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City of Middleton COVID-19 Closures and Updates

City of Middleton specific closures and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Latest Update:

August 3, 2020 1:41 PM

Due to the latest increase in COVID-19 cases in Dane County, City Hall will remain closed to the public indefinitely. This decision is made out of concern for both the public and city employees’ health and well-being. City Hall staff continue to work, so if someone needs to schedule an appointment, we are available by e-mail, phone and Zoom. If absolutely necessary, we can schedule a meeting by appointment too.
The Library also is closed indefinitely but continues to provide curbside service. The Senior Center is open selectively for some programs but not for full services or for service of meals.
The Visitors’ Center/Tourism Department is also closed indefinitely, but the staff continue their work from home.
We will continue to conduct meetings via Zoom and record them to the City’s You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MiddletonWeb. In so doing, the Plan Commission and City Council will continue to be livestreamed and open for walk-in members of the public with a limit of 10 persons in the Council Chambers at any time.
Recreation programs practicing physical distancing will continue using the Council Chambers, City Hall green space and Hubbard Activity Center.
Let’s keep our community safe and healthy!

Prior Updates

May 21, 2020 10:21 AM

After the expiration of Dane County’s Safer at Home order on Tuesday, May 26, and through Sunday, July 5 (target date subject to change), City Administrator, Mike Davis, has announced that City Hall will reopen for scheduled appointments and in-person meetings if necessary to conduct business. Please see the document below summarizing our steps resume providing services while keeping our citizens and staff safe and healthy!

City Hall reopening Summary
May 11, 2020 1:33 PM

RECYCLING CENTER - PARTIAL REOPENING

The Middleton Recycling Center is partially re-opening beginning on Saturday, May 16. Please read the information below regarding limited services offerings due to COVID-19.

Special notes during initial limited operations:

1. Thank you for your patience, and for storing recyclables at your home, while we were temporarily closed due to the pandemic. The Middleton Recycling Center will open on Saturday, May 16 with limited operations.

2. Visitors to the Recycling Center are asked to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while in the center. Middleton staff will also be wearing a mask.

3. Until further notice, we will not accept materials that require payment of a fee, including TVs, computer monitors, microwaves or rechargeable batteries. Please continue to store those items for recycling when we're able to expand services to safely accept payments again. We will accept for recycling all other (non-fee) materials listed on this page.

4. Even with limited operations, we anticipate there may be periods with long lines and wait times. Please plan accordingly, and please be patient. If we can't operate safely, we can't remain open.

5. Up to two vehicles (preferably one) may be allowed into the building at one time. This is intended to help achieve social distancing for public health. Please remain at least 6 feet from others (including staff) while using the center.

6. Staff at the Middleton Recycling Center are not able to assist residents in unloading recyclables. Customers are expected to place their materials in the proper receptacle and to help keep the center neat. Due to risk of infection, staff cannot reposition recyclable materials inefficiently placed in dumpsters. Inefficient dumpster use may require closing early to allow changing of dumpsters, and will raise expenses.

7. Prior to closing time, staff will set a sign behind the last vehicle that will be allowed in for the day. Others waiting in line will need to return another day.

8. Freecycle to remain closed at this time.

For additional information, please visit the Middleton Recycling Center webpage at: cityofmiddleton/recyclingcenter.

Recycling Website
May 4, 2020 1:29 PM

LOCAL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

For our local businesses, Dane County has announced an additional $10 million of grant assistance! Please see the link.

Middleton Chamber of Commerce Resource Page
May 4, 2020 7:57 AM

LIBRARY SERVICES

The Middleton Public Library is now offering expanded curbside pickup! Due to a variety of logistical factors, such as no inter-library delivery, building design, and staffing for social distancing, curbside pickup services are limited and vary by location. Please see the below instructions for placing a holds on Middleton owned materials and scheduling a pick up time.

Thank you for your patience and for using your library!

Due Dates & Returns: July 1, 2020 is the updated and extended due date for all materials checked out from the Middleton Public Library. We are asking that patrons hold on to the items they currently have checked out - all book drops remain closed at this time.

Hold Materials and Curbside Pickup:

1. Please visit https://mid.linkcat.info/ to search and place holds for items on the shelf at the Middleton Public Library. We are not receiving delivery from other libraries and only processing holds for items that are currently on the shelf and available at Middleton.
2. Once your hold is processed and ready for pickup you will receive a confirmation.
3. Pick up times are Monday - Friday,daily 1pm-4pm and the schedule opens daily. Schedule your day-of pick up at midlibrary.org/pickup
4. Due to high volume and limited staffing, thank you for reserving phone calls are for those that do not have Internet access.

What to read next: Visit https://www.midlibrary.org/Databases and check out everything from magazines and newspapers, to children's books and reading recommendations. Access is free with your library card.

Library Programs: Library staff are working to create more online content and host programs virtually. See our online events calendar, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on offerings. New offerings are added each week!

Free WIFI Access: Anyone is welcome to use the WIFI. Library staff has moved several of the facility's WIFI radios to external windows in all directions, for a gigabit fiber connection to the Internet while outside the Library. Park along Hubbard Ave or in the lots next to or even behind the building. Look for "Middleton Public Library Free Internet" on your device. If you sit or stand out of your car, please respect social distancing guidelines.

What If I Don't Have a Library Card?: Residents of the South Central Library System service area who do not have a library card can apply for a card online.

What is Zoom!?: Zoom is a FREE video conferencing product that works on most devices that have a microphone and front facing camera-laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets. The library is using Zoom's video capabilities so you can see the presenter in real time, from the comfort of your own home, while the library is closed. Visit www.zoom.us to get started. Using Zoom is free but requires participants to create an account. Download Zoom on your computer or install the zoom app on your device. We recommend setting up Zoom in advance of the start of the program.

About Facebook Live!: Storytimes and other programs for all ages are being shared using Facebook Live! You do not need a Facebook account to watch, just search for the Middleton Public Library. Access live and recorded Storytimes at midlibrary.org - click on "Online Storytimes.

Contact Us:
Phone: (608) 827-7401
Email: info@midlibrary.org

Per the April 16th, 2020 Emergency Order #28, 4.b from Governor Evers, the Middleton Public Library facility will remain closed to the public until further notice. During this time, library staff are working to provide as many services to our community as possible. The Library is working closely with the Dane County Public Health Department, the Department of Public Instruction, and the South Central Library System to create best practices and procedures that prioritize the health and safety of library staff and patrons. As we move forward with executing the Badger Bounce Back Plan health and safety remains the top priority.

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or email address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your email address to log in.

This service is provided to you at no charge by the Middleton Public Library

Library Services Update
April 20, 2020 12:41 PM

RECYCLING CENTER

The City of Middleton Recycling Center is presently closed and will remain so until further notice. The City of Middleton web page will be updated when this changes. We apologize for any inconvenience.

https://www.cityofmiddleton.us/420/Recycling-Center
March 26, 2020 10:15 PM

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

March 26, 2020 9:39 AM

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.

City COVID-19 Updates
March 25, 2020 9:31 PM

Middleton Municipal Court Update - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all municipal court appearances prior to May have been cancelled.

March 25, 2020 8:50 AM

Public Lands Updates

Playgrounds 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.

Recreation

All recreation program through April 24, 2020 are cancelled. Refunds will be processed this week.

March 22, 2020 10:09 AM

Metro Transit service changes effective Monday, March 23

Effective 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:

City of Madison COVID-19 Updates
March 18, 2020 4:53 PM

Building Inspection Updates: 3/18/2020
Due 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 608-821-8370
Plumbing Questions: Kent Larson email klarson@cityofmiddleton.us
All other Questions: Todd Parkos email tparkos@cityofmiddleton.us

March 18, 2020 4:27 PM

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.

Closure Announcement
March 17, 2020 9:16 PM

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.

Public Health Madison & Dane County’s website
March 16, 2020 9:02 AM

The Middleton Recycling Center is closed for the foreseeable future.

March 15, 2020 9:12 PM

City of Middleton Closures & Program Cancellations

With 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 Davis
City Administrator
mdavis@ci.middleton.wi.us

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Public Health Issues Order Closing Schools and Imposing Countywide Directive to Stop Holding Gatherings of 50 or More People
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:35pm
Schools are closed as of 03/16/2020
Public 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.