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Washington County Highway Department - PRESS RELEASE - Chip Sealing during week of June 21st
CHIP SEALING ROADS BEGINNING ON JUNE 21st The Washington County Highway Department will be chip sealing four roadways with work
GARBAGE AND RECYCLING
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NOTICE OF NEWLY ENACTED ORDINANCES AS OF JUNE 8, 2021
Please take notice that the Town Board of the Town of West Bend, Washington County, Wisconsin enacted Ordinance No. 2021-01 to repeal and recreate part of Section 9 of the Municipal Code relating to Use of Firearms and other Dangerous Weapons and Ordinance No. 2021-02 to repeal and recreate Section 10 of the Municipal Code relating to public health and safety, public nuisances, and certain uses and activities.
The full text of Ordinance No 2021-01 and Ordinance No. 2021-02 may be obtained from the Town of West Bend’s Clerk or Deputy Clerks office located at 6355 CTH Z, West Bend, WI 53095. Office Phone No. 262-338-3417 or click below:
SHORT-TERM RENTAL NOTICE
The Town of West Bend has received multiple inquiries regarding residential homes being rented out on sites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway. Based upon these inquires, the Town of West Bend decided to issue this abbreviated reminder on short-term rental requirements.
If a resident is renting their home out as a “Short-Term Rental”, please be aware that in 2017 the state legislature passed a law allowing for short-term rentals of single-family homes under Chapter 66.0615, providing a Wisconsin State Tourist Rooming House License has been secured by the property owner. The law further establishes requirements for short-term rentals by which local governments may regulate such uses.
In accordance with local government authority, the Town of West Bend passed Ordinance 2019-01 which requires a Short-Term Rental License, along with a valid State of Wisconsin Tourist Rooming House License. Ordinance 2019-01 further requires residential dwellings are not allowed to rent for less than 7 consecutive days and not to exceed 29 consecutive days. Recreational vehicles, campers, tents, boats, or other temporary lodging arrangements are not permitted to increase accommodations for paying guest. Guests and property owners are further subject to the Town of West Bend applicable noise and nuisance regulations where violations and penalties will be applied to both, per occurrence.
If you should have questions regarding the short-term rentals in the Town of West Bend, please contact Town Clerk Julie Ihlenfeld at 262-388-3417.
COMMERCIAL USE OF RESIDENTIAL PARCELS / STRUCTURES
The Town of West Bend has received numerous complaints pertaining to residential zoned properties that possibly could be in zoning violation.
As a reminder and notice to residents, the commercial use of residential properties and structures is prohibited in the Town of West Bend. Examples of violations include running a business out of a home or garage, making property available as a wedding or reception site, and offering space on a dock or pier for rent or lease. If you have any questions regarding your parcel zoning or whether a given use is permissible on your property, please contact Town Clerk / Zoning Secretary Julie Ihlenfeld at the town hall 262-338-3417.
PROPOSED DRAFT DOCUMENTS PRESENTED
ROAD BID NOTICES
LEAF AND YARD WASTE
LEAF AND YARD WASTE WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021 8 AM - NOON
Every Saturday in May…
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
1st and 3rd Saturdays June – September…
June 5, 19
October and November…
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
TOWN BOARD MEETINGS
Town Board Meetings to be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning May 11, 2021.
USE OF FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS
Click on link above to review updated draft ordinance.
Adoption of Ordinance 2013-02- Ordinance to Repeal and Recreate Part of Chapter 9 of the Municipal Code relating to the use of Fire Arms.
NOTICE OF OPEN BOOK
The assessor shall be available on the 14th day of April, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Open Book will be via phone or email ONLY due to COVID-19 restrictions known at present. Call or email the assessor any time before the end of the Open Book. Assessor: Nate Carlson, 262-253-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTICE OF BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING
The Board of Review will meet on the 10th day of May, 2021 from Noon - 2 P.M. at the Town of West Bend Town Hall for the purpose of calling the Board of Review into session during the forty-five day period beginning on the 4th Monday of April, pursuant to s. 70.47 (1), Wis. Stats. Click on NOTICE OF OPEN BOOK AND BOARD OF REVIEW BLUE LINK above for more details.
Notice is Hereby given of the Town of West Bend Annual Meeting on the 20th day of April 2021 at 7:00 P.M. to be held at the Town Hall, 6355 County Hwy Z, West Bend, WI 53095, virtually via Zoom, and telephone.
TOWN WEST BEND BURN POLICY
The Town is in a Department of Natural Rescources Air Quality Contolled Area. The Town of West Bend does not issue burn permits. If for some reason you plan to burn, it is the residents responsibility to notify both the Washington County Sherriff's Department and the appropriate Fire Department of your intentions to burn. Notification to these authorities will eliminate the possibility of receiving a false alarm being called in by a concerned citizen. If a fire is called in and it is determined to be a false alarm, the resident will be responsible for the fees incurred as a result. At this point, the charge for a false alarm call is $850.00 Please be sure to report your planned burns to avoid the charge. Enjoy your outdoor summer season!
The Town of West Bend roads are subject to freezing rain, ice, snow and drifting at any time from November through April. The Town Board endeavors to maintain adequate traction for vehicles properly equipped for winter driving conditions. This does not mean bare, dry pavement should be expected after each snowfall or ice storm. Futhermore, it does not mean the roads will be free of ice and snow.
SNOW AND ICE CONTROL
The Town is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 45 miles of roads. By Wisconsin State Statute 81.15, the town has three (3) weeks to remove natural snow and ice accumulations. The Town's goal is to maintain the roads in good winter driving conditions as weather, equipment and budget allows.
Planning and Preparing for snow and ice operations are difficult due to the uniqueness of each storm. No two storms are ever identical. Factors such as rate of snowfall, moisture content, accumulations, temperatures, time of day and wind velocity determines the uniqueness of each storm.
During snow and ice storms, town road crews will respond to emergency conditions to the extent possible. The town will not respond to unverified emergency requests direct from the public. The requests must come from the appropriate agency (i.e. fire, police, etc.). The Town will not take any responsibility for the removal of snow that is plowed into private driveways during road clearing operations.
Driveway maintenance is the property owner's responsibility. The Town of West Bend, the Town Board, Town employees and operators are not responsible for snow removal from private driveways and yards. The Town's equipment will not remove snow from yards or driveways. The Town of West Bend, The Town Board, Town employees and operators are not responsible for any damage to private driveways and yards occurred during snow removal operations.
The Town of West Bend uses abrasive sand treated with rock salt. The sand will only be applied at the curves, most intersections, hills and steep grades. Certain weather conditions may allow the sand-salt to promote a thawing or clearing of compact snow and /or ice. There is no State or Federal law that requires the Town to apply salt and/or sand-salt. Salt and/or sand-salt will only be applied as much as the budget and/or availability allows.
Planning for a snow removal operation begins when there is one( 1) inch or more of snow expected to accumulate. The Town Chairman or his/her designee, along with Washington County Highway Department, has the authority to suspend snow and ice control operations during severe storm conditions when there is a danger to operators or it is not practical or cost effective to continue. No guarantee is made or implied as to the length of the snow and ice removal operations. The main objective of snow removal operations is to plow the blacktop surfaces to the shoulders, wing and possibly bench after roads are opened and try to clear the center to bare surface if possible.
Operators are instructed to be very cautious near the mailboxes. In most cases a properly installed mailbox will permit a snowplow to clear the snow underneath it. Most cases of damaged mailboxes are caused by heavy snow hitting the box. Most mailboxes are seldom hit by the plow. If damage to a mailbox is due to the plow blade or plow vehicle physically striking it reimbursement of $30.00 or placement of a standard U.S. Postal Office rural box by the Town can be obtained by filling out a Mailbox Accident Claim Form at which time the Town Highway Department determines if the damage was done by the snowplowing equipment physically striking the mailbox.
Sand barrels and boxes will be placed at strategic locations determined by the Town's Department of Public Works. They will be filled regularly with an salt/sand mixture for use on intersections, hills and town roads.
Complaints given to spouses or other family members, if given in a respectable manner, will be relayed to the proper personnel. The Town Board, employees, spouses and family members will not deal with rude, obscene or belligerent complaints.