News & Notices

 

HERE'S AN UPDATE FROM LORI COLLINS AT SONICNET REGARDING THE BROADBAND EXPANSION PROJECT AS OF JUNE 30, 2022

Bass Lake Fiber Project: There isn't a lot to add since my last message to you, but it is looking like the installation of customer services will be moving back a bit into the fall. One of the necessary materials is now back-ordered until roughly 9/30/22. We had been incredibly lucky with material availability until we got the word on that item. Still, we're on target to install customers in 2022.

New Grant: SonicNet was approved for a State of Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grant 2022 last week at the PSC Commissioners' monthly meeting. This grant will allow us, in conjunction with the Town of Washington, to build an additional fiber network on the following roads: all of the Everett peninsula, from there heading north on Rangeline Road up to Chain O' Lakes Road, where we will install fiber to the west up to the point where the Charter/Spectrum fiber exists.  

We will also cover the entire Eagle Waters Road area, including Oak Lane, Brenner Lane, Lake Forest, Treehouse Village resort areas, and Scattering Rice Lake Road. This project is currently expected to begin in the spring of 2023, with customer installations to begin in the fall of next year. Once we sign the Grant Agreement with the PSC we will begin ordering materials and planning the work with our contractor.  

In preparation for the next grant round, SonicNet will need to hear from residents of the Town who have no or only one broadband option above 100Mbps download speed. Our data indicate this is most if not all of the areas in the Town. All descriptions of residents trying to obtain service from a provider and being denied are helpful in being approved for grants. So are descriptions of services that don't meet your household or business needs. Such comments can be emailed to Lori Collins here. Questions are also welcome at the same address.

For more information contact Lori Collins here or by phone at 715-303-3104 

AQUATIC WEED DISPOSAL: If you remove aquatic weeds from your shoreline (including aquatic invasive species), they can be brought to the BRUSH SITE for disposal in the compost pile. Do not bring them to the transfer station.

Please note the following dates for upcoming Board of Supervisors meetings: July meeting on July 11, 2022; August meeting on August 1, 2022; September meeting on September 12, 2022.

The brush site is open. 

REGULAR HOURS ARE 4PM ON FRIDAY TILL 6AM ON MONDAY

The brush site is OPEN on July 4th.

Use of the brush site is a free service to our Town residents courtesy of the Town of Washington Community Wildfire Protection Plan. 

It’s located on Rangeline Road directly across from the entrance to the Transfer Station, by the Smokey Bear sign. 

Please note the driving surface is not maintained and may be soft and muddy when wet. You can bring grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, sawdust, branches, brush, limbs, and logs. 

NO painted or varnished wood, concrete, boulders, stones, brick, plastic, metal, screws, or nails are allowed. 

NO man-made materials. 

NO STUMPS.

This is a service to our residents and NO commercial dumping is permitted! If you hire a contractor to do your yard work, they must dispose of the yard waste at their customary disposal site - NOT the town brush site. 

We have compost bins at the brush site. Compost is free. Help yourself! 

Wood chips are also free. 

Help yourself to any wood you may want to use for firewood! 

The brush site will close on October 31st.

ADOPT-A-ROAD PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESTARTED!

Jill Faulkner is the Adopt-A-Road program coordinator.

Because there are no records from the previous Adopt-A-Road program, it will need to be started anew.

If you previously volunteered for the program, please contact Jill and let her know which road segment you covered. If you or your group would like to volunteer for a road segment, please contact Jill.

The Town provides all the required materials and support.

This is a positive program for the town and we are excited to get it going again! All that is required is for you or your group to pick up litter twice a year (spring and fall) on your desired segment of town road.

Please consider volunteering! To volunteer or for more information, please contact Jill here or by phone at 630-750-6563.

Download the Adopt-A-Road Application/Permit click here.

Please note the updated procedures at the transfer station:

  • 2 vehicles are allowed in both the drive-through and side entrance

  • Backing up is prohibited for safety reasons

  • You may not walk your garbage or recyclables in

Please be mindful of those waiting in line. Empty your garbage quickly and limit conversation.

NOTE: CHANGES TO OBTAINING BURN PERMITS. As of January 1, 2021, the Department of Natural Resources will NOT be issuing burning permits in-person from Emergency Fire Wardens or by DNR personnel at state offices until further notice. Burning permits are REQUIRED to burn.

Permits are free and can be obtained online and instantly emailed, or issued over the phone and delivered via postal service within 3-5 business days. The public is encouraged to plan ahead.

The Town of Washington is developing a forest management plan.
With approximately 1,400 acres of town-owned land, we have enlisted the help of the WDNR in developing a forest management plan for these lands. The plan is officially known as a Stewardship Plan.


Our local WDNR Vilas County Forester, Jill Nemec, will be leading the effort. Sean Davison, WDNR Forester and member of our CWPP team, will be working with Jill.


Some of the benefits include:

  • Providing an inventory of forest resources (e.g. forest cover types, approximate timber volumes, tree ages).

  • Providing a schedule of forest management activities to follow in order to meet land management objectives.

  • Once a Stewardship Plan is prepared and adopted by the Township, the Town can apply to become a Community Forest. Benefits of this program include free trees or seed from the State Nursery and technical assistance from DNR Foresters to implement forest management practices and tree planting plans.

  • Implementing practices within the plan can help the Town sustain their forest resource for future generations while generating periodic income. Managed forests are typically healthy forests.

The Stewardship Plan will give us a good snapshot of our current land holdings and provide us with a basic framework of forest management practices.
There is NO COST for the development of this plan. We thank the WDNR and Jill for working with us to develop the plan!


We'll keep you posted as the plan develops.

Please note only #1 and #2 plastics are accepted for recycling.

Some examples of #1 plastics are soda bottles, water bottles, cooking oil bottles, and medicine containers, peanut butter jars, mouthwash bottles, and salad dressing bottles. They are glossy, rigid containers that sink in water.

Some examples of #2 plastics are containers for laundry/dish detergent, milk, shampoo, conditioner, butter tubs, and motor oil bottles. They are rigid containers that usually have a milky or solid color.

Look for the #1 and #2 symbols on the bottom of the containers. These are the only containers to be placed in the recycle compactor. Place all other plastics (#3 - #7) in the garbage compactor.

Print 2022 Recycling Guidelines here

Oak Wilt, a 100% fatal disease of oak trees, has been confirmed at seven locations in the Town of Washington. To read more about it click here.

The 2021 Town of Washington newsletter is available here.

REMINDER: Short term rentals are defined as a "residential dwelling that is offered for rent for a fee and for fewer than 29 consecutive days."

Short term rental property owners must register with the Town of Washington and obtain a RoomTax Permit.

Most short term rentals are required to obtain a "tourist rooming house" license fron the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Such a license is required for vacation homes, cabins and cottages that are rented out for more than 10 nights in a 12 month period.

The short term rental law requires owners of short term rentals and lodging marketplaces (Airbnb & VRBO) with a nexus in Wisconsin to collect state sales and use tax and any room tax owed from the person renting the residential dwelling.

PLEASE NOTE: Cardboard larger than 2' X 2' is NOT ACCEPTED at the transfer station as it causes the compactor to jam. Please ensure cardboard boxes are flattened.

Please note the phone number for the Town Shop 715-477-2024.

Do you need to dispose of old computer equipment or appliances? Recycling vouchers are still available. Voucher is limited to a maximum of $15. Contact the Town Clerk here to get your voucher.