By Patrick Lynn
Plover has closed most municipal buildings to the public effective immediately.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, public access to all village offices, with the exception of the Municipal Building, 2400 Post Rd., is now restricted until further notice.
The Municipal Building will remain open for voting, deliveries, and utility bill payments—although customers are encouraged to mail payments or use online banking instead.
Effective March 20, all business with the village’s assessor, administrator, treasurer, clerk, GIS, community development, Plover Fire/EMS, building inspection, police, public works, and water/wastewater departments must be conducted over the phone or by email.
A list of email addresses for village contacts is located at www.ploverwi.gov.
Phone contact information for Village departments are as follows:
Administrative offices, (715) 345-5250
Police department, (715) 345-5255
Fire/EMS department, (715) 345-5310
Building inspection department, (715) 345-5312
Public works, (715) 345-5257
Water department, (715) 345-5254
Wastewater department, (715) 345-5259
Village staff is taking extra precautions to ensure government continuity, according to a news release from Administrator Dan Mahoney.
“Essential functions are intended to be maintained during the outbreak through mitigation strategies such as social distancing, increased hygiene, vaccination of employees and their families, and other similar approaches,” Mahoney said via email.
The village has also suspended all non-essential travel for employees, as well as committee meetings until further notice. Future board meetings will be held only to conduct essential business, and the public is encouraged to make their comments by email, instead of appearing in person.
In his email, Mahoney asked the public to continue following guidelines for health and hygiene set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, adding, “the village board wishes to commend all those who are following self-quarantine and self-isolation measures. You’re doing a great job; please keep reminding your family and friends of the importance of these measures until COVID-19 is under control.”
Mahoney ended his message with this:
“Please keep our local businesses in mind. Support them when you can, using online ordering or drive-thru facilities when practical. We’re all in this together.”