Thursday, May 26, 2011

65 Days Until the WaunaFest Run

Register now for the 33rd Annunal WaunaFest Run on July 30th at 7AM at Waunakee Village Park. SAVE money plus GUARANTEE your race shirt by registering before July 15th.  You can register online (click here). 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waunakee Community Band Concert

Join the Community Band for a concert at the Gazebo in the Village Park. 
The concert will begin at 7 PM on Thursday, June 02.

Waunakee Community Night at the "New Duck Pond"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Woodland Drive Construction Notice

The next phase of the reconstruction of Woodland Drive (click here) is scheduled for this construction season. This is a joint project between the Village of Waunakee and the Town of Westport. The project is being implemented by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation with significant funding earmarked by the Federal Government thanks to Sen. Herb Kohl and Rep. Tammy Baldwin.
The Wisconsin DOT has retained Daar Engineering from Portage, Wisconsin to oversee the project and Strand Associates to manage the project. The 2011 construction of Woodland Drive is scheduled to begin the week of June 13th.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Welcome to 2-1-1 Wisconsin

2-1-1 Wisconsin (Click Here) is a simple way to connect people in need with human services. Simply by dialing 2-1-1, people are linked to information about local resources, both from government and nonprofit organizations. From the single mother seeking food for her children to the senior citizen looking for in-home care, 2-1-1 brings people and community resources together.

2011 Public Works Improvements Project

The village of Waunakee will be resurfacing streets this summer. As part of this year's street improvements, we will be rebuilding Winston Way (Click Here) from Bristol Bay to approximately 900 feet west, as well as other streets throughout Waunakee. The Village Board has awarded the project to LMS Construction, from Pardeeville, Wisconsin. They will be working with several local subcontractors throughout the project.

The above mentioned Winston Way link contains some important information concerning the upcoming project and we encourage everyone to review it. Please keep it on hand to help answer questions you may have during the construction process that will soon be disrupting your normal activities.

Friday, May 20, 2011

MRD Compost Facility Change in Hours

Due to the overwhelming public response to the restricted hours at the compost site and significant pressure from the Village of Waunakee the Bruce Company has agreed to extend the hours for the compost site on the weekends.  As many of you are aware, the change in hours was originally initiated by the Bruce Company because of contractors and others not abiding by the rules for types of materials that are accepted at the site.  The Bruce Company indicated they were having issues with residents, but mainly contractors bringing material to the site that is not intended for the compost site.  The operation of the compost site is subsidized by the Village of Waunakee, City of Middleton and Shorewood Hills.  The subsidy allows for our residents to dump material at the site for no cost.  However, contractors are required to pay to dump at the site as well as residents not within our communities.

Starting this weekend, the Bruce Company will be leaving the gate open on the weekends.  The site will not be supervised on the weekend, but our hope is that leaving the site restricted during the week we will not have issues.  If we do have illegal dumping issues, we may need to further evaluate the access.

Monday          7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday          7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday     7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday         7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday             8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday         8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday           8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Waunakee Schools Celebrate Arbor Day

Both Prairie and Heritage Elementary Schools celebrated Arbor Day recently in a big way by involving the students in planting trees on school property. I enjoyed visiting with the students and talking about what trees do to make our community more beautiful and enjoyable for everyone.

A special thank you goes to those teacher friends of mine who shared some special Arbor Day jokes with us! (you had to be there)

Waunakee Styrofoam Collection @ Uniek

Did you know that Styrofoam makes up almost 30% of the space in our landfills?  Do your part and drop off Styrofoam at a local Waunakee business, Uniek Inc.  They will recycle it and make it into picture frames versus letting it go into our landfills.

When is the drop off?
Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 am-2:00 pm starting May 21, 2011.

Where is the drop-off site?
Uniek Inc:  805 Uniek Drive (at the end of the business park down from Culver's). A sign on the far right hand side of the building near the cul-de-sac will mark the exact drop off location.

How much styrofoam can I bring?
As long as everything you have is the type allowed, there is no limit to the amount you can bring.

Who can drop styrofoam off?
Anyone! Both Village of Waunakee residents and residents from surrounding communities can drop off styrofoam products. Even businesses can drop off items as long as they qualify as listed below.

What types of styrofoam and EPS WILL be accepted?
What will be accepted is clean #6 styrofoam, which is primarily block polystyrene packaging material. This is the bulky polystyrene that is used around computers, electronics, and other items. Clean cups and food packaging that have been washed clean will also be accepted. Printed or colored items will be accepted.

What types of styrofoam will NOT be accepted?
The program will not accept foam insulation board, takeout boxes, or any #6 styrofoam with food still in it.  Uniek also cannot accept #4 polyethylene foam packaging or sheets. This is commonly mistaken as styrofoam, but can be identified as it does not break easily nor does it make the small particles when broken like styrofoam does. Packing peanuts are NOT accepted.
For more information on Uniek's Styrofoam Efforts Contact:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

EMS Building Open House

Waunakee Area EMS will host an open house for their building remodel/addition on Sunday, May 22. Everyone is invited for a tour of the new building. The ambulances will also be on display. Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to see this brand new station and learn where the crew resides while on duty and where the ambulances are stored.

2011 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Winner

Congratulations Hellenbrand Water, Inc. of Waunakee for receiving the Grand Award and honored in the eighth annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award banquet held Thursday evening, May 5th in Madison.
Hellenbrand, Inc. was established in 1967, and is truly built around people. Started by Jim and Florence Hellenbrand, Hellenbrand Incorporated of Waunakee was built on a foundation of family, hard work and ethics. The elements of this foundation have been passed on to their children and the employees who had an opportunity to work directly with Jim and Florence.
That feeling of family continues to this day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

The annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. Join our community to honor those who have answered the call of our country. Waunakee area veterans will lead the parade down Main Street to the Waunakee Area Veterans Memorial at the corner of Main and Division Streets. A Memorial Ceremony will follow the parade.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Public Information Meeting

A Public Information Meeting discussing Main Street and Century Avenue Intersection Options is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 26, 2011. The meeting will be held in the Waunakee High School PAC from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. More information will be given as further details become available.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 2011 Waunakee Police Department Newsletter

Public Notice to Residents: MRD Compost Facility 
Beginning May 1, 2011, the MRD compost facility at 5211 Highway Q operated by 2nd Season Recycling will implement some rule changes.  Residents of the City of Middleton and the Villages of Waunakee and Shorewood Hills may continue to bring the following items to the site at no charge:  brush, branches, limbs (up to 4” in diameter), wood chips, sawdust, grass clippings, leaves, plants, Christmas trees, stumps (clean) and clean wood (not painted or treated).  No other items are accepted at the site. Residents of other communities and commercial operators are invited to use the compost facility subject to the drop-off rates posted at the site.  Rates will be based on vehicle size; we would politely suggest you maximize your loads to experience the best value. The compost facility will be open seasonally from April 1 through November 30.
Hours of operation for the MRD compost facility will be as follows:

Monday               7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday               7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday          7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday              7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday                   7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday              7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday                closed

Please plan your home projects accordingly.  After-hours drop off is prohibited and is subject to fine. Our neighboring communities are fortunate to have the MRD compost facility to handle yard material processing.  Diverting this material from the landfill is something our communities can be proud of.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  If you have questions you may call the MRD compost facility at 833-5339 during the hours of operation.

Waunakee Residential Spring Clean-Up
Special Residential Pick-Up!  Pellitteri Waste System and the Village of Waunakee Public Works are pleased to sponsor the 13th annual Waunakee Residential Spring Clean-up! Please follow the guidelines listed below. If you have questions or concerns call the Waunakee Public Works Department at 849-5892.

Who:    All Waunakee residences, four units or smaller.
What:   Special Refuse Pick-Up Day.
When:  May 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2011 (The same day as your weekly refuse pick-up)
Where: Have items to the curbside by 7:00 a.m.
Why:    Your opportunity to clean out those closets, garages, basements and whatever else you
            need to dispose of.

** Small items should be placed in a durable container or box.

Acceptable Items:
-          Furniture
-          Household trash
-          DRY Carpet, rolled and tied for one person to handle
-          Swing sets (must be dismantled)
-          Box springs
-          Mattresses
-          Bed frames
-          Gas grills (no tanks)
-          Charcoal grills
-          Small lawn mowers or snow blowers (gas and oil must be removed)

NOT Acceptable Items:
-          Electronic waste
-          Yard waste
-          Building materials
-          Tires
-          Lead acid batteries
-          55 gallon drums
-          Household pesticides
-          Concrete or dirt
-          Oil tanks and filters
-          Vehicle engine blocks
-          Paint and paint thinners
-          Televisions, computers and computer monitors
-          Household appliances (stoves, ovens, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves, refrigerators,
           dryers, washers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, water softeners or water heaters)

**** Special arrangements have been made with Resource Solutions Corp to recycle your TV’s, computers and other electronics on May 21, 2011 at the Westport Town Hall 5387 Mary Lake Rd. (call 608.244.5451 with questions)

Waunakee National Night Out 
Waunakee Police Dept has picked the date of Wednesday August 10, 2011 for our annual NNO event. It will be held in Village Park again this year from 5pm to 7pm. More details to follow in future newsletters.

"Slow Down" Yard Signs Available
Safe Communities in partnership with the Waunakee Police Department, is conducting its annual Slow Down Campaign.  Yard signs will pop up in yards across Dane County reminding motorists to “Slow Down, Watch for Kids.”

Why should we slow down?  The faster vehicles travel, the more likely crashes are to occur and the more severe the injuries will be. Children are especially vulnerable in these situations.  Injuries and deaths associated with child pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents increase significantly with small increases in speed.  Collisions occurring at 20 mph result in death approximately 5% of the time and approximately 30% of victims suffer no injury at all. At 30 mph, 45% are KILLED and most are injured. At 40 mph, 85% are killed and all are injured.

According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 5 to 14. Each year in the United States, nearly 900 children ages 14 and under die from pedestrian/vehicle injuries and another 24,000 are injured in traffic-related crashes.

If you're interested in posting signs in your yard or neighborhood, they will be available for pick up while supplies last at the Waunakee Police Department 205 N. Klein Dr.

Questions can be sent to  Questions submitted may be featured in future newsletters.  The person submitting the question will not be identified.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Road Construction Ahead!

2011 Public Works Improvements Project (click here for link)

The Village of Waunakee will be reconstructing streets in your neighborhood this summer.  As part of this year’s street improvements, we will be rebuilding Klein Drive from Sixth Street to Sunset Lane, as well as other streets throughout Waunakee.  The Village Board has awarded the project to LMS Construction, from Pardeeville, Wisconsin. They will be working with several local subcontractors throughout the project.

Letter Carriers' Food Drive

On May 14th, letter carriers across the country, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, will be collecting food for families in need. Join us in helping to Stamp Out Hunger!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WaunaFest Run On Facebook

WaunaFest Run is now on Facebook! We're excited to have you stay connected with us. "Like" WaunaFest Run... FIND OUT:
- What's New
- Win FREE RUN registrations
- Follow Run Stories/Experiences
- Run Tips
This year there are NO ONLINE FEES on! Pay by check or credit card... it's that easy!

Don't forget to click that little 'Share' button right next to your message so your friends will be alerted about the WaunaFest Run as well! We look forward to being "liked" by you!