UPDATE: Superior, Douglas County Declare State Of Emergency Over COVID-19
City of Superior and Douglas County leaders have announced that they are declaring a State of Emergency on Monday, March 16 due to COVID-19. Mayor Jim Paine and County Chairman Mark Liebaert will hold a press conference at 3:30 pm on Monday.
UPDATE: 3:30 pm 3/16/20
County Chairman Mark Liebaert opened a press conference at 3:30 on Monday afternoon declaring a country-wide State of Emergency .
County offices will continue to business as usual, but it is asked that the public do as much business as possible over the phone and online to avoid the spread of COVID-19. County offices will be closed to the public, but phone/online-based access to services, permitting etc. will still be available.
Mayor Jim Paine followed with a similar declaration, stating that he will ask the city council to also make a declaration on Tuesday night at a council meeting. The mayor said some offices will be closed to the public, including offices like financial services and building inspection. The landfill will also be closed to personal dumping by the public. During these closures, normal business like permit issuance and garbage collection will continue, but under different procedures in some cases.
Superior Public Library will close indefinitely after close of business on Tuesday, March 17.
The Lew Martin Senior Center closed now, until further notice. Staff still remain available, but activities will not resume until at least April.
City fire and police will still respond to calls, and all public services, including our garbage collection, streets and park maintenance, and wastewater treatment will continue as usual.
The mayor encouraged the public relax, as all of these steps are precautionary, designed to prevent a crisis.
City offices that will close will officially close to the public as of the close of business Tuesday, March 17. City Clerks's Office will remain open. Voting is encouraged to be done absenetee. You can still go to myvote.wi.gov to request an absentee ballot.
Mayor Paine issued a statement on Facebook right before the press conference, detailing this information and explaining that he will "cancel all but the most essential meetings of the Superior City Council and committees and we strongly encourage the public to watch these meetings via our website livestream rather than attending." He went on to say "If you wish to make public comments at any meeting, you may submit your testimony in writing to my office via mail or email and I will forward it to the City Council."
Mayor Paine concluded his message by asking the public to follow guidance from local and county, state, and federal health officials.