By Minocqua Town Board of Supervisors in Response to Governor Evers’ Extension of Emergency Order to May 26, 2020
WHEREAS, last week Governor Tony Evers directed that the Safer at Home Emergency Order be extended from April 24, 2020 to May 26, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the decision to extend the Emergency Order was not made in consultation with state lawmakers nor local government officials in the Northern region; and
WHEREAS, regional differences need to be taken into account since the spread of COVID-19 in the Madison and Milwaukee areas, for example, is not reflective of other regions including northern Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, fifteen clinics in the Northwoods have closed, jeopardizing the health and well-being of residents across the region and the viability of local health care facilities; and
WHEREAS, Memorial Day weekend is the critical kickoff to the summer season and the act of extending business closures through Memorial Day weekend will have a decimating effect on tourism and local hospitality, retail and service businesses; and
WHEREAS, the extension of this Emergency Order eliminates the prospect of hope for employees and small business owners who are becoming desperate to get through this unprecedented time; and
WHEREAS, other states in the country are developing plans to safely re-open their respective states; and;
WHEREAS, we have more data than ever before on the COVID-19 and we now know how the disease spreads, who the vulnerable populations are and how we can protect them; and
WHEREAS, Businesses in our region can effectively implement CDC guidelines and best practices for hygiene, thereby protecting the health of both employees and customers while safely beginning to resume operations;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Minocqua strongly urges Governor Evers to reconsider the extension of the Emergency Order and allow regions and/or counties to re-open as they meet the Badger Bounce Back criteria. Failing to do so will have catastrophic local economic, social and healthcare consequences for not only Minocqua but the entire northern region for years to come.
Adopted this 22nd day of April, 2020.
Motion by: Supervisor Stengl; Second by Supervisor Fricke.
Supervisor Stengl: AYE
Supervisor Fricke: AYE
Supervisor Thompson: AYE
Supervisor Heil: AYE
Chair Hartzheim: AYE
Attest: /s/ Roben Haggart, Town Clerk