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May 28, 2020

4/24/2020 11:58:00 AM
City extends State of Emergency Declaration Resolution to June 1
With Governor Tony Evers extending the Safer at Home order to May 26, Dodgeville City Council took action Tuesday night on passing a resolution that extends the City's stance on the order.
Instead of May 1, the resolution "extends the period of emergency to June 1, 2020. The Council's declaration of a State of Emergency dated March 17, 2020, and all provisions set forth in this declaration shall remain in effect until June 1, 2020, or until a superseding declaration is issued."
Mayor Todd Novak mentioned that business is continuing as usual at the city, with social distancing being practiced.
City Clerk Treasurer Lisa Riley mentioned that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the City of Dodgeville Residential Spring Clean-Up Days have been changed to June 10-13, 2020. She also stated that the census for 2020 is still continuing, however response rates are at an approximate 50%.
Novak gave an update regarding the water ordinance. The city had a tenant reconnect their water, after being disconnected for not paying their bill, and another tenant damaging the lock for water reconnection. An ordinance will be updated to reflect state statutes if a similar situation occurs in the future.
Chief of Police Dave Bauer presented council members with a use of force analysis report for 2019, an annual overview of racial biased statistics, 2020 annual sex offender registration compliance report, and a twenty year review on crime statistics in the City of Dodgeville.
Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce Director Beth Mikrut-Gilles gave an update about Dodgeville Businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. She met with the Chamber Board of Directors to see how each business is pulling through the pandemic. Businesses are practicing social distancing and offering curbside delivery. While things are not going back to normal right away, she expressed hope that the Governor would lift the order sooner than May 26.
"These businesses need to be open, and they need to survive," Mikrut-Gilles said. "These are unprecedented times." She has been keeping members updated with programs that can offer funding.
Novak stated that City Hall has been supporting business by ordering take out once or twice weekly. Carryout services for restaurants have been going in well in some businesses, while in others ends are barely being met. He expressed concern that everything cannot be opened at once. Governor Evers has been a three phase reopening approach.
"It's hard to know how many businesses will be able to reopen once this starts, but I appreciate all the Dodgeville businesses that have been able to be open," Novak said.
In other council business:
-Council members elected Dan Meuer as Council President.
-Council members accepted committee appointments as presented
-Council members passed a resolution designating public depositories
-Council members passed a resolution designating the Dodgeville Chronicle as the official newspaper
-Council members accepted a library request for carryover funds
-Council members approved a Ley Memorial Pavilion floor bid to TSR.
-The annual Arbor Day proclamation was read by Mayor Todd Novak.
-Council members accepted a donation request from the Iowa County Historical Society during COVID-19.
-Mayor Todd Novak read the Municipal Treasurers Appreciation Week for April 19-25, 2020.
After the approval of paying monthly bills, council members went into closed session to discuss an offer to purchase city property and to discuss employee performance evaluations and compensation related to possible full or partial layoffs.
The next regularly scheduled council meeting is on the calendar for May 5 at 5:30.

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