Community

Sat
21
Mar
admin's picture

Evers Announces Approval of SBA Loans for Wisconsin

MADISON–Gov. Tony Evers announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans.

“This is very good news for Wisconsin businesses that have already suffered financial losses due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said. “With the SBA loans now available to our state, small businesses and their employees have a little more certainty over their financial futures. This is another step in providing much-needed assistance to Wisconsin's small businesses.”

With unprecedented demand for the loans nationwide, processing of the applications may be delayed. 

“We are encouraging business owners to reach out to SBA’s partners [mentioned below] and to SBA’s offices with their questions to help the loan application process go as smoothly as possible,” said Wisconsin's SBA district director, Eric Ness.

Sat
21
Mar
admin's picture

State of Emergency Declared in Cross Plains

CROSS PLAINS-The Cross Plains Village Board of Trustees declared a local state of emergency at their meeting Tuesday night in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The county, state and other local municipalities also declared states of emergency in a n effort to help secure future federal relief funding should it be made available.

The village is asking residents to try to conduct business at department offices through phone or email whenever possible to minimizer exposure to the virus. In addition the utility payments should be made online or placed in the drop box at village hall. 

Sat
21
Mar
admin's picture

Metro Transit Service Changes Start Monday

MIDDLETON–Effective on the morning of March 23, Route 78 (the Saturday bus route) will operate all seven days of the week in Middleton according to the Saturday schedule. This route connects most of Middleton with the West Transfer Point near Westgate Mall (Tokay Blvd.) in Madison. 

Route 72 will continue to operate on weekdays during the morning and afternoon peak hours (no significant change in service anticipated). This route connects Middleton with Capitol Square.

Service via Routes 70, 71, and 73 is being temporarily discontinued.

Each bus will be limited to a capacity of 15 passengers to adhere to public health directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional, important information is on Metro Transit's website: www.cityofmadison.com/metro/contact/covid-19-updates.

Fri
20
Mar
admin's picture

Provisions Made Around County in Wake of Social Distancing

DANE COUNTY–Matt Raboin had tears in his eyes when he put up a temporary “closed” sign on the business he and his wife run in Mount Horeb last week. 

Like most places where people gather in the community, Brix Cider’s strength had suddenly become a potential weakness. Schools. Churches. Sporting events. Even a maple syrup event at Donald Park. It seemed nothing was safe from the global impact of COVID-19, the pandemic that world health experts warn could kill as many as a million people if drastic measures aren’t taken. 

While the virus originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, according to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), it spread exponentially and had arrived in Wisconsin two weeks ago. 

Experts say no one will know how many people in Wisconsin have been infected for weeks or even months. But in the meantime, the Raboins know the virus has already made an indelible impact on the community. 

Fri
20
Mar
admin's picture

City Declares State of Emergency, Calls for Election Delay

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Common Council declared a state of emergency in response to the Covid-19 outbreak with measures including closing public buildings and some services and conducting virtual meetings. The council is also called on Governor Tony Evers to delay the April 7 election.

City election staff are concerned the election will be impacted by the Governor’s orders not to gather in groups larger than ten and social distancing. 

City administrator Mike Davis said he can’t imagine how the election will be conducted. He noted that there has been a surge in absentee ballots that are overwhelming staff. 

“Lining people up in public places where we are already banning ten people from gathering is just somewhat ridiculous,” Davis said. 

Council president Dan Ramsey called the idea asinine.

Sun
15
Mar
MTT News's picture

County, Local Cities Restrict Gatherings, Close Schools

DANE COUNTY–Schools in Dane County are officially closed, restaurants have been told to limit capacity and gatherings restricted to 50 or less as of Sunday afternoon.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway held a press conference to inform the public about the new restrictions, designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The school closure took effect immediately and students will be out until at least April 6. 

The ban on gatherings of 50 or more is indefinite. The following businesses are exempt from the gathering ban: 

• Childcare facilities

• Homeless shelters and day centers

• Libraries

• Office spaces

• Grocery stores

• Hotels and motels

Fri
13
Mar
MTT News's picture

Alliant Offers to Help Customers Affected by COVID-19

WISCONSIN–On Friday afternoon, Alliant Energy Chairman, President and CEO John Larsen, shared the following message about the company's preparations in regard to safeguarding employees and customers from the coronavirus (COVID-19): 

To our valued customers,

We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). At Alliant Energy, safety is a core value. I want to assure you that the health and well-being of our customers, employees and communities is our top priority. Protecting our workforce ensures we can continue serving our customers and provide the reliable service you count on. 

Fri
13
Mar
MTT News's picture

Evers Orders Schools Closed

MADISON­-Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order mandating the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

The mandated closure will begin on March 18, in order to give school districts ample time to make plans for kids, families, educators, and staff. School districts, particularly those in counties with reported cases of COVID-19, may choose to close earlier than Wednesday. The anticipated reopening date is April 6, 2020; however, the reopening date is subject to change pending further information.

Fri
13
Mar
MTT News's picture

Evers Orders Schools Closed

MADISON­-Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order mandating the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

The mandated closure will begin on March 18, in order to give school districts ample time to make plans for kids, families, educators, and staff. School districts, particularly those in counties with reported cases of COVID-19, may choose to close earlier than Wednesday. The anticipated reopening date is April 6, 2020; however, the reopening date is subject to change pending further information.

Fri
13
Mar
MTT News's picture

Suspect Arrested in Armed Robbery

MIDDLETON–A Cross Plains man was arrested on March 9 in connection with an armed robbery that took place at Smoothie King on Deming Way just before 6 p.m. on Feb. 27. 

Christopher N. Montinguise was taken into custody after police received tips that the man may be involved in the robbery. 

On the day of the robbery, the Middleton Police Department shared surveillance video with the public in hopes of catching the man. A follow up investigation led police to Montinguise.

A handgun was displayed during the robbery. There were no injuries reported and the suspect left the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Community