Last updated 4/7/2020 at 8:30 am. Disclaimer: information on this page is subject to frequent change.
Per a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on April 6, absentee ballots must be either postmarked on or before April 7, or dropped off and received by the close of polls (8:00 p.m.) on Election Day.
Per a federal court ruling issued on April 2, the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail has been extended to Friday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. The same ruling also extended the date that ballots must be returned from April 7 to April 13 at 4:00 p.m. Updates will be posted as needed.
Due to a shortage of poll workers, all Monona voters who wish to vote on Election Day will vote at only one polling location, the Monona Community Center, 1011 Nichols Road. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m on April 7.
On April 1st, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced a new small business pandemic support grant program for those businesses affected by COVID-19. For more information on the program, please click link for the press release.
Beginning at 8:00AM on Wednesday, March 25, in response to Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order #12 (the “Safer at Home Order”), the City of Monona will modify certain services and limit access to City facilities to protect the health of City employees and the public. The following modifications will be in place until April 24 or until Emergency Order #12 is either revoked or superseded:
“We ask that every resident, business owner, and visitor to Monona take the “Safer at Home” Order and social distancing guidelines seriously,” said Monona Mayor Mary O’ Connor, “We are working diligently to continue to provide essential city services, while protecting everyone’s health and safety.” “Please keep an eye on your neighborhoods and friends during this challenging time,” she added.
Ice skating at the Monona Bank RiverRink is closed for the season. Please do not skate on the rink.
Trash collection continues as scheduled. However, Advanced Disposal has suspended its large item/bulky item pickups in Monona until further notice. Only trash and recycling which are in the City’s provided containers will be collected.
Over the weekend, Gov. Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #11, suspending several utility-related administrative rules, which among other things, prohibits municipal utilities from imposing fees on customers for late payments. The order makes the following changes:
1. Stop utility disconnection for nonpayment for all customers, including commercial, industrial, and farm accounts. Previously this applied to residential accounts only;
2. Cease assessing late fees to customer accounts;
3. Halt the practice of requiring deposits from customers for re-connection of service;
4. Allow deferred payment agreements for all customers who request them;
5. Remove any administrative barriers for customers establishing or reestablishing utility service; and
6. Authorize water utilities to provide budget billing arrangements to customers. Electric and natural gas utilities are allowed to do this under current rules.
The City of Monona will provide more guidance on what, if any, changes the order makes to our current utility billing practice once we have additional information. For any questions, please contact 608-222-2525.
The April 7 election has not been postponed. Voters who do not wish to come to the polls on election day are encouraged to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them. The best way to request a ballot is at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee. In-person absentee voting (early voting) is also available at City Hall, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 3. Extended hours are available on Wednesday, March 25 and Wednesday, April 1 (8:00 am-7:00 pm) and on Saturday, March 28 (8:00 am-noon).
This page will serve as a landing spot for any current updates or information as the City receives it from Dane County Public Health or other authorities. Up-to-date information is also available on the City’s radio station, WVMO, 98.7 FM. To sign up for City of Monona Alerts, go to https://www.mymonona.com/list.aspx.
Information from MG&E regarding their response to COVID-19:
We have been thinking about our community during this public health emergency, and I wanted to provide you with information from MGE that may be useful to you, your organization, and the people we serve together.
MGE appreciates our customers’ understanding as we collectively navigate our community’s and our nation’s response to COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, so please continue to check our website and social media for further information. (www.mge.com and www.facebook.com/madisongasandelectric)
If you have questions, MGE customer service representatives are available to help at 608-252-7222.
As Dane County faces one of the biggest public health crises in its history -- businesses reducing workforce or closing leaving some without incomes, school closings leaving parents searching for childcare, food and housing services bracing for new complexities in their work, and health care workers preparing for a spike in patients -- leaders in our community are taking action.
Today United Way of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Selfless Ambition and other area organizations announced a collaborative effort to provide financial relief for those hit hardest by the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Community members and businesses have already raised more than $885,500 for the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.
Funds will be split into two approaches:
1. Short-term emergency, focused on individual and families’ immediate needs. This fund is operated by Boys & Girls Club and Selfless Ambition and fundraising closes on March 20. Grant decisions will be made by May 15 and will be directed to:
• Medical supplies for those impacted by this virus
• Meals for kids due to school closures
• Local shelters as they assist families and individuals
• College students in need of temporary housing and meals
• Senior citizens in need of meals, transportation and medical assistance
• Hardship funding for nonprofits for individuals and families
2. Long-term response and recovery, focused on providing resources to nonprofits, individuals and families. This fund is operated by United Way of Dane County and will remain open for the foreseeable future. This fund is focused on:
• Food/meals for older adults and children
• Eviction prevention
• Homelessness prevention
• Flex fund (flexible dollars to respond to other crises that individuals, families or nonprofits experience)
Long-term recovery needs will continue to be assessed as more data about the impact of the crisis become available. No administrative costs are being charged for either fund. An independent group of community, business and grassroots leaders will determine disbursements. More information can be found here.
We are grateful for the support of the hundreds of donors and businesses who have contributed to the fund so far. Lead gifts to the combined effort include the following:
• $100,000 – Dan and Patti Rashke TASC Family Foundation
• $100,000 – Madison Gas & Electric Foundation
• $100,000 – UW Credit Union
• $75,000 – Ascendium Education Group
• $50,000 – Kevin and Shelia Conroy
• $50,000 – Bob and Anne Trunzo
• $50,000 – Jim and Jessica Yehle
• $50,000 – John and Jo Ellen McKenzie
• $50,000 – American Family Insurance
• $50,000 – UW Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter and Quartz
• $50,000 – Madison Teachers Inc.
• $42,500 – Alliant Energy
• $30,000 – Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison, UnityPoint Health – Meriter and UW Health
• $25,000 – GE Healthcare
• $25,000 – Meicher Family Foundation
• $38,000 – from individuals and families in gifts of all sizes
United Way of Dane County is also actively recruiting volunteers to assist in COVID-19-related efforts. At Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s request, we are working to connect any healthy person willing to help agencies with volunteer power and material donations, for example volunteer matching EPIC employees with Meals on Wheels or TASC employees donating masks to Porchlight. Volunteerism priorities are:
• Food delivery
• Childcare for emergency care workers
• Temporary housing and food pantry staffing support
• Temporary housing and food pantry donations
Help now with safe volunteer opportunities and material donation needs specific to COVID-19 relief at www.volunteeryourtime.org.
We are committed to the care of our community and each other, and we always emerge stronger than before. Together, we are The Power of Many. Working for All.
To make a gift to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/help4covid or text “help4covid” to 40403.
Dane County Public Coronavirus Update Line – (608) 243-0587
As part of our emergency planning function, the Dane County Public Health Department develops and maintains plans to address situations like this. The City of Monona remains in contact with Dane County Public Health and other emergency management agencies to coordinate our planning efforts. At this point, our main focus is providing situational awareness to our residents and visitors and ensuring correct and timely information is distributed as widely as possible.