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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 townofpolk@att.net

Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk

The Town Hall is open:  Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until Noon. (Except holidays.) 
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2014 Election Dates August 12th & November 4th

SAMPLE BALLOT:http://www.tn.polk.wi.gov/docs_by_cat_type.asp?doccatid=420&locid=160

To have an absentee ballot sent to you, fill out a request form and mail/drop off at the office:

Absentee Ballot Request: http://gab.wi.gov/forms/gab-121-English

Voter Registration Form: http://gab.wi.gov/forms/gab-131-English

Absentee Ballots will be available for in-person voting in the office starting July 28th for the August 12th election.

The Town of Polk office will be open starting July 28th, for Absentee voting from 8:00-Noon M-Thurs, plus Friday Aug 1 & 8 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 

 To check the status of your absentee ballot or check your voter history

State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

The State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has all the forms available for download at their web site. Below are links to some of the most requested forms.

November Election Referendum

The Wisconsin Transportation Fund Referendum (2014) is a statewide ballot measure that will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Wisconsin.

Path to the Ballot

The referendum was qualified on the ballot through the Legislative process.   Under Wisconsin law, a binding statewide ballot measure can only be qualified if both houses of the Legislature approve a joint resolution for two consecutive Legislative sessions.  During the 2013-2014 Legislative session, a statewide referendum was approved with the passage of Assembly Joint Resolution on the second consideration.  The first consideration was approved during the 2011-2012 Legislative session with the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 23.

Source: Wisconsin State Legislature-Assembly Joint Resolution 2, Wisconsin State Legislature-Senate Joint Resolution 23

Ballot Question

The question on the ballot, as follows:

Question 1: “Creation of a Transportation Fund. Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created to require that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin’s transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund?”

YES

NO

Source: Wisconsin State Legislature

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Tax Rate Listing for Washington County by Municipality: http://www.tn.polk.wi.gov/docview.asp?docid=16758&locid=160

TOWN OF POLK – Revaluation/Assessment Notice

As required by 2009 Wisconsin Act 68

 

The Town of Polk has hired Grota Appraisals located at N88 W16573 Main Street in Menomonee Falls, to perform a "walk-through" revaluation on all properties in the Town, for the 2015 through 2017 assessment years. Please notice that the Assessor has certain statutory authority to enter land as described in Sections 943.13 and 943.15 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  Copies of the applicable statues can be obtained at public depositories throughout the State of Wisconsin and from the State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau website (www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/stats.html), or a copy may be obtained from the municipal clerk upon payment of applicable copying charges.

These new assessed values based on the physical inspections, will affect the tax bill you receive in December 2015 - 2017, and will not affect the tax bill for 2014 that you receive this December.

The staff of Grota Appraisals will begin its physical inspection process in in late May 2014 and will view approximately 1/3 or more of the properties per year, over a 3-year period. A detailed letter of introduction will be sent to all property owners approximately 2-weeks prior to an on-site inspection.  All of the Town of Polk properties will be inspected. A Photo-ID badge will be worn by assessment staff. The inspection process will include an interior and exterior listing, measurements of buildings, and color photos of the primary structure/residence.

Published June 10, 2014 and Posted on the Town’s website and bulletin boards.

Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk.

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Did you know spring is the time when most wildfires occur in Wisconsin? So far this spring, 180 wildfires have burned more than 1,800 acres. There are things you can do around your home to minimize the impact of a wildfire. Prepare now and potentially save your property and human lives. Spring also is a time when many people burn brush. Take precautions before you burn!

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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.

 

Responsibility:   

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.

 

Restrictions:

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. 

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage and posting.

Adopted this 8th  day of June, 2010.

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 WIS 144 Interchange Update June 3rd.

July 3rd  Work in Progress

 James Peterson (prime contractor)

Work continues on WIS 144 constructing one-half of the proposed lanes.  Gravel placement is on-going and should be complete early next week.  Additional crews continue to work on constructing the ramps in the interchange.

 Lunda (bridge contractor)

In between the raindrops in the month of June, the north half of the bridge deck concrete was placed.  This coming week the parapet rail (concrete) will be placed.   Upon completion of the entire bridge, a raised concrete median will separate traffic on the new structure.  However, in order to place traffic on the half that is complete, a concrete temporary barrier wall will be set on the deck.  Other than cleanup work, Lunda will leave the project and return once traffic is moved to the new bridge.  Work will then continue with demolition of the old bridge, followed by construction of the south half of the new structure.

 Sommers Construction (concrete)

The contractor is scheduled for next week to place concrete curb & gutter and the concrete bridge approaches.  After cure time on the concrete, Payne & Dolan (asphalt contractor) will place the lower lift of asphalt.

 Guard rail at the bridge will be erected connected to the parapet rail, and work will continue with pavement marking, signs, gravel shoulders, etc., in preparation of moving traffic to the new lanes.  In conjunction with the traffic move, the northbound off ramp will then be closed.  The date of the ramp closure will be posted on the ramp seven days prior to the closing.  WIS 144 will remain open to thru traffic.  I will send an update when the date is confirmed for the ramp closure and traffic move.

 I am not sure where the month of June went, but I am confident that we didn’t have a dust issue.  Hopefully Mother Nature will be kinder in the month of July.

 The future business meetings have been cancelled due to lack of participation.  Certainly if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me.

 All lanes on US 41 are open for holiday traffic.  The outside shoulders through the work zone on US 41 remain closed.   Please enjoy your time off and have a happy and safe holiday.

 Jeanne A. Marchant

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

414.750.1621 Mobile

262.644.0460 Field Office

jeanne.marchant@dot.wi.gov

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

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

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Assessor's office: Grota Appraisals.  Their website is  www.assessordata.org   and their Office Phone # 262.253.1142
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Senator Glen Grothman (District 20): http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/grothman/Pages/default.aspx

Assembly District, Pat Strachota (District 58): (retiring) http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/asm58/news/

Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (5th District) http://sensenbrenner.org/

County Supervisor, Marilyn Merten (District 17): mailto:marilyn.merten@co.washington.wi.us

********************************************************Washington County Sheriff Website http://www.washingtoncountysheriffwi.org/hunting.php listing municipalities not allow/allow rifles. *************************************************  

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.

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—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 Glen Grothman  
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—
PUBLIC HEARING - Joint Plan Committee & Town Board Meeting -Zignego Brothers, LLC, - 8/8/2014  

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