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June 11, 2014:

Do you have an opinion on the future of Thompson’s West End Park?


The City of Washburn needs your help to develop a plan for the expansion of Thompson’s West End Park.  With the assistance and expertise of Merek Landscaping, L.L.C., you are invited to join us for an opportunity to voice your expectations and vision for this park’s future. 


The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at 5:30PM in the Washburn Elementary School Cafeteria located at 411 West 8th Street, Washburn, WI 54891.


Attendants may RSVP by email at info@mareklandscaping.com or by phone with Kenneth Cammilleri, Assistant City Administrator: 715-373-6160 ext.1.


If you are unable to attend this meeting, but still wish to offer your ideas on this project, please forward your comments and/or opinions by email to asstadmin@cityofwashburn.org; or by phone: 715-373-6160 ext.1; or by mail to: City of Washburn, Attn: ACA, P.O. Box 638, Washburn, WI 54891.


It is possible that members of, and possibly a quorum of the Common Council, may be in attendance at the above meeting to gather information.  No action will be taken by any governmental body of the City of Washburn.



East 3rd Street in City of Washburn is Now Included in State Register of Historic Places

32 Houses and structures on the City’s East 3rd Street have now been included in the State of Wisconsin Register of Historic Places.  Click here to see the whole story on FOX 21 News KQDS-DT’s Website.


The City of Washburn Waterworks Publishes Its 2013 Consumer Confidence Report

Click Here to read the 2013 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) and learn more about your drinking water!


City Announces Schedule for Open Book and Board of Review

The City of Washburn Open Book with assessing firm, BowMar Appraisal, Inc., will be conducted Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:00 AM to Noon. Official Board of Review will be held Monday, June 16, 2013, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  The assessment roll will be available for public inspection. 


Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes Sections 70.47(7)(aa),(ac),(ad),(ae) and (af):


No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property.


After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about that person’s objection except at a session of the Board.


No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask under sub. (3)(a), that person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under sub. (6m) of any Board members, and if so, which member shall be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take.


When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.


No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation; if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method; unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under s. 73.03(2a), that the assessor requests.  The municipality or county shall provide by ordinance the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35(1).


The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone.



Inquiries regarding Open Book Hearing Appointments and Board of Review may be directed to the City Clerk Office, M-F, 8AM-5PM, #715 373-6160 ext 4.  Objection Forms to Real and/or Personal Property Assessment are available at the City Clerk Office.


Scott J. Kluver                    

City Clerk                          


Date Set For Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Collection

Clean Sweep will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Washburn at the County Highway Garage from 10:00AM until Noon.   Residents can properly dispose of their unwanted chemical products, electronic equipment, medications and old appliances at this event.  For more information on what will be accepted and possible collection fees please see the following information:


General Collection Information


Medication Disposal Information


Appliance Disposal Information


June 4, 2014 - For Immediate Release:

National Historic District Approved in Washburn

The City of Washburn East Third Street Historic District has been approved for inclusion in the State Register of Historic Places and is awaiting the announcement of its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places in America. The residential neighborhood includes 32 structures that encompass a variety of architectural styles. More importantly, the district captures the unique personality of Washburn. The concentration of single-family homes and duplexes have remained intact since many were built between 1915 through 1920 by the DuPont Corporation to house employees. Known locally as “DuPont Row,” the historic district becomes one of 84 nationally recognized districts in the State of Wisconsin.


The mature neighborhood’s oldest architectural style is Queen Anne. But the mixture of styles, including American Craftsman, Dutch Colonial Revival, American Foursquare, Bungalow, Prairie School and Colonial Revival, is what gives the new historic district its character. An impressive collection of Bungalow single-family houses and duplexes is the most dominant style of architecture within the district.


The process began in August of 2008, when the City of Washburn’s Historic Preservation Commission undertook a survey of historically and architecturally significant resources. This initial study identified 147 different structures within the City that had potential historic importance. A second, more intensive survey was completed in July of 2009. In addition to creating a comprehensive database of information about Washburn’s historic resources, the survey identified specific buildings that were potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in America.  In addition, the East Third Street Historic District was identified as eligible. A grant from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin funded the nomination of the district in October of 2012.


According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, historic districts bring economic value to a city. Historic districts typically have higher home values and promote a sense of community. They also can attract stable businesses, promote tourism, and bring more tax dollars into a community, allowing for greater public investment in infrastructure and services.


The East Third Street Historic District will be included in a historic home tour and trolley tour during Washburn’s Brownstone Days on Saturday, July 26. The Washburn Heritage Association, who facilitated the creation of the historic district, sponsors the tours.


For more information about the topic discussed in this press release, please contact: Kristy Jensch, Email: kjensch@centurytel.net


May 4, 2014 Press Release: City Announces End to “Trickle Order”

Mayor Scott Griffiths announced today that City of Washburn residents no longer need to trickle their water to prevent freezing of the pipes.  “All of the frozen water lines in the City have thawed.  I am very appreciative of our residents cooperating with this request during this colder than normal winter.  It has saved the City time and money from continuously thawing freezing lines,” said Griffiths. 

Water utility customers can expect a credit on their next bill to account for excessive water usage related to trickling like what was done for the past billing cycle. 

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 For more information contact: Scott Kluver, City Administrator, at 715-373-6160 ext. 4



April 2, 2014 Press Release:


A Snow Emergency has been declared for the City of Washburn starting at 12:00PM Noon on Thursday, April 3, 2014 until this Friday at Midnight.  A snow emergency means that all vehicles must be removed from all City streets, alleys, and parking lots.  Again, this snow emergency will remain in effect at least through 12:00AM, Saturday, April 5, 2014. 



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For more information contact:            Ken Cammilleri, Assistant City Administrator, at 715-373-6160 ext. 1


March 28, 2014 Press Release:

At this time, the opening date for Thompson’s West End Park has been pushed back until at least May 1, 2014.  This date is subject to additional change based on weather conditions.  A determination will be made in mid-April as to whether or not a future adjustment to the park opening date will be necessary. 

This decision has been made due to the weather events of 2013-2014 winter season, which has been one of the coldest and snowiest in decades.  It is already the end of March, and winter weather is still remaining in this area with below zero temperatures after nightfall.  Based on these conditions, there is no way that Thompson’s West End Park will be able to be opened in time for camping by the usual April 15th date.  Utility lines, facilities, and the grounds could risk damage if usage begins prior to an adequate thaw. 

 The City will make an announcement in mid-April if there is a need to change the opening date. 

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      For more information contact:             Scott Kluver, City Administrator, at 715-373-6160 ext. 4


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Effective immediately, the City of Washburn Water Utility is requesting all customers let their water run until further notice to minimize water and sewer line freezing. Customers should turn on one faucet and let about a ¼ of inch stream of water run continuously. This is about the size of a pencil. Utility bills will be adjusted accordingly.

Should temperatures warm, residents are asked to continue running water until the City of Washburn provides notice that the water may be shut off.

Failure to comply with this request may result in customers retaining full responsibility for damages resulting from frozen lines.

See additional information.





Seasonal Weight Restrictions on thoroughfares within the City limits of the City of Washburn go into effect on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 12:01PM.  Signs will be posted.



Mike Decur

Director of Public Works


February 17, 2014: Further Information Regarding Running Water to Prevent Freezing

The City of Washburn Water Utility has requested service customers to turn on one faucet to let about 1/4 of an inch stream of water run. This is about the diameter of pencil. If you are noticing a decrease in water volume, run a slightly larger stream of water.

Utility bills will be adjusted accordingly. Billing will take into account this additional water usage and your bill will be credited accordingly.

Keep your water running until the City of Washburn tells you to turn it off.   Even under warm weather conditions, frost can develop deeper into the ground leaving pipes more susceptible to possible freezing.

Monitor your sewer to ensure everything is draining properly.  If you are having problems or issues with your sewer freezing, you may need to contact a plumber.  Consider asking neighbor or friend check on your home or business when leaving for an extended period of time if your water service is on.  Damage can occur when you are away.

Homeowners who are not full-time residents or businesses that are not open regular hours during the season, it is not recommended you run your water. Only run your water if it can be monitored every day.

If you are planning to return to a home or business after an extended period of time and your water system is frozen please contact the Public Works Office at (715) 373-6171 or email dpw@cityofwashburn.org.  Keep in mind assistance with frozen pipes is only available during the Water Department’s regular work hours: weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:30PM.


April 29, 2013: Runoff Water Overflow And How You Can Help

City of Washburn residents are encouraged to check to make sure sump pumps are not connected to the sanitary sewer system in accordance with ordinance 9-2-14(c)(1).  In addition, Washburn residents are also encouraged to conserve on water usage for the next couple days. 

Rapid snow melt has contributed to the Wastewater Treatment Plant exceeding capacity as of Sunday evening.  It is estimated that 100,000 gallons at this point has overflowed into Lake Superior.  Currently, the plant is at its capacity for what can be treated in a day, and the overflow basin is also at its capacity.  Additional rainfall forecast for later in the week will not help. 

Directing sump pumps to flow to lawns will help, along with reducing water usage, so the plant can begin to process sewage in the overflow basin. 

All protocols are being followed in accordance with Department of Natural Resources procedures.  The cooperation of our residents is asked to reduce any potential additional overflows in this next week and to gain capacity in the overflow basin. 



 November 11, 2012: 2013 City Fee Schedule Released

The City of Washburn has released a downloadable copy of the comprehensive fee schedule, including license and permit fees, administrative, recreational fees, etc.

Download 2013 Fee Schedule (PDF format)



May 19, 2012: Information on Possible Utility Extensions

Documents concerning possible extension of City utility systems:

·         Sewer Cover Memo (PDF)

·         Sewer Utility Financials 101 (PDF)

·         Sewer Disclaimer (PDF)

·         Sewer Repayment Plans (Excel Spreadsheet)




March 22, 2012: Council Meeting Now Available as Streaming Video

Download instructions to watch video coverage of City Council meetings. (PDF format)




Most recent update: June 5, 2014

Please note: information presented is current as of the most recent update shown. For most recent information, please contact the City offices at 715-373-6160.

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