Manitowoc County Board Chairman Jim Brey announced Friday, July 24 that he has cancelled a special meeting of the Manitowoc County Board of Supervisors intended for discussion of a resolution that would encourage the use of masks by employees and the public in county-owned facilities and properties to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While I am a proponent of wearing masks in public settings or where there are large gatherings of people, I have decided to postpone the special County Board meeting for Tuesday, July 28 in the Merchants Building at Manitowoc County Expo,” Brey said.

“After having discussions with several department heads and other county employees, I feel that work has been done towards protecting our employees and the public as far as county-owned properties go during this pandemic. That is why at this time, before the County Board meets to discuss, I want to find out more and get a better view of the whole picture,” Brey added.

“In the next two weeks, I will be meeting with the department heads, constitutional officers, and Circuit Court judges to discuss what has already been done, get their insight, and more importantly, listen to their ideas and concerns. This information will be shared with the County Board supervisors,” he said.

“The bottom line is that all of us want what is best to protect the public and our employees. I want to emphasize that although the special County Board meeting is no longer happening, the discussion of what we are going to do moving forward will continue. Unless there is a miracle in the next several weeks, I expect that we—the County Board—will be meeting in the near future to set the course for what is best for Manitowoc County.”

Brey said, “This pandemic is real. We all hope that it will come to an end sooner rather than later, but we all have to do our part to make that happen.”

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