News and Events
June 11, 2014:
Do you have
an opinion on the future of Thompson’s West End Park?
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
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.
may RSVP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone with Kenneth Cammilleri,
Assistant City Administrator: 715-373-6160 ext.1.
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 email@example.com; or by phone: 715-373-6160 ext.1;
or by mail to: City of Washburn, Attn: ACA, P.O. Box 638, Washburn, WI
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
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
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
Date Set For
Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Collection
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
June 4, 2014 - For
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,
May 4, 2014 Press Release: City Announces End to “Trickle Order”
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,”
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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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
2014 Press Release:
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.
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
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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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.
temperatures warm, residents are asked to continue running water until
the City of Washburn provides notice that the water may be shut off.
comply with this request may result in customers retaining full
responsibility for damages resulting from frozen lines.
See additional information.
March 12, 2014:
NOTICE OF SEASONAL WEIGNT RESTRICTIONS
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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)
March 22, 2012: Council Meeting Now Available as Streaming Video
instructions to watch video coverage of City Council meetings. (PDF