Voting in-person in Wisconsin will likely involve more than a million personal contacts during the weeks that may be the peak of the Covid-19 contagion. Increased contacts could lead to a spike in cases two weeks later that could overburden our healthcare workers and limited resources.
The Town is strongly encouraging all voters to consider voting by mail instead of in-person voting. Public traffic in the Town Hall related to voting has been significant and the risk of entering the Town Hall is increased at this time. The more people that come into the Town Hall, the higher the risk to those individuals visiting. We are actively working to make sure that we limit exposure to the public and our employees who need to be available for essential services. Each of us has the opportunity to help the most vulnerable people in our community by taking steps to minimize virus transmission. If you have not requested a ballot by mail, please, in support of our healthcare workers, do so today!
The Town is aware early voting hours were published in the spring newsletter. Due to the severity of the COVID situation and the Governor's Safer at Home Order, the Town has decided to now limit the early voting hours. The Town is now only offering limited in-person early voting hours:
March 31st & April 2nd: 12PM to 4PM
Voters can request absentee ballots up until the Thursday before the election, April 2nd. Your absentee ballot must be received back no later than 8PM on Election Day. Ballots may be returned by mail or hand delivered to the Town Hall drop box. The drop box is located by the front door of the Town Hall. Ballots that are not returned by 8PM on April 7th, will not count, so please return your ballot promptly!
How to Request an Absentee Ballot:
If you are a registered voter, there are several ways you can request an absentee ballot!
1. The easiest way to request an absentee ballot by mail is to sign up at the MyVote Wisconsin website: myvote.wi.gov. You may need to upload a copy of your photo ID. If you do not have the ability to upload your ID and meet the requirements of an 'indefinitely confined' voter, you may select “indefinitely confined” on the request. If you know you are registered but cannot find yourself on the website, call the Town Hall or the Wisconsin Elections Commission at 866-VOTE-WIS (866-868-3947) or 608-261-8005. There is possibly a typo in the spelling of your name or date of birth.
2. Voters can also request an absentee ballot by submitting an Absentee Request Form to the Town. Absentee Request Forms are also available by the front door of the Town Hall. Request forms and a copy of your ID (if applicable) can be placed in the Town Hall drop box or submitted to the Town via mail, email, or fax. If you already have a photo ID on file at the Town Hall or if you meet the requirements of an “indefinitely confined” voter and state it on your request, you will not need to provide a photo ID. If either of these situations do not apply, please submit a copy of your ID.
3. Voters can also request an absentee ballot by mailing, emailing, faxing, or by submitting a written request to the Town Hall drop box. In the request, please include your full name, your Town of Dunn address, the mailing address you wish the ballot to be sent to, and for which election(s) you are requesting absentee ballots for. If you already have a photo ID on file at the Town Hall or if you meet the requirements of an “indefinitely confined” voter and state it on your request, you will not need to provide a photo ID. If either of these situations do not apply, please submit a copy of your ID.
Address to Send Requests: 4156 County Road B, McFarland, WI 53558
Email to Send Requests and/or Photo ID: TownHall@town.dunn.wi.us
Fax Number to Fax Requests: 608-838-1085
Need to register? If you are not registered to vote at your current address, you will need to register before requesting a ballot. Visit MyVote.wi.gov or call 838-1081, extension 201, for an appointment.
In response to the current COVID-19 situation and in accordance with recommendations from Dane County Public Health, social distancing measures are being practiced. Our foremost priority is to protect the health and safety of the Town of Dunn’s residents, voters, and employees from coronavirus.
Essential town functions will be prioritized over non-essential functions and regular town business. Regular town business will be delayed until all essential functions are accomplished. Routine business such as absentee voting, dog licenses, building permits, and other functions shall be conducted by phone, email, or mail whenever possible.
Please do not visit the Town Hall if we can assist you by phone or email. Many Town members are high risk and are required to work on essential functions at the Town Hall in-person. Higher-risk individuals include: People 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions including heart disease lung disease or diabetes, people with weakened immune systems.
The more people that visit the Town Hall, the higher the risk to those individuals visiting and to those conducting essential functions. We are actively working to make sure that we limit exposure to the public and our employees who need to be available for essential services.
To limit public exposure, the transfer site will only be open during the week Mondays and Wednesdays from 9AM-3PM and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 8AM to 3:45PM. The key will not be available at other times. Please do not stop at the Town Hall for the key.
All Town playground equipment is closed until further notice.
Other Town business? Email TownHall@town.dunn.wi.us and when regular town business resumes, or as time permits, staff will respond. Regular town business is delayed until essential functions are completed each day.
This is a rapidly changing situation and we appreciate your support and understanding at this time.
After reviewing Dane County Public Health recommendations, The Town has made the decision to cancel all remaining public meetings scheduled for the month of March and part of April. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC MEETINGS BEFORE APRIL 21, 2020.
Please check back for further updates.
The Assessor is only conducting Open Book meetings by phone, email or internet video conferencing (Zoom application) rather than conducting in person meetings for your safety. There will be NO in-person meeting. Please call the assessor during their regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM). You may call anytime after receiving your assessment notice, but no later than 3 days prior to the Board of Review to conduct your Open Book meeting.
If the assessor is not available at the time of your call, they will make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. When leaving a message please provide your name, phone number, the Municipality in which the property is located, and the Tax Key Number from your assessment notice or tax bill.
You may contact the assessor at the following:
Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc.
PO Box 440
Greenville, WI 54942
Preliminary 2020 Assessment Roll and Department of Revenue instructional materials are available at the following link: www.apraz.com/2020assessmentroll
Additional information can be viewed here.
As we continue to provide all essential waste removal and recycling collection/processing services we want to take a moment to update you on our COVID-19 planning. We have been monitoring the situation closely and have implemented the necessary measures to protect the health of our employees and customers, as well as the community, so we can continue to provide waste removal collection throughout Southern Wisconsin. Waste removal is vital to the health and safety of the public.
The Dane County Landfill & Kipp Street Station MRF- A Division of Pellitteri Waste Systems- will remain open and accepting materials. Your waste removal services should continue uninterrupted.
Many internal precautions have been taken to limit exposure of our workers and follow the CDC guidelines while we continue to provide service in the community.
Our phones will continue to be answered as normal at this time. Please feel free to call or email with any questions: (608) 257-4285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our corporate headquarters and facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Our customer service and outside sales teams will work via phone and email to take care of customer needs.
Please do not approach route drivers; they have been instructed to follow the social distancing guidelines provided by the CDC and maintain 6 feet of separation at all times. Service times may fluctuate.
Please make sure to bag your trash securely prior to placing it in your dumpster carts or compactors. (If you bag your recycling, please use clear plastic bags.)
We are grateful for the efforts everyone in our community is making to stay safe & healthy. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take any necessary actions to help keep our employees and customers safe, while providing the important service of removing waste throughout the community.
Please be aware weight restrictions have been lifted as of 3/24/2020.
Most of us have forgotten to lock our car, or accidentally left the garage door open overnight or even discovered in the morning that the front door was unlocked overnight at least once.
Theft is a preventable crime of opportunity that can happen in an instant. Taking the following simple steps can prevent you from becoming a victim. Law enforcement agencies across the nation are asking people to develop this habit for protecting property from theft, and protecting your home from intruders.
1. Check vehicles to insure you've removed all valuables, that the doors are locked, and your garage doors are secured.
2. Walk around inside your home and lock and secure all doors and windows.
3. Turn on outside lights.
4. Report any suspicious activity.
Dane County Sheriff's Office
Non-emergency dispatch: (608) 266-4948
Madison, WI. October 4, 2019 – Dane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to two home invasions overnight.
The first occurred at approximately 2:25 am on CTH TT in the town of York, when suspects entered the home using keys they obtained from an unlocked vehicle. A purse and two sets of vehicle keys were taken from the home before the suspects fled. The property was later found in a stolen vehicle recovered in the City of Madison. That vehicle was stolen during an incident in Sun Prairie. In addition, multiple thefts from vehicles and homes in the Village of Marshall were reported overnight.
The second home invasion occurred on Powers Avenue in the town of Blooming Grove at approximately 4:45 am. The homeowner reported a suspect entered their residence through an unlocked front door and stole a cell phone. Again, other homes/apartments nearby, but within the City of Madison, were broken into around the same time.
The Sheriff’s Office cannot stress enough, the need for homeowners to be extremely diligent about securing their homes and vehicles. This is a large and organized group of criminals that are becoming increasingly brazen. They are swarming entire neighborhoods in search of easy targets. No area/neighborhood is considered off limits. In several recent burglaries throughout the county, firearms have been stolen and there is a high likelihood that some of these thieves may be armed. In addition to locking homes and vehicles, we encourage citizens to keep their outdoor lights on throughout the night and do not leave valuables like wallets, purses and car keys where they are easily accessible.
Law enforcement is also asking for the public’s help in catching the perpetrators. If you see or hear suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately. For those with home video systems like a Ring doorbell or other home security system, save and share anything suspicious or concerning with your local authorities.
Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO
Phone: (608) 284-6142
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting the US 51 Corridor Study, from 1-39/90 to US 12/18 (Stoughton to McFarland), to evaluate alternatives that will improve safety, pavement condition, and congestion along the corridor and address the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians where feasible. Please click here to view recent key decision points and upcoming milestones.
The Wisconsin DOT recently selected "Alternative H" as the preferred alternative for the HWY 51 project. More information about this alternative can be found below:
For more information, please contact Jeff Berens, WisDOT Project Manager, at (608) 245-2656 or at Jeff.Berens@dot.wi.gov
Some people may believe that if a product clears their toilet bowl, it’s flushable. However, after flushing, wipes travel in the sewer fully intact where they combine with other items wipes and create solid blockages and potential sewer backups. Even brands that claim to be flushable create a problem.
For several years, Town of Dunn Sanitary Districts have incurred expensive sewer equipment repairs and have spent even more for sewer main clean-outs. Sewer clean-out companies have been continuously removing excessive amounts of wipes from the sewer systems. The costs and risks associated with repairs and clean-out are shared by Dunn residents living in areas with sewer service.
NEVER Flush These Clog Causing Items:
•'Flushable' baby wipes, facial cloths, paper towels, wipes of any kind, diapers, and sanitary pads.
•Hair, dental floss, cotton balls, swabs, make up sponges, condoms, cigarette butts, chewing gum, food items.
•Flushable cat litter and dried waste from the litter box.
•Fish, snakes, or other little critters.
•Medication, supplements, or drugs.
Save the Sewer, Put Wipes in the Trash, Not the Toilet!
Each year, for nearly 40 years, the Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission's annual art poster has showcased a different, talented local artist. This tradition lives on in 2019. Poster donations help support the Commission's mission and programs: fostering public participation, increasing access, and forging alliances in support of local arts, culture and history.
This year’s poster features, “Pleasant Valley Conservatory," Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40", by Karen Watson-Newlin.
The following Dane County framing shops are serving as poster distribution sites and in partnership with the Commission offering custom framing discounts for this year’s art poster: Monroe Street Framing (1901 Monroe Street, Madison (255-7330), Douglas Art & Framing (3238 University Avenue, Madison (441-9948), and Megan’s Custom Framing in Madison (1941 Winnebago Street, Madison (709-1322), and Meuer Art & Picture Frame Company in Middleton (8448 Old Sauk Road, Middleton (833-3337).
Dane County Art posters are available at the Town Hall for a suggested donation.
The Town of Dunn is in the process of updating its Land Division Ordinance to reflect the latest amendment to the Town's Comprehensive Plan. Please click here to view a copy of the draft Ordinance and here to see a copy of the draft land division regulations.
By Appointment Only Until Further Notice
The Town Hall is CLOSED on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.
In addition to these holiday closures, the Town Hall may close when schools close due to snowfall in order to reduce traffic and support snow removal. Call ahead if you are in doubt.
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