Pursuant to the provisions of Executive Order No. 2020-15 issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on March 18, 2020, notice is hereby given that the Charlotte City Council will hold an electronic pubic meeting on April 6, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m. This meeting is a special meeting called by Mayor Yvonne Ridge for the purpose of amending a Council policy regarding public meetings during the COVID-19 epidemic and seeking authorization of the City Council to conduct future regular and special Council meetings as electronic public meetings.
The reasons for holding an electronic public meeting are to limit the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and to remain in compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, which prohibits any public gathering through April 13, 2020.
The electronic public meeting will be held as a telephonic conference. The public may participate in the electronic public meeting by calling 1-313-209-3070 and entering the conference code number 747690 when prompted. The public will be able to listen to all discussion by Council members and will be permitted to speak for up to 3 minutes during the public comment section of the agenda.
Members of the public, whether or not they are joining the electronic public meeting, may submit written comments and questions regarding any matter, including items of business that will come before the City Council. Written comments and questions may be submitted at any time. Those submitted prior to 12:00 noon on Friday, April 3, 2020 will be copied and included in the agenda packet for the meeting. Those submitted subsequent to 12:00 noon on Friday, April 3, 2020 but prior to the citizen comments portion of the agenda will be read aloud during the public comment portion of the agenda. Those submitted subsequent to the public comment portion of the agenda will be read aloud during the communications and committee reports section of the agenda. Only the first 3 minutes of written comments will be read aloud but the full text of written comments will be provided to City Council members subsequent to the meeting.
To be considered for inclusion in the agenda packet or to be read aloud during the meeting, public comments and questions must include the name and home address of the person submitting them and must not include language that would be considered vulgar or be interpreted as hate speech or fighting words. The comments and questions should also indicate the date of the electronic public meeting for which they are being submitted.
Written comments and questions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons with disabilities who require assistance in order to participate in the electronic public meeting should contact the City at the earliest opportunity by emailing email@example.com or by calling 517-543-8843.
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 4.7(B) of the Charter of the City of Charlotte, the Mayor has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. The purpose of the meeting is to seek authorization of the City Council to revise Council Policy 2020-01 establishing meeting procedures during the COVID-19 epidemic and to conduct future regular or special meetings through the use of telephonic conference technology.
These are challenging and unpredictable times. Today the City of Charlotte, CharlotteRising, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce heard from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and received information on the Small Business Relief Grants program.
Sixty (60) $10,000 grants will be awarded throughout the Lansing region. Businesses in Charlotte have as good a chance as any to be awarded one of these grants. They are intended to help businesses who are being hurt by COVID-19 and related Executive Orders. The money is to help with payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utilities and and similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business. We are hoping to support the submission of about 10-12 grants.
These grants are for Michigan businesses with fewer than 50 employees, full and part time (including the business owners).
For full eligibility requirements and the application, look to the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.
The grant application has a very quick turnaround time to get money out to businesses as quickly as possible. Applications will be available on Friday March 27th and the grant application timeline ends on Tuesday March 31st at 11:59pm.
If you need help and support to complete this grant in this short period, please reach out to Bryan Myrkle at the City of Charlotte, Courtney Anderson at the Chamber, or Lisa Barna at CharlotteRising. All three of us will be available all weekend to provide assistance to businesses interested in applying.
Contact information for help and support for LEAP grants:
Bryan Myrkle 517-543-8853 firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Anderson 517-543-0400 email@example.com
Lisa Barna 989-217-1950 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest. We hope to help support you and your business through this difficult time.