PRESS RELEASE – COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19

March 17, 2020

The City of Oconto Falls has been monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Oconto County Health Department regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of our employees and the community is our number one priority, the City of Oconto Falls has decided to close all municipal buildings to the public, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice. These buildings include City Hall, Police Department lobby, Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities, and the Public Works building. All city public meetings will also be cancelled until further notice.

At this time, it is our intention to maintain all essential/critical city functions with our employees continuing in their normal capacity, while working within the facilities closed to the public. Residents will see no change in the level of service provided including public safety (Police/Fire/Ambulance), curbside services, etc. The recycling center will remain open to the public during this time.

Oconto Falls Municipal Courts will remain open on Monday and Wednesday during their normal times. Please use the North entrance of City Hall to enter the building.

All residents needing to make utility payments to Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities can do so by mailing, placing their payments in one of the drop boxes located around the city, or by utilizing the online payment portals that can be found on the utility website.

For all other transactions including pet licensing, burn permits, boat launch permits, and garbage bags, you may utilize our drive thru window. Or call our office and we will provide you with other means of obtaining these products.

Voter registration and in-office absentee voting will be done by appointment only, please call City Hall at 920-846-4505, ext. 106, to make arrangements.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we do our part to help limit the exposure to our community.

Brad Rice – Mayor of Oconto Falls

City of Oconto Falls COVID-19 Update

Dated 3-16-2020: In light of the Governor’s State of Emergency, the Municipal Building plans to operate at normal hours for the time being. Please keep an eye on our City of Oconto Falls website, Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities website, and the Police Department’s Facebook page for any updates to the Municipal Buildings hours or availability. 

Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities is encouraging our customers to make online payments through their provider Payment Service Network or by calling Payment Service Network at 877-885-7968, selecting option 1. You will need Utility Account ID RT15290 and your utility account number. If you need assistance with this, please call the Utility Billing office at 920-846-4507. 

If you do not have access to online bill pay, Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities encourages you to utilize one of their convenient drop boxes. Drop boxes will be checked daily. 

In the event that the Municipal Building needs to close, garbage bags will be available through delivery.

If you or someone you have been in contact with have been experiencing a cough, fever, or flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the Municipal Building. 

We understand this is a difficult time for our community and hope to get back to normal as soon as possible. We know the situation can change and if there is a change, we will let you know as soon as possible.

MEETING CANCELLATION

RE: Open House Invitation to discuss the possible formation of an area-wide fire protection district.

In light of Governor Evers declaring a Health Emergency in response to COVID-19 and the City of Oconto Falls concern for the public well-being; the Open House meeting to discuss the possible formation of an area-wide fire protection district scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM HAS BEEN CANCELED.

We apologize for any inconvenience this short cancellation notice may have caused but feel it is in the best interest of all concerned. This is an important discussion and we would like to see as many in attendance as possible.

Notice will be given when the meeting is rescheduled.

THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING,
CITY OF OCONTO FALLS