2017 Wisconsin Towns Association Convention
Sunday, October 8, - Tuesday October 10, 2017
Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point
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Local Governments Respond to Removal of Community-Based Decision Making
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Have town citizens earned a 21st century economy?
Or, will they be stuck with 20th century infrastructure?
20th or 21st Century: 73% of Town Roads Need Expensive Maintenance
20th or 21st Century: 28% of Town Roads Need New Asphalt/Reconstruction
20th or 21st Century: Towns Can Replace Roads Every 371 Years
20th or 21st Century: Just Town Maintenance Needs Require an Additional $333 - $435 Million Annually
20th or 21st Century: Age, Weather, and Weight
2016 Convention Materials
Mobile Applications to Streamline Road Maintenance
Presented by: Todd Halvorson & Andy Zimmer, MSA Professional Services
Data Breach Risks
Presented by: Bill Kriese, Rural Mutual Insurance
The Invasives Are Coming
Presented by: Mike Hillstrom & Bernie Williams, WI DNR
Understanding and Collecting Personal Property Tax
Presented by: Atty. Philip Freeburg, UWEX Local Government Center
Presented by: Atty. Rick Manthe, WTA Legal Counsel
Recycling Requirements for Town Responsible Units
Presented by: Jennifer Semrau & Angela Carey, WI DNR
Presented by: Tom Beekman, WI DOT
Presented by: Cameron Bump, WI DNR
Crude Oil by Rail
Presented by: Brian Satula, WI Emergency Management
Rebecca Ryan's E-Book Links:
ReGENERATION A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders - https://www.dropbox.com/s/oval50y48z4j4d1/ReGENERATION_Final.pdf?dl=0
Live First Work Second - https://www.dropbox.com/s/8cgus8565oex5re/LFWS_eBook.pdf?dl=0
Like other states, Wisconsin has been grappling with transportation revenue insufficient to meet state and local needs. The issue has been studied for more than a decade. Reports have been issued, and recommendations have been put forth. However, little progress has been made toward a long-term funding solution, while Wisconsin falls further behind. WTA is proud to be a partner in the Just Fix It campaign intended to influence legislative leadership to finally address the economic and safety threat of a crumbling town road system.
Alliant Energy Free Emergency Responder Awareness Training
Emergency responders are typically first on the scene when utilities are damaged, whether in response to a downed power line due to a vehicle accident or an excavator digging into a natural gas pipeline.
Alliant Energy has designed a website to help emergency responders recognize potential hazards involving electricity and natural gas and the necessary guidelines to assure their safety and that of the general public.
Department of Revenue
Updated IOH Ordinances Now Available
(10/2/15) The original Implements of Husbandry law came into being with 2013 Wisconsin Act 377. However, the law was significantly updated with 2015 Wisconsin Act 15. Act 15 changed several things, including the use of trailers to transport Implements of Husbandry (IOHs) and Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicles (Ag CMVs). A new classification of Ag CMV called a Type 1 was also created to give some Ag CMVs the same legal treatment as Category B IOHs.
If your town currently is under Option F, the default under the law, and you want to remain under Option F you do not need to do anything at this time.
Any town that wants either to change to or even to simply stay in an existing Option B, C, D or E, is urged to adopt an updated ordinance prior to November 30 of this year. Act 15 moved up the deadline to adopt different options to November 30 of the prior year. Sample ordinances are available in word format by clicking on it below:
The Department of Transportation's Internet site on the IOH law is here:
There is an upcoming WisLine presentation including the recent changes to the IOH law on October 12. For more information on that, please CLICK HERE.
Finally, please note that there will be two workshops at the upcoming WTA Convention also covering the recent changes to the IOH law.
The 2015-16 Legislative Session concluded with over 1800 bills that were proposed. The WTA actively followed 225 of them. We took a primary lead on 10 bills and one budget related initiative that were adopted into law. Furthermore, along with you, we were successful on a vast majority of our defensive efforts. Overall, thanks to your support for local innovation and leadership, WTA worked with legislators on a very successful session.