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Posted on: March 12, 2020

KEEP UPDATED ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

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VILLAGE HALL AND OTHER MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. WE WILL STILL BE OPEN FOR LIMITED APPOINTMENTS AND WILL BE OPEN FOR EARLY VOTING AND ABSENTEE VOTING. VOTERS SHOULD RING THE DOORBELL TO BE LET IN. WE ARE ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS WITH NON URGENT MATTERS TO CALL OR EMAIL US. BILL-PAY AND FEE PAYMENTS SHOULD BE DONE ONLINE OR DROPPED OFF AT THE LOCK BOX AT THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING.

On March 17, 2020, the Village Board declared a local state of emergency for COVID-19 following the State and County, which will help us respond to this pandemic and may help in recovering costs associated with this emergency. Read the Declaration      Letter to the Public

The Village of Cross Plains is working diligently in response to  COVID-19.  Currently, Village Hall is open and will remain open for absentee voting. We encourage residents to defer non urgent matters through email or by phone. Utility bill  and fee/fine payments should be done online or submitted in the lock box at the front of the building. We are taking every precaution to keep our facilities clean, our community healthy, and limit the possible spread of the virus and other germs. 

  • Disinfected all surfaces and equipment after use. 
  • Continue to wipe down areas in constant contact.
  • Make sure all employees wash hands regularly with soap.
  • Disinfect and keep clean our public restrooms.
  • Increased sanitation attention to all of our facilities.
  • Encouraging staff to stay home if they are not feeling well. 

We also encouraging the general public to: 

  • Wash your hands before and after programs.
  • Use hand sanitizers.
  • Refrain from direct contact with participants; (handshakes, high fives, etc.).
  • Clean equipment before and after use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Use discretion when attending large events.

Updates and suspensions, cancellations, and changes to municipal business. Please take note that this is a rapidly evolving situation, with updates and changes continuing to be issued. The Village of Cross Plains will strive to provide you with the most recent information as possible.  

Village Board and Committee meetings: 

All non-essential Village committee meetings will be cancelled indefinitely. 

Governor Evers’ office has provided guidance that local government meeting are exempt from the declaration limiting mass gatherings. With that being said, the Village of Cross Plains will take the necessary steps to follow the guidance provided by the Department of Justice on open meetings

Until further notice, all future village board and committee meetings will be held at the public library community room to provide as much spacing as possible. Agenda items will be limited to essential items only.  We are working on a teleconferencing solution so that interested parties may call in to listen to the meeting. Draft minutes and video recordings of the meetings will be posted on the Village’s website within 3 days following the meeting.

We have set up a WebEx teleconference line for the public to monitor the meetings by phone or through the WebEx link. This line is limited to 100 participants. Although we will well not be video live-streaming the meeting, I will provide options for the public to comment.

The teleconference line will be open for the public comment section of the agenda. To limit interruption and participants talking over each other, the teleconference line will be muted for the rest of the meeting. Participants may still listen. Participants should have the opportunity to inform the Village Board during the public comment section if they have a comment on an agenda item. Participants will also have an opportunity to email me their comments or questions during the meeting. Emails can be sent to bchang@cross-plains.wi.us.  The chat box will also open on the WebEx site for comment and question.

Please contact  ahead of time if you have any questions about accessing the meeting this evening.

The community room at the public library will be set up to observe social distancing.

Call in information: 

1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 296 035 841 #

WebEx Link https://meetingsamer3.webex.com/meet/bchang

If you have not downloaded or do not desire to download the WebEx application, CLICK JOIN FROM YOUR BROWSER.

Elections:

Currently, the Presidential Preference and Spring Elections are still planned for April 7, 2020. Due to the nature and threat of COVID-19, we are encouraging all voters to vote absentee by mail. 

Requesting a Ballot by Mail:  To request a ballot be mailed to you at home please visit the MyVote website (https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/) using google chrome as your web browser. You may be required to submit photo identification with your application. Please visit the Bring it to the Ballot (https://bringit.wi.gov/) website for information on photo identification. The deadline for requesting a ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2020.

Registering to Vote: To register to vote online, your address on your driver’s license or identification card must be current. You can change your address online with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Please allow 24 hours after you change your address with the Department of Transportation before registering to vote online. You can also print your application from this site and mail it to the clerk’s office. Proof of residence is required with your mailed application. The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is March 30, 2020. After this date, you must appear in person. 

You can read more by following this link. https://www.cross-plains.wi.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=23

You may request that an absentee ballot be mailed to up until April 2nd. In person absentee voting is currently open and will remain open until 5:00 pm on April 3, 2020 during normal business hours. 

Municipal Court:

All court appearances have been suspended until May 12, 2020.

Police Department:

The police department has suspended all non-essential services.  Department tours, citizen ride alongs, probation / parole appointments, and public fingerprinting services have been cancelled until further notice. The police department will handle cases not requiring in-person contact by phone or email when possible.  All non-essential meetings will be cancelled and postponed. These protective measures will be reassessed as needed and decisions will be made based on the impact the COVID-19 virus is having at that time.

Park and Recreation Department: 

The Village of Cross Plains Parks and Recreation Department has suspended all programming effective immediately. (March 15, 2020)  This suspension of activities will be reassessed as we near the two-week period and decisions will be made based on the impact the virus is having at that time.

Due to the Executive Order effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the following public amenities are closed at this time:

  • Playgrounds and play equipment
  • Athletic fields for purposes of practice/games
  • Tennis Court
  • Basketball Courts
  • Skate Park
  • Park Shelters

Open space and trails continue to be open to the public, providing “Social Distancing” is being followed. I’ve attached a flyer of which I’ll post at each park, near each amenity for public viewing. I’ve posted this information on social media and our Village website

Public Facilities

Currently operating as normal. Facilities closed to the public.

The metal mania collection event scheduled for April 4, 2020 has been cancelled. 

Resources regarding COVID-19.

Executive Order #72 from Gov. Evers relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus health emergency.

Safer at Home Emergency Order

Updated Orders from Gov. Evers

Dane County Public Health

Dane County COVID_19 Case Tracking Dashboard

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)

        Read the DHS Issue Paper on COVID-19 dated March 12, 2020

CDC Recommended Precautions for Prevention of Spread

FEMA Coronavirus Response

    Facts and Myths


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