The City of Kiel announced Monday a series of proactive steps to protect the health of the public by taking actions to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Kiel City Administrator Jamie Aulik said, “The steps will have an impact on how the city serves the public, but they are taken in the interest of protecting the health of everyone in the City of Kiel.”
“Mike Steinhardt,  Mayor of Kiel signed a Declaration of Emergency putting in place the following actions which are effective immediately and will continue until further notice:
• Kiel Public Library will close starting March 19, 2020.
• Kiel Utilities is closed for walk-in payment service. Bill payment options include:
—Drop Box located at Kiel City Hall, 621 Sixth St., Kiel
—Mail: Send payment to: Kiel Utilities, P.O. Box 98, Kiel, WI  53042
—Online: https://www.paymentservicenetwork.com/Login.aspx?acc=RT17897
—Phone: pay with your credit or debit card over the phone (877) 885-7968 ($2.99 service fee)
• Walk-in payment service at Kiel Police Department is closed. The Kiel Police Department remains open for other public safety-related matters.
• Payments options for fines are mail at P.O. Box, 98, Kiel WI 53042 or the drop box in the secure outer lobby, located at 619 Paine St., Kiel.
• Kiel Municipal Court is suspended until April 28. Notices will be mailed out to anyone with scheduled court appearances prior to April 28.
• Use of Kiel City Hall and the Kiel Community Center by third parties is suspended.
• Meals at the meal site at the Kiel Community Center are only available by home delivery – no pickups or in-person meals are available.
• Residents are highly encouraged to vote by mail for the April 7, 2020 election.
—Voters must be registered in order to request an absentee ballot.
—Requests must made in writing, and include a copy of a photo ID and the voter’s address.
Requests can be made using the following methods:
—Drop Box located at Kiel City Hall, 621 Sixth St., Kiel
—Mail: Send request to: City of Kiel, P.O. Box 98, Kiel, WI 53042
—Email: Send request to: Janelle.moritz@kielwi.gov
—Online: the State of Wisconsin’s absentee ballot request site is: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee
—The Kiel Community  Center will continue  to serve as the City of Kiel’s poll location for the April 7, 2020 election.

Other considerations
Other affected City of Kiel operations include the following measures
City of Kiel employees will use social distancing to the greatest extent possible when conducting business with the public.
City Council meetings and committee meetings will continue as normal. The public is encouraged to view City Council meetings on Facebook Live and contact their alderperson with comments using email or phone.
The Public Hearing on the Sixth Street Road and Utilities Project remains scheduled for April 1, 2020 but attendance will be spaced out by block in order to avoid 50 or more people. Affected property  owners  will be mailed more information on the modified plan for the public hearing.
First responders may take additional precautionary measures, to include wearing goggles, masks, gloves, and other protective gear.
Kiel Utilities is suspending non-emergency work in customer homes and businesses.
Parks and trails remain open for use.
Aulik said, “The situation remains fluid and subject to change. For more information,  people are encouraged to LIKE the City of Kiel on Facebook for updates, or you can also contact our office at (920) 894-2909.”