Wautoma taking precaution against COVID-19

The City of Wautoma is continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. On March 12, Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency for the State of Wisconsin due to COVID-19. With guidance from the local health officials, the City is taking enhanced measures to protect the safety of community members and employees by increasing social distancing, while maintaining important services for residents. The City Hall of Wautoma is closed to the public through April 3, but staff is available by phone at 920-787-4044.

Wautoma Police Department: The Wautoma Police Department will remain active and can be reached through the non-emergency number at 920-787-3321 or dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

Absentee voting: City staff continues to monitor updates from the Wisconsin Elections Commission on best practices for the upcoming spring election on April 7. If the State of Wisconsin does not amend the requirement to provide in-person absentee voting, City Hall will be open for that purpose only on March 23 through Friday, April 3 by appointment only (call ahead). However, electors are strongly encouraged to submit an absentee ballot by mail, which can be requested online at http://myvote.wi.gov by April 2 or by submitting an absentee ballot application by mail or drop-box. Please remember that photo I.D. (or copy of photo I.D.) is required to receive a ballot. Absentee ballot applications will be available just inside the City Hall foyer, although primary doors will be locked and closed to the public. The public voting test will be the only exception where doors will open to the public. That test is on April 2 at 10 a.m.

City government meetings: All non-essential City meetings will not be held for the time being. The Finance Committee scheduled for April 6, City Council meeting scheduled for April 13, and Reorganizational Council meeting on April 21 will still be convened.

 

Wautoma municipal court cancellations: The Municipal Court Judge, Paul Mertz, has cancelled April and May court dates. Hearings will be rescheduled for June court proceedings. Letters will be issued to individuals with April court dates. Tickets can still be mailed in, turning into the outside drop box or paid online at cityofwautoma.com. Call 920-787-4044 or email wautmunct@centurytel.net with questions or concerns.

Public works and utilities: All public works and utilities staff are continuing to provide services while taking enhanced measures to limit interactions for the safety of employees and staff. They will be temporarily stopping all meter change outs and water shut-offs. Public works and utility facilities are closed to visitors at this time. Water bills can still be mailed in or turned into the outside drop box at City Hall.

Chamber of Commerce: The Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce is continuing to provide resources and information to area businesses. The Chamber Executive Director is Chelsie Bohler and can be reached at 920-787-3488 or wausharachamber@gmail.com.

School district infor-mation: For news about the Wautoma Area School District’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak, visit their Facebook page or website at https://www.wautomasd.org/.

General 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. The Waushara County Health Department has issued recommendations for individuals, families, and businesses to consider regarding COVID-19. That information is available here: https://www.co.waushara.wi.us/pView.aspx?id=13432&catid=636

You can also follow the latest information from the Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

Services:

Family Health/La Clinica can be reached at 920-787-5514.

Aurora Pharmacy in Wautoma can be reached at 920-787-6940.

Hometown Pharmacy 920-787-9561.

ThedaCare-Wautoma 920-787-4613.

ThedaCare-Wild Rose 920-622-5560.

ThedaCare-Berlin 920-361-1313.

 

Please check back to this Facebook page for updates as this is a very fluid situation and this information is subject to change. Thank you to all of our first responders and municipal staff, including police, fire/EMS, public works, utilities and municipal office employees, for continuing to maintain safety and order in our community during these challenging circumstances. We wish health and safety for all our community members.