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TREASURER/TAXES – The Town of Barton has a new Treasurer – David Behmke. Please mail your taxes in the enclosed return envelope and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt returned to you or if you have a refund due. This helps keep our costs and your taxes down. Please note that refunds of under $2.00 will not be refunded. It is preferred that you mail your taxes or use the drop box in the front of the building.
NO CASH, CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED
ONLY CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Tax Collection dates: 7 to 9 p.m. Dec 13th, Dec 15th, Dec 22nd, Dec 27th, Dec 29th
January 2017 – Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m.
Please note: the Clerk CANNOT process tax payments or dog licenses!
DOG LICENSES – State Law requires dogs to be licensed. You must enclose a separate check for dog licenses as the Tax Collection and Dog License Program are two separate data base programs. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope for the license/tag to be returned to you. The deadline to license dogs and kennels is March 31, 2017. After that date, there is a $5 late fee.
DEPUTY CLERK – SHERRY ECKERT is our new Deputy Clerk. Please see reverse side for her hours.
WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS AND SNOW/ICE REMOVAL- Please use caution this winter, and keep in mind that this is a rural area and perfectly clear roads will not always be possible.
Please do not follow plow trucks closer than 200 feet. The State Legislation has made this illegal. Following too close can result in an accident. When approaching the plow truck, SLOW DOWN to a crawl and both vehicles will be able to pass safely.
The Town’s roads are plowed by the same contractor as in the past 30+ years. His contract with the town states he has control over when the plows go out. The Washington County Sheriff’s Dept. has his number as the first contact person when conditions become icy or too snow covered. Note that a maximum of $25 will be paid for damaged mailboxes by the snow plow contractor. Please be aware of your children playing on and in the snow piles within the Right-of-Way, as they may not be visible to the driver when the plow trucks are clearing roads.
Pushing your driveway snow onto or across a town road, or into the right-of-way is illegal (Wisc. State Stats 82.03, 83.01, 86.01 and 86.022). This may result in a citation per Town Ordinance No. 86-2. The Right-of-Ways need to be kept free of snow piles, rock piles, decorations, new plantings, fences, etc. Any items in the Right-of-Way may be removed by the town at the property owner’s expense.
CHIPPING – This service is only available May through October for residential properties only. The Chipper is operated by Don Maurer. YOU MUST CALL DON TO HAVE YOUR BRUSH CHIPPED. Call Don to schedule any chipping (ph 338-8253.) A few rules for the chipping service: please pile branches with the cut ends all laying the same way and spread out enough so as not to create a tangle of branches. The cut ends need to face the road and be approximately 2 ft from edge of pavement and the pile cannot exceed 3 ft in height. Please leave at least 2 ft between the piles. The thickest part of the branch cannot be more than 4 inches in diameter. Please trim any forks on heavy branches so as not to jam the chipper. If these rules are not followed brush will not be removed and property owner will be responsible for removal. If you would like to keep the chips, please inform the men doing the chipping. Otherwise they are taken to the Transfer Station and are available to anyone. If you would like chips, call Don Maurer for availability.
BURNING PERMITS – The Chairman or any Supervisor may issue a burning permit to a property owner in the Town to burn brush, leaves, pine needles, grass, clean wood and unrecyclable paper and cardboard (only these items allowed by State Law). The fire needs to be adequately supervised so it will not spread out of control or endanger life or property. The property owner is to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency number (335-4420) to report that they will be burning and have obtained the required permit. Having a burning permit does not release you of responsibility if a fire gets out of control due to carelessness or negligence. In addition to the costs of a careless fire (up to $3000), a fine of $100 for not having a permit will be issued.
Burning barrels with screen coverings are allowed for burning without a permit. Any out of control fires that result will be charged back to the property owner(s). See above for items allowed to be burned by the Town per state law.
TRANSFER STATION – Winter hours are 12 Noon to 4:00 P.M. on Saturdays November through April. Summer hours are 8:00 A.M. to 12 Noon Saturdays, May through October. A sign is put out a few weeks prior to the change as a reminder.
Loose garbage is not permitted at the Transfer Station, all garbage must be bagged. Only household garbage is accepted. Appliances, furniture, rolls of carpet, electronics and any hazardous waste items are NOT accepted. Please do not use plastic bags for paper/cardboard as they cause problems with the equipment. The Town encourages recycling. Place glass, steel cans, plastic #1 & #2 and aluminum cans in the containers provided by the town for these items. Please crush or flatten plastics to save on space – often the bins become too full of recyclables. We encourage everyone to separate their aluminum cans from the other recyclables and place them in the receptacle for the Good Luck 4-H Club. The Club uses this as a fundraiser.
Electronics –The State DNR has a website that answers many questions, and lists businesses that are collection centers for electronics. Electronics are not accepted at the Transfer Station.
**FIRESIGNS** –Firesigns are to be left alone, not moved, altered or decorated. The Town has an ordinance in place authorizing their use and where they are to be located. There is a penalty if the signs are moved or tampered with. These were put in place by the Fire Department for a reason – so that emergency responders could easily locate a residence when called for aide. If yours is damaged or missing, call the Town Hall to request a new one. Please keep the firesign area free of snow, so that they may be visible to emergency personnel. Please remember, firesigns were installed for your family’s safety and protection.
TOWN WEBSITE - www.townofbarton.net
TOWN CLERK OFFICE HOURS- Note: the Clerk cannot process tax payments.
Mondays – Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please call to make sure the Clerk is in, as on occasion it may be necessary to miss office hours.
DEPUTY CLERK OFFICE HOURS – Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 to 3 p.m.
PHONE NUMBERS – TOWN HALL 334-2765
CHAIRMAN DICK BERTRAM – CELL 355-5111
SUPERVISOR MIKE DRICKEN – DAY# 334-1335 10 am to 7:30 pm; HOME 338-6388 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
SUPERVISOR JERRY MEULEMANS – 338-1338
SUPERVISOR DAN MUELLER – 334-8086
SUPERVISOR KRIS TURNER – 338-0815
CLERK AGGIE PRUNER – TOWN HALL 334-2765 (use voicemail if not there)
DEPUTY CLERK – SHERRY ECKERT 334-2765
TREASURER DAVID BEHMKE – 334-2765
Town Treasurer office hours - Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Tax Collection dates: December 13th, 15th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th - 7 to 9 p.m.
January 2017 Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m.
ZONING ADMINISTRATOR STEVE WENDELBORN – 306-9446
BUILDING INSPECTOR – GORDON HOFFMANN – 677-2270
ASSESSOR – GROTA APPRAISALS – 262-253-1142
CHIPPING DON MAURER – 338-8253
MERRY CHRISTMAS & BEST WISHES FOR 2017!
THE BARTON TOWN BOARD