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The Town of Polk consists of  13,430 acres with clear rippling creeks, crystal clear lakes, hardwood forests and large kettle shaped land formations, combining local farming with suburban living.  Its' access to State Hwy 60, US Hwy 41, and US Hwy 45 make it an attractive place to live, by connecting community life with museums and the arts.  

Town of Polk
3680 State Hwy 60
Slinger, WI 53086

Phone #262-677-2123 (#2 Clerk) (#3 Zoning Secretary) (#4 Building Inspection) or (#5 Treasurer)

Fax     #262-677-2423                      E-mail

Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk

The Town Hall is open:  Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until Noon. (Except holidays.) 


Tuesday, February 17th Election.

Absentees Outstanding:23

Provisional Votes:0

Total Voters:369

County totals: 

Next Election Date:  April 7, 2015

Polling Place: Polk Town Hall, 3680 State Hwy 60.

Voting Hours: open at 7am and close at 8 pm

Sample Ballot for April 7th is not ready at this time.

Referendum for April 7th ballot:

SUBJECT: Type C Notice of Referendum for the April 7, 2015 Spring Election from the State Governor's Accountability Board:

The link in this communication is the Type C Notice of Referendum Election. The referendum is the result of 2013 Enrolled Joint Resolution 16 (2013 Senate Joint Resolution 57) and 2015 Enrolled Joint Resolution 2 (2015 Senate Joint Resolution 2). 2015 Enrolled Joint Resolution 2 can be found on the G.A.B. website at


Voter Registration Form: fill in and print

Absentee Ballot Request:



 Polling Location for All Wards


Town of Polk - Town Hall

Town of Polk Clerk – Marlyss K. Thiel

3680 State Hwy 60, Slinger 53086.

(262) 677-2123 extension #2



HOURS FOR THE DAY OF ELECTION:  7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Accessible to elderly and disabled voters.



Notice of the Meeting of Local Board of Canvassers: After the polls close on Election Day

( February 17, 2015), the election inspectors at the polling place (3680 State Hwy 60, Slinger) will convene as the local canvassing board for the purpose of conducting a local canvas pursuant to Wis. Stat. 7.51, and act as the local board of canvassers to collectively perform tasks assigned to that body, such as reconciling poll lists, counting votes, preparing election returns, certifying certain election results, complete the canvass statement, securing election materials, and delivering election materials to the municipal clerk.  This meeting will be open to the public pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 19.81-89. Thus, tasks performed after the polls close is a meeting of a governmental body subject to the Open Meetings Law.


Notice of the Meeting of Post-Election Canvassers for late arriving Absentee and Provisional Ballots: Pursuant to WI Stats 19.84 at 3680 State Hwy 60, Slinger WI for February 17th Election. 

Even though election inspectors count the votes at the polls on Election Day, the results of the election are not determined until the official Board of Canvassers has met and completed the official canvass.  The Board of Canvassers must review all election materials and correct any errors.  They complete the canvass statement, certify the municipal election results and officially determine the winners. Election inspectors will convene as the municipal canvassing board for the purpose of conducting the municipal canvass pursuant to Wis. Stat. 7.53(1) on Friday, February 20th at 4:00 p.m. This meeting will be open to the public pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 19.81-89. Thus, tasks performed after the polls close is a meeting of a governmental body subject to the Open Meetings Law.   Published February 14, 2015. 

Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk


Spring Election

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 : Local Election for Town Chairman and Two Town Supervisors.  State offices include Justice of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Judge (District I and III), and Circuit Court Judge.


Free tax filing forms and submittal sites - state tax  - Federal tax


The Department of Natural Resource’s MacKenzie Center is looking for four energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our 2015 Summer Internship Program. We have openings on our Wildlife, Education, and Facilities and Grounds teams. These positions provide unique opportunities to work in the field of Natural Resources, gain valuable experience, and build your resume. Join the MacKenzie Center team! Learn more about each position below.  Application deadline is March 1.

1)      Education:

2)      Wildlife:

3)      Facilities and Grounds: 

Please share with your networks. These positions may be of particular interest to college students in the following areas:  natural resources management, conservation, environmental education, interpretation, wildlife education, wildlife ecology, animal care, park management, recreation, camp and recreation, youth programming and camp management, and more.




Our Recycling Center is only open on Saturdays 9-Noon.  There are no week day collections.                                      


 WHEN WALKING YOUR PETS, be sure to wear bright colored clothing so you are visible to vehicles on the road.

NOTICE REQUESTED BY FIRE AND AMBULANCE SERVICES: Low hanging branches and shrubs can slow down or block access to homes or businesses when emergency vehicles come to help. Most fire and rescue vehicles are much taller than personal vehicles, so please trim trees and shrubs over public roads and private driveways.  Seconds count.


Town of Polk Ordinance No: 10-09

Ordinance Relating Campfires and Bonfires



 Bonfire: An outdoor fire of clean, untreated wood kindled to mark a public event, victory celebration, or similar occurrence.


Campfire: A small outdoor fire constructed within a fire pit or surrounded by a fire ring: intended for recreation or cooking. 


 Fire pit: A barrier to keep the fire from escaping out of control.  Constructed of stones, tire rim, or commercial fire rings at least 11 inches deep.


 (1) Location Restricted. Permitted bonfires shall be located not less than 50 (fifty) feet from any structure, hay stack, fuel storage, overhanging branches, and dense dry grass.

 (2) Materials for Burning. Materials for bonfires shall consist of dry material only, and shall follow the same restricted materials listed in 5.11 of the Town Code, Burning Permit Regulations.

 (3) Prohibited Activity.  Using accelerants (oil, waste oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, etc.) to either start, accelerate, or prolong the burn is prohibited.

 (4) Size of the Bonfire. The base of the fire shall not be larger than 10 feet in diameter, with bare soil around where your campfire is going to be.   The fire must be enclosed by barrier set at a distance sufficient enough to provide maximum safety, and be constantly monitored by the person responsible for scene security.

 (5) Scene Security. A responsible person shall be designated for the safety of the bonfire area. This person must be identified as the contact person to meet with the Fire Department if any unusual concerns arise.

 (6) Adequate Fire Suppression. An adequate fire suppression source must be immediately available sufficient to extinguish the fire if it threatens the safety of the event.  A water source, under pressure, must be available and able to surround the entire burn pile.

 (7) Extinguishment. After completion of the celebration the bonfire must be completely extinguished and a fire watch must be provided for a sufficient amount of time to ensure that the fire does not rekindle.  Check the entire area outside the fire circle for any hot embers. Add water to your fire to extinguish and stir until it is cold.

 (8)Complaints. Complaints received by the Fire/Police Departments regarding smoke or ash residue infringing on adjacent properties will require the such fires be immediately extinguished or be subject to the general penalty of this code.

(9) Right of Entry and Inspection.  Any representative of the local Fire Department or Police/Sheriff’s Department in Washington County who presents credentials, may inspect any property for the purpose of ascertaining compliance with the provisions of this ordinance.   The Fire Chief or Police/Sheriff also may access the property to extinguish uncontrolled fire in order to protect the safety of persons and property.  

EFFECTIVE DATEAdopted this 8th  day of June, 2010. 

 Attested By: Marlyss K. Thiel,  Town Clerk


Ordinance No: 10-08
Burning Permits
BURN PERMITS are available during office hours, at the Town of Polk, at no charge. One permit is good for 4 weeks.

Town of Polk Ordinance No: 10-08 Burning Permits in the Town of Polk

The Town of Polk of Washington County, does hereby ordain as follows:

A Burning Permit is required in the Town of Polk for the burning of branches, brush, leaves, garden waste, and weeds. Burning of these items, is permissible after obtaining a Burning Permit from the Town Clerk.  No other materials are allowed to be burned. This is a DNR rule.

 Twenty Acres or More: The open burning of brush, abandoned crops, leaves, grass, and similar open fires may occur on parcels of land of 20 (twenty acres) or more without a permit when done by the owner or occupant, subject to the following:

1. No such open fire may be started except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

2. No such open fire shall be started until the Washington County Sheriff’s Department is notified of the time and the location.


You are responsible for calling the Washington County  Sheriff’s Department, to report that you will be burning.  

1.  You are still responsible for the fire that you start. A responsible adult must attend to the fire at all times, during the burning.  The party obtaining the Burning Permit is responsible for damage caused by such fire, if it should become out of control.  Attending a fire means a physical presence with a means to extinguish the fire, including a rake, shovel, hose connections an other materials used as fire safety precautions.  Do NOT use accelerants such as gasoline, or any other chemical that would escalate burning. 

2.  Any person which violates the terms of this section, or burns in a manner which results in a fire run from any fire department, shall, be liable for any costs incurred by such fire, including but not limited to fire department charges, county sheriff department charges, and any damages caused by such fire.

3. Locate the fire a minimum of 50 (fifty) feet from any occupied dwelling, wood structure, street, alley, property line, or building.

4. Care should be taken regarding the direction of smoke travel so as to not create a nuisance for neighbors. In the event of unsafe burning conditions (high winds, dry conditions or any other hazards), burning should be suspended.


5. Any person violating this ordinance by not following the rules herein, or any person violating this ordinance BY NOT obtaining a current Burning Permit from the Town of Polk, shall be subject to a forfeiture of $50.00 (fifty dollars) plus statutory costs, for the first offense and $250.00 (two hundred fifty dollars) plus statutory costs, for the second offense occurring within a twelve (12) month period of time, payable to the Town of Polk for violating this ordinance.  This fee is in addition to other costs incurred because of such fire set by person(s) obtaining a burning permit in the Town of Polk.


6. Burning Permits may be obtained from the Town of Polk Town Clerk’s office from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Monday - Thursday at the Town Hall. This permit will be issued for 4 (four) weeks.  It can be renewed.



The Town of Polk PROHIBITS the burning the following materials:

            a. Household garbage.

            b. Oily substances (including greasy rags, oil filters, etc).

            c. Asphalt shingles or tar paper.

            d. Plastics (including plastic bottles, plastic bags).

            e. Rubber products (including tires and hoses).

            f. Wet, combustible rubbish (including wet cardboard or paper.

            g. Painted or treated wood.

            h. Foam.

            i. Furniture.

            g. Wire, Metal, Aluminum, Vinyl products.


Recycling has been a top priority for the Town of Polk.  We strive to follow the laws governing the state of Wisconsin regarding the regulations of reducing, reusing, and recycling.  The Town of Polk encourages the composting or chipping of yard waste.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their yard waste at the Town Recycling Center. 


This ordinance shall repeal Section 9.12 OPEN BURNING of the Town of Polk Fire Protection Code. 


This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage and posting.

Adopted this 8th  day of June, 2010.

Attest: Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk.

Assessor's office: Grota Appraisals.  Their website is   and their Office Phone # 262.253.1142
Representatives for all of Polk are:
Senator _________________________ (District 20):  Elections will be February and April 2015

Assembly District, Bob Gannon(District 58):

Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (5th District)

County Supervisor, Marilyn Merten (District 17):


Public Agency Center - 333 East Washington St., Suite 2300, PO Box 2003, West Bend, WI 53095-2003

Phone: (262) 335-4800, Toll Free: 800-616-0446, FAX: (262) 335-6868

Washington County

Planning and Parks Department

Land and Water Conservation Division

For Immediate Publication

PRESS RELEASE – 02/23/15 --Washington County’s Household & Agricultural Hazardous Waste 2015 Full Service Collection will be on May 9th, 2015

The Washington County Full Service Clean Sweep is an opportunity for county residents to properly dispose or recycle unwanted hazardous chemicals, electronic goods, pharmaceutical medication, and used tires. This is the sixth consecutive year for the Full Service Clean Sweep Program which has been coordinated by the Land and Water Conservation Division of the Planning and Parks Department; while partnering with the County’s Health Department, Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Department. The drive-through collection makes this program simple and efficient for participants. A $10.00 pre-registration fee is required for the hazardous waste and electronic goods; participation is limited to 250 vehicles per event. The Pharmaceutical Collection does not require anyone to pre-register and participation is unlimited.

Used Tire Collection participation is also unlimited; a maximum of 20 tires will be accepted per participant and disposal fees apply at the time of collection.

The 2015 Full Service Clean Sweep event will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015. Collection will be from 8:00am-12:00 (noon) at the Washington County Slinger Highway Shop, 314 West Washington St., (Hwy 175) in Slinger, WI 53086.

Pre-registration for the Hazardous Waste and E-Goods (First come, First serve)

1. Download the Registration Form from the website and mail in your payment or

2. Stop in at the Washington County Land & Water Conservation Division, located at

333 E. Washington St., Suite 2300, West Bend, WI, to submit your payment (cash/check

accepted); or

3. Call 262.335.4808, leave your name address and phone number. A registration form will be mailed to you.

The following materials will NOT be accepted during the Clean Sweeps: TV’s, appliances, latex, paint, oil, batteries, needles/sharps, radioactive items, smoke detectors, propane tanks and cylinders.

For additional information visit our website at

A Clean Sweep Collection is also scheduled for October 10, 2015 in West Bend.


The Town Board of the Town of Polk public records and public property are available for inspection during regular business hours of M-TH, 7:30 a.m. until Noon.  Exemptions and fees may apply. (Per Section 19.21 through 19.39 Wis. Stats.) Signed, Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk.










—Quick Links—
Road Construction in the area 
Washington County Humane Society 
Burning Restrictions - DNR 
Wisconsin State Election Board 
Road Conditions 
Town of Polk's - Senate Representative Bob Gannon 
Town of Polk's - Assembly District Rep Pat Strachota 
DNR Weekly Bulletin - Hunting & Fishing, etc. 
Town of Polk's - Assessor Grota Appraisals 
State of Wisconsin 
Recycling News from Wisconsin from the DNR 
Sheriff's Office - Washington County 
Wisconsin Towns Association 
Pay Property Taxes after February 1st to the County Treasurer - Washington County Website 
Washington County Historical Society 
Big Cedar Lake 
Ice Age Trail 
Washington County Smart Growth 

—Upcoming Meetings—
Town Board Meeting - 3/10/2015  


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