April 27, 2020 - League of Wisconsin Municipalities - COVID-19 Update #30
COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
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League COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable Conference Calls
This call is for City/Village Officials,
including mgrs./adm. & Staff Only

Monday, April 27 - 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 28 - 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Guest - Missy Hughes, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO

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Friday, May 1 - 9:00-10 a.m.

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Meeting ID: 919 6078 3036
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If you aren't able to connect or have a question after participating, please contact Jerry Deschane at email .

We will schedule additional calls as needed. Notice and call-in information will be provided on the League's website and in these Special Edition newsletters, which will also be sent as needed.
Trainings & Conferences
Calendar this!
League Webinar on best practices for virtual meetings

The League will be hosting a free webinar discussing best practices for virtual meetings on Wednesday, May 6, starting at 11:00 a.m. This webinar is open to all city and village council and board members, clerks and other municipal leaders. You will learn the basic open meeting requirements as they apply in a virtual meeting, along with etiquette, communication tips and discuss various software platforms.

This event is free for League members and no pre-registration is required. Event login information will be provided in next Monday’s League COVID-19 Newsletter. 
Exciting! League’s Local Government 101 program now offered as webinars

The League’s 1-day workshop provides a basic framework for governing to both new city and village officials and those who want to brush up on their knowledge of local governance. 
You’ll learn about city and village powers including municipal home rule, hear about how to recognize and avoid conflicts of interest, go home with a quick tutorial on municipal budgeting as well as how to run a meeting and finish with an overview on managing public works projects. In addition, you’ll have that age-old question answered: “what is a walking quorum anyway?”

We're adapting and have converted three of the one-day workshops into webinars - with more dates to follow. Participants who opt for the online webinar version have the option to take the course all in one day or mix and match the four different modules during any of our offered webinar dates over a 12 month period following their registration. In addition to the online training, participants will have the option of receiving a hard copy workbook or a USB version. The cost of the program is $70 per person.

Upcoming League Conferences and Workshops
Our priority is your safety and well-being. Decisions on whether to hold, cancel or postpone League events will be made with that priority as our number-one concern. 

League's Local Gov 101 Workshops - three programs were scheduled for May and one for June 5th.  All four Local Gov 101 programs will be provided as webinars. Details here .

League's Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers - POSTPONED TO 2021! Please mark your calendar for June 9-11, 2021 (yes, that is next year !) at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay.  

League's Municipal Attorneys Institute has been POSTPONED! Please stay tuned for details.

Decisions about the other upcoming programs will also be made with health and safety in mind. We will provide notice in our newsletters and on our website regarding those and future workshops. Details on cancellation policies and more... 
Scroll down toward the end of this newsletter for more events. For example, the Local Government Essentials, brought to you by the Local Government Center at UW-Madison Extension are listed there.
NEW - Act 185 - State Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic  

FAQs on Waiver of Interest on Late Property Tax Payments

The League’s FAQs are  here . (PDF) 

Wisconsin Counties Association Model Act 185 Waiver Resolution  (Word Doc will download to your computer.)

Reminder Corrected - Reducing Alcohol Beverage Licensing Fees in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
By the League of Wisconsin Municipalities
April 21, 2020

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities has received many questions relating to whether municipalities may reduce alcohol beverage licensing fees for the upcoming 2020 licensing renewal period or take other steps to help restaurants and bars hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting “Safer-at-Home” order. Read the corrected memo... (there was a typo that has been corrected.)
Frequently Asked Questions f rom the League's past COVID-19 Newsletters have been updated and c an be accessed here .

Reminder - State Emergency Order #28 - Extending the Safer At Home Order   and   FAQs Issued on April 16, 2020

The FAQs include a grid regarding Business Requirements that you will likely find very helpful. As examples, it includes information on farmer's markets, golf courses, food trucks and rummage sales.
White House/CDC Coronavrius Task Force Guidelines for Opening Up America Again can be found here .
NEW - COVID-19 Business Resources
By the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

“This page is designed to provide the latest, best information to our clients and the citizens of Wisconsin on resources aimed at maintaining the vitality of the companies upon which our economy depends. As the volume of inquiries through our phone lines and website prevents us from responding individually to people as we would like, we invite you to visit this page regularly. We plan to update this directory as new information and resources become available.”

You can click here to share this information from the League's Facebook page to your own. Or go directly to their website here .
Reminder - Tracking Expenses - Helpful Guidance and Templates

Grants Portal Account and Request for Public Assistance FEMA

Note: FEMA assistance will be provided at a 75% Federal cost share.

Spreadsheet Templates are available on our website here .

Thanks to Sharon Eveland, Clintonville and Kevin Lahner, Waukesha for providing these resources!
NEW - State Trust Fund Loan Program Overview
from Sarah Godlewski, Wisconsin State Treasurer/Chair of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) in this letter to League members.

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands offers fixed rate loans with competitive interest rates. Our application process is extremely simple, and borrowers pay no fees, including application and prepayment penalties. Of course, the best part of the loan program is that interest earned is distributed annually to fund public school library materials throughout Wisconsin.

• No fees, interest rates are locked at application for up to 6 months at no cost to the borrower
• Loan prepayment is allowed without penalty
• Fast, efficient process typically takes 30-45 days and can be expedited.
For more information please visit the General Obligation Loan Fact Sheet .
If our office can be of service, please don’t hesitate to email treasurer@wisconsin.gov .
How to Request an Absentee Ballot by the Village of Marathon City
Want to encourage voting by Absentee Ballot?

The Village of Marathon City created two videos to help their residents understand the process. You can watch their videos on their YouTube Channel here .

Thanks to Administrator Andy Kurtz for providing the scripts so that you can create your own.

The Absentee Ballot Process Behind the Scenes (Word Document) Soon to be in production.
City of Oshkosh "It's As Easy as 1-2-3" Absentee Ballot Campaign
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security
Information on State and Federal Assistance including FEMA and the CARES Act is on the League's COVID-19 website here .
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is on the League's website on the Employees page here.
If you don't find what you need or if you have resources to contribute,
please email Jerry Deschane.
The Wisconsin Policy Forum
"As the only local governments in Wisconsin that receive significant sales tax revenues, counties will see a significant blow from the current crisis, particularly in regions that rely on tourists and other visitors. Other key revenue streams also will take a hit, including collections from charges for services, and a likely rise in delinquent property tax payments also may create fiscal challenges.  Continue reading.. ."

Click here to share this "Yes, It's Working" Graphic by the Department of Health Services from the League's Facebook page to your own.

Additional Badger Bounce Back graphics are on the DHSWI website here .
Reminder - The Five Things We Need for a Smart Re-Start

This graph was presented by Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Raymond, Sr. in an April 15 presentation.

Public Health experts, including experts advising the federal effort, echo Dr. Raymond's list.

Click here to share this from the League's Facebook page to your own. This is also be posted to the League's website along with the full slide deck.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Communication Collaborative for COVID-19 Response has developed 10 essential steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. They reflect the overall need for maintaining a physical distance from each other, washing you hands and staying home: Read the article...
How to join the Wisconsin Historical Society COVID-19 Journal Project
The Wisconsin Historical Society is inviting state residents and those with a connection to the state to keep 30-, 60-, or 90-day journals in whatever format works best for the author. They can be written, recorded as audio or video, photographed or expressed through artwork.

Journals will be collected and become part of the society's permanent archives as it strives to document the COVID-19 pandemic. To take part, go to https://wisconsinhistory.org/records/Article/CS16333

Journaling through the COVID-19 pandemic to record history
The project is modeled after a similar initiative during the Civil War when some Wisconsin troops were issued journals and asked to document their war-time experience. Some of those journals are now part of the vast archives at the society, which was founded in 1846 in Madison. Read the story...

Please consider sharing Facebook posts from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services Facebook page to your own Facebook page. Scroll down their page to see what they've posted.

Copy and paste this explanation of #SaferAtHome into your posts:

To slow the spread, limit close interaction to the same 5 people TOTAL, NOT different small groups."  #SaferAtHome
Webinars and Training
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
3:00 PM  5:00 PM CST
Follow-up Q&A |  Thursday, April 30  |   3pm CST

Chuck Marohn, founder of Strong Towns, and Quint Studer, author of 
Building a Vibrant Community, will team up again in this free webinar. They'll explore what the future looks-and what local leaders can do to help their communities emerge from the pandemic stronger and better than before.
  • How to leverage forces forged in the pandemic-greater connectedness and a focus on localism-as accelerants to create long-term vibrancy
  • Thoughtful strategies for investing stimulus dollars
  • Why your approach should center on 4 key foundational areas: placemaking, economic development, civic education, and early learning
  • What leaders are doing right now to set themselves up for success on the other side
  • High-impact ways to support your small business community as they adapt to the "future normal."
  • The power of messaging: how to engage citizens, rally your community, create buy-in for smart, incremental growth and create a culture that is resilient.


Local Government Essentials
Programs brought to you by the Local Government Center at UW-Madison Extension

Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing – Part 1
Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Under state law, Wisconsin municipalities issue and renew alcohol licenses. New municipal clerks and others looking for a refresher on the basics of alcohol licensing will benefit most from this session. Learn about the different types of licenses, license qualifications, notice requirements, and other statutory requirements as your municipality prepares for the upcoming license renewal period.
Presented by Attorney Carol Nawrocki of the Wisconsin Towns Association and Attorney Claire Silverman of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing – Part 2
Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Part 2 is intended for both new and continuing officials who want to stay up-to-date with recent changes in the law, current issues, and Wisconsin Department of Revenue resources related to alcohol licensing. In addition to providing these updates, Mr. Quam will be available to answer any questions you submit ahead of time, and if time, those questions posed during the presentation. To submit questions, please email them by Wednesday, May 1, 2020 to  lgc@extension.wisc.edu .
Presented by Tyler Quam Special Agent-in-Charge at Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit.
General Resources
COVID-19 is a virus that has not previously infected humans and information about its rate of spread and its effects is still largely unknown, which makes it incredibly important to be highly cautious in dealing with the current situation. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will continue to provide the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. You are encouraged to monitor the site for updated guidance as the situation continues to evolve.

Want to share relevant and credible information to your Social Media?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Facebook & on Twitter (Scroll down to see more recent posts.)

The Wisconsin Dept of Health Services (DHS) on Facebook & on Twitter.

And the League's social media: