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Announcements

Volunteers Needed

The Public Works Department is looking for volunteers to help take care of the flower beds located in Vet’s Park and Isaac Walton Park. If you are interested, please contact Wabasha Public Works Department at 651-565-3404, or email us at [email protected]

2020 Fireworks Display

Wabasha’s Annual Fireworks Display will be held as usual on Saturday July 4th at dusk from Malone Park. In the event of rain, it will be held on Sunday July 5th at dusk. Thank you to our sponsors, as well as all the businesses and individuals that have already donated. Your donations do make a difference! We are still accepting donations which can be dropped off at City Hall. As this annual display approaches, please continue to follow the Minnesota Stay Safe Plan Guidelines for social settings and outdoor events which can be reviewed by visiting the website at: https://mn.gov/…/for-minnes…/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp

Please be mindful of others around you and practice social distancing. Stay safe and enjoy the show!

Annual Spring Clean Up July 11, 2020 8am-noon

Time to do some household clean up!  Details are listed in the link below

Spring Clean Up 2020

City Parks are now open

Beginning Friday May 22, 2020, City Parks are open for use which include: Isaac Walton Park, Malone Park, Bruegger Park, Heritage Park, Athletic Field Park, Beach Park, and Schmidt Park. There is still some work to be done at the Pool and Athletic Field restrooms which will be opening Tuesday May 26, 2020. Please practice social distancing and follow all COVID-19 guidelines when visiting any of our City Parks. You will also need to bring your own hand sanitizer for your own personal use. A reminder that the water in the restroom sinks are NOT heated. Enjoy using our City Parks and stay healthy and safe!

City of Wabasha Port Authority Emergency Loan Program in Response to COVID-19 has additional funding available to assist local businesses

At the May 19, 2020 Port Authority meeting, the City of Wabasha Port Authority approved additional funding for the City of Wabasha Port Authority Emergency Loan Program in Response to COVID-19.  The objective of this loan program is to assist businesses in the Wabasha-Kellogg area that are affected by the economic climate surrounding COVID-19.   This loan program was put in place to help businesses with normal, on-going expenses during this unprecedented situation. The first offering of Port Authority Emergency Loans was approved in April 2020, which provided $80,000 worth of loans to local businesses.

Businesses that are interested in receiving information regarding the second offering of the City of Wabasha Port Authority Emergency Loan Program can do so by downloading the application and personal financial statement. Please submit all the supporting documents via mail (must be postmarked by Thursday, June 4th) to:  City Hall, 900 Hiawatha Drive E, PO Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981.  Documents can also be emailed to [email protected] or dropped in one of our two drop box locations (corner of the post office or at city hall).  These loans are subject to rules and regulations included on the application.  Applications for the second offering of Port Authority Emergency Loan Program are due to Wabasha City Hall by 4PM on Friday June 5, 2020.

Wabasha Port Authority Emergency Loan Application-2

Personal Financial Statement

No Wake Zone in place 

Reminder for river traffic, the no wake zone enforcement period begins Memorial Weekend, May 22, 2020.  The City of Wabasha no wake zone is from the upper Parkside Marina rock point, extending downriver to Bailey Avenue, just below the National Eagle Center.  Markers have been placed on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River marking these areas, along with signage on the shore.  Please be mindful of this area and follow all No Wake Zone requirements while traveling up and down the river in this section.  Law Enforcement will be monitoring boat traffic through the entire summer until the end of Labor Day weekend.  Have a great boating season and let’s all be safe out there.

Candidacy Filing Information

Applications are being accepted for Candidacy filing for City Council in Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3. The deadline for filing is 5pm on June 2, 2020. Below is the link which outlines the “how-to’s”. You can download the forms on the Secretary of State website or stop into City Hall during our normal business hours (M-Thurs 9-4, Friday 9-11)  to pick up a packet.

Large Ward Map

https://www.sos.state.mn.us/election-administration-campaigns/become-a-candidate/

Wabasha Public Library

Wabasha  Public  Library  will accept  appointments to enter the Library  from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.  One person or two people from the same household may schedule a 15 minute appointment to visit the library for browsing of materials or for use of the public computers.  Arrangements may be made by calling the library at 651-565-3927.  Upon entering the library, visitors should plan on washing or sanitizing hands and wearing a face mask.  A hand sanitizer station is located at the entrance and disposable masks are available.  The appointment process will stay in place until further notice.  Curbside pickup will continue until further notice.

*Please note:  one parent and one child may visit the children’s room at this time, call for an appointment.

Full details of the temporary reopening policy may be found here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MTRamyKL5lL5P3UXWnndYX-ipDHUh153/view?usp=sharing

Update May 18, 2020

After Governor Walz update last week it has been decided that the City will open it’s doors to the Public today Monday May 18, 2020 at 9am and return to regular business hours. City Hall will continue to have proper cleaning procedures in place to ensure protection to the public and all staff entering the City Hall building. As a reminder, please utilize the 2 drop box locations for utility payments to limit entry into City Hall. All City meetings will continue to be held via Zoom until the Governor’s restrictions on gatherings of 10 or less are lifted.

As always, we thank you for your understanding and patience as we go through theses changes together.

Community Garden Plots

City of Wabasha Community Garden Plots are now available to lease.  If you are interested please complete the application/agreement form and rules/assignment procedures and return the forms along with the plot fee of $10.00 directly to City Hall, PO Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981.  You can also return the forms at one of the two drop boxes which are located at City Hall and on the corner of the Post Office.  If you have questions, please call City Hall at 651-565-4568

2020 Garden Plot Application & Agreement Form-Waiver

2020 Garden Plot Rules & Assignment Procedures

Census 2020

Does the Census really impact me?? Why bother, its just a waste of my time!! How do I benefit from filling out the form??  These might be some of the thoughts going through your head about the Census. But did you know there is a greater value to our community if your counted. If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to fill out the form and visit their website to understand the importance. #2020Census
https://2020census.gov/en/community-impact.html

Brush Dump Notice

The City of Wabasha has been overwhelmed with an influx of brush from neighboring communities and out of town residents. This will NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED! We cannot keep up with the removal of the brush pile after the company that used to do it basically for free will no longer provide this service. The city brush dump is for City of Wabasha residents ONLY. If you are not a Wabasha resident within our city limits, please contact your local government offices to inquire on where to properly dispose of your brush and other materials. Please share this information with your neighbors, friends, and anyone who is illegally dumping. It is video monitored and illegal dumping will be ticketed by the Wabasha Police Department. If conditions persist, the brush dump gate will be locked and only open during normal business hours, as it was in the past. We are not the place to dump off your rocks, brick, gravel, or any other objects or material. Tickets will also be issued for this illegal dumping. If anyone needs to report illegal dumping, contact the Public Works shop at 651-565-3404, or email at [email protected]org with license plate number and pictures if possible.  Thank you, Public Works Department

Update April 27, 2020

By way of update after discussing Governor Walz executive orders from last Thursday April 23, 2020 The City of Wabasha will continue to follow the Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Walz and make weekly assessments on when and what to re-open. All City Buildings continue to remain closed to the public until further notice. All meetings will continue to be held virtually either via conference call or Zoom, the mode of delivery will be on the agendas as they are published.

This decision is made to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

City staff recognize the impact this may have on residents and encourage correspondence via email and calling city hall and leaving a message. Your calls and emails will be answered in a timely manner.

We care about our residents and City Staff is here to help answer questions and support you during this time.

Phone Numbers
City Hall: 1-651-565-4568
City Public Works: 1-651-565-3404
Non-Emergency Police: 1-651-565-3361

Main City Hall Email Contact – [email protected]
Administrator
Clerk
Finance Director
Deputy Clerk
Public Works/Waste Water

Planning/Zoning – [email protected]

Building Permit & Zoning please email or call 1-651-560-4861. Building Permits will still be processed, please be patient as these will be dealt with as timely as possible.

As previously stated, the following actions are still in place.

1. Effective for the March utility billing (received in April) and April utility billing (received in May) the City of Wabasha will not be charging late fees for late payment. The City will review this after the April billing to possibly extend this period.

2. No Utility Disruption – as stated before we have suspended all utility shutoffs (sewer and water) for users within the City of Wabasha. This does not mean you do not have to pay your bill. Bills will continue to go out. If you know this will be an issue, please be proactive and reach out to the city to make us aware. As mentioned earlier please utilize the city drop boxes by the Post Office and City Hall when making payments or better yet utilize the on-line bill pay on our website. Direct payment plans are another option to consider and can be set up too, please contact City Hall for enrollment.

3. Code Red – If you have not signed up for Code Red here is a link to sign up https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/C40C26DFBD62 while we have not used this for the COVID-19 outbreak yet there may come a time that we do.

4. As previously stated we have suspended any solicitor (peddler) permits that have been issued and will deny any further permits until the State of Emergency has lapsed. If you encounter any door to door salesmen or otherwise please contact the non-emergency police number at 651-565-3361.

5. All buildings in public parks will remain locked and winterized until the State of Emergency is over. Currently Beach Park is the only open park and it will be cleaned twice a day. We will be following the guidance and recommendations from the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/park-administrators.html

6. As previously stated Liquor License paperwork and state information has been sent out. Businesses are still required to complete them in a timely manner to keep them current as in past practices. We will be deferring the actual fee related to these licenses until October 1, 2020. Letters have been mailed out to all applicable businesses regarding this. All Temporary Liquor Licenses are being denied due to Minnesota Executive Order 20-20.

Please continue to watch over your neighbors and friends during this time and do what you can to help.
Regards,

Chad Springer, City Administrator
Wendy Busch, City Clerk

Message from Mayor Durand:

Greetings Wabasha neighbors,

In what has seemed a blur of daily updates, more than a month has passed since life as we knew it collectively has been disrupted, suspended, or altered in some fashion by a public health crisis that seemed unimaginable until now. Some of us find ourselves unemployed or underemployed, while others are working more than ever. Some have closed their businesses, while others have repurposed or realigned key resources in response. Some of us are content to stay safe at home for the greater good. For others, it is not so easy. Either way, it’s safe to say we’ve never valued each other more. We all miss terribly the collegiality of our customers, clients, coworkers, employees and employers. We respect and appreciate the services and commitment of our businesses. And we long for the everyday intimacy and support of our extended families and friends.

Still fully functioning, your local government, public works, police, firefighters, and EMS have also made important changes to adapt to current conditions and plan and prepare for future demands. City Council has effectively moved to a public virtual meeting supported by teleconference. Members of the public may dial in or view the audio broadcast to local television as usual. The conference call number can be found in Council’s agenda packet posted to the City’s webpage: http://www.wabasha.org (see “City Government”). We will, with the leadership of our administrator and department heads, begin revisiting what the City’s priorities should be in these unprecedented times. A flexible approach to solving problems as effective mitigation and containment strategies become better understood will ensure we learn, share, collaborate and compare best practices with other communities. We will collaborate to ensure the financial implications on local governmental units are planned for and managed with great consideration.

One critical source of information and influence are our state and federal representatives. They have been in touch frequently. In the past several weeks I have been privileged to participate in several virtual round tables with our representatives from the US Senate and Congress. And today, the League of Minnesota Cities engaged local government staff and elected officials from around the state in an interactive webinar with Governor Walz. It was clear in this morning’s discussion that our leaders are seeking our feedback, hearing it, and acting as rapidly as possible on the collective concerns we all have for the safety of our citizens, the resilience of our communities, and the recovery of our local economies.

At this very early timepoint in the state’s response, we can in no way draw definitive conclusions about how this global pandemic will impact our beloved piece of the planet or practically bear on our daily lives in the coming months and years. But we should be prepared for change. And to allow that we come through that change a better society, we can remain confident that the strong community bonds that exist in Wabasha and the greater region and State of Minnesota will be there, stronger than ever, as we move forward together.

I welcome your contact at [email protected]

With support and affection in these uncertain times,

Emily Durand, Mayor
City of Wabasha

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Retailers Association offers guidelines and critical next steps

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce provides the following guidelines and suggestions to assist other Minnesota businesses in their efforts to provide safe workplaces for their employees and customers. The link below highlights the suggested best practices when returning to work.
https://www.mnchamber.com/sites/default/files/MN%20Chamber%20Best%20Practices%20edition%201.pdf

You can also visit the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce website for more information at https://www.mnchamber.com/

The Minnesota Retailers Association released the critical next steps plan for Minnesota’s Retailers & Consumers. It is broken up into 3 phases covering the immediate and long term plans in this link   https://mnretail.org/images/CriticalNextStepsForMinnesota.pdf

To see this plan and other helpful information you can also visit their website at https://www.mnretail.org/covid-19

Thank you Representative Barb Haley for sharing this valuable information with our community!

City of Wabasha Local Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting
Apr 22, 2020 06:00 PM
To Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/95142747890?pwd=S0NKVEpZRVZUWnBLSVN4VEQzTDd3Zz09

Meeting ID: 951 4274 7890
Password: 369278

USDA Implements Immediate Measures

USDA has implemented measures to offer opportunities for immediate relief and also provide resources available to assist rural residents, businesses and communities. The following link will direct you to their recent announcement with the resources and programs available.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_RD_SA_COVID19_CUMULATIVEUpdate04152020.pdf

USDA and its Federal Partners have programs for assistance

USDA COVID-19 Fed Rural Resource Guide

This useful COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide from the USDA is geared toward serving the needs for rural residents, businesses and communities by offering programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by this COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support the recovery efforts through technical, training and management assistance; financial assistance and state/local assistance.  You can also visit the USDA website at https://www.usda.gov/ to keep up to date on the latest information and updates.

Wabasha Public Library Announcement

Wabasha Public Library will offer curbside pickup service of requested library materials beginning the week of April 13th. Curbside pickup will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Requests may be placed online at  https://wabasha.lib.mn.us/  under “Online Catalog Search” or by calling 651-565-3927. Please have your library card number ready when placing requests.  If you are in need of a new library card, please call the library.  Library staff will fill requests, notify patrons, place the library materials in bags marked with the individual’s name and place them outside for pickup.  No one will be allowed to enter the building.  If anyone in the household is sick, please do not request items during this time.  All returned items need to be placed in the outside drop box located in the alley.  Please call the library 651-565-3927 with questions, leave a message if staff is unavailable or email [email protected]

**City Parks Closed-Effective Immediately**

This is a friendly reminder that ALL of our City Parks are closed until further notice due to COVID-19 Virus.  The equipment is not sanitized, and will not be sanitized.  Allowing your kids to play on this equipment increases the chances of spreading the virus.  Please talk to your children and make sure they know that the parks are closed to EVERYONE!  Thank you for your cooperation,  Public Works Department

Small Business Guide

The MN Department of Employment an Economic Development (DEED) has a new guide for MN small businesses who need assistance, visit the following link to see how this guide can help walk small businesses through the different programs currently available at the federal and state level: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/?id=425890

City of Wabasha Port Authority Emergency Loan Program in Response to COVID-19

At a special meeting of the Wabasha Port Authority on Monday, March 23rd, the Port Authority approved an emergency loan program for Wabasha-Kellogg area businesses affected by COVID-19.  The loan program was passed unanimously by all members.  Effective today March 24, 2020, Wabasha Port Authority is announcing its Emergency Loan Program as a response to the economic impact to the Wabasha/Kellogg businesses surrounding COVID-19.  Businesses in the Wabasha-Kellogg area are eligible for this loan program.  The completed application, personal financial statement and supporting documents will be accepted through 4pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  They can be sent via mail (must be postmarked by Monday, March 30th) and sent to:  City Hall, 900 Hiawatha Drive E, PO Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981.  Documents can also be emailed to [email protected] or dropped in one of our two drop box locations (corner of the post office or at city hall).  These loans are subject to rules and regulations included on the application.  The first round of applications will be reviewed starting Wednesday, April 1st.

Although funding is limited, the goal of this program is to provide financial relief to as many businesses in the Wabasha/Kellogg area as possible.

Please contact Chad Springer at 651-565-4568 with any questions.

Wabasha Port Authority Emergency Loan Application

Personal Financial Statement

Update 2:30PM 3-24-2020:

Based on the Declaration of a State of Emergency by the Wabasha City Council the following actions are being taken by City Staff Officials:

  1. Effective for the March utility billing (received in April) and April utility billing (received in May) the City of Wabasha will not be charging late fees for late payment.  The City will review this after the April billing to possibly extend this period.  For those utility bills that were due on March 15 the late fees are still owed.  If you have been assessed late fees for the March 15th due date and would like to request a waiver please contact City Hall.  We will review your payment history and use this in our decision to reduce the late fees.
  2. Effective immediately we have suspended any solicitor (peddler) permits that have been issued and will deny any further permits until the State of Emergency has lapsed.  If you encounter any door to door salesmen or otherwise please contact the non-emergency police number at 651-565-3361.
  3. All buildings in public parks will remain locked and winterized until the State of Emergency is over.
  4. City Hall will remain open at this time with hours to the public between 9AM – 4PM however we do ask that you limit your interaction where you can.  There is a drop box for payments located in City Hall parking lot and one on the corner by the US Post Office.  If you have any other questions or issues that you would like to discuss we ask that you please call City Hall first 651-565-4568 and if possible the business will be transacted over the phone.  Any face to face interaction will be used as a last resort.

The city will continue to communicate any information once it is available.  We are planning to continue the daily updates in the short term unless we feel there is no new information to share.  Please stay tuned to the CDC website, the Minnesota Department of Health and daily updates from Federal and State Officials.  Again, watch over your neighbors and families during these times.

Regards,

Chad Springer, City Administrator

Wendy Busch, City Clerk

Updated 4:00PM 3-23-2020:

10 – 2020 Public Health Emergency

Please review the newly adopted Resolution 2020-10 for a Public Health Emergency

Notice of Emergency Meeting of Wabasha City Council by Electronic Means

*Notice*

The City of Wabasha is calling an Emergency Meeting of the City Council for 8AM Monday March 23 with a single agenda topic:
“To consider a Local Public Health Emergency Declaration by the City of Wabasha.”

Per the City of Wabasha Charter the power for such a declaration is vested with the City Council and is adopted with 5 votes. This declaration simply gives additional powers to City Officials and staff to deal with the imminent situation and threat. This declaration also gives consent to hold regular meetings via telephone. This meeting will be chaired at City Hall by Mayor Durand however council members will be engaged via telephone.

Information will continue to be shared as timely as possible.

Regards,
Chad Springer, City Administrator

Update 12:45PM 3-20-20:

Good Afternoon,

We have shared many updates over the past week and reminders that are very important.  We ask that if you have not seen them all, to take the time to scroll through this announcement section of our website as well as the  City of Wabasha Facebook page City of Wabasha, MN

This may sound like a broken record but we are continuing to practice the guidelines sent by the CDC as well as the State and Local health officials.  There is not any new significant information to share on this front.  However, I wanted to share a few operational updates for today:

Liquor License –paperwork and state information will be going out from the city shortly. Businesses are still required to complete them in a timely manner to keep them current as in past practices. We will be deferring the actual fee related to these licenses until October 1, 2020.  Letters will be mailed out to all applicable businesses regarding this.

The city is continuing to look at ways to assist people and businesses through this unprecedented time and hopefully we will have some information to share early next week on some programs we are working on.

No Utility Disruption – as stated before we have suspended all utility shutoffs (sewer and water) for users within the City of Wabasha.  This does not mean you do not have to pay your bill.  Bills will continue to go out and collection letters will continue to be sent and we expect timely payment. However, if you are unable to make a payment or the payment is late, normal late fees will accrue.  If you know this will be an issue, please be proactive and reach out to the city to make us aware.  As mentioned earlier please utilize the city drop boxes by the Post Office and City Hall when making payments or better yet utilize the on-line bill pay on our website.  Direct payment plans are another option to consider and can be set up too, please contact City Hall for enrollment.

Code Red – If you have not signed up for Code Red here is a link to sign up https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/C40C26DFBD62 while we have not used this for the COVID-19 outbreak yet there may come a time that we do.

City Council has been very active along with Mayor Durand to be proactive in our responses as quickly as we can be, and for that we would like to thank all of them.  In addition to dealing with changes in their homes and lives they have routinely checked in on staff and citizens throughout the city.  Please watch over your neighbors and friends during this time and do what you can to help, this too shall pass and hopefully sooner rather than later!  Stay healthy and enjoy the weekend, thanks.

Chad Springer, City Administrator

Wendy Busch, City Clerk

Flushing Reminder-COVID 19 preparedness extends to sewer pipes

Due to the increase usage, please take a moment to review the non-flushable materials to ensure your sewer pipes operate safely.

https://greatermncities.org/blog/flushing-reminder-covid-19-preparedness-extends-to-sewer-pipes/

Update 10:00AM 3-18-20:

Wabasha Community,

Today is Wednesday March 18th, 2020 and while it seems we have been dealing with this pandemic for weeks already, we are unfortunately still in the early stages of this fight!  From the City of Wabasha’s perspective we do not have any new information to share on our preparedness other then we will continue to monitor on an hour to hour basis as new information becomes available.  The city is fortunate to have different avenues for information and one very important avenue is the League of Minnesota Cities and the information sharing portals they provide.  We receive information and updates on practices and procedures other cities and counties are doing and then relate them back to our current state.  In addition we continue to monitor the state health websites, the CDC, and Wabasha County Public Health.  By way of update today we wanted to share some information on service providers within our community that have reached out to us in the last few days:

Message from Xcel Energy:

  • We are in constant communication with local, state and federal agencies and health organizations to coordinate responses.
  • We will not disconnect service to any residential customer until further notice. If customers are having difficulty paying their bills, they can contact us, and we will arrange a payment plan.
  • We have staffing plans in place to ensure power plant operators, line workers, gas technicians, customer care representatives and others continue delivering the reliable service you expect.
  • To reduce the potential spread of illness, we have travel restrictions in place for all employees and are asking many employees to work from home.
  • We also remain committed to our non-profit partners and business organizations across our service area. As such, we will continue our long-standing support of these organizations, regardless of whether a particular event takes place in the weeks and months ahead. We are also evaluating and monitoring additional opportunities of support during these unprecedented times.

Message from Hiawathaland Transit:

  • As your city’s public transit provider, we wanted to reach out and let you know that our Hiawathaland Transit bus services are currently operating on normal schedules in Red Wing, Faribault, Northfield and all of our dial-a-ride communities. Call 1-866-623-7505 to schedule a ride.

Message from MN Dept. of Human Services (Childcare):

  • The MN Department of Human Services is looking for rural childcare providers who are willing to do a temporary number expansion to accommodate children.  Here is the hotline number and online form that they made available to call in and answer the brief survey.
    • DHS Hotline number: 1-888-234-1268
    • Local Contact: Kayla Hall, Wabasha County Social Services, 1-651-565-3024

Message from the Wabasha Police Department, Chief Joe Stark:

  • Beware of SCAMMERS – If somebody comes to your door uninvited and calls with any information regarding COVID-19 or offer free testing, it is likely a scam. Be aware and please contact the non-emergency Police number 1-651-565-3361 to report it.
  • Our Police department will continue to be out in full-force. Unfortunately during these times, that is when crime increases as people try to take advantage of those less fortunate.

Thanks to all that are going above and beyond during this time.  A sample of normal citizens stepping up is evident in a recently created Facebook group titled “Wabasha helping Wabasha”.  If you are not a member feel free to join and see what you can to do help.  Special thanks to Russ Morgan and Councilperson Dean Meurer for spearheading this idea.

I would like to take this moment to thank all of our EMS staff, they have been working around the clock since this last Saturday to ensure all precautionary and safety measures are in place.  Specifically our Ambulance Director Ed Graner, Police Chief Joe Stark, and Emergency Management Director/Fire Chief Darren Sheeley.

The City of Wabasha will continue to update our community as information becomes available.

Chad Springer, City Administrator

Wendy Busch, City Clerk

Update 10:40 am 3/17/2020:

Good Morning,
Today, March 17, 2020, City staff met to discuss the continued efforts of the fight against COVID-19 and is notifying the public of the following updates:

All Public City Board Meetings are canceled with the exception of City Council, which may use alternative means of communication to meet. We do not have a definite timeline for these changes yet, but will continue to stay in contact with the public once we can resume normal function. The City is holding steady with “Less than 10” recommended group gatherings and encourages the public to do the same.

City of Wabasha Utility Employees will be working with infrastructure needs only and not public-in-home water/sewer concerns unless an emergent situation surfaces.

City of Wabasha EMS are continuing to evaluate call situations, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and Wabasha Fire Department has procedures in place to assist EMS as needed. Precautions are in place to utilize limited personnel and equipment for calls with suspected symptoms.

City Hall is asking the public to utilize the drop boxes for water/sewer bills, located on the corner by the post office and at City Hall, or online payment which is available on the city webpage (www.wabasha.org). Please limit the need to enter City Hall if at all possible.

All City of Wabasha staff are following recommendations to ensure the safety of ourselves and the community. We will continue to monitor the situation and give updates when necessary.

Thank you,
Chad Springer, City Administrator
Wendy Busch, City Clerk

Update 5:50 pm 3/16/2020:

The Wabasha Public Library will be closed starting Tuesday March 17th through March 30th, the status will be revisited by the Library Board at that time.

Expect another update from the City of Wabasha at 9AM Tuesday March 17th.

We are facing a great unknown in the up coming weeks with the fight against COVID-19. While we are not panicking, we are remaining vigilant about the current situation facing the world.  The city will continue to consult with local public health officials and the CDC in our response to the virus.  The City of Wabasha has implemented many procedural changes to ensure the safety of all of our staff in the workplace and is taking the advice of local public health officials as well as information from the Center for Disease Control.  While these steps are in place to help protect our employees and their families we have also implemented practices to protect and ensure our staff and emergency personnel are there for the public.  These steps are:

  1. As of this weekend ambulance staff will wear protective equipment when answering any calls that show the slightest symptoms of the COVID -19 virus.  Procedures are in place for the correct handling of this equipment and decontamination after the call.
  2. Our police staff will not be responding to non-emergent medical calls to ensure less contact with possible cases.
  3. In cases were assistance is needed for our ambulance service the Wabasha Fire Department will assist and has the same protective gear to help protect them against the transfer of germs.
  4. Our Emergency Services Staff continues to prepare contingency plans for the future and this will be an on-going process as this situation evolves.
  5. Effective immediately any water service that has been shut off will be turned back on and the city will discontinue shutting off water service due to delinquent bills until a time to be determined.

City Staff and Elected Officials will continue to monitor the information that is available to us and will make decisions and share information as it is available.  Thanks in advance for your understanding during these unprecedented times.  Please stay aware of your surroundings and do what you can to check up on others and follow the guidance that is being shared from the CDC and Public Health Officials.

Chad Springer, City Administrator

FLOOD INSURANCE 

With Spring right around the corner, the risk of flooding is lurking too.  It’s a good time to look at the facts and be prepared!

Click here to visit MN Department of  Commerce Winter Fact Sheet for more details

OVERSIZE/OVERWEIGHT PERMITS UPDATES

Spring load restrictions begin March 6 for South, Southeast and Metro frost zones

Click here to visit MN Department of Transportation website for more details

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