COVID 19 Information
Village of Germantown Updates
July 31, 2020 Update
In the interest of transparency and in order to inform Germantown residents who are concerned about COVID-19, I am providing an update on the COVID-19 cases that have occurred among Village of Germantown staff. While I don’t want to create any unnecessary concern, we have a responsibility to Village residents to provide information so each individual can make informed judgements about how they choose to conduct business with the Village.
Over the past two and a half weeks, we have had eleven Village employees in multiple departments test positive for COVID-19. None of the employees who tested positive worked in Village Hall. These Village employees were sent home to self-quarantine as soon as we were informed of their positive tests and will not be returning to work until they are cleared as no longer a risk to infect others. Employees who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had a significant exposure are asked to inform their supervisor and are sent home until they are able to provide us with a negative test result.
We have taken additional steps to ensure the safety of Village residents and employees. All Village employees will be wearing masks when interacting with the public and with each other. We have installed additional safety features in our facilities, like plexiglass screens in Village Hall and the Library. We have adjusted our operations, including voting to better accommodate social distancing. We have purchased specialized cleaning equipment to disinfect Village facilities and vehicles. We have expanded our capabilities to conduct Village business remotely to allow residents to get what they need done without physically entering Village facilities if they so choose. We will continue to monitor and follow the County Health Department guidelines and recommendations for COVID-19.
According to the County Health Department, Washington County is currently at high risk for COVID-19 and they issued additional guidance for individuals and businesses to follow last week. You can find additional information from the County here: http://www.washozwi.gov/
Please continue to monitor the Village’s Facebook page and website for future updates.
May 14, 2020 Update
While Washington County has not issued its own safer at home order, this morning the County Health Department posted their re-opening guidelines and are asking businesses to voluntarily comply. We have been informing businesses that contact Village Hall they are free to open at this point and directing them to the County website below for additional information:
We are also working to open Village facilities and restore programs in a manner that complies with these sane County guidelines. We will have an item on the Village Board agenda this coming Monday asking the Board to approve the use of those guidelines as we ramp up operations if that is the direction they would like staff to take. Monday’s Village Board meeting will be held in person and virtually through Webex.
As information changes, we will try to update residents as soon as we can.
April 13, 2020: Village Community Resource Guide
Click for our brief one page resource guide with links to services, businesses that are open, and restaurants.
March 25, 2020: What the Safer at Home Order Means for Germantown
On March 24th, Governor Evers issued a “Safer at Home” order placing restrictions on activities of residents, businesses, schools and municipalities. Even though the Village had already implemented many of the directives of the new order, we know that the next several weeks are going to be challenging. Our goal is to provide as much assistance and information as we can to our residents, while keeping our staff safe. We believe that we can get through this if we stick together (while remaining apart)!
Department Updates and Changes as of March 25
Police Department and Fire Department: No service level changes except that both departments are taking more safety precautions. They are asking more questions if you call 911; they are reducing training events, and they are limiting outreach activities. However, both departments are currently fully staffed and equipped to meet any needs that may arise for our residents, whether COVID-19 related or not. . The Police Department has been asked if we are able to enforce the order. The order is enforceable by local law enforcement under Wis. Stat. § 252.25. Please know, the intent of the police department is to educate and gain compliance. We believe this will effectively resolve all but the most egregious offenses or those cases where previous warnings are ignored.
Public Works Department: Similarly, our Public Works Department including our water and wastewater utilities, are still staffed and ready to meet any needs that may arise. We have closed our Recycling Center until further notice because we are not able to meet the social distancing requirements State has put into place. If you call the Public Works Department, someone will continue to answer the phone and direct (or answer) your inquiries appropriately.
Community Development: Limited service will be provided by staff in the Planning & Zoning and Building Inspection areas in Village Hall. Only those services that can be conducted by mail, online or by telephone will continue to be provided to the extent working conditions and staffing will allow. On-site building inspections for new construction will continue to be provided to the extent that working conditions and staffing allow. However, certain types of inspections may be delayed or deferred. More details regarding Planning & Zoning Services are provided here: https://www.village.germantown.wi.us/149/Planning-Zoning. More details regarding Building Inspection Services are provided here: https://www.village.germantown.wi.us/111/6440/Building-Inspection-Services. Plan Commission meetings will continue as needed, so zoning permits, conditional use permits, and CSM changes can continue through the process similar to how they normally would. Please note: the way in which public input is taken may be different than it was previously in order to avoid large crowds of people gathered at Village Hall. Information about process changes will be shared in advance. Full information for the department’s changes for the next few weeks can also be found here.
Clerk’s Department: As election overseers, the Village Clerk and Deputy Clerks will continue to work in Village Hall each day. Absent voting in person and via mail continue. All absentee voting in person will take place in the Village Hall Board Room. If you can request a mail in absentee ballot and return it via mail, we would greatly appreciate it. You can do this by going to myvote.wi.gov or emailing email@example.com.
Finance Department: Our Finance Department remains completely operational. If you have questions about dog licenses, special assessment letters, accounts payable, accounts receivable or property taxes please call 262-250-4700; Utility billing questions or concerns 262-250-4703. Payments can be mailed, processed over the phone or made online through our Village Website http://wi-germantown2.civicplus.com/384/Online-Bill-Pay. There is also a drop box receptacle at the front door under the clock tower. We are not accepting in person payments at this time. Do not hesitate to call or email Krath@village.germantown.wi.us for assistance.
Park & Recreation: To comply with the Governor’s Safer at Home Order, our Park & Rec administrative employees will be working from home. Half of the department will continue to work on recreation planning and customer service, which will include summer registrations after the new brochure is delivered. The other full-time recreation staff will be assisting with our communications/outreach efforts. More information about Park & Recreation changes can be found here. You can reach the rec department by at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 262-250-4710. Please leave a detailed message about your needs.
Senior Center: Our Senior Center is closed for all activities, but our staff is still available to help Germantown seniors, from 9am-1pm Monday-Friday. We will soon be rolling out a service for well-check phone calls to interested seniors. More information about this will be available soon. We know it is a difficult time for everyone, but especially for our seniors, and we are going to do what we can to help!
Community Library: Under Governor Evers’ order, public libraries are to remain closed to the public. However, libraries are allowed to offer digital programming and resources, which will be our focus over the next few weeks. Our library offers digital materials for checkout, Gale courses, and other awesome digital resources (all of which can be found on the Community Library website at https://germantownlibrarywi.org/digital-material/). We also plan to offer online story time and other fun online programming.
Communications: As mentioned, we are going to have a communications team over the next few weeks. Our hope is that we will be able to provide much more information to our residents about resources, open business, restaurant offerings, and other information of interest. We will be providing these resources on our website and on social media. If you have tips or questions you would like us to include, please email email@example.com.