Update – 10/16/2020
DO YOUR PART – LET’S STOP THE SPREAD
CITY OF KAUKAUNA MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS TO CLOSE MONDAY, 10/19/2020
*except to voters
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus and priority has been, and continues to be, on the health and safety of our employees and residents of the City of Kaukauna. We recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of our staff and our community by following the guidance of county and state health officials and the CDC.
Due to the widespread increase of COVID-19 in our area, effective Monday, October 19, 2020, the City of Kaukauna Municipal Services Building (MSB), 1000 Islands Environmental Center, and the Street, Park, and Rec (SPAR) Building will close their doors to the general public until further notice. The Kaukauna Public Library will remain closed. The MSB will be open, however, for in-person early voting ONLY (which begins Tuesday, October 20). The MSB and the SPAR Building will be open to voters ONLY on Tuesday, November 3 for election day. All City services will continue as normal; for assistance, please visit our website or call or email the appropriate department.
It is difficult, as a leader, to implement these measures when we are striving to build community, not divide and isolate. And, like you, I am eager to get back to open doors, open recreation and community gatherings, prospering businesses, and all the things we were able to enjoy prior to the onset of the pandemic.
I am reaching out to the community – residents, visitors, and businesses in the City of Kaukauna – to ask for everyone’s help in combatting this pandemic that we are still living with.
We are experiencing an alarming surge of positive cases in Wisconsin, in the Fox Valley and right here in the City of Kaukauna – your families and your neighbors are getting sick, and the daily death toll continues to rise. Businesses are shuttering, not because of government mandate, but loss of employees and loss of customers.
My hopes are that we can come together and do better for the good of all. I am asking everyone to do your part; so our schools can get back to functioning, so our hospitals are no longer overwhelmed, so families can see their loved ones in long-term care facilities, so businesses can open their doors, so we can all get back to a sense of security and normalcy.
We are all tired of having our lives interrupted by this pandemic, but we cannot let our guard down, and we cannot sustain the path we’re on if we don’t contain the spread of this disease. I’m calling on all of you to take personal responsibility and please follow the health guidelines – wear a mask in public, maintain social distancing, wash your hands, stay home if you are sick.
I am also calling on local businesses to act responsibly in the conduct of your workplaces and facilities – only you can control your business environment and help stop spread amongst your employees, your patrons, and all those they come in contact with.
We all want this to be over, but in times of crisis, we need to take action. Please do your part!
-Mayor Anthony J. Penterman
Updates as of 07/21/20
“From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus and priority has been, and continues to be, on the health and safety of our employees and residents of the City of Kaukauna. Therefore, effective Wednesday, July 22nd, face coverings will be required when inside any city-owned building/facility for all employees, as well as visitors, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of our staff and our community by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC. We as a City cannot afford to let this virus wipe out any of our departments, especially police, fire, streets and/or our utilities. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our employees and visitors in wearing face coverings to protect their safety and the safety of their fellow neighbor.
As a reminder, we ask residents and other visitors to please first consider using our website or calling the appropriate department for assistance. We offer many options to serve residents’ needs without making an in-person visit. Please note that person-to-person meetings between the public and staff are available by appointment only. Please call the appropriate department to make arrangements.
Thank you, Kaukauna, for doing your part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
– Mayor Tony Penterman
For visitors entering a City-owned building/indoor facility, please see these guidelines.
Updates as of 05/27/20
Reopening City Buildings
A statement from Mayor Tony Penterman in regards to the reopening of City buildings:
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the City of Kaukauna have remained committed to providing the same services to the residents of our community via online platforms and telephone. City staff have worked through a plan to reopen City buildings to the public with safety measures in place to keep staff and residents safe. Click here for further detail on reopening strategies for each facility/department.
While our city buildings will be open to the public, we ask residents and other visitors to please first consider using our website or calling the appropriate department for assistance. We offer many options to serve residents’ needs without making an in-person visit. Please note that person-to-person meetings between the public and staff are available by appointment only. Please call the appropriate department to make arrangements.
Here are the open dates for a few city buildings (click here for further detail)
- Kaukauna Public Library – opening Wednesday, May 27th
- 1000 Islands Environmental Center (lobby area only) – opening Monday, June 1st
- Municipal Services Building, SPAR Building, Police Department Lobby – opening Monday, June 8th
Thank you for your patience as we work through these details. Please continue to stay safe and remain cognizant to the fact that this virus is still present.”
Updates as of 05/15/20
-Mayor Tony Penterman
Click here for guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Updates as of 05/14/20
On Wednesday, May 13th, the WI State Supreme Court struck down Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order. However, on Thursday, May 14th, Outagamie County Public Health Division issued a local Safer at Home Order, which mirrors the State’s former Orders (Safer At Home, Badger Bounce Back, and Turn the Dial), effective at 8:00am on May 14, 2020. The City of Kaukauna is required to follow authority of the county and enforce the Safer at Home Order. The full Order can be found here. And the press release from Outagamie County can be found here.
We recognize that residents and businesses are anxious to move beyond these restrictions, however, we are mandated by law to follow the order of the Outagamie County Public Health Officer.
As stated in the press release from Outagamie Public Health Division, this Order has been established to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow CDC and DHS guidelines for staying healthy and preventing the spread of the virus.
For more information on the regional COVID-19 testing site, please visit the county website.
City buildings will remain closed, but, as stated before, most city services will continue as normal. Please stay tuned to our social media and website for updates along the way.
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
Mayor Tony Penterman has declared a Public Health Emergency in the City of Kaukauna. While no cases have been confirmed here, they are popping up near us. We are proactively trying to minimize the spread of this virus locally.
Effective Tuesday, March 17th at 1pm, most City buildings will be closed to the public until Tuesday, May 26th. Even though our buildings are closed to the public, City services will continue as normal. With questions, we encourage you to call, email, or use our website to contact the appropriate department.
We have received many questions regarding the April 7th election. Please remember that absentee ballots to vote are available by mail. You can request one at myvote.wi.gov. You can contact our City Clerk’s office at 920-766-6300 for assistance. In-person early voting starts March 23 as scheduled and polling locations will still be open and operating normally for anyone who prefers to vote in person on Election Day.
See the official press release and proclamation here.
This website page will be updated continuously with cancellations and other information.
For cancellations from from each City Department, click the links to the left. Their direct numbers are listed below for questions:
- 1000 Islands Environmental Center – 920-766-4733
- Clerk/Treasurer – 920-766-6300
- Kaukauna Public Library – 920-766-6340
- Municipal Court – 920-766-6378
- Police Department – 920-766-6333
- Recreation Department – 920-766-6335