State of Emergency Declared in Cross Plains

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CROSS PLAINS-The Cross Plains Village Board of Trustees declared a local state of emergency at their meeting Tuesday night in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The county, state and other local municipalities also declared states of emergency in a n effort to help secure future federal relief funding should it be made available.

The village is asking residents to try to conduct business at department offices through phone or email whenever possible to minimizer exposure to the virus. In addition the utility payments should be made online or placed in the drop box at village hall. 

Non-essential committees meetings for the village board have been postponed, and but the regular board meetings and public hearings will continue to be held. Public meeting are exempt from Gov. Tony Evers’ mandate of no more than 10 people gathered together at a time. Meetings have been moved to library to try to distance individuals from one another, and only essential agenda items will be included. Village officials are working to provide a teleconference option, and meetings will be recorded and put on the village website within three days of the meeting date. 

Residents are encouraged to vote absentee in the upcoming Spring Election. Ballots can be obtained at myvote.wi.gov, and must be requested by 5 p.m. April 2. Polling places will be open on election day.

All non-essential services at the police department have been cancelled, including  tours, citizen ride a longs, probation and parole appointments, and public fingerprinting services. The police department will handle case that don’t require in-person contact via telephone and email. These measures will be in effect until further notice.

In addition, all parks and rec activities are cancelled through the end of the month, and municipal court is closed until May 12.

Many business are closed or on reduced hours. Call ahead of time to learn if the business is open. By governor’s order, salons, tattoo parlors, nail salons and tanning facilities are closed. Restaurants will only be allowed to serve take-out or delivery orders, and bars may serve carryout food. Bar may also serve carryout alcohol if local ordinances permit its sale to go.

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