Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pellitteri New Year's Holiday Refuse Collection

Residents normally serviced on Monday, January 2 through Thursday, January 5 will be serviced one day later than their normal pickup day. Please have carts out by 7:00 AM for collection. Please contact Pellitteri at (608) 257-4285 if you have any questions. There will be additional trucks servicing Waunakee and its important that your carts are put out on time for pickup.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Year-End Tax Collections

Do you want to make your tax payment in time for use on your 2011 federal and state tax return?  Any tax collections received after the close of Village Hall on December 30, 2011 will be marked as received in December if one of the following methods is used:

1.       Payment is dropped off in the village’s drop box out front of the Village Hall by 12:00 midnight December 31, 2011.  The drop box will be emptied promptly on January 1, 2012.
2.       Payment is made to the State Bank of Cross Plains during office hours on December 31, 2011 which are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
3.       Payment is made by placing your tax payment in the mail so it has a December 31. 2011 postmark.

Please remember, if you want a receipt you will need to enclose your entire tax bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  The village will stamp the top part of your tax bill and mail it back in the self-addressed envelope.

In addition, many mortgage companies wait until the very end to mail in escrow checks.  The village will be processing these as they come in early next week and the payments will be posted to December if the mortgage payments are postmarked by December 31, 2011.

Village Hall will be closed December 31, 2011 through January 2, 2012. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rotary Lights

Just a friendly reminder that the Rotary lights at Village Park will be up until December 31st, open daily from 4:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Silver Notes Newsletter

The January 2012 Waunakee Senior Center Edition of  "Silver Notes" is just a click away to view this newsletter online!

Village Board & Committee Agendas and Minutes Are Now Available Online

Agendas and minutes are now available for the public to view at  in the center of the page (purple site tools section) click on Agendas and Minutes.  A new window will open, there you will be able to click on the meeting you would like to view. 

To view older minutes please visit our archive center at at the top of the page you will see a "file folder icon" called the Document Center; click here and then choose Search Archives. 

If you have any questions please forward them to Ashley Greiber

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive co-sponsored with North Ridge Church from Noon to 5:00 p.m. on December 30, 2011 at the Waunakee Village Center, 333 South Madison Street. To make an appointment, call the Red Cross at 800-733-2767. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification will be required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Terrace Tree Trimming in Southbridge

Steven R. Basset, Arborist, will be trimming terrace trees in the Southbridge neighborhood this week and possibly next week.  Questions: please contact the Public Works Department at 849-5892.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday Tree Pick Up

Holiday tree collection will begin Tuesday, December 27, 2011. When discarding your tree, place it at the curbside or in the alley trunk end to the street. Please remove all ornaments, lights, and tree stands. Trees in tree bags will not be collected. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (608) 849-5892.

Holiday tree collection does not pertain to private streets.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pellitteri December 25th Holiday Collection Schedule

Normal refuse service will be observed Monday, December 26th through Thursday, December 29th and will not be affected by the holiday. Please have carts out by 7:00 a.m. for collection. Please contact Pellitteri at (608) 257-4285 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Waunakee Snowmobile Trail Map

Please take the time to look over the updated village snowmobile trail map.  There have been some changes to the map this year that were recently approved by the Village Board. Village Ordinance can be found here.

To find more information on village snow polices please visit

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hero Club Pancake Breakfast

Please join Santa and the Hero Club at the annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 18, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at the Waunakee High School Commons located at 301 Community Drive. $5.00; children under 5 are free and all proceeds go towards various community projects.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waunakee's 2011 Tax Levy Information - CORRECTION

The 2011 tax levy for all taxing jurisdictions in Waunakee is $21.333690, which represents an increase from 2010 of 3.15% with the MATC levy increase accounting for almost 1% of this increase.

The Village of Waunakee 2011 tax levy is at $6.604760, which represents an increase from 2010 of 2.31%.

The Village collects the tax bill on behalf of Dane County from mid-December through January 31, 2012.  After this date, Dane County assumes collection and collects the remainder of the tax bills through the final due date of July 31, 2012.  The village receives $0.29 from each dollar collected to provide the following village services:
  • Emergency medical (EMS)
  • Refuse, tree, brush and leaf pickup
  • Engineering and street related services including snow removal
  • Library
  • Senior services
  • Park maintenance
  • Village Center
  • Infrastructure maintenance and equipment purchase/replacement
  • Administration
  • Police
  • Fire
Of each dollar the village receives in property taxes:
  • 15 cents funds Police operations
  • 4 cents funds Fire and EMS services
  • 9 cents funds Engineering and street related activities
  • 5 cents funds Refuse, tree, brush and leaf pickup
  • 9 cents funds Administration
  • 5 cents funds Library services
  • 4 cents funds Senior services
  • 3 cents funds Park maintenance
  • 4 cents funds Village Center services
  • 11 cents funds Infrastructure maintenance and equipment purchase/replacement
  • 31 cents goes to run all of the other service areas of the Village


Monday, December 12, 2011

WNC Night at Papa Murphy's

Stop in at Papa Murphy's on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 10% of the proceeds will go to the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection. Papa Murphy's is located at 219 South Century Avenue.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Thing of Beauty: Waunakee water tower is runner-up in calendar contest

This summer the water tower in Ripp Park was given a make over, now it is a runner-up in a calendar contest out of 140 entries.
"The award is part of the promotion, but it was nice to get an 'attaboy' for the utility and commission for deciding to come up with a tank that looks good and is a landmark for the community," Tim Herlitzka
Check out the article in the Wisconsin State Journal from Thursday December 8th.

Also view this video to see the other entries and the winner.

Again thank you to Tim Herlitzka, Waunakee Utilities Manager and for every ones hard work on the project.

New Business Park Sign

The Village of Waunakee would like to thank TMH Masonry, LLC and Speedpro Imaging for the creation and installation of the new Business Park Sign.  This is definitely an eye catcher when entering Waunakee from HWY 19 and the business park. Waunakee Utilities has run electricity to the sign as well so we can light it at night. What a great classy look for our classy Village!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Skating Exhibition

The Waunakee Skating School presents its inaugural Holiday Skating Exhibition Tuesday, December 20, from 6:50-7:50 p.m. Watch all levels of fall-session students showcase the skills they've learned to holiday music favorites.  

Admission - $2 donation per person or non-perishable items for the Waunakee Food Pantry. 

The Ice Pond at Waunakee 
1110 Prairie View Drive

Jean Calzavara-Uhlmann Skating School Director 608-289-5427 

Snowmobile Use

No one shall operate a snowmobile upon any public right-of-way, in any public park or on any municipal property except upon snowmobile routes and trails designated by the Village Board (map can be found at Ordinance Sec. 94-181-190.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mailbox Policy

Village snow plow operators try very hard to avoid mailboxes when plowing streets. However, weak posts or support brackets, rusted mailbox components and improperly placed mailboxes could result in damage.

If your mailbox does not meet the placement guidelines (guidelines can be found at, the village will not replace ore reimburse for damage.
  • The village will provide reimbursement up to $50.00 (receipt is necessary).
  • Claims must be received by May 1 and must be accompanied by a picture of the damage and receipt(s) for replacement materials. Claims will be reviewed and forwarded to the Village Board for approval.
  • Village crews will install the replacement mailbox or repair the mailbox upon request.
The Village of Waunakee Mailbox Policy does not pertain to private drives.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Snow on Sidewalks

Sidewalks are to be kept free of snow and ice. The property owner which fronts upon or abuts any sidewalk shall be responsible for keeping such sidewalk clear of all snow and ice. The sidewalk should be cleared within 24 hours from the time the snow ceases to accumulate on the sidewalk. Failure to remove snow from sidewalks may result in the village removing the snow at the owner's expense and potential penalties. Violations can be reported by visiting or by calling (608) 850-8500. Ordinance Sec. 82-281 through Sec. 82-287.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Property Trax: Looking to buy over the winter? Dane County has interest-free down payment loans for first-timers

The Dane County Housing Authority has $100,000 in federal money that can be used for deferred, interest-free down payment loans for first-time home buyers who meet income requirements and buy a house outside the city of Madison. 

To read the full article click here.

To learn more about the Dane County Housing Authority click here.

Holiday Carol Sing and Tree Lighting

Join us for an old-fashioned carol sing in our restored farmhouse, decorated for the season. Jean Erickson will accompany on the 1917 Sohmer upright Grand Piano. You don't want to miss the tree lighting with real candles! Hot cider and cookies will be served. This event is free to members and a $3.00 donation is requested from non-members.

Schumacher Farm Park is located at 5682 Highway 19 in Waunakee, one-half mile east of Waunakee on the hill across from Culvers. For more information, contact 849-4559 or visit us at

Schumacher Farm County Park is a 100 acre open-air museum and conservancy dedicated to preserving old-time rural farm ways of Dane County. It is owned by Dane County Parks and run by the Friends of Schumacher Farm park, a non-profit organization.

Snow in Streets

No person shall push, carry, or deposit any snow or ice onto any roadways or sidewalks maintained by the village for pedestrial or vehicular traffic. Depositing snow or ice in the roadway or sidewalk is dangerous and could cause injury or accidents and may not allow for safe vehicular or pedestrial passage by the public. THIS APPLIES TO ALL SNOW REMOVAL CONTRACTORS. Ordinance Sec. 82-281.

¿¿What's That?? Winner!!

Congratulations to Tom Hadfield and Molly Murphy for submitting the first correct answers.  REX'S INNKEEPER.  The photo was the fireplace right as your walk in the front entrance.  The original picture is posted below. 

Rex's Innkeeper is located at 301 N. Century Ave. 849-5011. Rex's is locally owned and operated since 1988.  Rex's is well known for their steaks, prime rib, seafood, and nightly specials.  Rex's is open daily for lunch (Monday-Friday) from 11-2 p.m. and daily for dinner (Monday -Sunday) 4:30 p.m. - close.  Stop in for a cocktail/drink while watching the big game!

Thank you to Rex's for participating and thank you to everyone who participated this week.  I would like to give another round of thanks to all of the business who participated the last few weeks; Piggly Wiggly, Waun-A-Bowl, MNM's Coffeehouse, Zoe's Pizzeria, Molly's Depot Cafe, Ace Hardware, and Rex's Innkeeper. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fire Hydrants

Residents of Waunakee are asked to clear snow and ice away from fire hydrants. This can save valuable time in case of a fire when seconds count.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Grandma Gretel's House

Getting into the holiday spirit couldn't be easier when you help decorate Grandma Gretel's House! Take the whole family to this gingerbread house decorating event on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Waunakee American Legion Hall Post 360, 417 East Main Street in Waunakee! Come any time between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and for $10.00 donation, you can decorate a gingerbread house with all of the decorating goodies provided there for your! 100% of the proceeds to to the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) and local projects for our Armed Services. Partnering with Grandma for this event include: Waunakee American Legion Post 360, Wipperfurth's Piggly Wiggly, SOAR-Kenya and HERO students of Waunakee High School.