PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS RE: COVID-19 (Updated 4/2/20)

VERNON FIRE DEPARTMENT IN NEED OF PPE DONATIONS (4/2/20):

We continue to be in need of N95 masks, hand sanitizer, and surgical face masks. Call the station if you can help us out. 1-262-662-2079. Consider donating to your local department. Thanks to all who have donated so far, it has made a difference.





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REMINDER CONTACT/RESOURCE INFORMATION (3/30/20):

If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 we strongly advise individuals and employees to stay home to limit the spread of the virus.

Call 9-1-1 for emergencies that pose immediate risks to health, life, property, or environment

Visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19 for local public health information on COVID-19

Call 211 for information for COVID-19 questions about non-serious symptoms

Call WCC Non-Emergency at 262-446-5070 with non-emergent requests for Sheriff and VFD Non-Emergency at 262-662-2079 with non-emergent requests for Fire




SPECIAL COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN & TOWN CLERK/TREASURER (3/27/20):





TOWN BUILDING INSPECTOR SUSPENDING OFFICE HOURS (3/25/20)

With Emergency Order #12 - Safer at Home issued by the State of Wisconsin our Town Building Inspector Vince Budiac will not have any office hours. If you need a permit, inspection, etc from Vince, please give him a call at 262-366-2400.



SPRING SOCCER PROGRAMS CANCELED (3/25/20):

With Emergency Order #12 - Safer at Home issued by the State of Wisconsin in effect until April 24, 2020 the Town of Vernon Park & Rec Department has decided to CANCEL ALL SPRING SOCCER programs for 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to possibly offer some soccer camps or skill sessions during the summer. Watch Facebook or the website for future announcements.

The Town of Vernon will begin processing full refunds as soon as possible to families that have registered; however we ask that you please be patient as we are working with limited staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times in our Town. Stay safe!




MESSAGE REGARDING VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING (3/24/20):

At this time, the 2020 Spring Election is still scheduled to take place on April 7; however, we strongly encourage residents to absentee vote by mail.  In-person absentee voting at the Clerk/Treasurer’s office is currently available (subject to Federal, State, and County executive orders) Monday thru Friday (March 23rd to April 2nd) from 8:00am-4:00pm and Friday April 3rd 8:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday March 28th from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday March 29th from 9:00am to Noon, OR by appointment. These hours and times may be restricted and/or cancelled in the future pending Federal, State, or County executive order. If you are unsure if the Town Hall is open, please call ahead – 262.662.2039.  You may request a ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov.   Please be sure to pay close attention to strict requirements and deadlines.  You will be asked to upload your photo ID (e.g., driver’s license). 

For those voting in person on Election Day, Tuesday April 7, 2020 Spring Election, ALL WARDS will be RELOCATED to polling locations at the VERNON TOWN HALL at W249S8910 Center Drive. Fire Station #1 will be closed to the public. Per strict CDC guidelines, the Town Hall polling location will be limited to serve three (3) voters at one time.  Due to these strict guidelines, extensive wait times are expected. Voters in line will need to be at least 6 feet apart.  We ask that only voters report to the polling location and that they please refrain from bringing extended family members or non-voters with them.  Again, you are strongly urged to vote absentee.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 262-662-2039.



EMERGENCY ORDER #12 - SAFER AT HOME
3/24/20


On March 24, 2020 Wisconsin Govenor Evers' Office issued Emergency Order #12 - Safer at Home. 

To VIEW it in its entirety:  Emergency Order #12 Safer at Home

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON VERNON'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 3/23/20:

As a municipality we want to keep everyone as informed as possible throughout this difficult situation. However, we also cannot emphasize enough the need to support one another, come together in the spirit of community, and remain calm and measured as we all do our part to combat and slow the onset of COVID-19.  The situation is constantly evolving, and we want to encourage our residents to continue to take proactive steps to slow down the COVID-19 virus. Please stay home and follow the health and safety protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), State, and County Health Departments.

THE FOLLOWING LETTER HAS BEEN MAILED TO ALL RESIDENTS OUTLINING OUR RESPONSE TO
COVID-19 & IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  TOV'S COVID-19 RESPONSE



VERNON FIRE DEPARTMENT IN NEED OF N95 MASKS OR GOWNS 3/22/20:

If anyone or any business in our area have any N95 masks or gowns that they could donate to the Vernon Fire Department please consider doing so.  We, as well as most departments in the area, are going to be running short.  Please give Vernon Fire Station #1 a call at 1-262-662-2079 if you can help.  Thank you.  


UPDATED HOURS FOR IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING / ON-LINE REGISTRATION EXTENDED 3/22/20: 

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging all Town of Vernon residents to absentee vote by mail or vote early in-person. As of today, we expect polls to be open on election day April 7th, however with strict CDC guidelines enforced which may cause extensive delays.

March 16th thru April 3rd - Extended hours and added days for Early In-Person Absentee Voting:

Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm (Fri April 3rd open until 5:00pm)
Saturday - March 28th 8:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday - March 29th 9:00am to Noon
or By Appointment

We ask, however, that if you have a fever or have flu like symptoms, to refrain from participating in this in-person absentee voting at this time until you are free of symptoms.

ON-LINE VOTER REGISTRATION:  A Federal judge has ordered the Wisconsin Election Commission to reopen ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION until March 30th due to COVID-19. Register Today:  INFO 




SPRING BRUSH PICK-UP SUSPENDED 3/20/20:


Due to limiting exposure and reprioritizing DPW duties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SPRING BRUSH PICK-UP has been SUSPENDED. There will be NO brush pick-up. Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times in our Town.


VERNON TOWN BOARD STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION 3/19/20:

At the March 19, 2020 Town Board Meeting, the Town Board authorized the Town Chairman to sign a Town of Vernon Proclamation of State of Emergency.  This will allow the Town of Vernon to continue to function with limited staff and allows access to any and all available resources from State and Federal government.  Watch: TOV 3/19/20 Meeting

*YouTube technical difficulties resulted in partial recording of meeting, a full audio will be made available soon.

 

VERNON CLERK/TREASURER PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT 3/14/20:
 
The Caronavirus COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. A pandemic means that the disease epidemic has spread worldwide and is infectious.
 
At this point, no children under the age of 10 have died from COVID-19 and those under the age of 40 have thus far had a mortality rate of 0.2%. The elderly and the immune compromised are at a much higher risk, so it is important that all citizens take this seriously to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
 
The Town of Vernon encourages you to put together a two-week supply of food. Also, this should include over-the-counter medicines, your prescription drugs, food for your pet, sanitizing cleaners and daily hygiene supplies. There is no need to hoard supplies of any type, just make sure you have enough on hand to keep you from having to go to a public place in the event that you become ill and need to isolate at home for two weeks.
 
If you feel that you are in need of a doctor and have symptoms of fever, dry cough and shortness of breath, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency room. Inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms. They will direct you as how to safely proceed in getting the care and testing needed.  (If it is an imminent life threatening situation, please dial 9-1-1, making them aware of the same information of recent travel and symptoms).  Also, please isolate yourself at home. Separate yourself as much as possible from other family members and keep surfaces and hands clean and free of germs.
 
All citizens of Vernon can help by washing our hands thoroughly and often, avoiding touching your face, and by cleaning items at home and at work that are commonly handled (telephones, cell phones, door knobs, remote controls, keyboards, gas pump handles, credit card key pads, counters, etc.). We can also help by distancing ourselves from others by approximately 6 feet whenever possible and staying home when we are sick or at high risk.
 
Travel out of the country is not recommended. Being in large crowds can put you at a higher risk to get the virus and spread it to others. You may be contagious before you are symptomatic, so it is important to cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw it away or at least into your elbow if a tissue is not readily available.
 
If you wish to vote in the next election (April 7th), you may want to consider getting an absentee ballot by contacting Town Hall by email at clerk@townofvernon.org or going to MYVOTE.WI.GOV and choosing Vote Absentee at the upper right corner of the page. Further information regarding voting during this pandemic will be coming out shortly. You can also email the Clerk/Treasurer’s office to determine if we have a copy of your photo ID on file and if we do you can email a Absentee Ballot request directly to clerk@townofvernon.org.
 
For detailed information about COVID-19, please go to the CDC website, the Wisconsin DHS website or the Waukesha County Health Department website for further information.
 
This is a quickly evolving situation and we at the Town of Vernon are monitoring all levels of communication.
 
As a small community, we care about each other. Please call your neighbor and ask if there is anything they need from you to prepare for possible isolation. If you need assistance or are unsure who to contact for any concerns, please contact us at town hall at (262) 662-2039 or email me at clerk@townofvernon.org and my staff and I will do whatever we can to help. 
 
Thank you.
 
Karen L Schuh
Town Clerk/Treasurer