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Posted on: March 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] KEEP UPDATED ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

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VILLAGE HALL AND OTHER MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 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. This order will end on May 17, 2020.  Read the Declaration      Letter to the Public

On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court  issued a decision in the challenge filed by the Legislature against the extension of the Safer at Home order.

Subsequently, Public Health Madison & Dane County has used its local authority to issue a City of Madison and Dane County order. The local order incorporates the elements of the former statewide Safer at Home order and was effective as of yesterday evening. Additional information is available here:

https://publichealthmdc.com/news/safer-at-home-order-guidelines-still-in-place-in-dane-county

https://publichealthmdc.com/documents/2020-05_Adopting_Safer_at_Home.pdf

For those that are interested, a copy of the Supreme Court’s ruling can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.wicourts.gov/sc/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=260868

The Village of Cross Plains is working diligently in response to  COVID-19.  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:  

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.  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 as soon as possible.

We have set up a Zoom teleconference line for the public to monitor the meetings by phone or through the Zoom link. The meeting links are unique to each meeting. 

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 will 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.  

Please contact  the Village ahead of time if you have any questions about accessing meetings.

Municipal Court:

Municipal Court for June has been cancelled.

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. The Park and Recreation Department continue to post flyers at each park, near each amenity for public viewing. Information is also posted on social media and our Village website.

Public Facilities

Currently operating as normal. Facilities closed to the public.

Community-wide Garage Sales

We have received guidance that garage sales are not complaint with the Safer at Home Orders. Planned garage sales shall be postponed until later in case the order is extended. Residents should keep this in mind when planning their event. 

Resources regarding COVID-19.

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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