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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.) 


DNR Burn Warnings Map of Wisconsin Counties:


Rep Bob Gannon will be holding a listening session at the

Polk Town Hall, Monday March 30th at 4:30 - open to the Public.


Wisconsin Hwy 175 Reconstruction & Resurfacing Projects:

March 2015 Notice - Hwy 164 Resurface & Construction


Open Book - Assessor will meet with the residents/property owners on 2 separate days:

April 29th....Noon - 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

April 30th....9 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Board of Review will be held on Friday, June 5th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Election Results for February 2015


Public Notice – Early Voting/Absentee Voting for April 7, 2015 Election

In accordance with Section 10.01(2) (e) of the Wisconsin Statutes, notice has been published.  A portion of which follows:   

The Town of Polk, 3680 State Hwy 60 will have absentee ballots available for in-person voting starting on Monday March 23rd, from 7:30 a.m. – Noon, Monday through Thursday, during regular office hours (excluding holidays). 

In accordance with Section 6.86, additional hours for absentee voting only, will be on Fridays: March 27th and April 3rd from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk


Absentee ballots were mailed 3/16/2015.


Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.


You may request and vote an absentee ballot in the municipal clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person. 

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the municipal clerk’s office is: March 23, 2015. 

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the municipal clerk’s office is: April 3, 2015. No voting will take place the Monday before Election Day.

No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday. 

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on April 7, 2015. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election.


Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both. You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.


Note: Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.



Sample Ballots:   Germantown Ballot  Slinger Ballot  West Bend Ballot


Voter Registration Form: fill in and print

Absentee Ballot Request:


Town of Polk 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

 DATE OF THE ELECTION: April 7, 2015

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 ( April 7, 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 April 7th 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, April 10th 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 April 4, 2015.  Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk



In accordance with Section 5.84(1) of the Wis.Stats, notice is hereby given:  The Town of Polk will hold a Public Test of the Optical Scan (OS) and the Touch Screen (TSX) voting equipment at the Town Hall located at 3680 State Hwy 60, Slinger on Tuesday, March 31st  1:30 p.m. for the April 7, 2015 election.  (Publish March 28th)

Marlyss K. Thiel, Town Clerk.


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):


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

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

—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—
Open Meeting of the Election Inspectors at the closing of the Polls - 4/7/2015  
Public Notice - Post Election Meeting of Board of Canvassers - 4/10/2015  


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