Manitowoc County Board Chairman Jim Brey announced Monday, March 16 that he has cancelled the Manitowoc County Board meeting for Tuesday, March 17 at the Heritage Center in Manitowoc.
“In view of the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the order issued today by Gov. Tony Evers banning gatherings of 50 people or more, I have decided that the County Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 is cancelled,” Brey said.
Brey will be scheduling a County Board meeting for next Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss items that need action.
“There were many items on the agenda for this Tuesday’s meeting that are time sensitive and need to go through the County Board for final approval. The agenda will include only items that need to be acted on fairly quickly,” Brey said.
One of the items that will be discussed will be an executive proclamation from Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer declaring a Public Health Emergency in Manitowoc County.
“I am glad that the county executive issued the proclamation. I am sure it will be no problem going through the County Board,” Brey said.
One of the items that will not be discussed at the meeting on March 24 is the amended resolution declaring Manitowoc County a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County.
“I have decided to postpone discussion and possible final action on the amended resolution declaring Manitowoc County a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County. Based on the order that was issued by Governor Evers and the recommendation from the Center For Disease Control (CDC) on gatherings of 50 people or more, I decided it was not fair to those who wished to give input on this controversial issue to be restricted by the 50 or more rule. The Executive Committee meeting had at least 50 people from the public in the gallery the night it met to give input on both sides of the issue and to hear the discussion from the committee members,” Brey said.
“But I want to let everyone know that the discussion of this resolution is not over. There has been very good and may I add very polite debate of this resolution and I want this to continue. I will guarantee that as long as I am chairman, this item will be placed on a near future County Board agenda,” he added.