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Corona Virus

ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE CRETE AREA

I have reviewed currently available information related to special financing and grants for small businesses that are experiencing financial issues due to the COVID19 event.  While I am far from an expert on this subject, my conclusion is that the State of Illinois is relying on the Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to handle the situations related to bailing out businesses that are in trouble financially.  It appears that our area (Will County) will be treated differently than down state counties.  I have read that all the collar counties of Chicago will be handled like Will County.  It appears that there will be no grants allowed in our area, only low interest loans with stipulations that I am not qualified to comment on.  I have also contacted Will County to get their take on this issue.  I have scanned all the available documents and will gladly send them to any interested business if you simply send an email to me.  My email address is meinhorn@villageofcrete.org 

Mayor Einhorn

The Village of Crete UPDATE March 28, 2020

Thankfully the Village is operating as planned and pretty much as normal.  We are monitoring the health status of all of our employees every day and aside from the lobby at the Village Hall being closed it is basically business as usual.  The FD, PD and EMA are performing all necessary functions with a constant focus on reducing staff exposure.  The Public Works Department is functioning in a similar fashion and preforming many tasks that can be accomplished while observing social distancing guidelines to the greatest extent possible.  The front office is working ahead on preparing the vehicle sticker, business license and contractor licensing mailing that normally goes out May 1st.  We are paying the bills, handling payroll and taking calls from residents.  Code Enforcement is also still operating as normal.

To protect the drivers picking up our trash and to better manage the waste stream, Republic Services has announced the following: 

Until further notice residents need to follow the following guidelines:

·         They will only accept carts/toters that can be picked up mechanically by the truck.

·         Drivers are not authorized to dismount the truck to pick up items not in the container.

·         Yard waste and bulk item pick up are suspended until further notice. 

·         Recycling will be picked up as normal and residents are reminded not to contaminate recycled items with other types of trash.

I went to Walt’s this morning for some brief shopping and it was obvious that the shoppers were calm and orderly and acting with concern for social distancing to the greatest possible.  They are adhering to the six-foot rule while waiting to be checked out.  While the world right now is not perfect, everyone seems to be acting with shared concern.  I encourage everyone to pull together and although inconvenient, we will get past this.

Finally, a few comments about moving forward.  My personal feeling is that this circumstance will persist longer than presently projected, but the great citizens of Crete will improvise, adapt and overcome.  Please patronize our local restaurants and businesses so they will survive this ordeal, share important information with those close to you and try to remain positive.

Mayor Einhorn

Federal Stimulus Package

March 27, 2020 From Village of Crete, Mayor Einhorn:

Small businesses reeling from the impact of coronavirus may have good news coming in the form of loan forgiveness.

The $2 trillion federal stimulus package includes $350 billion in loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, some of which will be forgiven depending on a company’s circumstances. That’s according to Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Bradley was speaking at the National Small Business Town Hall, a live webinar hosted by Inc. and the Chamber on Friday.

The SBA’s paycheck protection loan program is “really more of a loan that converts to a grant,” Bradley said. Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees qualify, as will some larger companies. The program is aimed at helping businesses maintain their payroll during the significant business disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Here’s how the loan forgiveness works:

  • Your company’s expenses for the eight-week period after the origination of the loan will be analyzed.
  • Every dollar your company spent on payroll, utilities, rent, or interest on mortgage debt will be added together. That amount will be forgiven, up to the total amount your company borrowed through the program.

There is one caveat, however. The amount that is forgiven will be reduced for businesses that lay off employees during the first eight weeks following the loan. Companies that reduce wages of employees who make less than $100,000 per year by 25 percent or more will also have the forgivable amount reduced.

The good news is that businesses that have already let employees go before accepting the loan will not be subject to such penalties. And if those businesses rehire employees after accepting the loan, they’ll receive additional credit to cover their wages.

Testing for the General Public

March 27, 2020 From Village of Crete, Mayor Einhorn:

TESTING FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The Will County Health Department is making the following suggestions to the general public:

Members of the general public who feel that they are experiencing symptoms of COVOD-19 should consult their primary healthcare provider. 

If the healthcare provider feels that the patient qualifies for a COVID-19 test, the provider can order the test and direct the patient to a test location.

Generally speaking, patients should not report to a hospital without speaking to their healthcare provider.    

If you are having a medical emergency and trouble breathing, please go to the nearest ER or call 911.

If you decide to go to the ER, please call ahead and let them know you are experiencing symptoms.

The Will County Health Department Coronavirus Response Hotline is 815-740-8977.

Illinois Coronavirus Hotline is 800-889-3931.

Attention: Important Notice Regarding Your Recycling and Waste Service

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Attention:
Important Notice
Regarding Your Recycling
and Waste Service
Until further notice we will be operating under the following guidelines starting March
30th, 2020:
• We will accept cart contents or personalized cans only. Drivers will not be authorized to leave their
vehicle to pick up waste outside of the cart or personal cans.
• Yard waste and bulk waste programs will be suspended.
• It’s important to keep waste out of your recycling container.
Dear Valued customer,
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to make sure we’re doing the right thing for the health
and safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. Our number one priority is
safety, and that is at the forefront of every decision we make.
We provide an essential service to the country, and like the police and fire departments, it’s our
duty to help protect and serve the public, especially in times like these. While we are working hard
to ensure the highest quality customer service and minimal service disruption, the recent surge in
residential waste and unique challenges we face requires us to temporarily modify our service
offerings to keep your community clean and safe.
The Republic Services team remains committed to you throughout this crisis. We
appreciate your business and wish you all the best during this difficult time.
For updates, visit RepublicServices.com
©2020 Republic Services, Inc.

Village Offices Closed Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Village of Crete Public Buildings will be closed effective 12:00pm Friday March 20, 2020 until further notice.

Crete Village Hall, Police Department, Fire Stations, Emergency Management Agency and Public Works will be closed to the public.
Staff will be on hand to answer calls and provide services.

Residents and Businesses can pay Crete water bills using the following methods:
Online on our home page by clicking on the PSN payment service.
Dropping payment in the drop slot in the front door of the Village Hall at 524 W Exchange St or U.S. Mail.

Building Permit inquiries please call 708-672-2731 or email mesmith@villageofcrete.org

For Licensing or other inquires please call 708-672-5431 between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Thank you for cooperation, patience and understanding during these extraordinary times.

A message from President Einhorn Regarding the Novel Corona Virus

The Village of Crete is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus {COVID-19) pandemic and implementing any recommendations made by the [llinois Department of Public Health that we feel are appropriate and necessary to protect our community. We are also complying with the various Executive Orders of the Governor that includes closing all restaurants, bars, and gambling until at least March 30th. This is to promote social distancing goals.