Washburn, Wisconsin

 

Lake Superior Shoreline

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News and Events

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April 16, 2014 Press Release:

The City of Washburn is requesting that residents and visitors park on the odd side of the street starting at 5:00PM today until 5:00PM this Thursday, April 17, 2014, if off street parking is not available.Due to recent warm weather and snow melt, the City has NOT declared a formal snow emergency.Residents and visitors should be mindful of not parking on both sides if City streets, in alleyways, or City parking lots.

 

 

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

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Spring Cleanup 2014 Announced

Who:††††† CITY OF WASHBURN RESIDENTS

 

When:††† SATURDAY May 17, 2014†† 7:00 A.M.To2:00 P.M.

 

Where:†† 1st. AVE. EAST 2 BLOCKS SOUTH OF BAYFIELD STREET

 

 

What:††† The dumpsters are available for the Citizens of Washburn only. Citizens will be able to get rid of all types of waste EXCEPT:†† Food waste and hazardous materials, including paint or paint cans.

 

There will be no charge for refuse disposal, except for the following:

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Tires:

†††††††† Car and light truck†††† †††††† $†† 4.00†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††† Semi††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† $15.00†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††† †† Tractor or Grader††††† ††††††† $†† 32.00

 

Small Appliances:†††††††††††† †††††††† $15.00

†† (such as microwave oven / toaster oven)

 

Large Appliances and appliances with Freon, such as:

†††† ††† Refrigerators/Freezers

†††††††† Stoves

†††† ††† Air Conditioners

†††† ††† Dehumidifiers†††††††††††††† †††

†††††††† Computers†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† $ 20.00

 

††††††††††††††††† Televisions

††††††††††††††††††††††† Large††††††††††††††††††††††††††† $25.00

††††††††††††††††††††††† Small††††††††††††††††††††††††††† $15.00

 

Batteries:††††††††† Will be accepted at no charge

 

This year all scrap metal and iron will be accepted at no charge. There will be a separate trailer provided for this material.††

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April 7, 2014: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

 

The City of Washburn Common Council will hold a public hearing on the Washburn Marina Bulkhead Wall Project partially funded by a Community Development Block Grant on Monday, May 12, 2014 beginning at 5:30 pm.Members of the public are invited to comment and review the performance of the funded project.The hearing will be located at the Washburn City Hall, 119 Washington Avenue, Washburn, WI 54891.The agenda is:

 

1.†† Review of the Marina Bulkhead Wall Project and current status of the wall

2.†† Citizen input regarding CDBG housing activities and need

 

Residents of the City of Washburn are encouraged to attend, especially residents with low to moderate incomes.This hearing is being held as part of the requirements of the Community Development Block Grant the City received for this project.The meeting room is handicapped accessible and persons needing additional accessibility accommodations should contact Scott Kluver, City Clerk at 715-373-6160 Ext. 4.

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Scott J. Kluver

City Clerk

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March 28, 2014 Press Release:

At this time, the opening date for Thompsonís 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 Thompsonís 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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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

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March 28, 2014 Press Release:

At this time, the opening date for Thompsonís 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 Thompsonís 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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SPECIAL NOTICE

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 ľ 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.

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March 12, 2014: NOTICE OF SEASONAL WEIGNT RESTRICTIONS

 

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.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Mike Decur

Director of Public Works

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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 Departmentís regular work hours: weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:30PM.

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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: April 17, 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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