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City Response to COVID-19

Thursday?
Is anyone else having a hard time keeping track of the day of the week in the midst of this odd time in our world? Today’s edition is all the important COVID-19 items you should be aware of. I would like to first say, be a good neighbor. This is the time for our community to come together and support each other in any way possible. While reading below you will see a plea from the clerk’s office – we are in desperate need of election inspectors who are “low risk” for contracting COVID-19 so that we can keep our “high risk” election inspectors safe and healthy. Keep reading to find out how you can help. Also listed are all of the closures and deadlines that you need to be aware of. 
Clerk's Office Encourages Residents to Vote Absentee
Voters are encouraged to vote via an absentee ballot (by mail) if they have a compromised immune system or if they are feeling ill themselves. Registered voters may request an absentee ballot via the myvote.wi.gov site - you may request that the ballot is mailed to your home.
A Plea From Your City Clerk's Office:
A plea from your City Clerk's Office: The April 7th Election is currently continuing on as planned. If you’re considered low risk to COVID-19 – here is your opportunity to be a good neighbor to protect our more vulnerable, high risk election staff. The election relies on our generous Citizens during these difficult times.

As you may or may not know, a lot of our election staff is of the "high risk" category. If your mother, father, or neighbor, is a poll worker – they are likely working the April 7th Election. If you are low risk and can clear your schedule for Tuesday, April 7th - PLEASE TAKE THEIR PLACE. You can fill out the application (linked below) and return it to City Hall before April 3rd. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, remember - be a good neighbor.
State of Emergency: COVID-19
Mayor Dave Ament has declared a State of Emergency within the City of New Berlin in light of the public health threat posed by COVID-19. The State of Emergency is proclaimed for the next 60 days or until modified by further proclamation or action by the Common Council of the City of New Berlin.
Emergency Order #5
Under the direction of Governor Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has ordered a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings of 10 people or more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A "mass gathering" is any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 10 or more people in a single confined or enclosed space at the same time. Read the Order by clicking the button below.
City of New Berlin COVID-19 Webpage
The City of New Berlin has started a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 communications. It has useful links and important information coming straight from City Hall. While you're there, sign-up to receive COVID-19 Alerts sent straight to your email and phone.
COVID-19: City Closures
Recreation Programs

Programs & Activities scheduled to conclude on or before Sunday, April 5th:
Refunds will automatically be issued via the method of original payment. There is no need to formally request a refund. We as for your patience in receiving refunds due to volume.

Programs & Activities scheduled to conclude after Sunday, April 5th:
We will be continuing to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. If the situation allows us to reschedule programs to a later date, we will do so. Should the suspension of programs be extended so that rescheduling is not possible, we will then automatically issue a refund.

New Berlin Public Library

The New Berlin Public Library is closed through April 5th, however drive-up service will remain available. Please call the Library at 262-785-4980 for any further questions.

Community Center & Rentals

The Community Center and all of the rentals scheduled there thru Sunday, May 10th, are cancelled. The City will be issuing full refunds via the original method of payment. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and ask for your patience while we process this large volume of refunds.

Hickory Grove

Hickory Grove is closed thru April 5th.

New Berlin Municipal Court

The New Berlin Municipal Court office has ordered:

  • Effective March 16, 2020, all traffic, ordinance, and juvenile intake dates are suspended. Any previously filed citations will be adjourned to a date and time beyond April 8, 2020.
  • There shall be no trials or pretrials held on, or before, April 8, 2020.
  • For more information please visit the New Berlin Municipal Court Website.
Suspension of Building Inspections
The New Berlin Building Inspection Department will be suspending all non-essential building, electric, plumbing and HVAC inspections effective 03/18/2020 until further notice. At this time we will continue to perform inspections of new construction for both residential and commercial projects in addition to residential and commercial additions and alterations. However, precautionary screen questions will be asked.
New Berlin Police Department Cancellations
Suspended:
  • Applicant/Citizen Fingerprinting Services
  • Preliminary Breath Testing Services
  • Station Tours/Citizen Ride-Alongs

Postponed:
  • Discover New Berlin (3/21-Hosted by New Berlin Chamber of Commerce)
  • New Berlin Vs. Waukesha Police/Fire Boots & Badgers Basketball Fundraiser Event (4/17)
  • ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities New Berlin Spaghetti Dinner (4/30)

Cancelled:
  • Spring 2020 Citizens' Police Academy Program
  • Remainder of 2020 Midnight Basketball Program (3/20 & 3/27)
  • New Berlin Junior Women's CLub Pancake Breakfast/Egg Hunt (3/28)
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice Spring Drug Take Back Event (4/25)
Discover New Berlin
POSTPONED

Discover New Berlin has been postponed due to COVID-19. Organizers intend to reschedule the event for later in the year. Click the button below for more information.
Suspending Privilege of the Floor?
On Tuesday, March 24th the New Berlin Common Council will discuss and take possible action on suspending Privilege of the Floor during Council Meetings. Residents would instead be allowed to submit their comments to citizencomments@newberlin.org. Submitted comments will then be distributed to the Council in advance of the meeting. Residents that were planning to participate in the upcoming meeting (3/24/20) during Privilege of the Floor are encouraged to submit their comments via the above email in anticipation of this action. 
Parks & Playgrounds Closures
Effective Wednesday, March 18th all City of New Berlin Park Playgrounds, including neighborhood playgrounds, are closed until further notice.
Exercise Your Right To Vote
The Spring Election and Presidential Preference is Tuesday, April 7th. In-person absentee voting in the Clerk's office has begun. View the articles below for more information on voting safely amid COVID-19.
COVID-19: How to Safely Vote
The safety and health of our residents, staff and election workers are of the utmost importance to the City of New Berlin. We are consistently monitoring recommendations from the CDC, WEC, and Waukesha County and are doing everything we can to implement those into the polling locations for the April 7th Spring Election and Presidential Preference. View the graphic to the right to see the steps being taken.
In-Person Absentee Voting in
Clerk's Office
In-person Absentee voting has begun in the Clerk's Office for the April 7th Spring Election and Presidential Preference. Registered voters can cast their ballots early by coming to City Hall during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM). This will last through April 3rd.
Tax
 Installments Due
Second tax installments are due March 31st. The City of New Berlin offers a variety of ways to pay that don't require coming into City Hall. Click the button below for more information on the multiple ways to pay.
The 2020 Census Has Been Mailed
If you have not already received an invitation from the US Census Bureau to respond to the 2020 Census, it should be arriving soon. Our goal is to beat New Berlin's 2010 Census Self-Response Rate of 85%! Wisconsin’s 2010 Response Rate was 73.5%, second only to the State of Minnesota (74.1%).  So please, respond promptly to the 2020 Census online, by phone or thru the mail.  
March Feature of the Month
The significance of the 2020 Census has lead us to name it our March Feature of the Month. Click the button below to view the City of New Berlin's Census Page and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Thanks For Reading!
-Your City Clerk,
Georgia Stanford
City of New Berlin
262-786-8610
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