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March 16, 2020 11:45 AM

Mayor Justin M. Nickels Declares State of Emergency for City of Manitowoc


WHEREAS, 47 people in 10 counties in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19 as of March 17th, 2020; and

WHEREAS, there are active cases in other counties in Northeastern Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) identifies the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 in the United States as “high” and has advised that person-to-person spread will continue within the United States; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death, and can easily spread from person to person; and

WHEREAS, the federal and state governments have both declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the City of Manitowoc and its leadership has an obligation to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of its citizens and employees.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JUSTIN M. NICKELS, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF MANITOWOC, as a result of the above-noted situation and under the powers vested in me by Article XI, Section 3 of the Wisconsin Constitution, and Wis. Stats. §§ 66.0101, Wisconsin’s Home Rule statute, as well as Wis. Stat. § 62.09(8), Wis. Stat. § 323.14 and Manitowoc Municipal Code § 3.410, declare that a state of emergency exists in the City of Manitowoc and deem it necessary and expedient for the health, safety, and protection of the city to suspend applicable ordinances, resolutions, and city policies as follows:

1. The following city facilities are ordered closed until April 6th, 2020:
a. Manitowoc Senior Center
b. Manitowoc Public Library
c. Rahr-West Art Museum
d. Lincoln Park Zoo
e. Manitowoc Municipal Court
f. Evergreen Cemetery office
g. City parks restrooms will be locked
h. All reservations made at city facilities are canceled
i. City Hall will remain open for employees and voting. Citizens must request an appointment before visiting for any other purpose.

2. The Mayor is authorized to use public funds to respond to this emergency where he deems necessary.

3. Tax payments due March 31st, 2020 (second installment due date) may be submitted by mail or in the drop box on the west end of City Hall. The second tax installment that was due March 31st, 2020 will be extended to May 31st, 2020 (third installment due date) prior to being marked delinquent. No interest will be accrued during that period. Any current delinquent taxpayer from the first installment (that was due January 31st, 2020) will remain and interest will continue to accrue on that late payment. Additionally, animal licenses needing renewal that are paid by May 31st, 2020 will have no late fees. Other items including waiver of late/cancellation fees, interest, or the like may also be considered during this city emergency.

4. City department heads are authorized to apply for any applicable federal, state, or county aid that becomes available as a result of this pandemic.

5. City department heads are authorized to implement any federal or state law changes immediately until April 6th, 2020, and will follow up on the implementation at the next regularly scheduled common council meeting.

6. City department heads may approve telework or flexible work schedules for employees suitable to meet the needs of their departments, until April 6th, 2020 or further ordered by the Mayor.

7. All city employee travel outside the city limits for training or conferences is prohibited until April 6th, 2020 or until further ordered by the Mayor.

8. The Mayor is authorized to modify the city employee policy manual to ensure the safety and health of all employees.

9. City employees are directed to limit in-person contact with each other and the public until April 6th, 2020 or until further ordered by the Mayor. Meetings shall be conducted by phone or videoconference whenever possible.

10. Further suspensions of applicable ordinances, resolutions, and city policies may be taken should the circumstances warrant them necessary, in order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Manitowoc.

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Latest Update:

March 23, 2020 3:37 PM

Since Mayor Justin Nickels' Emergency Proclamation on March 17th, 2020, he has made additional executive orders:

- Maritime Metro Transit (MMT) suspended indefinitely. (MMT is still providing limited individual service to individuals with medical, nutritional, and employment needs. Contact MMT at (920) 686-3560 for more information on rides).
- Allowing of temporary signage in the city right-of-way downtown for restaurants to allow for curbside pickup. The signage is on the business owner to create and maintain.
- Temporarily amended the premises of a liquor/beer licensed establishment to include the sidewalk adjacent to them to allow for carryout sales of enclosed alcoholic beverages and food.
- Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) repayment program has been suspended for 90 days. Businesses must prove a financial hardship during this time to get this extension. The overall deadline for repayment will be pushed back 90 days. This is not a waiver of payment on their loans, simply an adjustment to their overall re-payment schedule.
- Extended the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for insurance brokers to April 15th, 2020.
- Suspended the Street Sweeping Parking Ban until May 4th, 2020.
- Moved District 8 polling place to Lincoln Park, Cabin 2. In-person elections are still scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th, 2020. Absentee voting has been extended and citizens are strongly encouraged to request an absentee ballot by visiting:
- A moratorium on issuing new raze orders as of March 23rd, 2020. All previous orders will continue on track.
- The newest FMLA policies approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week will be implemented in a policy. Those will be effective April 2nd, 2020.
- Allowing for ZOOM for all city meetings (public) to be held remotely. Effective March 23rd, 2020 to May 4th, 2020. Most public meetings will be postponed, unless needed. Elected officials are legally allowed to vote via ZOOM. Citizens can sign up at:
- Public Parks Playgrounds are closed for public use. Parks will remain open for citizens to walk through, however, due to the fact that we cannot adequately clean playground equipment, those amenities are not allowed for public use. This is in effect until further notice.

Additionally, city leadership is preparing for the possibility of city facilities being closed longer than the original April 6th order. These facilities include:
- Manitowoc Senior Center
- Manitowoc Public Library
- The Rahr-West Art Museum
- Lincoln Park Zoo (Manitowoc)
- Manitowoc Municipal Court
- Evergreen Cemetery Main Office
- City parks restrooms
- City Hall (except City Clerk's Office for early voting)
A decision on extended these closures will be made in the near future.

Progress Lakeshore is making themselves available to any business that has questions/needs at this time. Contact them at: (920) 482-0540

Prior Updates

March 17, 2020 4:25 PM

In light of Governor Evers' newest order, the City of Manitowoc will be suspending transit operations until further notice.