If you pay your taxes in installmetnts, the second installment is due July 31, 2022 and MUST BE PAID TO:
Walworth County Treasurer
P.O. Box 1001
Elkhorn, Wisconsin 53121
Please be aware that Walworth County no longer sends reminder notices for second half payments. Second half payments are not accepted by the Town after January 31, 2022.NO TAX PAYMENTS CAN BE ACCEPTED BY THE TOWN AFTER FEBRUARY 4, 2022.
As of this writing, there is an election scheduled for April 7. This will be a presidential primary as well as final elections for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Walworth County Supervisor, and local school boards. The Town Hall has been receiving a number of inquiries regarding precautions being taken to prevent the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus. Our current plan is to give each voter a pen when they present their ID to vote. This pen will be used to sign the poll book and mark the ballot and can then be taken with the voter.
regularly sanitize the voting booths, door handles, restrooms and all flat
surfaces in the voting area.
There is the
possibility that Governor Evers will postpone the election for a period of
time, however, that would be problematic since the State and County terms of
office expire in April and newly-elected officers need to be sworn into office
in a timely manner in order to provide a seamless transition. A further
possibility might be if the Governor decreed all voting to be by means of
absentee ballots. If either of these scenarios come to pass, we’ll advise you
as soon as possible.
find it heartening to see so many residents taking an interest in Town
government by attending the Planning Commission meetings and Town Board
meetings. At the present time, I don’t intend to suspend either of the next two
meetings because town business still has to go on. In the interim, I would strongly
urge you to not attend either meeting unless you have a vested interest in the
subjects being considered, at least until this current health issue abates.
As the whole
Covid-19 virus continues to spread throughout the state, we should all refrain
from unnecessary assemblies, if at all possible. If any important business or
decisions are made, we will advise you by means of these updates and by posting
minutes on the Town website in order to keep you informed.
stay healthy, wash your hands often, avoid crowds and try to enjoy Spring.
As many of
have probably learned by now, at the January meeting of the Spring Prairie
Planning Commission, by a 3 to 2 vote, the Planning Commission approved the
rezone, conditional use permit and the certified survey map for the proposed
gravel pit on Highway 120. Acknowledging that the Planning Commission vote was
advisory only, and not incumbent on the Town Board to accept, the Board, at its
February 10 monthly meeting, unanimously voted to deny the project in its
entirety. The issue now passes on to Walworth County which is scheduled to take it up at its February 20
County Zoning Agency meeting.
Residents who wish to express their thoughts regarding this issue should
address their correspondence to Land Use and Resource Management (LURM), P.O.
Box 1001, Room 222, Elkhorn, WI 53121, or email [email protected].
At the same
meeting, the Town Board voted to approve the Non-Metallic Mining Ordinance which,
while unable to totally ban future mining proposals, puts more power in the
hands of the Board to determine if such proposals are in the best interests of
the Town in terms of health, safety, noise, pollution, traffic, impact on
property values and on the overall quality of life of Spring Prairie residents.
In about a
month, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin sending out notices to individual
homes with instructions on how to fill out the upcoming 2020 census forms.
While some may feel it is a governmental intrusion and waste of time, the
census is extremely important to the town, the county and the state because the
data collected provides the basis for the distribution of federal funds that
have an impact on housing, education, employment, healthcare and public policy.
Results also determine how many seats a state will have in the House of
Representatives as well as how state and local districts are drawn.
your responses help determine our representation in government and our ability
to plan for the future. Wisconsin’s estimated loss in federal funding is over
$1,300 per year foreach person not counted! The form is short and
simple and can be filled out in a very brief amount of time. It is vitally
important you take the time to fill it out because it will serve to affect our
future for the decade to come.
January 13 meeting of the Town Board, two new ordinances were introduced. The
first was one that more clearly defined the role of the Planning Commission in
light of its present duties and responsibilities and allowed for a Board member
to sit on the Commission as a voting member. Town Supervisor Don Trimberger was
appointed to a one-year term as a member and will serve as the Commission
chairman. The ordinance passed without a second reading. Don has indicated he
will abstain from voting in most circumstances unless his vote is required as a
The second ordinance was a Non-Metallic Mining Ordinance that laid out the rules and requirements of any future mining applications in Spring Prairie. While many in town would like to see an ordinance totally banning any future mines, it simply is not allowable under State law. This new ordinance puts more power in the hands of the Town Board to determine if a proposed mining operation is in the ‘best interests” of the Town. The ‘best interests ‘’ would include health, safety and welfare concerns as well as impact on the environment and wildlife, quality of life in the Town, noise and air pollution, traffic and impact on Town roads, loss of value in neighboring residences and any other possible factor that may have a negative impact on the Town and its residents. Following a first reading, a few minor changes were made in the ordinance and it will have a second reading and possible vote at the February 10 Board meeting.
January 16 meeting of the Planning Commission, the issue of the currently
proposed gravel pit was taken up. Following an approximately hour-long
presentation by representatives of Asphalt Contractors, an open hearing was
held wherein residents asked questions and voiced their opinions. Following
nearly an hour of comments, both against and for the pit, the open hearing
concluded and questioning by the Planning Commission began. After a relatively brief
question and answer session with one member recusing himself and Trimberger
abstaining, a vote was called and the Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of
approving the rezone for the pit, the conditional use permit and the certified
The issue of the gravel pit will now be taken up by the Town Board for a vote at its February 10 meeting. Bear in mind that the vote from the Planning Commission is an advisory recommendation and is not binding on the Board. The majority of the Board members have attended all the meetings regarding the proposed gravel pit and have both read all the materials provided and have heard all the arguments on both sides of the issue. Consequently, at the February meeting, there will be neither presentations by Asphalt Contractors nor comments by residents allowed. The issue will be solely discussed by the Town Board members. Following the discussion, a vote will be taken on the issue
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There was a
Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on December 19, but the issue of the
proposed gravel pit was not be on the agenda. For several reasons, chiefly a
request by Walworth County for more details on a number of key points in
Asphalt Contractors proposal, the soonest they will be ready to propose to the
Town would be at the February meeting. While most of us in Spring Prairie would
like to see this issue brought before the P&Z and then the Town Board, we
cannot force them to present to us. It is in everyone’s best interests that
they satisfy the County before presenting to us. So, for now, let’s all just be
patient and hope we can resolve this issue early in 2020.
weather is certainly upon us and even though it is not officially winter, we’ve
had several occasions already to plow our Town roads. As always, Curt Fredrich
and his crew have been doing an admirable job in keeping our roads clear. He
advises us that, for now at least, we have access to adequate amounts of salt
to see us through the season. Even though Walworth County has converted to
using brine in addition to salt to melt snow and ice, we will continue to use
salt for now. To convert to brine would be a major investment in equipment we
are not prepared to make at this time.
clearing roads, Walworth County has been talking about reducing their road
clearing efforts this winter in an effort to cut costs. While they have not
finalized that plan as yet, if they do so, it would have an impact on some of
the roads in our town. The County maintains highways 120 and 11 for the State
as well as County Roads D and DD. If you notice winter issues with these four
highways, contact the County’s Public Works Department at 262-741-3114, not
everyone has a happy holiday seasons and a safe and prosperous new year and
that 2020 is a better year for the many farmers in the area who have had to
deal with several years of diminished yields.
The Town was
informed by Asphalt Contractors, Inc. on January 2 that they have successfully
answered the various queries from Walworth County regarding the proposed gravel
pit and were ready to present to the Spring Prairie Planning Commission at
their January 16 meeting. The meeting will commence at 6:30 PM to allow
additional time. Following a presentation by Asphalt Contractors to the
Planning Commission, an open hearing will be held wherein concerned residents
may ask questions of the presenters and offer comments and concerns. Because we
anticipate a large resident turnout, certain rules will be strictly enforced
during the open hearing. Any resident wishing to speak will be allowed to do so
one time only and for a maximum of two minutes, so I strongly suggest they
organize their thoughts in advance and be as concise and factual as possible. Speakers
will need to say their names and give their place of residence. Additionally,
so all attendees can hear what is being said, each speaker will be required to
speak into a handheld microphone.
the open hearing, the Planning Commission will ask questions of Asphalt
Contractors and address any issues the members consider pertinent. During this
phase, no residents will be allowed to speak. At the conclusion of the Planning
Commission’s questioning, it will either vote on the issue or, if more
information is required, table it for a future meeting.
has been a somewhat emotional and contentious issue with some residents, I sincerely
ask all concerned parties to keep their emotions in check and be rational,
courteous and respectful.
monthly Board meeting on January 13, the Town Board will be discussing the
draft of a proposed Non-metallic Mining Ordinance that would serve to regulate future
applications for gravel and sand pits in Spring Prairie. Legislation cannot
be retroactive so this proposed ordinance will not apply to the current
gravel pit application or any existing operating pits. This proposed ordinance
must appear on two (2) meeting agendas before it can be acted upon.
ordinance for the Planning Commission redefines the role of the commission as
it currently exists.