Governor Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order. The order is available online, and the press release from Governor Evers office is also available online. The order is effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on Friday, April 24, or until a superseding order is issued.
What the order means for City operations is as follows:
- City Hall will continue to be open ONLY for absentee voting and voter registration, but voters are encouraged to use MyVote to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them. Payments can be placed in the drop box located outside of City Hall or mailed. You can also make payments online. Documentation you need to provide to the City can also be placed in the drop box. If you have any questions about the closure or an item you need addressed, please call City Hall at (608) 868-6900. Staff will still be in the building on a regular basis to facilitate the voting process.
- The Milton Public Library will be completely closed beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The book locker service will be suspended as well. The book drop to return library materials will be closed. There will be no overdue fees during the closure. Please utilize the library’s online offerings including Gale Courses, Transparent Languages, Hoopla, Libby (Powered by Overdrive), and more. Visit the library’s website for more information about their online offerings: www.miltonpubliclibrary.org. In addition, staff will be connecting virtually with community members through Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and potentially other avenues. If you have any questions about your library account, please email the Library Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Police Department lobby will continue to be closed, and office staff will start working from home. Voicemails left for office staff will be checked on a regular basis. Police officers will continue to respond to calls for service. However, in order to both maintain the health of our staff and to prevent potential spread of the virus in the community, officers are going handle as many calls as possible without coming into physical contact with others. Any calls that they can manage by phone, email, or a combination of the two will help to keep all of us healthy. If you need to contact a police officer, please call the non-emergency number at (608) 757-2244. Call 911 if there is an emergency, and you need an officer to respond.
- The Department of Public Works will continue to perform essential services for the community, including, but not limited to, maintaining the City’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Staff are working staggered schedules and office staff are working from home as much as possible.
- All Playgrounds in the City of Milton will be closed in accordance with the order. Please don’t use the playground equipment at the City’s parks until further notice. Parks will remain open, and community members may still utilize open spaces for activities and trails. We ask our community members to maintain social distancing.
- Refuse and recycling collection will continue as scheduled. Refuse and recycling collection is considered an essential service. If there are any changes to the collection schedule, we will notify residents on our website and social media.