News & Notices

 

Please note the November meeting of the town board will be held on Wednesday November 2, 2022. The December meeting will be held on Monday, November 28, 2022

ELECTION UPDATE

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled absentee ballot drop boxes are illegal in Wisconsin.

The Supreme Court also ruled that voters must personally deliver absentee ballots that are dropped off at the clerk's office.

It is illegal for someone else, like a spouse or roommate, to return a voter's completed absentee ballot to the clerk's office. The voter must carry out that task personally.

The “ballot box” which was placed at the town hall during the height of the Covid pandemic is no longer a ballot box.  It is now a drop box.  Ballots may not be placed in the drop box. Your ballot must be received in time to be delivered to the town polling place no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Options for returning your ballot include:

  • Mail it back
  • Drop it off at the town clerk’s office by appointment
  • Drop it off at the town polling place on Election Day

 

HERE'S AN UPDATE FROM LORI COLLINS AT SONICNET REGARDING THE BROADBAND EXPANSION PROJECT AS OF SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

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.

Those who close up their homes for the winter will get fiber drops installed in the spring.

We are waiting for one electronic device to arrive that has been on backorder for several months. This is a critical device needed to send the connection from our head end through the new fiber optic cables in the ground to link customers to the web. Right now we are being told mid to late October on that ETA. This has been our one supply chain issue in the entire project, but it's a big one.

If you're on the list for Bass Lake service and you haven't yet heard from us, don't worry. We still have several homes in the queue to get started on the installation process.

Regarding the 2023 fiber project in the areas of Everett Road, Rangeline Road up to Chain O' Lakes Road and the Eagle Waters Road area, we are still on target to start construction along the roadways spring 2023. Over the winter we will be sending out Easement Agreements for those landowners on private roads or for those who have shared driveways. We will use the addresses on file with the Vilas County tax mailings.

We also offer fixed wireless service on Carpenter Lake, Anvil Lake and Sevenmile Lake.

You can find information at sonicnet.us, then select the appropriate tab either at the top of your screen or in the menu icon if you're on a phone or tablet. You can also reach SonicNet at 888.631.9666, ext 100, weekdays.

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.

Because of Covid, there have been delays in developing the 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 Forestry department will be leading the effort. Sean Davison, WDNR Forester and member of our CWPP team, will be part of the team producing the plan.

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 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.