Information Update for 3/31/2020
Date: 31 March, 2020

To: Village of Maple Bluff Residents

From: Tanner Nystrom, Village Administrator / Chief of Police

Subject: COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Update for the Village of Maple Bluff

Dear Residents,

Please see below for the most recent Village of Maple Bluff updates reference our ongoing response to COVID-19. Feel free to reach out to village staff with any questions or concerns by emailing  info@villageofmaplebluff.com or by calling (608) 244-3048. I also invite you to read the information provided on the Maple Bluff Fire Department's website at www.mapleblufffire.com .

Time is Running Out To Vote By Mail  - We continue to urge residents to stay Safer At Home and request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for the April 7th election, but the deadline to request a mailed ballot is this Thursday at 5pm . Visit Myvote.wi.gov to complete your request. Almost 50% of registered voters in Maple Bluff have already done this, Thank You! Election workers and staff will be administering an in-person election on April 7th, but voting by mail will help keep our neighbors and friends healthy. Please contact Sarah Danz, Deputy Administrator/Clerk, at sdanz@villageofmaplebluff.com or 608-230-7651 .

Recreational Programs & Events - We are closely monitoring our planned hiring for summer staff, large events (which include: Bocce, All-Village Graduation Party, Summer Concerts and Fest on the Fourth) and summer recreation programs. All of these offerings may be subject to change or be delayed and we ask for your patience as new developments unfold. Late registration fees will be waived as a result of the virus. Should the Village need to cancel or delay programs, a credit on your ActiveNet account or a refund check will be issued.  Currently, we have suspended summer program enrollment and will reevaluate throughout the month of April when we will reopen registration . Please stay tuned for more information regarding registration availability.

Recreational Facilities - The Dailey Cabin, Beach House, Gym, Playgrounds, Tennis Courts and Basketball court remain closed through the Emergency Order. We will continue to provide updates as these amenities have restrictions lifted. The Village still offers a lot of great passive recreational opportunities such as: biking, walking, fishing, boating and nature viewing just to name a few. This is a great chance to challenge yourself to see how many miles you can put on while we all abide by social distancing.

Seasonal Employment - Employment applications for Lifeguards and CYGW should be submitted prior to April 10 th . The Village cannot guarantee a set number of hours or that summer programs will continue as scheduled. The Village’s employment application can be found under the “Contact Us” tab on the website or can be retrieved inside the Village Center. Program registration can be completed through the following link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/maplebluffrec.

Trash & Toilet Etiquette - Our Public Works crew is working hard under reduced staffing and modified practices to ensure they provide all essential services and contribute to our community’s Safer at Home compliance – Please help them by bagging all trash for collection and being disciplined on what you flush down your toilet!  Sanitary wipes, cloths, and paper towel dumped into our toilet/sanitary system have created multiple backups. Servicing these systems puts unnecessary pressure on our crew. Thank you for understanding!

Recycling & Services Closure - Be sure that all of your recycling material fits into your cart . All pre-arranged collection service of loose recycle materials by Advanced Disposal has been suspended and Dane County Clean Sweep is closed to the public at this time.

Safer At Home Compliance -  We are addressing Safer At Home questions you have, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share how we are working to inform businesses of their compliance obligations within the Village of Maple Bluff. We want to make sure each business understands how the order applies to them while reducing legitimate concerns of our community; who are at home complying with the Governor's order.

On 24 March, Governor Evers provided additional information on the Safer at Home order ( https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/Safer%20at%20Home%20FAQ%203.24.20.pdf ) in response to a growing number of questions about whom the order applied to and to what extent. Home services such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC technicians, landscapers, and other service providers are among the workers who are allowed to continue operations if they are providing services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings. If the services are not necessary to safety, sanitation, and essential operation then they are not permitted while the Safer At Home order is in effect . It is the businesses responsibility to ensure they are in compliance. While performing necessary services they must also comply with social distancing and guidance for essential workers provided by Madison & Dane County Public Health ( https://www.publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/recommendations-and-guidance ).

As Chief of Police, it is my responsibility to safeguard the welfare of our community which includes enforcing the Governor's order when appropriate or necessary. I appreciate everyone doing their best to keep our community safe and beautiful during our response to COVID-19. Self-compliance with Emergency Order #12 prevents all of us from unnecessary risk and possible exposure.

Thank you all for your cooperation and patience! We are here to ensure our community constantly lives up to our reputation and we appreciate all of your support.

Sincerely,

Tanner A. Nystrom
Administrator / Chief of Police
Village of Maple Bluff
18 Oxford Place
Madison, WI. 53704
Work: (608) 244-3048
Desk: (608) 230-7654
tnystrom@villageofmaplebluff.com