As we enter the season of giving, I’m reminded of how generous and thoughtful our community truly is. Despite a difficult year with extraordinary challenges, I’ve seen firsthand how Timnath residents have come together to support each other and give back to community members in need.
We know that the global pandemic has had a financial toll on our community as well, and the Town has stepped up to provide monetary support to our local businesses and schools through grants and one-time contributions.
Earlier this year, the Town launched a Small Business Relief Grant Program to give a financial boost to our locally-owned, small businesses. The Town recognizes and appreciates the unique role of small businesses in our community. The grant was created to help those businesses immediately offset the economic hardships caused by the pandemic and subsequent closures.
To date, the Town has provided grant funding to six businesses in town. The grant money helped these local businesses pay for rent, keep employees on the payroll, purchase inventory, buy cleaning supplies and implement additional health and safety precautions to reopen safely.
At the July 28 Town Council meeting, Council approved CARES Act funding for Timnath and Bethke Elementary Schools. This one-time payment of $7,500 per school was paid using funds approved by Council to support local schools impacted by COVID-19. The Poudre School District is facing significant budget cuts associated with COVID-19. The schools intend to use the money to purchase extra supplies and materials to help prevent the spread of the virus.
While there is still uncertainty with how 2020 will end or what next year will bring, I’m proud of the work the Town has accomplished and how the community continues to lift each other up.
November 2020 Council Corner Article by Councilmember Aaron Pearson