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July 5, 2020

4/22/2020 2:09:00 PM
City's TIF board sets aside $15,000 to buy supplies to help local businesses
The North Vernon Redevelopment Commission (NVRC) took up the question of how and if the group could help residents and/or businesses in the wake of economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting via ZOOM at Monday noon, President Greg Hicks mentioned how he, the mayor, EDC Director Kathy Ertel and other business leaders have discussed what the Commission could do during these trying times.

"We are looking at how do we start to open businesses," noted Ertel. From that question, the scarcity of hand sanitizers and masks came to the forefront, as any business opening or unlocking its doors would need these items to deal with the public.

Commission member Larry Wasson said his business, North Vernon Abstract, has not shut down. Moreover, he has attempted to purchase hand sanitizers and masks to no avail. "If we can't find these things, we may have to shut down. It is vital for us to get these things," he said.

During a recent "task force meeting," a SET steel representative shared information on purchasing these items. Cost would be $140 for 50 masks and $5750 for a skid of one-gallon-sized hand sanitizers.

Members of the Commission voted unanimously to allocate $15,000 for the purchase of these items and to allow Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Gerkin to negotiate cost and quantities. Just how these would be distributed was not settled, except to say the city would need to make sure it had an adequate supply of these items before they were given out.

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