Fall Town & Village Workshops
September 13 - Green Bay
September 14 - Stevens Point
September 15 - Eau Claire
September 20 - Cable
September 21 - Minocqua
September 22 - Wabeno
September 27 - Ripon
September 28 - Mineral Point
September 29 - Tomah
WTA is happy to announce Agriculture Community Engagement (ACE) Twilight Meetings that we sponsor with the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. These experiential educational meetings include a tour of a modern dairy farm followed by an educational program and ice cream social. The purpose of these events is to engage citizens, elected officials, and the agriculture industry in a dialogue about how we can collectively and collaboratively overcome challenges, take advantage of opportunities, and overall become a stronger community and rural economy.
Like other states, Wisconsin has been grappling with transportation revenue insufficient to meet state and local needs. The issue has been studied for more than a decade. Reports have been issued, and recommendations have been put forth. However, little progress has been made toward a long-term funding solution, while Wisconsin falls further behind. WTA is proud to be a partner in the Just Fix It campaign intended to influence legislative leadership to finally address the economic and safety threat of a crumbling town road system.
2016 WISCONSIN TOWNS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Sunday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center Stevens Point
Alliant Energy Free Emergency Responder Awareness Training
Emergency responders are typically first on the scene when utilities are damaged, whether in response to a downed power line due to a vehicle accident or an excavator digging into a natural gas pipeline.
Alliant Energy has designed a website to help emergency responders recognize potential hazards involving electricity and natural gas and the necessary guidelines to assure their safety and that of the general public.
Department of Revenue
Updated IOH Ordinances Now Available
(10/2/15) The original Implements of Husbandry law came into being with 2013 Wisconsin Act 377. However, the law was significantly updated with 2015 Wisconsin Act 15. Act 15 changed several things, including the use of trailers to transport Implements of Husbandry (IOHs) and Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicles (Ag CMVs). A new classification of Ag CMV called a Type 1 was also created to give some Ag CMVs the same legal treatment as Category B IOHs.
If your town currently is under Option F, the default under the law, and you want to remain under Option F you do not need to do anything at this time.
Any town that wants either to change to or even to simply stay in an existing Option B, C, D or E, is urged to adopt an updated ordinance prior to November 30 of this year. Act 15 moved up the deadline to adopt different options to November 30 of the prior year. Sample ordinances are available in word format by clicking on it below:
The Department of Transportation's Internet site on the IOH law is here:
There is an upcoming WisLine presentation including the recent changes to the IOH law on October 12. For more information on that, please CLICK HERE.
Finally, please note that there will be two workshops at the upcoming WTA Convention also covering the recent changes to the IOH law.
The 2015-16 Legislative Session concluded with over 1800 bills that were proposed. The WTA actively followed 225 of them. We took a primary lead on 10 bills and one budget related initiative that were adopted into law. Furthermore, along with you, we were successful on a vast majority of our defensive efforts. Overall, thanks to your support for local innovation and leadership, WTA worked with legislators on a very successful session.