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March 18, 2020 12:00 PM

PRESS RELEASE: City of Columbus Response to Governor's Emergency Order #5

Concerning the Governor’s emergency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more, the City of Columbus has taken the following precautions:

POLICE DEPARTMENT: The Police Department lobby is closed to the public as of noon on March 18th. The office will remain staffed – please call 920-623-5919 for non-emergency situations. Officers will be conducting business by phone unless in-person interaction is necessary. Dial 911 in an emergency.

ELECTIONS – VOTER REGISTRATION – ABSENTEE VOTING: City Hall is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm for in-person/absentee voting through Thursday, April 2 and until 5:00 pm April 3. City Hall will also be open until 8:00 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays March 19 - April 2. ALL voters are encouraged to vote by absentee ballot, although the Senior Center will remain Columbus’ polling place for the April 7, 2020 election and will be open during polling hours.

CONTACTING CITY STAFF: City staff will continue to work during any closure periods and will answer the phone during normal business hours.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: All committees and commissions have been discouraged from holding public meetings until further notice. Staff is currently evaluating the application of technology to avoid public gatherings while still holding meetings, and will distribute information on attending meetings remotely when a solution has been obtained.

MAKING PAYMENTS: Residents must make payments online or use the drop box at City Hall.

PUBLIC WORKS SERVICES: The Public Works office is closed to the public as of noon on March 18th, and bulk refuse item drop-off services have been suspended until further notice. City parks are closed effective March 18th and are closed indefinitely. Direct calls regarding DPW services to (920) 633-5908.

MUNICIPAL COURT: If your citation states your court date is March 18th, 2020, please note the Columbus Municipal Court WILL conduct Initial Appearance hearings as scheduled. Information on subsequent court dates will be forthcoming.

COLUMBUS AREA SENIOR CENTER is closed until further notice. If you have questions or need assistance during this time a staff person can take your calls Mon-Fri 7 am 1 pm at 920-623-5918. Please watch newspapers, City of Columbus web page, and CASC Facebook page for updates or changes to this time frame. The Columbia County ADRC meal program deliveries will continue as usual. No congregate meals will be served, but normal congregate participants have options for continuing to receive lunch by contacting the ADRC at 888-742-9233. The Senior Center will remain Columbus’ polling place for the April 7, 2020 election and will be open during polling hours.

FACILITIES CLOSURES: Columbus Public Library, Department of Public Works office, Columbus Area Senior Center, Fireman’s Park Pavilion, All City Parks, Columbus Police Department lobby.

In order to keep Columbus healthy, we thank you for observing the Governor’s Emergency Order Number 5. For more information on the order, please visit www.dhs.wisconsin.gov.

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