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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

 GOV. TONY EVERS EXTENDS 'SAFER AT HOME' ORDER UNTIL MAY 26, MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES:

The extension of the Safer at Home order includes the following changes:

  • Public libraries: Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials.
  • Golf Courses: Golf courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.
  • Non-essential Businesses: Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.
  • Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior lawn care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person.
  • Schools: Public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Local parks and open space: Local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.
  • Travel: People are strongly encourage to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not to travel out-of-state if it is not necessary.
  • Tribal Nations: Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions. Non-tribal members should be respectful of and avoid non-essential travel to Tribal territory. Local government must coordinate, collaborate, and share information with Tribal Nations.
  • Duration: The changes in this order go into effect on April 24, 2020. The order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on May 26, 2020.


REVISED HOURS FOR VILLAGE HALL DURING THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY:

Due to the current Public Health Emergency, the Village is seeking to further reduce potential exposure to Covid-19 by employees by working remotely and minimally staffing Village Hall. 

Village Hall phones will be answered between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  If you need to speak to a Village Hall employee, call (608) 424-3341 during those hours.  Otherwise, please leave a voice message and someone will get back to you as soon as they can.

Otherwise, you may send an email to Village Hall Staff and they will respond as soon as possible.

Email Addresses:

Jane Wahl, Office Assistant                                    
 jwahl@villageofbelleville.com

Grace Gervasi, Utility / Payroll Coordinator           
ggervasi@villageofbelleville.com

Angela Runde, Deputy Clerk / Treasurer                
arunde@villageofbelleville.com

Brian Wilson, Administrator / Clerk / Treasurer   
bwilson@villageofbelleville.com

Place all correspondence in the drop box outside our office. This includes water bill payments, court payments, items for the building inspector, etc. Please call (608) 424-3341 to make an appointment to drop off items that won't fit in the drop box. If you would like a receipt for your water bill payment please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your payment and one will be sent.

All Utility and Service functions of the Village remain unchanged.

Trash and recycling pick-up remain the same except that curbside pick-up of large items has been suspended. 

Household items and brush may be disposed of as normal at the Village collection point.  Contact Public Works at (608) 424-3666 if you have any questions.

To contact the Building Inspector, Dave Geraths, call (608) 697-7775 or email at dgeraths@generalengineering.net.

 
SAFER AT HOME FAQS:

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued a Safer at Home order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25th. This order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on Friday, April 24, or until a superseding order is issued.

All Wisconsinites must stay at home as much as possible and non-essential businesses and operations must cease, with limited exceptions for minimum basic operations and working from home. All public and private gatherings of any number of people that are not part of a single household or living unit are prohibited.

Learn more here

 THE COVID-19 FEDERAL RURAL RESOURCE GUIDE:

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations, and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for virtually anyone looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

Read it here
 

HOME WI-FI OPTIONS: 

Spectrum is offering free broadband internet and WiFi access for 60 days to families with K-12 and college students. Charter, which operates Spectrum internet, said they will also waive installation fees for new households. Learn more about the Spectrum offer here or call 844-488-8395 or 866-874-2389 (we've had different results from each). 

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in partnership with the Public Service Commission is curating a list of Internet service providers in Wisconsin who in response to the Keep America Connected Pledge are offering resources to enable K-12 students to connect to the internet at home. In addition, Wisconsin DPI has listed the following helpful resources.

  • Internet Offers:  In response to the FCC’s Keep America Connected Pledge, several Wisconsin providers are offering resources to enable K-12 students to connect to the internet at home. This site is hosted by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
  • Portable Access: Also in response to the the FCC’s Keep America Connected Pledge, this page lists offers currently provided by cell phone carriers.
  • Connectivity Programs: A curated list of state and federal connection programs.
  • Information and Resources: Including information for Cybersecurity and student data privacy during virtual learning times.

 

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY IN THE VILLAGE OF BELLEVILLE (3/16/2020):

The Village of Belleville Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution declaring a State of Emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in line with similar declarations at the federal, state, and county level and underlines the seriousness of the current public health emergency. 

CLOSURE INFORMATION:

  • Village Hall: Limiting person-to-person contact for non-essential Village business by locking the exterior doors to Village Hall and restricting access except by appointment.
  • Library: Closed until at least Friday, April 24. Do not return items as the book drop is locked. More information can be found here.
  • School District: Closed indefinitely. More information can be found here.

 

VILLAGE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS:

All non-essential Village committee meetings will be canceled indefinitely immediately. Staff will be severely limiting group contact for meetings and conferences.
 

GENERAL COUNTY, STATE, AND NATIONAL HEALTH INFO:

Prevent the spread - wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home when you are ill.

Madison & Dane County Public Health have issued recommendations for individuals, families, and businesses to consider regarding COVID-19. That information is available here: https://www.publichealthmdc.com/health-services/partners-providers/resources-by-disease/coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR2Bi_D2R1hecLafnOiKo0Uh76jz9--YpX5zuxF98IkH-656oCCyxsxnTsw.

The recommendation of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is if you traveled to a country with a level 3 travel health notice for COVID-19, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to Wisconsin. If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, seek medical attention and stay home. This means do not go to school, work, enter public buildings, or attend large gatherings. Please see the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ website for more details on self-quarantining: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm.

Follow Public Health Madison & Dane County on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest local updates. For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC’s coronavirus webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION:

Flattening the Curve - Channel 3000 article (March 12, 2020)

Are You Ready?

Here is some guidance from the CDC on how to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus.

For Businesses

At Home

Talking to Children (from the CDC website):

  • Remain calm and reassuring;
  • Make yourself available to listen and to talk;
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma;
  • Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online;
  • Provide information that is honest and accurate; and
  • Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

 

GENERAL INQUIRIES:

Please call or email rather than visit. You can reach us at (608) 424-3341 or bwilson@villageofbelleville.com. We can likely complete your request or transaction without in-person interactions.