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City of Middleton specific closures and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
A message from our Middleton Mayor.Dear fellow Citizens,COVID 19 has challenged communities and states across the U.S. and around the world, like nothing since 1918. It shows how interconnected we all are. Who could have predicted how the global economy and our lives would change so drastically and so quickly? In these tumultuous times, I want to assure you that Middleton’s first responders (Police Department, EMS and Fire Company) are ready to render aid at any time. We are grateful to these outstanding professionals. Your city staff leadership team is working to provide you uninterrupted essential services while adapting to our governor’s health emergency declaration and Safe at Home regulations. Our library is closed. All non-essential meetings are cancelled. The Senior Center and the City Hall, while closed to the public, are providing essential services. Many city employees are working from home. It is very hard for so many people who have lost their jobs and for small businesses. I know we are facing trying times. COVID-19 is impacting not only the health of our loved ones but people’s livelihood. Let us continue to help our neighbors, friends and small business. We will get through this. CDC guidelines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Election Day is still April 7. However, to avoid standing in line or waiting in crowds, you can request an absentee ballot at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee.Stay well.Gurdip
The City of Middleton is dedicated to providing our citizens with updates regarding City services as we continue to plan and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the link below regarding Essential City Services, Neighborhood Resources Summary and information regarding the upcoming Spring Election.
Middleton Municipal Court Update - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all municipal court appearances prior to May have been cancelled.
Public Lands UpdatesPlaygrounds are closed in accordance with the Governor and Department of Health Services' Safer at Home Order.You are welcome to continue to enjoy trails and park spaces. Outdoor recreation in the form of walking, biking, hiking, and running can provide valuable physical and mental health benefits. Basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, football, and other contact sports are expressly prohibited in the Safer at Home Order.When using park trails and spaces, please continue to take all possible actions to reduce further spread of COVID-19. Maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and any other people and limit group size to 10 or less. If you do not feel well or someone in your house is sick, please stay home. RecreationAll recreation program through April 24, 2020 are cancelled. Refunds will be processed this week.
Metro Transit service changes effective Monday, March 23Effective Monday morning, Route 78 (the Saturday bus route) will operate all seven (7) days of the week in Middleton according to the Saturday schedule. This route connects most of Middleton with the West Transfer Point near Westgate Mall (Tokay Blvd.) in Madison. Route 72 will continue to operate on weekdays during the morning and afternoon peak hours (no significant change in service anticipated). This route connects Middleton with Capitol Square.Service via Routes 70, 71, and 73 is being temporarily discontinued.Each bus will be limited to a capacity of 15 passengers to adhere to public health directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional, important information is on Metro Transit's website via the link below:
Building Inspection Updates: 3/18/2020Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all communication to Building Inspection staff shall be by email at Tparkos@cityofmiddleton.us or by phone at 608-821-8370. Someone will respond as quickly as possible but please be understanding that there may be some delays in service delivery as we all work through this together.Inspection staff will not be available to meet in-person at City Hall. Field inspections will be evaluated as requests come in and conducted when it is determined it is both essential, and safe for both staff and our customers. Certain inspections may be postponed to a future date based on staff availability. All rough & final inspection (Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC & Framing) will be done at the same time and when all contractors are off site.For permit applications and/or Plan Review applications/plans, we ask that they be e-mailed to us, and if not please call 608-821-8370 for assistance. Plan review and permitting is continuing with staff working either in office or from home.Once everything is approved an e-mail will be sent with payment information. Payment can be made with credit card over the phone or a check may be placed in the utility drop box located in the parking lot of Middleton Library 7425 Hubbard Ave. Once the permit fees are paid, we will e-mail all permit paper work back to you & for you to print and have on job site.Contact Information:For all Inspections please call 608-821-8370Plumbing Questions: Kent Larson email firstname.lastname@example.orgAll other Questions: Todd Parkos email email@example.com
Middleton Tourism’s team is committed to supporting all efforts to contain and prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading to our community and visitors. This is why we are announcing that the Museum at the Depot and Middleton Visitors Center will be closed from Wednesday, March 18, through Tuesday, March 31.
An update from our Public Lands Recreation and Forestry Staff:As everyone is finding ways to get outdoors the City has received multiple complaints from citizens regarding dogs not being cleaned up after, dogs off leash, and trail users not following common courtesies. Please join us in recreating responsibly and doing your part in ensuring responsible recreational opportunities for the community!As the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dane County, we are using the best information we have to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community. We know that outdoor spaces are critical to the mental and physical health of our community, now more than ever. We are doing our best to maintain current level of services. Park visitors may want to bring hand sanitizer with them as they go out to our parks, just to be safe. At this time we are not able to wipe down playground equipment, tables or other surfaces at the parks. While at the park, it is important to maintain social distancing which means, limit contact of groups within six feet from each other for ten minutes or longer. Older adults, pregnant individuals, people with weakened immune systems, and people with underlying health conditions that are at increased risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are encouraged to take extra precautions. By minimizing non-essential contact, we can slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates To stay up-to-date on coronavirus (COVID-19), visit Public Health Madison & Dane County’s website listed below.
The Middleton Recycling Center is closed for the foreseeable future.
City of Middleton Closures & Program CancellationsWith schools closed effective Monday, March 16, and tight restrictions on gatherings of 50 or more people (see bottom of this message) from Dane County Public Health, many City of Middleton staff will not have child care or school availability until at least April 6 if not later. Following are the City's actions to date:• The Library building is closed: https://www.cityofmiddleton.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=880• The Senior Center is closed for programming purposes, but is open for critical functions: https://www.cityofmiddleton.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=879• The Youth Center is closed due to school closures, and all City Recreation programs are cancelled for the foreseeable future.• The Finance Department/City Clerk will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16. City staff will be working and members of the public are encouraged to contact the office by phone, mail, or electronically with any questions. Absentee voting is continuing by mail. See the following link to learn how you can vote absentee or early: https://www.cityofmiddleton.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=878• While City Hall employees will still be working in the building to the extent possible, I will ask the public to direct calls to the Public Works office at 821-8370 rather than coming to City Hall if at all possible.• We will take steps to encourage employees who can to work from home.• The Police Department has curtailed many of its activities as well: https://local.nixle.com/alert/7867842/In the meantime, I'm seeking additional emergency executive authority from the City Council on Tuesday, March 17, to help weather the City through this pandemic emergency.Mike DavisCity Administratormdavis@ci.middleton.wi.us‘Like’ the City of Middleton on Facebook.Follow the City of Middleton on Twitter.Public Health Issues Order Closing Schools and Imposing Countywide Directive to Stop Holding Gatherings of 50 or More PeopleSunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:35pmSchools are closed as of 03/16/2020Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing a county-wide directive pdf to close schools as of March 16, 2020 at 12:01am to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).This order is also a county-wide directive to stop gatherings of 50 or more people. This order will continue until further notice.“Schools play a crucial role in providing nutrition and other critical services to students, but they also pose a risk to children and staff with underlying health conditions and their closure can reduce community spread of COVID-19,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County. “Closing schools and canceling events are a disruption to our lives, but we believe these measures are necessary for the safety of our community.”Wisconsin Statute 252 outlines a health officer’s authority to take “all measures necessary to prevent, suppress, and control communicable disease.” Violation of or failure to comply with this order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.Public Health Madison & Dane County further strongly recommends that all nonessential social gatherings of under 50 people be postponed.If a gathering must be held with fewer than 50 attendees, Public Health Madison & Dane County recommends the following precautionary steps:• Older adults, pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, and people with underlying health conditions that are at increased risk of COVID-19 are encouraged not to attend (including employees);• Social distancing recommendations should be met (limit contact of people within six (6) feet from each other for ten (10) minutes or longer);• Provide sanitation and prevention hygiene resources to all attendees and employees; and• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, visit the CDC’s coronavirus website , the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website , or the Public Health Madison & Dane County coronavirus page.