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.
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.
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
262.644.0460 Field Office