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New info
Sep 04, 2014
Free sessions on open meetings/public records; apply for clean sweep grants; WCHA roadway vendors...[Click for more]

PSC Grants
Aug 13, 2014
Not much internet infrastructure in your area? Consider Applying for FY2015 PSC Broadband Expansi...[Click for more]

Propane Crisis Info
Feb 11, 2014
Just posted on the WTA website the latest information from the state government on the propane cr...[Click for more]

Call to Action ASAP!
Oct 22, 2013
Please act to save local control to regulate non-metallic mining & the protection of local hi...[Click for more]

ACA Notice
Aug 21, 2013
All employers, including towns, must send all employees an Affordable Care Act notice by Oct. 1. ...[Click for more]

 

UW-Extension Local Government Center Fall Workshops
Featuring: Budget & Finance and
Implements of Husbandry/Managing Roads for Heavy Loads

(8/12/14) The UW-Extension Local Government Center in cooperation with the Transportation Information Center, Wisconsin Department of Revenue and WTA will be holding nine day-long workshops around the state from September 9th-25th. Each workshop features two simultaneous tracks, one focused on municipal budgeting and finance issues including the levy limit, and the other on featured topics such as Implements of Husbandry and managing local roads for heavy loads.

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the itinerary, dates & locations and registration information.


67th Annual WTA Convention

(7/31/14) Please join us for the 67th Annual WTA Convention October 26th-28th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. The convention features a wide range of educational workshops and opportunities to meet with your fellow town officials from around the state.

     Please CLICK HERE for the convention announcement & itinerary.

     Please CLICK HERE for the convention registration form.


Attorney General Van Hollen Announces
Registration is Open for Upcoming 2014 FREE
Public Records and Open Meetings
laws Seminars

Registering Early Online is Recommended for Free Seminars

(9/4/14) Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen invites the public and government officials to register today to attend upcoming Department of Justice seminars on the public records and open meetings laws.  Online registration opened today at the Department of Justice website -- www.doj.state.wi.usPre-registration is required, and it is recommended anyone who is interested in the free seminars with assistant attorneys general register early because space will be limited.  Click here to be taken to the registration page on the DOJ website.

“I encourage anyone who wants a better understanding of how their government operates as well as their rights and responsibilities under the law to attend one of these free seminars,” Van Hollen said.  “Education is critical to effective oversight of government, compliance with our open government laws and prevention of violations of those important laws that are essential to a democratic government.”

Below is information about each of the seminars and the webinar:

October 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. to noon
Public Records and Open Meetings Laws (3 CLE credits)
American Family Training Center – Auditorium, Building A
6000 American Family Drive, Madison 

October 27, 2014

9:00 a.m. to noon
Public Records and Open Meetings Laws (3 CLE credits)
Waukesha County Technical College – Richard T. Anderson Education Center
800 Main Street, Pewaukee

Or, participate in a webinar presentation, offered in two parts:

November 6, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Open Meetings Law (1.5 CLE credits)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Public Records Law (1.5 CLE credits)

Each 90-minute webinar session will be followed by a question and answer period. A webinar is an interactive audio-visual presentation viewed live over the Internet from the participant’s personal computer.  More information about how to connect to the webinar will follow as the program dates approach.

Anyone with questions about attending a seminar should contact Connie Anderson at (608) 266-3952 or via emailClick here for a “Save the Date” flyer. 

Click here for the Open Government section of the Wisconsin Department of Justice website, which has additional resources on Wisconsin’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws.


Apply for 2015 Clean Sweep Grants

(9/4/14) Counties, cities, towns, villages, tribes, regional planning commissions and sanitary districts can now apply for 2015 clean sweep grants.  The grants are to reimburse eligible expenses for the collection and disposal of agricultural pesticides, household hazardous waste or unwanted prescription drugs.

Grant Request Ranges:

     Agricultural: $8,000-$10,000 (only counties can apply for ag grants)
     Household: $14,000 - $18,000
     Drugs: $2,000 - $10,000

We have $750,000 available to distribute:  $250,000 for agricultural; $400,000 for household; $100,000 for prescription drugs.

The application, guidelines and other supporting materials are on our website at http://cleansweep.wi.gov. Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Sept. 26, 2014.  Awards will be announced on or before Nov. 28. 

One new thing for 2015 is a way to value volunteer time as part of the in-kind match.  It’s still not reimbursable but for those that get your county committee members to help or the local scout troop, you can put a value on their time as part of your match.

The rule revision hasn’t kicked in yet so we’re still operating under current rules.  I can’t buy you a prescription drug box yet.  2016 grants will have those changes.

If you have any questions, please contact me

Jane Hewston Larson
Clean Sweep and Worker Protection
WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection


WCHA Roadway Vendors Invite

(9/4/14) The Wisconsin County Highway Association Leadership Development Group is holding its annual training conference in La Crosse at the La Crosse Center on Sept 29th and 30Th. They would like to invite you to come and visit the vendors on the 29th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on the 30th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. There are all types of vendors related to the construction and the maintenance of roadways. It would be a great way to see some new ideas and ways of doing business.


Apply for PSC Broadband
Expansion Grants for FY2015

(8/14/14) The Public Service Commission is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for Broadband Expansion Grants for the FY 2015 grant cycle.  The application instructions may be found at: http://psc.wi.gov/utilityInfo/tele/broadband/grants/bbGrantApplicationPage.htm.  Applications are due and must be uploaded to the PSC’s ERF system by Thursday, October 13, 2014, at 4:00 pm Central time.  Clarifying questions regarding the application process or content should be addressed to the State Broadband Office, as provided in Section 1.5 of the application instructions, must be filed no later than September 25, 2014.

Information about workshops to help with the grant-writing process can be found if you CLICK HERE.


More Frac Sand Materials Now Available

(7/8/14) WTA recently co-hosted Frac Sand workshops and those materials are now available by clicking on them below. Separately, the Center for Land Use Education also recently hosted a webinar on frac sand and they now have a link to that webinar plus additional materials as also described below:

Wisconsin DNR's Role in Regulating Industrial Sand Mining
Co-hosted by: WTA, Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association & WDNR

Resources Summary
1 Air Management / Permitting
2 Stormwater / Wastewater
3 High Capacity Wells / Groundwater
4 Wetlands / Mitigation
5 Green Tier
6 Endangered / Threatened Species
7 Karner Blue Butterfly
8 Municipal Authorities Discussion

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Center for Land Use Education Webinar on Frac Sand Mining June 18, 2014

On June 18, 2014 the Center for Land Use Education hosted a webinar providing four different perspectives on industrial sand mining in Wisconsin. Two presenters provided information from their experiences monitoring air quality issues. Here is the link to the UW-Stevens Point page where the link to the Webinar can be found as well as other materials when you scroll down to the "Mining" heading:

http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/clue/Pages/publications-resources/AreasofPlanning.aspx

We encourage you to link to this webinar to view it and its slides.


Sample Ordinance & Information on
New Implements of Husbandry (IOH) Law

(6/9/14) Please CLICK HERE for a link to Executive Director Rick Stadelman's June WTA magazine article on the New IOH (Implements of Husbandry) Law Overview.

A table showing a summary of the various options that municipalities and counties (these are the Maintaining Authorities under the new law) have regarding the length and weight of IOHs on highways under their jurisdiction can be found if you CLICK HERE.

Sample ordinances for each of the four options (note that Option A and Option F do not require an ordinance) that require an ordinance are attached here:

Option B Total Opt-Out of any IOH Length or Weight Limits;

Option C Partial Opt-Out I of IOH Length and Weight Limits (by setting higher limits) on all highways under the Maintaining Authority's jurisdiction;

Option D Partial Opt-Out II of IOH Length and Weight Limits (by setting higher limits) onspecified highways under the Maintaining Authority's jurisdiction;

Option E Opt-In which requires Category B and all IOH/Ag CMVs to follow the new IOH weight table under the new law.

Also please CLICK HERE to view the new IOH/Ag CMV table (which provides for a 15% increase per axle and gross weight). This table is what now controls for IOH/Ag CMV, on unposted highways, unless Option B, C, D, or E are adopted. 

The Standard Application for a No-Fee Permit from Local Governments can be accessed at the Wis. DOT website at: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/business/ag/index.htm

Additional information on the new law is also available at this DOT website.


Legislative Update: 2013-14 Session Recap

(5/6/14) CLICK HERE for a copy of the WTA Legislative Update as of 5/6/14 summarizing issues of importance to towns from the 2013-14 legislative session.


NATaT Legislative Update

(7/8/14) WTA posts weekly legislative updates from the National Association of Towns and Townships. Please see the current as well as past issues on the Legislative page.


Propane Crisis Information Updates -
Governor Scott Walker Announces Plan to Help Fill Propane Tanks
Early for 25,000 Households through State Heating Program

(9/4/14) Persistent very cold weather has created an ongoing propane crisis in Wisconsin of exploding prices and short supplies needed to keep homes and businesses warm. Please click on the below items for the latest updates on what the state government is doing on this issue:

     Governor Scott Walker Announces Plan to Help Fill Propane Tanks Early for 25,000 Households through State Heating Program

      Buying Propane - Consumer Tips

      Reliable Home Heating Act Signed 

     Midwestern Governor's Association Propane Working Group

     USDA Rural Development Grant Program for Farmers

     Governor's Emergency Order #132

     Press Release Regarding Governor's Emergency Order #132

     Comprehensive update from the Dept. of Administration 4-4-14

     Update from the Governor's Office on Available Resources 2-10-14

     Utilities to Provide Propane to Help Low Income Citizens 2-20-14

     State Donates an Additional $500,000 to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund 4-11-14

In addition, Governor Walker signed the following bill into law on Thursday March 27th, 2014:

Assembly Bill 770 – creates an emergency heating assistance loan guarantee program. It will allow families to obtain financing of up to $2,500 through a participating lender with a guarantee of 50 to 80 percent on original amount borrowed. Assembly Bill 770 makes financing more affordable by providing a one-time payment of 3.5 percent to reduce the interest rate on the loan. The bill passed the Assembly 94-1 and unanimously passed the Senate; it is Act 175.


Wis. Stat. Section 82.03(2) WTA Resolution

(10/17/13) Please CLICK HERE for a sample resolution proposing that WTA should seek a legislative change to Wis. Stat. s. 82.03(2). The statute requires town meeting of electors approval to annually spend more than $5,000 per mile of town highway in total highway spending. The resolution recommends amending s. 82.03(2) to require town meeting of elector approval instead when planning to exceed $10,000 per mile of town highway in total annual highway spending.

 

Calendar of Events

September
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