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Town Board Meeting Time Change

Please note the Town Board will be meeting on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  

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Stoughton United Methodist Food Pantry

Stoughton United Methodist Food Pantry

The Stoughton United Methodist Food pantry has an abundance of quality food for those who live in the Stoughton Area School District!

Open Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon and 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Please call (608) 873-3273 a day ahead to make an appointment.

Required to bring:

-          Proof of address showing your residence (piece of mail or lease)

-          Photo ID for you

-          ID for each member of household (insurance card, school ID, birth certificate or Social Security Card)

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New Weight Limits

Weight limits to be posted on Town roads on March 1, 2021.

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Tax Assistance

Stoughton - Free tax preparation and assistance is a benefit.

A Great Opportunity to:

  • Provide a benefit to residents/employees/members at no cost to you!
  • Offer residents/employees/members a FREE and valuable service.
  • Help residents/employees/members keep all their tax refund; encourages savings

How It Works:
  • We connect your organization with a community- based tax preparation organization – Dane County VITA Site.
  • We provide a link to FREE income tax software (Both Federal and State are included for FREE) – Send Email to: WisconsinFSA.Taxslayer@gmail.com
  • E-mail assistance is provided with in 24 to 48 hours - Send Email to: WisconsinFSA.Taxslayer@gmail.com
  • Measurable Impact – no restrictions – available to all residents/employees/members.
  • This is a great benefit at no cost.

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Plan Commission Vacancy

TOWN OF DUNKIRK RESIDENTS

NOTICE OF PLAN COMMISSION OPENING

 

Town residents wishing to serve on the Plan Commission are encouraged to send a letter of interest stating their qualifications for appointment to the Commission.  Personal interviews may be scheduled by the Town Board prior to appointment.  Please address your letter of interest to the Dunkirk Town Board, 654 County Road N, Stoughton, WI  53589, or email to clerk@townofdunkirk.com.  Deadline to receive applications is February 26, 2021. 

 

The Town Plan Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, hears all requests for rezoning, variance and special exception permits, and makes recommendations for action to the Town Board.

 

                                                                        Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk

                                                                        Town of Dunkirk

 

Published February 4, 2021

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Phone Number for Budget Meeting

Call:  978-990-5000
Access Code:  203817

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Community Seniors Virtual "Meet Up"

You're Invited: Stoughton Community Seniors “Virtual” Meet-Up

We’ve all learned some new life lessons in 2020, which may be interesting to talk about with your peers. All seniors in Stoughton are invited to meet in an interactive video-chat. It is a chance to talk with other area seniors about what you have learned from your COVID-19 pandemic experience. Share stories, get fresh ideas, and learn new things. Our guest host is Andy Boryczka, Director of Employee and Volunteer engagement at Agrace in Madison. Andy is a UW certified life coach and has been working as a facilitator for team engagement for several years. To join us, you will use the Zoom application on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. There is also an audio-only option for you to simply call in with your telephone/Smartphone.

RSVP by Tuesday, October 27, at Noon by calling the Senior Center at (608) 873-8585, or registering online at: bit.ly/1028convo. We’ll provide you with information about using Zoom, a link for you to join the meeting with video, and a phone number option if you prefer to call in without video.

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Photo ID to Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                   FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

October 9, 2020                                                                         Melanie Huchthausen, (608) 873-9177

 

Dunkirk Residents Still Have Time

to Get a Free Photo ID for Voting

 

Town of Dunkirk, WI – Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk reminds voters that if they don’t have an acceptable photo ID, they still have time to get one to vote.

 

“If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, you can get one for free after just one visit to a Wisconsin DMV office through the ID Petition Process,” said Melanie Huchthausen.

 

“Just bring whatever identifying documents you have like a birth certificate and proof of your current address,” said Melanie Huchthausen. “However, if you don’t have everything necessary, the DMV will still mail you a document with your photo that you can use for voting.”

 

Photo ID Required to Vote

 

To vote in Wisconsin, whether at the polls on November 3 or absentee in-person at their clerk’s office starting October 20, voters must show an acceptable photo ID.  Melanie Huchthausen said most people already have the photo ID they need to vote like a Wisconsin driver license, state ID card or other DMV-issued photo ID document.  Voters can also use a U.S. passport, military and veteran’s IDs, some student IDs, tribal IDs, or a certificate of naturalization.  The full list is available at https://bringit.wi.gov/.

 

“Your photo ID does not need to have your current address, and your name on your ID does not have to exactly match the name on the poll list,” Melanie Huchthausen said.  “Your driver license or state ID card may even be expired, but it must have expired after the date of the most recent general election, which was the November 6, 2018.”

 

Make Plans Now to Get a Photo ID

 

Melanie Huchthausen urged voters who do not have an acceptable photo ID to make plans now to get one for free from the DMV.  For security reasons, the DMV does not issue driver licenses or state ID cards the same day but mails them to customers.

 

Voters who find they do not have an acceptable ID on Election Day can still cast a provisional ballot that will be counted if they bring an acceptable ID to the Town of Dunkirk clerk’s office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.  Voters who cast a provisional ballot should go to the DMV as soon as possible to get their photo ID.

 

All Wisconsin DMV service centers are now open for driver license and ID card customers.  To find your nearest DMV service center or a list of all locations and service hours, please visit the DMV website: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/find-dmv/default.aspx.

 

How to Get a Free Photo ID to Vote with Wisconsin’s ID Petition Process

 

Because some citizens do not have access to their birth certificate or would have to pay to get a copy, the State of Wisconsin developed the ID Petition Process (IDPP) to assist them in getting photo identification necessary to vote.

 

The Wisconsin DMV will provide a state ID card for free to any person who needs it for voting purposes.  If an applicant does not have all the required documentation to get a regular state ID card, DMV has an ID Petition Process available if fees arise in order to obtain a free ID card for voting. This petition process is available for applicants unable to provide proof of name and date of birth, United States citizenship, identity, or other required documentation. 

 

Just bring what documents you have to the DMV, fill out two forms, and you will get a photo ID document in the mail that you can use in time for voting.  Starting the week of October 19, the DMV will send customers their photo ID document by overnight delivery.

 

The DMV photo ID document can be used for up to 60 days for voting.  At the same time, the DMV staff will search for official birth records and other documentation needed to issue the applicant a regular state ID card, if possible.  If DMV cannot authenticate the information on the IDPP receipt, the customer will continue to get receipts as long as he or she remains in contact with DMV regarding their application.  If DMV finds someone is not eligible for a Wisconsin ID card (because he or she are not a Wisconsin resident or not a US citizen), DMV will cancel the IDPP application.

 

Voters who need assistance getting an ID can call the DMV’s voter ID hotline toll-free at (844) 588-1069. The DMV does not have information about elections or voting.

 

Voters who need assistance with registration, absentee voting, finding their polling place or other election-related questions can call their Town clerk’s office at 608-873-9177 or visit our website: townofdunkirk.com. 

 

 

 

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In person Absentee Voting for the November 3, 2020 election

Voting an absentee ballot in person

 

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.

 

Melanie Huchthausen, Town of Dunkirk

                             654 County Highway N, Stoughton WI 53589

 

                                               In Person Absentee Voting Hours:

 

Mondays: 2-5 p.m.

Tuesdays: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Wednesdays: 2-5 p.m.

Thursdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fridays: 2-5 p.m.

and by appointment only for dates and times other than those specified.  Please call (608) 873-9177 to make an appointment.

 

 

 

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office:

         Tuesday, October 20, 2020           

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office:

Friday, October 30, 2020

 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election.

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on November 3, 2020.  Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.

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Ballot Drop Box

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In person Absentee Voting for the August 11, 2020 election

Voting Absentee for the August 11, 2020 election:  
IVoting an absentee ballot in person

 

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.

 

Melanie Huchthausen, Town of Dunkirk
654 County Highway NStoughton WI 53589

In Person Absentee Voting Hours: 

Mondays: 2-5 p.m.

and by appointment only for dates and times other than those specified.  Please call (608) 873-9177 or 843-3560 to make an appointment.

                        The deadline for submitting an application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is August 6, 2020

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office:

         Monday, July 13, 2020               

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office:

Friday, August 7, 2020

 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election.

 

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Primary Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on August 11, 2020.  Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.


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Road Work Begins June 23rd

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Road Closures/Lane ShiftsRoad work begins on Taylor Lane (Oak Lawn to Stebbinsville) and Oak Lawn (Taylor to County Road N) on June 23rd. This project is expected to be completed by July 3rd. Roads will be open to local traffic only.

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Open Book/Board of Review

Notice of Open Book and

the Board of Review 

STATE OF WISCONSIN
Town of Dunkirk
Dane County

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Assessor will hold Open Book for the Town of Dunkirk, Dane County, Wisconsin, on the 4th day of May, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all open book appointments will be held by phone, email or internet video conferencing (using Zoom)

 

            NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Town of Dunkirk, Dane County, Wisconsin, shall hold its first meeting on Monday, June 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dunkirk Town Hall, 654 County Road N, Stoughton, WI  53589.

 

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board:

1.   No person will 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 the property.

2.   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 the person's objection, except at a session of the board.

3.   The board of review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the board's first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the board's clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board's first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the board of review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting.

4.   Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board of review within the first 2 hours of the board's first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under oath, of all of that person's property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board.

5.   When appearing before the board of review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person's estimate of the value of the 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.

6.   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 of valuation, unless the person supplies the assessor with all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the assessor's manual under s. 73.03 (2a), Wis. stats., that the assessor requests. The Town of Dunkirk has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph that provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of a court.* The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1), Wis. stats.

7.   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 unless the Board, in it’s discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement.  

8.   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 under s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take.

Notice is hereby given this 13th day of April, 2020.

 

Melanie Huchthausen, Clerk

 

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Stoughton Brush Site to Open April 25, 2020

The Yard Waste site is set to open on Saturday, April 25th and will remain open on its normal schedule going forward. 

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Town Board to hold phone Board meeting

The Town Board will hold their April 6th Board meeting by phone.  Please see the notice in the meetings section.

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Dane County Sheriff Mental Health Worker

February 18, 2020,

 

Law enforcement is being challenged by the growing number of calls for service involving people with mental health needs.  It is imperative we recognize when mental illness may be a contributing factor during a call for service so we can respond in a manner as to de-escalate crisis situations.

 

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Journey Mental Health Center. A Crisis Worker, from Journey, is embedded part time with the Sheriff’s Office Field Services Division.  The goal of utilizing an embedded mental health worker is to create a better response to mental health related calls and to engage in preventative follow-up work that may reduce repeated law enforcement contacts with the same individuals.

 

Our mental health crisis worker is available to co-respond to calls for service, conduct consultations via phone, and assist with Emergency Detentions.  Additionally, the mental health crisis worker can accompany deputies on proactive home visits to connect mental health consumers to services. 

 

Together, we can problem solve a wide array of mental health issues and work toward curbing incarceration and creating better short-term outcomes for community members.

 

Happy Spring and Stay Safe!

 

Deputy Leslie A. Fox

Dane County Sheriff’s Office

Southeast Precinct

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Bulk Garbage Collection

Bulk Items Collection Service Change Notice

Effective January 1, 2020

Dear Resident,

 

Please note that the Town has recently elected to change the manner in which bulk items will be collected each month. Previously, your bulk items were collected weekly with manual trash collection. Effective immediately, all residents must call Johns Disposal at 262-473-4700 to schedule each bulk items collection. You will receive up to one bulk items collection per month at no additional charge. Bulk items collection includes items that do not fit in your garbage or recycling cart, such as: furniture, extra bags of garbage, tires (up to two per month, maximum eight per year), etc. Your bulk items collection does not include: electronics, hazardous waste, brush or construction materials.

 

Thank you.

 

www.johnsdisposal.com | (262) 473-4700 | office@johnsdisposal.com

 

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Absentee Voting for the February 18, 2020 Election

Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail

 

The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:

5 pm on the fifth day before the election, February 13, 2020

Note:    Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror.  If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.

 

Voting an absentee ballot in person

 

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.

 

                                           Melanie Huchthausen, Town of Dunkirk

                             654 County Highway N, Stoughton WI 53589

                                               In Person Absentee Voting Hours:

 

Mondays: 2-5 p.m.

and by appointment only for dates and times other than those specified.  Please call (608) 873-9177 to make an appointment.

 

 

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office:

         Tuesday, January 28, 2020           

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office:

Friday, February 14, 2020

 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election.

 

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Primary Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on February 18, 2020.  Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted.

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Dane Co. Drainage District 16 Assesments

The Dane County Drainage District 16 2018 Assessments have been mailed.  See the assessment list here:  

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Annual Meeting Scheduled

The Annual Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.  Please see the meetings tab for a copy of the agenda.

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New Website!

After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our new website. Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about the Town of Dunkirk and the services we provide. 

We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information about town meetings, town announcements and resident information.