papers with the bank. For many in our area, that was the third week of March. Guess what? Our governor hasn’t allowed small businesses to open, so there is no payroll to meet. So, the money is sitting in the bank and can’t be spent because it requires that 75% go towards payroll ... so, if the company can’t open, there are no employees on the payroll.

Governor Beshear is implementing policies that are hindering the implementation and administration of this program. Our local chamber of commerce, state chamber of commerce, state representatives, senators, mayors, county judges, bankers and citizens need to be seeking immediate relief from the governor regarding the shut-down of our businesses in the Commonwealth.

Our voices need to be heard.

Paula L. Pedigo, Smiths Grove

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