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PUBLIC NOTICE ~ Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program
04/01/2020

PUBLIC NOTICE

CITY OF LEXINGTON
COUNTY OF ANOKA
STATE OF MINNESOTA


TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given, the( Lexington Planning & Zoning Commission will be taking comments and suggestions on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) from May 1 through May 29, 2020.  

Due to Covid-19 pandemic and Governor Walz executive order to “shelter-in-place,” the Planning & Zoning Commission will not be holding a public hearing this year; however, anyone wishing to make a comment on the SWPPP is invited to provide written or verbal comments until 4:30 p.m. on May 29, 2020.  Comments may be received via phone call, in person, written letter, email, or our Facebook page notice.  

(763) 784-2792  |  9180 Lexington Ave. Lexington, MN 55014  |  Email  |  Facebook


Bill Petracek
City Administrator



STIMULUS CHECK SCAM
03/31/2020

There is a new scam making the rounds regarding the payment of Government stimulus checks. People have reported receiving a phone call stating that checks are ready and you need to verify your banking account information so they can be deposited.

DO NOT give any information to anyone that calls asking for this information, Checks will be automatically deposited based on the banking information from your 2018 or 2019 tax returns. If you do not have banking information listed, you will be mailed a paper check.

for information to protect yourself and/or report a scam you can contact the FTC at (202) 326-2222 or on their Website. For information regarding phone scams use this link to access the page directly.

 


Guidance on Stay-At-Home Order
03/26/2020

To View this Information on the MN Employment and Economic Development Website CLICK HERE

On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5:00 p.m. to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand that you may have questions about how this will impact your employment, your employees, and your personal life. The resources below are meant to help you determine eligibility for Critical Sector worker exemptions and to answer other questions you may have.

Eligibility for Critical Sector Worker Exemption

Executive Order 20-20 provides an exemption for workers who (1) work in Critical Sector and (2) cannot perform their work duties from home. Below are steps to determine whether an employee qualifies for this Critical Sector worker exemption:

First, please refer to the federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) [see page 3 for March 23 guidance]. If an employee fits into any of the CISA Guidance’s critical infrastructure workforce categories, then they qualify for a Critical Sector worker exemption.

Second, if an employee does not fall into one of categories listed in CISA Guidance, please carefully review the Governor’s Executive Order 20-20 for further guidance and additional categories of Critical Sector exempt workers.

Third, you can also determine eligibility for at Critical Sector worker exemption by searching by your 4-digit NAICS industry code. If an industry description is marked as YES in the Critical Industry column, then a worker in that industry qualifies for a Critical Sector worker exemption.

If an employee qualifies for a Critical Worker exemption based on the CISA Guidance, Executive Order 20-20, or the NAICS industry code list, and they cannot work from home, then they can leave home to work. Please note that Executive Order 20-20 requires all employees who can work from home to do so, even if they are eligible for a Critical Sector worker exemption. If an employee does not fit into any of the Critical Sector worker categories, then they must remain at home as directed in Executive Order 20-20.

If you still have questions about whether your business's workers are eligible for the Critical Sector work exemption after utilizing the resources above, please fill out this form, and we will work with agency subject matter experts to review and respond as quickly as possible with a determination.

Additional Resources

Information is available online at mn.gov/stayhomemn to help answer questions you may have about how Executive Order 20-20 will impact your day-to-day routines.

We would ask that you review and share this information with your networks.


Centennial Lakes Police Department Message to Residents
03/25/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme challenge for us all!  We also recognize that this is when people need us the most. Our mission doesn’t change, if anything it becomes even more important.  Our officers are committed to serving and protecting our three Cities as they know this challenge is also an opportunity to demonstrate once again our core values of “Serving with Courage and Compassion”.    

Our primary concern is the safety and health of our community members, which includes our officers, first responders, and our underappreciated and heroic health care workers and EMS medics.  Our officers and civilian staff members have families also; they are husbands, wives, parents, and children to others.  An officer’s family is accustomed to being concerned about the safety of their loved one every time they leave to go to work, but this is different. They all know that our officers must continue to go into homes and places that others don’t, respond to medical and emergency calls, and even have to physically take people into custody who may be combative or ill.  They are all very aware that this profession is no longer just a threat to their family member who is a police officer, but can be dangerous for them also.  Please keep all of our responders and health care workers and their families in your thoughts and prayers!     

I want to assure you that we have made many changes in the last several weeks to protect our officers and our community members.  We have been working very closely with the City Administrators and Mayors of our three Cities and we all have been making changes literally every day as this situation evolves.  Some of the changes you may or may not notice include:

  • An emergency work schedule has been put in place that will separate much of our work force and guarantee that we have continuity of operations and can continue to provide the same service that we always have.
  • We are establishing mutual-aid arrangements with neighboring law enforcement agencies.
  • Our officers will continue to respond to any call, but if a call can be handled over the phone, we will encourage people to allow us to do that. This limits the potential for spreading the virus to you or to an officer.
  • Our inner lobby has been closed to the public.We will screen those who come for service. When you arrive at the station there is a phone in the vestibule (outer lobby) that you can pick up and call to speak with a staff member or a dispatcher in case of an emergency. We will allow those into the inner lobby when it is necessary.
  • We ask that you minimize routine lobby related requests until further notice.
  • Staff has been provided with individual personal protective gear and the CDC guidelines on when to use them.If you see an officer wearing them it is because they are on a call and following safety protocols, there is NO reason to be alarmed.
  • We are continuing to provide the same level of patrol to our three Cities and to take law enforcement action wherever and whenever necessary.

We do not know how long this will last, this is all very fluid and we are doing our best to be flexible and to keep everyone updated. 

The Centennial Lakes Police would like to thank you for the support you have shown and how you are caring for each other.  These challenges always bring out the best in people, we are seeing that again across the country, and especially in our Centennial Lakes area community. 

Please continue to care for and check in on each other, and live up to the reputation that the Cities of Centerville, Circle Pines, and Lexington are places full of caring and supportive people.

Please take care and stay healthy!

CLPD Chief Jim Coan

 

 




Small Business Assistance
03/23/2020

 

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Applying for Disaster Loans

Minnesota's small businesses are now eligible for the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and can apply online. 

Forms to Fill Out FIRST

Here's a list of documents you'll need to provide to complete the application: 

We HIGHLY recommend you complete your application online, do not mail them in. However, preparing these documents before you go to SBA.gov/disaster will streamline the process for you.


Loan Training for COVID-19 Related Economic Disruptions

Join us and learn about the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. 

Monday, March 23, 9 am: Register or 1 pm; Register

Tuesday, March 24, 9 am: Register or 1 pm:  Register

Wednesday, March 25, 9 am; Register or 1 pm: Register

Thursday, March 26, 9 am: Register or 1 pm: Register

Friday, March 27, 9 am: Register or 1 pm: Register

These training's will cover program eligibility, use of proceeds, terms,filing requirements, and additional small business resources. After registering you will receive the Skype webinar log in information.

We will be conducting these training's twice a day until demand is met. Spanish language training's coming soon. 


More Info on EIDL Loans

A couple of points to know about SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans:

  • EIDL loans of up to $2M are now available for small businesses and private non-profits 
  • Funds can pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
  • The current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses, non-profit rate is 2.75%
  • The terms can be extended up to 30 years to keep it affordable.
  • These loans are only intended as working capital loans utilized to assist with impact caused by the coronavirus emergency efforts.
  • Loan applications will be evaluated by SBA loan officers. Criteria includes:
    • Credit history acceptable to the SBA
    • Repayment abilities
    • Eligibility - business must be headquartered in a declared state and suffered working capital losses due to the declared disaster (not a general downturn in business due to the economy or other reasons.

Info from SBA Partners and Sister Agencies

We will continue to share additional resources as they become available.  This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but we hope it gives you a good starting point to get the help you need to deal with the crisis at hand.

Local Partner Info

Federal Program Info


Tax Payments Deferred Until July 15

The Treasury Department and IRS are extending the due date for Federal income tax payments due April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, for payments due of up to $10 million for corporations and up to $1 million for individuals - regardless of filing status - and other unincorporated entities. Associated interest, additions to tax, and penalties for late payment will also be suspended until July 15, 2020. More info is available here.


Stay Updated

For more on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus.

If this newsletter was forwarded to you, sign up now to make sure you get  additional information as it becomes available via sba.gov/updates.

We will also be posting information on Twitter (@SBA_Minnesota) as it becomes available. Join us there.


Anoka County COVID-19 Business Resources
03/23/2020

To access the most current below information and included links, please go to Anoka County's Website Here

 


CLPD is Seeking a New Police Chief
03/18/2020

The Centennial Lakes Police Department is looking to hire a new Police Chief. The position is open until filled, but it is highly recommended that applicants apply no later than April 30, 2020. 

Please read the information packet for all the details. CLPD Police Chief Recruitment Brochure.pdf

To apply CLICK HERE , additional information regarding the CLPD can be found on their website


Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency
03/16/2020

                         City of Lexington Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency.pdf


Coronavirus Information ~ MDH Hotline for Questions 651-201-3920
03/11/2020

In light of the latest Coronavirus diagnosis in Anoka County, Ramsey County, and Wisconsin we would like to offer you the below options for becoming informed. You can find information regarding it on the Anoka County website: www.anokacounty.us/covid19

or call the MDH hotline with any questions at: 651-201-3920.

Health officials have stressed the importance of all Minnesotans continuing to do those things that can limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Minimizing the spread means relying on “non-pharmaceutical interventions”. That includes: 

1. Staying home if you are sick. 
2. Washing hands frequently and correctly. 
3. Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. 
4. Disinfecting surfaces regularly. 
5. Refraining from touching your face with your hands. 

The current protocol for testing is:

·         A person who has symptoms should contact their physician or MDH at 651-201-3920.

·         The physician or MDH will advise the person whether they meet the criteria for testing.

·         If so, testing would be arranged with the individual and MDH being notified of the results.

·         If the results are positive, MDH will contact the local public health department who will then        provide essential services to the individual while they are in isolation.

MN Health Fairview is now offering drive-up testing at some locations.


THE 2020 DECENNIAL CENSUS IS COMING!
11/19/2019
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census.  On April 1, 2020, you can fill out the questionnaire online, by paper, or by phone.  An accurate count is crucial, to determine our representation in Congress, and to plan local funding.  

You can help! In addition to completing your Census forms promptly, the U.S. Census Bureau needs Census Takers in every Community, to reach out to homes which have not returned their forms. Weekly paid work; paid training, and mileage reimbursement are all part of this important process.  Applicants are encouraged to apply online:  2020 Census Jobs.  Or call:  1-855-JOB-2020, to apply.  Do it today!!
 

MN Compensation Flyer.pdf

2020 Census Community Involvement.pdf


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