Notices
WTA announces 2015-16 Legislative Priorities
Nov 21, 2014
Wisconsin Towns Association announces 2015-16 Legislative Priorities - see full agenda on WTA hom...[Click for more]

Voter Photo ID is OFF for fall
Oct 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court halted WI voter photo ID for election on 11/4/14. WTA Convention includes a 3 ...[Click for more]

Voter Photo ID is on for Fall
Sep 17, 2014
GAB now has out its first guidance for clerks regarding Voter Photo ID being back on for this fal...[Click for more]

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
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Wisconsin Towns Association announces

2015-16 Legislative Priorities

To view the 2015-16 Legislative Priorities, CLICK HERE


67th Annual WTA Convention

(11/12/14) WTA held its 67th Annual WTA Convention October 26th-28th at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. Many thanks to the many hundreds of attendees for coming! As they become available, WTA will post materials used by presenters at the convention below: 

      Brochure on the Urban Towns Committee
     Implements of Husbandry
     Best Practices to Hire & Manage Town Employees Post Act 10 
     Issues Facing Rural Schools in Wisconsin
     What's New in Shoreland Zoning and the Scientific Research Behind It
     Zoning Boards of Adjustment/Appeals
     The Managed Forest Law (MFL) and a Review of Potential Program Revisions
     General Transportation Aids Overview     Handout
     Controlling Workers Compensation Claims     Handout
     Having a Squared Away Police Department
     GAB Election Training
     Tax Increment Financing Basics for Towns
     Lake Districts and Dam Maintenance
     Comprehensive "Smart Growth" Planning Trends & Realities
     Agricultural Enterprise Areas in Wisconsin (supporting local farms and preserving farmland)
     USDA Rural Development (community facilities)


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.


Executive Director’s Fall Town and Village Workshop Message

(9/30/14) Executive Director, Mike Koles, was unable to attend all of the Fall Workshops.  UW-Extension produced a video that was played in Mike’s absence.  A number of you have requested to have this video posted to the web.  You can view Mike’s introductory message to participants in the workshops, which also is a general introduction of himself, by viewing the You Tube video that is linked below.

http://youtu.be/Ghym7UqZ3cE


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

(10/7/14) 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
Opening of New Propane Terminal

(10/31/14) 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:

      Opening of New Propane Terminal in Wisconsin

     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

December
Dec 01, 2014, Mon 08:00pm
Dec 02, 2014, Tue 07:00pm
Dec 02, 2014, Tue 07:00pm
Dec 04, 2014, Thu 07:00pm
Dec 05, 2014, Fri 07:30pm