News & Notices



The September meeting of the Town of Washington board of supervisors will be held Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:15 PM via Zoom.

The Town of Washington in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation proposes roadway improvements on South Military Road between the Oneida/Vilas County line and WIS 70 in Vilas County.

A public involvement meeting was held July 29, 2020. You may read about the project and comment on the project until August 14, 2020 by clicking on the links below.

South Military Road Public Presentation Click here.

South Military Road Public Involvement Handout Click here.

Notice of Board of Review August 19, 2020 Click here.

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.

Our CWPP newsletter, the Wildfire Safety Spotlight, which arrived in your mailbox mid-June, has some information that is no longer pertinent because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The newsletter was written and printed prior to Covid 19.

Several of our planned CWPP projects for 2020 have been postponed because of the pandemic.

These projects include:

  • Home Iginition Zone assessments being offered to residents of Anvil Lake

  • Roadside chipping of brush to the residents of Anvil Lake

In addition, a USFS prescribed burn at the Vista Lake Overlook has been postponed.

Brush site hours of operation have been adjusted as indicated below.

It is anticipated the Anvil Lake projects will be postponed unil 2021.

The USFS will notify us when the prescribed burn at Vista Lake will occur.

The brush site is open WEEKENDS ONLY.

Regular hours for the 2020 season are 4:00PM Friday until 6:00AM Monday.

This is a service for our town residents. NO contractor dumping is permitted. If you hire a contractor, they must dispose of brush at their customary disposal site, NOT the town brush site.

  • You can bring grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, sawdust, branches, limbs, logs, or any type of clean wood. NO STUMPS

  • Tree limbs/trunks/logs can be no larger than 8 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet in length

  • NO painted or varnished wood, concrete, stones or brick, plastic, metal, or nails are allowed


  • Please place plastic bags in container provided

Wood chips are free to take. Take as many as you like.

There have been instances of abuse at the site. Misuse/abuse of the site will not be tolerated.

Effective immediately due to upcoming road work and the short supply of gravel we are limiting the amount of free gravel at the town shop to three 5 gallon buckets of gravel.

The Transfer Station is OPEN during the Covid 19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of our residents and transfer station attendants, the following changes will be implemented:

  • Only one vehicle at a time will be allowed in the drive-thru building and the side doors

  • You may not walk your garbage or recyclables in

We realize this will be an inconvenience but during these trying times we must put the safety and health of our citizens first.


The 2019 Town of Washington newsletter is available here.

The Town of Washington has experienced a significant increase in tonnage of waste along with reports of non-residents using the transfer station in 2019. In an effort to control this misuse, town issued permits must be shown to the attendant upon entrance to the facility. Those without a permit will be turned away and not allowed to dump their trash.

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 an Accomodations Tax 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 3' X 4' is NOT ACCEPTED at the transfer station as it causes the compactor to jam. Please ensure cardboard boxes are flattened.

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

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

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.

HELP WANTED: The Town of Washington is hoping to reinstitute the Adopt A Road program. We are looking for someone to coordinate the program and for volunteers. If interested in volunteering for either position, contact Carole here or call 715-479-6873. We'd greatly appreciate the help.