WI GOVERNOR TONY EVERS ISSUES EMERGENCY ORDER #1 (Updated 7/31/20)
VIEW: Relating to preventing the spread of COVID-19 by requiring face coverings in certain situations
WAUKESHA COUNTY LARGE GATHERING RECOMMENDATION INCREASES TO 100 PEOPLE (Updated 6/4/20)
(WAUKESHA, WI) – On Thursday, June 04, 2020, Waukesha County Public Health expanded its large gathering recommendation to advise that up to 100 people may congregate in a social setting in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. The previous recommendation advised that groups of up to 50 people could gather.
“Waukesha County is taking a measured approach to reopening so that we can stay safe to stay open,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The decision to increase the large gathering recommendation is based on a methodical course of action knowing that positive cases in Waukesha County have remained stable, hospitals can safely treat all patients in the area, testing capacity has dramatically increased, and our team of public health nurses and contact tracers are growing.”
Waukesha County’s large gathering recommendation advises that social settings of more than 100 people be avoided, with social distancing and other mitigation practices in place. All individuals, when in public, at county parks, outdoor recreation areas, or at shopping malls or similar locations should consider maximizing physical distance from others. The large gathering guidance has been issued as a recommendation, rather than an order, to allow residents to safely conduct business and other activities moving forward. The recommendation provides industries with flexibility to resume operations while being mindful of CDC recommendations.
Waukesha County will reevaluate its large gathering recommendation toward the end of June. The recommended number of people that should socially gather may either increase or decrease based upon the status of area hospitals and other data. In the case of a dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in the county, or the inability of area hospitals to care for patients in need of treatment, the county may be forced to issue orders to help reduce the spread of the disease.
Information about Waukesha County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic may be found on the county’s website www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19 and on social media accounts. Waukesha County is also offering resources for businesses and residents to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign. More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/safeopen.
HHW COLLECTION SITES RE-OPEN JUNE 1ST (Updated 5/27/20):
The Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites will reopen on June 1, 2020.
The schedule will be as follows:
Veolia Environmental Services
W124 N9451 Boundary Road
Open Year-Round (January – December)
Every Monday and Wednesday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
City Incinerator Building
900 Sentry Drive
(North of Sunset Drive, East of the Fox River)
Open February - March & November
2nd Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon
Open April – October
2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon
Veolia Environmental Services
10518 South 124th Street
Open February – September
2nd and 4th Saturdays
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Site permanently closing after September 2020. Last day of collection will be 9-26-20.)
Please note there are new safety measures in place in an effort to keep both staff and residents safe:
• Residents MUST stay in their cars at all times.
• Residents must show proof of residency through the car
• All items need to be in the trunk – staff will not open up back
seat doors to collect material.
• Material should be in a box or container for easy collection.
This box will not be returned (only gas cans will be returned
Collection staff will also be wearing N-95 masks. They are expecting potentially longer wait times, although they have requested extra staff from the vendor due to these new protocols, so please be aware that it may take longer to unload individual cars. Please consider visiting a site at “off peak” times, such as week days at the Menomonee Falls site.
Any questions please contact Waukesha County Recycling at 262-896-8300 or visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste
PARK & REC UPDATE (Updated 5/15/20)
Park & Rec Director Mike Zolecki has been in contact with North Prairie and the Town Of Mukwonago Rec Departments on how things will look going forward. We have agreed that time is still needed before decisions are made. More data, more insight, more time before we jump into something that could cause more harm than enjoyment. So at this time we are working on best practices, looking at what the county issues, while remaining in a holding pattern. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
IT AIN'T HEAVY....IT'S MY BULK PICK-UP! ADVANCE DISPOSAL RESUMES SERVICE (Updated 5/15/20):
STATEMENT FROM WAUKESHA COUNTY EXECUTIVE PAUL FARROW AFTER WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN “SAFER AT HOME” ORDER EXTENSION (Updated 5/15/20):
VIEW: Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow Statement
CORONAVIRUS SCAM PREVENTION TIPS (Updated 5/11/20):
Question: How do you report coronavirus scams and robocalls?
ANSWER: To report scams to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), you should visit www.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-800-FTC-HELP. For more helpful links, please visit our U.S. Representative Bryan Steil's website www.steil.house.gov/coronavirus-updates.
Question: When will the IRS Economic Impact Payments be made?
ANSWER: The IRS is continuing to distribute economic impact payments through 2020. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will receive the payments automatically. Automatic payments are going to those receiving Social Security retirement, or disability (SSDI), and Railroad Retirement benefits. Recipients of SSI and Veterans Affairs or survivor benefits should receive their payments by mid-May. For more information, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions for updates.
The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. To use the new app or get information, taxpayers should visit IRS.gov. People should watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information. Remember, go directly and solely to IRS.gov for official information.
Question: What are some tips to avoid scams related to economic impact payments?
ANSWER: The FTC lays out four points to help you avoid scams related to your economic impact payment:
- Only use irs.gov/coronavirus to submit information to the IRS – and never in response to a call, text, or email.
- The IRS won’t contact you by phone, email, text message, or social media with information about your stimulus payment, or to ask you for your Social Security number, bank account, or government benefits debit card account number. Anyone who does is a scammer phishing for your information.
- You don’t have to pay to get your stimulus money.
- The IRS won’t tell you to deposit your stimulus check then send them money back because they paid you more than they owed you. That’s a fake check scam.
Question: I want to make a donation to a charity during the pandemic. What are warning signs I should pay attention to?
ANSWER: Scammers will use email to con people into donating to fake fundraisers. Here are some helpful tips from Wisconsin AARP:
- Watch for common sounding names
- Utilize BBB’s Give.org to verify charity before making a donation.
- Be wary of GoFundMe requests. Ask yourself: do you know the person and can you verify the cause is legitimate?
- Watch out for name similarities.
- Review the website carefully.
- Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations.
VERNON ANNUAL MEETING POSTED TO JULY 21, 2020 (4/17/20):
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Vernon's Annual Meeting Postponed to July 21, 2020 - 7pm.
Carl Fortner, Vernon Town Chairman, has postponed Vernon's Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2020, to Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7pm pursuant to Section 19 of Wisconsin Act 185, which took effect on April 17, 2020.
GOOD NEWS! SPRING BRUSH PICK-UP HAS BEEN RE-INSTATED (4/17/20):
FREE Spring Brush Pick-Up will go on as planned! We ask that you please social distance yourself from DPW personnel when they are collecting brush at your residence. Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.
SPRING 2020 · FREE · Brush Pick-Up
Week 1: May 4th thru May 8th: ALL of Center Drive and EAST of Center Drive
Week 2: May 11th thru May 15th: WEST of Center Drive
Please Note: Brush pick-up is for typical tree trimming and NOT major tree-removal or property clearing, if the Town determines that your brush exceeds normal practices, it will refuse pick-up. Please use a professional tree service for tree-removal/property clearing debris.
For efficient service and safety reasons, we ask that you please follow these guidelines:
- Have all branches at the roadside the Sunday before the scheduled date.
- Brush must be no larger than six (6) inches in diameter and no longer than 12 feet.
- Place brush near the edge of the road
- Please do not spread out the brush
- The bundles must be stacked near the edge of the road with the larges diameter facing towards the road.
- There is a time limitation of 20 minutes per household.
- Unfortunately, if you do not have your brush at roadside when we do go through, we are unable to come back.
- Please keep in mind weather conditions (ie. snow) may result in a delay of service
OPEN BURNING CLARIFICATION DURING COVID-19 (4/17/20):
VERNON FIRE DEPARTMENT IN NEED OF PPE DONATIONS (4/2/20):
We continue to be in need of N95 masks, hand sanitizer, and surgical face masks. Call the station if you can help us out. 1-262-662-2079. Consider donating to your local department. Thanks to all who have donated so far, it has made a difference.
REMINDER CONTACT/RESOURCE INFORMATION (3/30/20):
If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 we strongly advise individuals and employees to stay home to limit the spread of the virus.
Call 9-1-1 for emergencies that pose immediate risks to health, life, property, or environment
Visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19 for local public health information on COVID-19
Call 211 for information for COVID-19 questions about non-serious symptoms
Call WCC Non-Emergency at 262-446-5070 with non-emergent requests for Sheriff and VFD Non-Emergency at 262-662-2079 with non-emergent requests for Fire
SPECIAL COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN & TOWN CLERK/TREASURER (3/27/20):
TOWN BUILDING INSPECTOR SUSPENDING OFFICE HOURS (3/25/20)
With Emergency Order #12 - Safer at Home issued by the State of Wisconsin our Town Building Inspector Vince Budiac will not have any office hours. If you need a permit, inspection, etc from Vince, please give him a call at 262-366-2400.
SPRING SOCCER PROGRAMS CANCELED (3/25/20):
With Emergency Order #12 - Safer at Home issued by the State of Wisconsin in effect until April 24, 2020 the Town of Vernon Park & Rec Department has decided to CANCEL ALL SPRING SOCCER programs for 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to possibly offer some soccer camps or skill sessions during the summer. Watch Facebook or the website for future announcements.
The Town of Vernon will begin processing full refunds as soon as possible to families that have registered; however we ask that you please be patient as we are working with limited staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times in our Town. Stay safe!
MESSAGE REGARDING VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING (3/24/20):
At this time, the 2020 Spring Election is still scheduled to take place on April 7; however, we strongly encourage residents to absentee vote by mail. In-person absentee voting at the Clerk/Treasurer’s office is currently available (subject to Federal, State, and County executive orders) Monday thru Friday (March 23rd to April 2nd) from 8:00am-4:00pm and Friday April 3rd 8:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday March 28th from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday March 29th from 9:00am to Noon, OR by appointment. These hours and times may be restricted and/or cancelled in the future pending Federal, State, or County executive order. If you are unsure if the Town Hall is open, please call ahead – 262.662.2039. You may request a ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov. Please be sure to pay close attention to strict requirements and deadlines. You will be asked to upload your photo ID (e.g., driver’s license).
For those voting in person on Election Day, Tuesday April 7, 2020 Spring Election, ALL WARDS will be RELOCATED to polling locations at the VERNON TOWN HALL at W249S8910 Center Drive. Fire Station #1 will be closed to the public. Per strict CDC guidelines, the Town Hall polling location will be limited to serve three (3) voters at one time. Due to these strict guidelines, extensive wait times are expected. Voters in line will need to be at least 6 feet apart. We ask that only voters report to the polling location and that they please refrain from bringing extended family members or non-voters with them. Again, you are strongly urged to vote absentee.If you have any questions or concerns, please call 262-662-2039.
EMERGENCY ORDER #12 - SAFER AT HOME 3/24/20
On March 24, 2020 Wisconsin Govenor Evers' Office issued Emergency Order #12 - Safer at Home.
To VIEW it in its entirety: Emergency Order #12 Safer at Home
IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON VERNON'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 3/23/20:
As a municipality we want to keep everyone as informed as possible throughout this difficult situation. However, we also cannot emphasize enough the need to support one another, come together in the spirit of community, and remain calm and measured as we all do our part to combat and slow the onset of COVID-19. The situation is constantly evolving, and we want to encourage our residents to continue to take proactive steps to slow down the COVID-19 virus. Please stay home and follow the health and safety protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), State, and County Health Departments.
THE FOLLOWING LETTER HAS BEEN MAILED TO ALL RESIDENTS OUTLINING OUR RESPONSE TO
COVID-19 & IMPORTANT INFORMATION: TOV'S COVID-19 RESPONSE
VERNON FIRE DEPARTMENT IN NEED OF N95 MASKS OR GOWNS 3/22/20:
If anyone or any business in our area have any N95 masks or gowns that they could donate to the Vernon Fire Department please consider doing so. We, as well as most departments in the area, are going to be running short. Please give Vernon Fire Station #1 a call at 1-262-662-2079 if you can help. Thank you.
UPDATED HOURS FOR IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING / ON-LINE REGISTRATION EXTENDED 3/22/20:
Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging all Town of Vernon residents to absentee vote by mail or vote early in-person. As of today, we expect polls to be open on election day April 7th, however with strict CDC guidelines enforced which may cause extensive delays.
March 16th thru April 3rd - Extended hours and added days for Early In-Person Absentee Voting:
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm (Fri April 3rd open until 5:00pm)
Saturday - March 28th 8:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday - March 29th 9:00am to Noon
or By Appointment
We ask, however, that if you have a fever or have flu like symptoms, to refrain from participating in this in-person absentee voting at this time until you are free of symptoms.
ON-LINE VOTER REGISTRATION: A Federal judge has ordered the Wisconsin Election Commission to reopen ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION until March 30th due to COVID-19. Register Today: INFO
SPRING BRUSH PICK-UP SUSPENDED 3/20/20:
Due to limiting exposure and reprioritizing DPW duties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SPRING BRUSH PICK-UP has been SUSPENDED. There will be NO brush pick-up. Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times in our Town.
VERNON TOWN BOARD STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION 3/19/20:
At the March 19, 2020 Town Board Meeting, the Town Board authorized the Town Chairman to sign a Town of Vernon Proclamation of State of Emergency. This will allow the Town of Vernon to continue to function with limited staff and allows access to any and all available resources from State and Federal government. Watch: TOV 3/19/20 Meeting*
*YouTube technical difficulties resulted in partial recording of meeting, a full audio will be made available soon.
VERNON CLERK/TREASURER PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT 3/14/20: