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Community will come out of crisis better than before

Community will come out of crisis better than before Community will come out of crisis better than before

Cornell City Council

Currently, the world is facing a pandemic with the COVID- 19 (coronavirus). To that end, the Cornell City Council approved a proclamation at the regular meeting March 19, declaring an emergency in the City of Cornell.

“This proclamation will allow us to be able to receive funding and assistance…and also allow us, if necessary, to impose limitations and restrictions on people,” said mayor Judy Talbot.

Talbot says the city is following state and county regulations, which are changing on an almost hourly basis. The proclamation is valid until April 29, or as subject to extension or rescission from future action by the council.

With everything happening and non-essential businesses closed by the governor, Talbot asks Cornell residents to patronize small businesses in town that are open. She also said if anyone knows of anyone elderly or whose health is compromised, that neighbors check in with the home-bound, whether by phone call or talking to them through a closed door.

“We don’t want to see any of our elderly thinking this community doesn’t care,” said Talbot. “I know this community cares a lot.”

Council member Ashley Carothers offered to get and deliver groceries for those who need them, and said several other people are also willing to help get groceries. Anyone running short on things can call Carothers or Talbot.

Talbot reminded residents that although schools and businesses are closed, it doesn’t mean people can’t go outside for fresh air. If the weather is inclement, children are encouraged make cards and pictures for the care center, or elderly neighbors.

“I think we need to take care of each other,” said Talbot. “Know that everybody is in the same bind you are and that we’re going to get through this. That we’re going to be better for it when we’re done.”

In regard to a blood shortage because of the COVID-19 threat, Carothers sent out a plea to those in the surrounding areas and beyond.

“I’m asking, please, please, please – if you are able – please make the (Red Cross) appointment, please donate,” said Carothers.

Carothers says the Red Cross has been forced to cancel more than 2,700 blood drives, leading to 86,000 fewer donations. Every donation of blood can potentially save up to three lives.

“We are now looking at the biggest shortage that we think we’ve ever had,” said Carothers. “Hospitals maybe have one full day of blood supply in their fridge right now.”

To find a nearby blood drive, visit

During the meeting, members also approved Ordinance 20-1, dealing with amended section 9.01(9)(E), for two parking spots in front of Kids First Childcare at 110 Main Street. Parking is limited to 15 minutes in those spaces, between 6-8 a.m., and 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The revision must be adopted, published and signs installed, before the ordinance takes effect.

The council also approved an agreement with Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative, for on-call/stand-by crew costs, effective April 1. In the event of a tornado or damaging winds, the cooperative will provide emergency services, for a monthly fee.

Spring elections are planned for Tuesday, April 7, and with the current situation, city administrator Dave DeJongh says he would be happy to help residents with absentee voting.

“Applications are online if they want to fill them out,” he said.