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Onalaska city openings planned next week

Brad Williams

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Onalaska is getting ready for the next phase of reopening city offices. 

City Hall and the public works offices will open again next Monday, June 8th. 

In-person meetings with city officials should be arranged by appointment. 

The building will be open four hours a day, on four days a week, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Monday and Wednesday, and afternoons, 1 to 5 on Tuesday and Thursday. 

Onalaska residents are being encouraged to conduct city business remotely, if possible, by phone, e-mail, or by using drop boxes for paying bills.  

The release issued by the City of Onalaska reads as follows:

The COVID-19 outbreak has, in a span of less than ninety days,impacted the City of Onalaska like many other municipalities in unprecedented ways. Throughout this time, the City has been, and remains to be, open and available to the public through a variety of means, including the use of the City dropboxes, by email and phone. The City of Onalaska has been working towards creatively and safely resuming in-person City services. The City of Onalaska is pleased to announce that it is currently wrapping up phase one of the City’s public access plan. This phase has included the return of City staff, retrofitting City counter areas with clear glass barriers,increased availability of hand sanitizing stations, new cleaning equipment and procedures,and enhanced signage related to COVID-19. The City of Onalaska will begin the second phase of their public access plan on June 8, 2020.During this phase the City of Onalaska City Hall and Public Works facilities will be open for access to the public on Monday through Thursday. Open hours will be Monday/Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5p.m. The reduced hours allow extra time for cleaning and sanitization of City facilities. During these times, individuals wishing to make payments, file permits or license forms, and submit parks and recreation registrations are welcome to do so.Anyone wishing to meet in person with City staff is asked to schedule an appointment with the individual department or City staff member to ensure that appropriate space is available for conferences in conformity with proper social distancing. Wherever possible, virtual meetings are encouraged.Further, as part of the City of Onalaska’sCOVID-19 response,many new forms are available on the City’s website for ease of use in conducting City business online. While the City is entering phase two of their public access plan, the City of Onalaska recognizes thatCOVID-19 remains a threat in our community and that guidelines from both the State and County recommend limiting outside household contacts. To that end, the City of Onalaska encourages anyone that is able to do so, to complete their business via the drop box, email or telephone. Cloth masks or face coverings and frequent hand washing are highly encouraged for all who enter City facilities. The City of Onalaska appreciates the patience and assistance of our community as we navigate these unprecedented times and works to provide you services in the safest way possible.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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