The Kewaunee County Board is still scheduled to meet Tuesday night (March 17), despite Gov. Tony Evers’ move to ban gatherings of more than 50 people in response to the coronavirus public health emergency.
County Board Chairman Robert Weidner contacted all 20 supervisors Monday and determined that 12 board members plan to attend the meeting, enough for a quorum.
The board faces an unusually heavy agenda with no less than 13 resolutions, including the issuance and establishing parameters for the sale of up to $3.635 million in General Obligation Refunding Bonds, establishing the salaries of county officials who will be elected in November, support for a National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan include offshore Kewaunee County, and preservation of 420 acres of Black Ash Swamp with continued financial support to local units of government.
Supervisors are also scheduled to vote on ordinances amending the procedure for declaring a state of emergency in Kewaunee County and amending the Emergency Medical Services Council Ordinance.
Public Health Director Cindy Kinnard has been asked to update the board on the county’s response to COVID-19, and the board will receive the annual report of the county Child Support program.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the County Administration Center, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee.
Evers’ executive order is effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared last week or until a superseding order is issued.
According to the press release from the governor’s office:
This order includes any gatherings at locations such as public or private schools, theaters, museums, stadiums, conference rooms, meeting halls, taverns, health and fitness centers, and places of worship. Critical infrastructure and services such as grocery stores, food pantries, childcare centers, pharmacies, and hospitals are exempt from this order. Restaurants and bars are required to operate at less than 50 percent capacity or have fewer than 50 people, whichever is less.
“While it was a difficult decision knowing the impacts on communities, families, workers, and businesses across our state, I believe limiting gatherings to less than 50 people is another critical step we can take in slowing and reducing the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Evers. “Keeping folks safe and healthy has to be our top priority during this crisis.”