Town of Vernon COVID-19 Announcements (Updated 6/4/20):

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.

You may follow County Executive Farrow on Twitter at  @WaukeshaCoExec and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CountyExecutivePaulFarrow/

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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.
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The schedule will be as follows:

MENOMONEE FALLS
Veolia Environmental Services
W124 N9451 Boundary Road
(124th Street)
Open Year-Round (January – December)
Every Monday and Wednesday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WAUKESHA
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

FRANKLIN
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
window.

• 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
to residents).

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):
We are happy to announce that beginning Monday, May 18, Advanced Disposal will be resuming large item collection.   We certainly appreciate your patience and understanding as the State navigated these unprecedented times.  As a company, Advanced Disposal, will still be taking the recommended steps provided by the CDC and state/local health departments to help keep its employees and customers safe.   Bulk Pick-Up


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. 

View: Announcement

 


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):
 
Open Burning in the Town of Vernon during the COVID-19 pandemic is indeed ALLOWED.  Although burning permits are required by the DNR in many parts of the state to conduct burning outdoors and are also required by the DNR in forest fire protection areas when the ground is not completely snow-covered, DNR burning permits do not apply within incorporated cities and villages. Many municipalities have their own burning permit requirements. Many towns also have their own separate burning restrictions. THE TOWN OF VERNON HAS THEIR OWN SEPARATE BURNING ORDINANCE.
 
BEFORE burning, the Town of Vernon asks that you please have a FREE Burn Permit on file with the Town of Vernon and to comply with all requirements listed on the 2020 Burn Permit.  You can find a TOV Burn Permit on the Town's website: BURN PERMIT 
 
The DNR'S action to suspend their own burn permit is intended to reduce the frequency of wildfires, since the majority of wildfires in Wisconsin are caused by humans, and reduce the need for firefighters and other first responders to make contact with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
We hope this helps clarify Open Burn in the Town of Vernon during the COVID-19 pandemic. 



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.





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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:
 
The Caronavirus COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. A pandemic means that the disease epidemic has spread worldwide and is infectious.
 
At this point, no children under the age of 10 have died from COVID-19 and those under the age of 40 have thus far had a mortality rate of 0.2%. The elderly and the immune compromised are at a much higher risk, so it is important that all citizens take this seriously to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
 
The Town of Vernon encourages you to put together a two-week supply of food. Also, this should include over-the-counter medicines, your prescription drugs, food for your pet, sanitizing cleaners and daily hygiene supplies. There is no need to hoard supplies of any type, just make sure you have enough on hand to keep you from having to go to a public place in the event that you become ill and need to isolate at home for two weeks.
 
If you feel that you are in need of a doctor and have symptoms of fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency room. Inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms. They will direct you as how to safely proceed in getting the care and testing needed.  (If it is an imminent life threatening situation, please dial 9-1-1, making them aware of the same information of recent travel and symptoms).  Also, please isolate yourself at home. Separate yourself as much as possible from other family members and keep surfaces and hands clean and free of germs.
 
All citizens of Vernon can help by washing our hands thoroughly and often, avoiding touching your face, and by cleaning items at home and at work that are commonly handled (telephones, cell phones, door knobs, remote controls, keyboards, gas pump handles, credit card key pads, counters, etc.). We can also help by distancing ourselves from others by approximately 6 feet whenever possible and staying home when we are sick or at high risk.
 
Travel out of the country is not recommended. Being in large crowds can put you at a higher risk to get the virus and spread it to others. You may be contagious before you are symptomatic, so it is important to cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw it away or at least into your elbow if a tissue is not readily available.
 
If you wish to vote in the next election (April 7th), you may want to consider getting an absentee ballot by contacting Town Hall by email at clerk@townofvernon.org or going to MYVOTE.WI.GOV and choosing Vote Absentee at the upper right corner of the page. Further information regarding voting during this pandemic will be coming out shortly. You can also email the Clerk/Treasurer’s office to determine if we have a copy of your photo ID on file and if we do you can email a Absentee Ballot request directly to clerk@townofvernon.org.
 
For detailed information about COVID-19, please go to the CDC website, the Wisconsin DHS website or the Waukesha County Health Department website for further information.
 
This is a quickly evolving situation and we at the Town of Vernon are monitoring all levels of communication.
 
As a small community, we care about each other. Please call your neighbor and ask if there is anything they need from you to prepare for possible isolation. If you need assistance or are unsure who to contact for any concerns, please contact us at town hall at (262) 662-2039 or email me at clerk@townofvernon.org and my staff and I will do whatever we can to help. 
 
Thank you.
 
Karen L Schuh
Town Clerk/Treasurer