News from Kenosha City Hall

News from Kenosha City Hall

Voting Location and Information

The City of Kenosha has consolidated polling places throughout the city for the April 7 Presidential Preference Spring Election, in response to social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following is a list of the 10 polling locations for the Tuesday, April 7th Presidential Preference and Spring Election:
 Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave.
 Journey Church, 10700 75th St.
 Kenosha Bible Church, 5405 67th St.
 Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road
 Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave.
 KUSD Educational Support Center, 3600 52nd St.
 Lincoln Park Oribiletti Center, 6900 18th Ave.
 Moose Lodge, 3003 30th Ave.
 Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave.
 Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.
People may find out their polling place by visiting the web sites: myvote.wi.gov or www.co.kenosha.wi.us/1009/Where-to-Vote. Other options include emailing: elections@kenosha.org or call the City Clerk’s office: 262-653-4020.

Election Day Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll workers will be supplied with hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, paper towel, and disinfectant. They will be instructed to maintain regular  housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of pens, surfaces, voting equipment, and other elements of the work environment.
The City will provide hand washing stations and plexiglass barriers will be placed between the workers and voters. A police officer will be stationed at polling places. Voters will be instructed to stand in line six feet apart and will be allowed into the polling place in small groups, no larger than 10.

Acceptable Photo ID for Voting
 Wisconsin driver license or ID*
 Unexpired Wisconsin driver license or ID receipt
 US passport*
 College photo ID & proof of enrollment document**
 US Uniformed Service Military ID*
 Unexpired US Veteran’s photo ID***
 For more examples of acceptable photo ID visit bringit.wi.gov or myvote.wi.gov.

Absentee voting
Voters are encouraged to participate in the April 7 Presidential Preference Spring Election by voting an absentee ballot by mail. To receive a ballot by mail, requests can be made on myvote.wi.gov, or by email, elections@kenosha.org, or send request to City Clerk, 625 52nd
Street, Kenosha, WI 53140. Include a copy of acceptable photo ID. The deadline to request a ballot is Thursday, April 2, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. For indefinitely confined and military voters the deadline is April 3, 2020 by 5 p.m.
All voted ballots must be in the City Clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day. It is recommended that people drop their ballot off in the white drop box on Eighth Avenue near the driveway of the visitor parking lot, or the white drop box near the west entrance of
City Hall,
625 52nd St.
DO NOT DROP BALLOTS OFF AT A POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION
DAY.
Ballots also can be sent via U.S. mail or shipped via other delivery methods (FedEx,etc.) to the City Clerk’s office, 625 52nd St., Room 105, Kenosha WI 53140. People are reminded to allow enough time for delivery if they mail their ballot.

 

Alternate Parking suspended

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020

The City of Kenosha has suspended alternate side parking to accommodate residents who
may be impacted by COVID-19. All other parking regulations must be followed. Parking
enforcement will focus on safety-related violations.

City Hall closed to public access to aid in protecting employee health and the community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2020

For further information contact: Kris Kochman
Community Relations Liaison City of Kenosha
262-653-4177
kkochman@kenosha.org

KENOSHA – Walk-in services are suspended effective 5 p.m. Friday, March 20 at City Hall, the Kenosha Water Utility and other City buildings, in an effort to protect employee and community health during the current outbreak of the COVID-19 (Corona virus).

City employees are still working – either on-site or remotely — and will continue to offer government services, including early voting in the upcoming Presidential Preference and Spring Election.

“Our goal is to protect the health and safety of City employees and Kenosha residents, while continuing to offer government services,” said Mayor John Antaramian. “All vital functions will continue to be provided.”

City offices are closed to walk-in service through Thursday, April 30, and tentatively set to re- open on Friday, May 1. The mayor has temporarily suspended public information meetings of 10 or more citizens until at least April 23. City boards and commissions will not meet until further notice. The exceptions will be those required by law or deemed necessary by the chairperson after consultation with the Mayor. Common Council continues to meet as scheduled.

“Citizens should exercise good judgment,” Antaramian said. “If anyone feels ill they should should stay home and avoid exposure to others.”

Elections

All voters are encouraged to participate in the April 7 Presidential Preference Spring Election by voting an absentee ballot by mail. To receive a ballot by mail, requests can be made on myvote.wi.gov, or by email, elections@kenosha.org, or send request to City Clerk, 625 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI 53140. Include a copy of acceptable photo ID.

Limited appointments are available for voters who would like to vote on an absentee ballot in person. Voters should keep in mind that there is no difference between voting absentee by mail and voting absentee in person. The ballots and certificate envelopes are the same. All ballots, cast by mail or in person, are counted on election day. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, March 23rd to April 3rd, every half hour from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m.), two people per appointment. To make an appointment, email elections@kenosha.org or call 262-653-4020.

If not registered, voters can make an appointment during the times listed above, or drop off their absentee ballot request and voter registration application accompanied by a copy of acceptable proof of residence in the white drop boxes outside of City Hall, 625-52nd St. (located on Eighth Avenue near the driveway of the parking lot and outside of the west entrance). Acceptable forms of proof of residence include a Wisconsin driver’s license or ID, a utility bill, bank statement, or credit card statement. Additional forms can be found https://elections.wi.gov/voters .

For voters residing in wards 50, 51, 52, 53, 84 and 85, the Immanuel Church polling location at 6009 Pershing Boulevard has been relocated to the Kenosha United School District Educational Support Center at 3600 52nd Street.

The situation concerning COVID-19 and the upcoming elections is fluid and quickly evolving, so guidance changes daily. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is working with federal and state public health officials to determine the most effective guidance to provide to local election officials dealing with this crisis. The City Clerk’s office will provide additional information as it is available.

Municipal Court

Hearings scheduled to occur between March 19 and April 30 will be rescheduled unless specifically deemed necessary by the Court. Any party desiring a hearing is encouraged to contact the municipal court office to arrange for a telephone, electronic or audiovisual hearing; and if necessary, for a personal appearance.

The Kenosha Municipal Court Clerk’s office will accept payments, issue receipts and process court orders through telephone, email and U.S. mail.
Contact the Municipal Court office: 262-653-4220 or email:
municipalcourt@kenosha.org. Mailing address: 625 52nd Street, room 97, Kenosha WI 53140.

City Parks

Due to COVID-19 concerns and in consideration of the health and welfare of the citizens of Kenosha and the many visitors to the Dream Playground, the Parks Division will close the Dream Playground located in Petzke Park effective March 20 until further notice.

The City’s Municipal Golf Course at Washington Park remains closed and the opening date for the season will be determined at a later date.

Other City parks are open as usual, from sunrise to 10 p.m.

City Development

Planning, zoning and community development services will be provided by department staff by email or phone.
Contact:
citydevelopment@kenosha.org or phone: 262-653-4030.

City Inspections

Effective March 23, 2020, and until further notice all applications for permits and required plans must be submitted electronically to the Department of Inspections for the City of Kenosha. All applications should be available at www.kenosha.org/departments/city- inspection. If an application is not available please call 262-653-4263. Once approved and paid for, all permits will be emailed to the applicant. Any questions or requests for assistance may be directed to 262-653-4263 and staff will assist.

City Transit

City of Kenosha buses continue to operate regularly and are being cleaned thoroughly every day. The transit lobby is closed to the public.

Kenosha Water Utility

The household hazardous waste collection scheduled for April 4 has been canceled. Collection dates scheduled for May and beyond will be re-evaluated at a later date. All Utility billing and payments will continue without interruptions. Payment options are as follows:

Drop box located at Kenosha Water Utility, 4401 Green Bay Road Drop box located on the boulevard at Eighth Avenue and 56th Street Johnson Bank – All Kenosha Offices
Festival Foods – 3207 80th Street (checks only)

Southern Lakes Credit Union – All Kenosha Offices
Lou Perrine’s Gas and Groceries – 5145 Sheridan Road (checks only)
Automatic Bill Payment Plan (ACH) – Go to www.directpaymentplan.com or call 262- 653-4300
To pay using a major credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) call 1-800-272-9829 or visit: www.officialpayments.com (subject to outside vendor convenience fees).

Public Works: Waste Division

Residential waste and recycling collection continues to operate on the regular schedule. New procedures are in place at the bulk waste drop off site, 1001 50th St., with a goal of protecting the health of employees and the public. The bulk waste site will continue operations during its regular schedule: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (except holidays). Tickets are still required.

The Yard Waste/Brush drop off site at 4071 88th Ave. will delay its opening for the season to Monday, April 27.

Contact information for City departments and services include: Assessing: 262-653-4480
City Administration/Mayor’s office: 262-653-4000
City Clerk-Treasurer: 262-653-4020

City Development: 262-653-4030 City Inspections: 262-653-4263 Human Resources: 262-653-4130 Municipal Court: 262-653-4220 Public Works: 262-653-4050 Special Events: 262-653-4177 Transportation: 262-653-4290 Water Utility: 262-653-4300

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COVID-19 Information Center

courtesy of Kenosha County.org

COVID-19 Information Center image

Declaration of Emergency

County Executive Jim Kreuser on March 12, 2020, issued a Declaration of Emergency in response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic. Learn more here.

First Confirmed Case

Kenosha County logged its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Monday, March 16, 2020. The affected individual is a 59-year-old woman with no travel history. Learn more here.

Total Confirmed Cases to Date

As of Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2020, there have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenosha County.

Division of Health Guidelines

The Kenosha County Division of Health is recommending guidelines for individuals, businesses and organizations to follow, as preventive measures. They are:

  • All assisted living and long-term care facilities are to limit visitors beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, until further notice. This means visitors should not be allowed to come into these facilities, except for in certain circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. Employees and vendors will be screened daily.
  • Visitors will be restricted from the Kenosha County Jail and Detention Center.
  • Organizers of public gatherings of 50 or more people are encouraged to cancel these events, to reduce opportunities for person-to-person virus transmission.
  • People at higher risk are encouraged to stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. Higher-risk individuals include:
  • People 60 and older.
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease lung disease or diabetes.
  • People with weakened immune systems.
  • Social distancing is encouraged. This means attempting to remain six feet away from other people and avoiding handshaking and other unnecessary contact.
  • Nonessential travel for all individuals is discouraged. Those planning trips should weigh the benefits of going versus not going.
  • People are encouraged to work remotely if possible. Kenosha County is evaluating what services can be provided by county employees working from home, and businesses are encouraged to do the same.

When to seek medical evaluation and advice

  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider or your regular doctor. Do not go to the emergency room; call ahead to let them know you need to come in with these symptoms and do not sit in the waiting room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

In addition to the recommendations listed above, the public can help:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay six feet away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently.
  • Do not shake hands with anyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Kenosha County Division of Health continues to receive many calls with questions about COVID-19. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q: Where can I get tested/do you provide testing?
A: The Kenosha County Division of Health is currently not performing any tests. If you feel like you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important to call ahead to a health care provider before visiting.

All provider’s offices and emergency/walk-in clinics have different processes and criteria for testing. No matter the case, if you feel ill, you should quarantine yourself until you are able to be tested or until you are symptom free.

Q: Do you provide masks and personal protective equipment?
A: We do not have the capability to provide masks to the public. Our partners have very scarce PPE resources. Should public health receive any resources, we would share them immediately with our first-responder partners.

Q: What if my doctor will not allow me to get tested?
A: If your provider is not testing you and you feel as though you must be tested, you should follow up with an emergency department. Each provider may have different screening rules and limitations.

If you choose to follow up with the emergency department, you should call ahead and travel alone or with only one other person. DO NOT SIT IN ANY WAITING ROOM. Emergency rooms may have different testing means and processes.

Q: What are the testing guidelines?
A: Despite The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) significantly increasing its capacity for COVID-19 testing, the number of testing specimens being received far exceeds their daily capacity. In order to conserve supplies for testing, WSLH and and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) are  prioritizing two tiers of cases for testing as of March 17, 2020:

Tier One (Individuals who):

  • Are critically ill and receiving ICU level care with unexplained viral pneumonia or respiratory failure
  • Are hospitalized (non-ICU) with fever or signs and symptoms of lower respiratory tract illness (cough, shortness of breath) and either known exposure to a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient or travel to an area with sustained community transmission

Tier Two (Individuals who):

  • Are hospitalized (non-ICU) with unexplained fever and signs/symptoms of lower respiratory tract illness
  • Are health care workers with unexplained fever and signs/symptoms of a lower-respiratory illness, regardless of hospitalization

Test requests that do not meet these criteria will be sent to other labs in the state and country for testing, resulting in longer wait times.

Information for healthcare providers on the testing tiers is available at https://dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm. The state guidelines advise that patients without symptoms and patients with mild upper respiratory symptoms who are not health care workers should not be tested in order to ensure that there is capacity to test ill people.

Q: Did the positive case attend my church/work/office?
A: After learning of a positive case, we do a thorough investigation to determine everyone with whom the individual came into close contact. Then we make a connection with each of those close contacts.

If you do not receive a call within a couple of days, then you are not a close contact of a case and are thus not at risk from that positive case.

Q: What is Kenosha County’s “plan” for COVID-19?
A: With the rapidly evolving information and processes, the plan is ever-changing. Please follow up with the state or CDC websites for the most up-to-date information, and check out this page for the latest information locally.

Additional information from state and federal resources

CDC Coronavirus Disease Information Page

Wisconsin Department of Health Services