Alpine Valley Theatre License Application

Walworth County has provided the following information for your use:

Notice of Hearing on Permit Application
Please Take Notice

The Walworth County Executive Committee will hear and consider the Alpine Valley Music Theatre 2020 Business and Sanitary License Application and Operations Plan and 2020 Camping Operations Plan on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM in County Board Room 114 at the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Copies of the license application are available by request from David Bretl, County Administrator, Room 112 at the Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, Wisconsin.


Chairman’s Message

Chairman’s Update  9/23/2019

By now, most of you have heard that the Planning Commission presentation and vote on the gravel pit was cancelled. Bob Kordus of Asphalt Contractors called us saying Walworth County wanted more details on his proposal and he wasn’t ready to present to us.  The County has advised us in the past that it is important that the presentation to the Town is the same as the one being presented to the County. While we would like to see this issue resolved, it is important to follow proper procedures. The Planning Commission presentation is tentatively scheduled for October 24, assuming Kordus satisfies the County.

Incidentally, from now on, whenever a conditional use permit request or a rezone is scheduled for the Planning Commission, we will hold a public hearing after the presentation and before a vote so residents can ask questions of the petitioner and voice any concerns.

Recently, there have been relatively large crowds attending both Town Board and Planning Commission meetings. Sometimes it is difficult for people in the opposite ends of the room to hear what is being said. Jim Simons reminded me after the recent Board meeting that earlier someone had asked about the possibility of a PA system. We’ve recently purchased a portable system which should help alleviate this problem. Thanks, Jim, for the reminder.

Small towns and villages all over the state are facing a serious shortage of volunteer fire and emergency medical (EMS) personnel and are forced to hire a few fulltime staff members to supplement their volunteers. We currently contract with East Troy and Lyons for our fire and EMS services which, by State law, we have to provide to Town residents. Spring Prairie pays both departments a percentage of their costs as our share of the services provided to us. Lyons, right now, is on the verge of hiring full time EMS staff to supplement their volunteers. We will have to help fund these new positions.

Spring Prairie operates with a balanced budget every year and tries to keep the Town’s portion of property taxes at a minimal level. In fact, Town taxes have barely risen in the last 16 years. Right now, we are faced with the expense of helping Lyons fund their EMS staff, as well as increased costs for funding staffing and future equipment purchases of the East Troy Department. We feel we have no choice but to ask the electors in the Town to allow us to raise the tax levy to cover this expense. Per State law, this is done at a special Town meeting (following the budget hearing) and requires a majority vote by the electors. We will be looking to raise approximately $60,000 which would be allocated proportionally over the 1,897 tax parcels in the town. The only other alternative would be to cut a huge chunk from our road maintenance budget to cover this added expense. The condition of our roads is well above the state average for rural roads and it would be foolish to jeopardize them now because it would only cause problems and expense in the future that would plague us forever. We regret having to do this and trust that Town residents understand and agree.

Enjoy our beautiful Wisconsin Autumn!


Problems With Former Trash Hauler?

If you are experiencing problems with the company that formerly picked up your trash and recycling (they refuse to issue a refund or refuse to cancel your contract), kindly call or email the Town Hall (262-642-7477 or [email protected]). Leave a message including your name, address, name of hauler, and problem. We have experienced some recent success in getting some haulers to respond to board members.


Curbside Trash Collection Update

Please be advised that Curbside Trash Collection will occur in the majority of the Town on Tuesdays.

Residents in Sections 22, 23, 24, 25, 26,27, 34, 35 and 36 (an area roughly bounded by Lyons Road to the West, the county line to the East, and the town line to the South), as well as Paradise Valley and Honey Lake, will have collection on Wednesdays.

All collection will be moved 1/2 to 1 day when a holiday occurs on the regular collection day (July 4th, Christmas, New Years). If you are unsure of your collection day, kindly call the collector, ASDA Enterprises at 262-539-2086. Thank you!


Change Your Address on County Website

A new feature that will allow the public to send their address changes directly to the Walworth County Property Lister via the internet was recently added to the Walworth County website.  If you need to update the address for your property tax bills you can go to the Walworth County Website (http://www.co.walworth.wi.us/) and click on Online Services, then click on Treasurer Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Search, agree to the disclaimer, you will be able to search for your parcel and enter the new address there.  Next to the Mailing Address, you will find a “Request Mailing Address Change.”  By clicking on Start Request, you will be able to enter your new address and the change will go directly to the Property Lister.  Requests will be reviewed and then added to the system as appropriate. This will help to eliminate errors by having fewer persons entering the information before it reaches the Property Lister.