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March 24, 2020

Resolution #09-2020

RESOLUTION # 09-2020
WHEREAS, COVID-19, a novel strain of the coronavirus, was detected in December, 2019, and has subsequently spread throughout numerous countries and the United States, including Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, international organizations, the federal, state, and local governments are all working together to contain COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, citing the World Health Organization's declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services declaration of a Public Health Emergency, the Governor of the State of Wisconsin has proclaimed that a Public Health Emergency exists for the State of Wisconsin, by Executive Order #72 on March 12, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the City of Marinette has been working to protect the community from the spread of this disease, and to prepare for the impacts it may have; and

WHEREAS, in order to protect the health and well-being of residents and visitors, the City of Marinette must avail itself of all resources needed to respond to and contain the presence of COVID-19.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, pursuant to Wis. Stats. §323.11,

the Common Council of the City of Marinette does hereby declare that a public health emergency exists in the City of Marinette and that it is necessary and expedient for the health, safety, welfare and protection of the City to temporarily declare, suspend or modify applicable city ordinances, resolutions or policies in order to meet the needs of the extraordinary condition existing:

1. The Council hereby modifies Section 2.0213 Marinette Municipal Code to provide 50% of the members constitute a quorum and that any member of a governmental body participating by phone shall count toward the official quorum of said body;


Pursuant to Wis. Stats. §323.11, the Council further declares that that it is necessary and expedient for the health, safety, welfare and protection of the City that the Mayor, or in the absence of the Mayor, the Council President, be provided the necessary authority to suspend any ordinance, resolution or policy to:

1. Exercise all authorities of the Mayor pursuant to MMC 5.0305(3);

2. Exercise by proclamation all such other authority as the Council is empowered to exercise under Wis. Stats. §323.11 when emergency conditions preclude the Common Council from acting thereon, provided that such action of the Mayor is subject to ratification, alteration or modification by the Council as soon as the Council can meet, as set forth in Wis. Stats.§323.14.
3. The following city facilities are ordered closed until further notice:
a. Marinette Senior Center
b Community REC Center

c. Forest Home Cemetery and Mausoleum Office

d. City parks restrooms will be locked

e. All reservations made at city facilities are canceled

f. City Hall will remain open for employees and voting. Citizens must request an appointment before visiting for any other purpose.

4. The Mayor is authorized to use public funds to respond to this emergency where he deems necessary.

5. Dog licenses needing renewal that are paid by June 30, 2020 will have no late fees. Other items including waiver of late/cancellation fees, interest, or the like may also be considered during this city emergency.

6. City department heads are authorized to apply for any applicable federal, state, or county aid that becomes available as a result of this pandemic.

7. City department heads are authorized to implement any federal or state law changes immediately and will follow up on the implementation at the next regularly scheduled common council meeting.

8. City department heads may approve flexible work schedules for employees suitable to meet the needs of their departments until further ordered by the Mayor.

9. All city employee travel outside the city limits for training or conferences is prohibited until further ordered by the Mayor.

10. The Mayor is authorized to modify the city employee policy manual to ensure the safety and health of all employees.

11. The Mayor and Municipal Court Judge are authorized to limit the hours of the Municipal Court.

12. City employees are directed to limit in-person contact with each other and the public until further ordered by the Mayor. Meetings shall be conducted by phone or video conference whenever possible.

13. Further suspensions of applicable ordinances, resolutions, and city policies may be taken should the circumstances warrant them necessary, in order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Marinette.


This Declaration shall be limited to sixty days pursuant to MMC 5.0305 unless extended by the Common Council.


All City officials, officers, and employees are authorized and directed to take such steps as are lawful and necessary in furtherance thereof.

Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Marinette, Wisconsin, this 18th day of March, 2020.

Resolution introduced and adoption moved by Alderperson Skorik.
Motion for adoption seconded by Alderperson Anderson.
On roll call, motion adopted by a vote of 8 ayes to 0 nays.

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