At the Oct. 6 meeting of the Chilton Common Council, the motion was made by Councilperson Andrew Deehr and seconded by Councilperson Peggy Loose to cancel the city-wide trick-or-treat activities, with the motion passing on a 6-2 vote.
Deehr said he had been monitoring the Calumet County Health Department statistics. Based on the statistics, much of the rural part of the county “have exploded” with new cases. “At this point I can’t put my kids out there going door to door. I can’t risk putting other kids out there going door to door and people not taking precautions.”
During the lengthy discussion, the council discussed whether or not other area Halloween events were happening. Councilperson Clayton Thornber asked a follow-up question from the last meeting regarding what other area communities are doing about trick-or-treat. Mayor Tom Reinl said, “They are calling us to see what we are doing.”
Another point was also readdressed from the last meeting that if Chilton is the only area community to have trick-or-treat, Chilton would be inundated with perhaps thousands of others from the surrounding communities, potentially bringing more COVID-19 cases into the city. It is the responsibility of the council to oversee public health and safety, members said. While many of the councilpersons had mixed emotions regarding how to handle this, it was the consensus of the council to cancel the event for 2020.
(Please see the October 15 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)
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