Positive Announcements from Mayor Norton / March 30, 2020
The City of Smyrna is pleased to announce some POSITIVE NEWS in this tough environment full of negative information surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic.
First, the City of Smyrna is pleased to announce the Support Smyrna initiative where you can safely contribute to help your neighbors during this crisis.
- The first campaign is a grocery assistance fund. Your contribution will help to purchase grocery store gift cards for families who need a little help at this time.
- Anyone who contributes $25 or more at www.supportsmyrna.org , will have a Support Smyrna yard sign delivered directly to their Smyrna residence.
- Those Smyrna residents in need of assistance will complete an easy online application at www.supportsmyrna.org.
- We will also coordinate a “What Makes Me Happy” sidewalk chalk art contest, to be judged by local artists and the Mayor.Contest entry fees will go directly to purchase groceries for those in need. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will all receive a prize from a local business, and our sidewalks around town will look AWESOME!
Second, the City of Smyrna is pleased to announce a partnership with Tillman House and Atkins Park that will provide hot meals prepared by chef Rusty Hamlin to help feed Smyrna families. 100 meals or more per day will be delivered to those in need in Smyrna in coordination with city staff and Tillman House volunteers for at least the next three weeks. This program is set to begin Friday. Thanks to our contributors who have made this possible!
Third, the City of Smyrna staff has waived late fees for water, sewer and sanitation for 60 days and worked with utility providers to help local individuals and businesses get through these tough times. City of Smyrna staff is calling each Smyrna business in the city directly to see how we as a city can help them specifically, including working with them on any bills or fees owed to the city. We have had people offer to assist others by offering to pay one or more months for someone else to help them along the way as we all work together through this. To participate in the initiative, please send an email to email@example.com.
Fourth, the Mayor and City of Smyrna staff is talking with all apartment owners and management companies this week to ask their cooperation in helping Smyrna citizens get through these tough times with rent deferment and other assistance. We are also talking with commercial property owners to ask that they work with local business tenants to help them get through this crisis.
Fifth, the City of Smyrna continues to help local individuals and businesses navigate the application process for federal stimulus funds. For the most up to date information please visit www.smyrnaga.gov and see our “COVID 19 Response – Citizen and Business Info” page for helpful resources.
Your City of Smyrna government has heard from you and understands the difficulties that many citizens, families and businesses are facing during this health crisis, and we stand ready to help.
Your city and this community are strong, and we will all get through this together. Thanks to all of the staff and volunteers who are making it possible to help those in need. #SmyrnaStrong
Mayor, City of Smyrna