Welcome to Town of Rice Lake

Barron County, Wisconsin

The Town of Rice Lake is rural in character with a majority of the land devoted to a mixture of agriculture and forests.

Residential and commercial development is located primarily on land with poor agricultural productivity, or is predominantly concentrated near the City of Rice Lake along the STH 48 corridor.

All new developments are planned and sited in order to consider water resources, forests, and productive farmland, and to reinforce the rural character of the Town.

The  Town of Rice  Lake  is  a desirable place to  live because of  its rural character, natural beauty,  and  proximity to regional employment opportunities.

 The community  values  its proximity to educational  centers (schools, colleges, libraries,etc.), recreational amenities, USH 53, and the City of Rice Lake. Local leaders continue to work with adjoining towns, the City of Rice Lake, and Barron County to manage development and the delivery of services for the betterment of the region.

Source, Town of Rice Lake Comprehensive Plan

WELCOME TO THE TOWN OF RICE LAKE

Address:  1830 Macauley Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868

Phone and fax: 715-234-8087

Email:  [email protected]

Office Hours:

Mon thru Wed –  8:00 am – 2:30 pm                   Thurs & Fri – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

TOWN BOARD MEMBERS & CONTACT INFORMATION          

Chairman:         Dean Borofka, [email protected]       715-296-6258

Supervisors:     Tom Field, [email protected]               612-203-9096

Peter Gallagher, [email protected]    318-614-9041

Dave Crotteau, [email protected]      715-434-4140

Donald Putnam, [email protected]   715-234-4702

TOWN EMPLOYEES

Clerk/Treasurer :  Janet Tomesh                                     Deputy Clerk/Treasurer:  Mary Dodge

Patrolmen:   Ralph Henningsen & Dave Mani              Recycling Attendant/Cemetery Caretaker:   Dave Stepanek

CONTRACTED SERVICES

Building Inspector: Tall Pine Building Inspection Inc. Daryl S. Dostal, 715-205-7741

Assessor: Owen Assessing LLC (Kelly & Jack), 8E571 810th Ave., Menomonie, WI  54751, 715-643-2081, [email protected]

PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR BURNING, CONSTRUCTION, DRIVEWAYS, AND UTILITY EXCAVATION.  PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL(S):

Burning Permits – contact the Town Chairman or any Board Supervisor.

Building Permits – contact the Building Inspector

Driveway Permit Applications – contact Chairman, Bldg. Inspector, or Clerk/Treasurer’s office

Utility Excavation Permits – contact Clerk/Treasurer’s office

RECYCLING CENTER – Hours of operation 

Mondays 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m.–Noon

MEETING DATES (All meetings are held at the Town Hall)

Rice Lake Town Board:  2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m.

PLANNING COMMISSION:    1st Tuesday of each month (if needed), 7:00 p.m.

All requests for rezoning, land division, variances and/or special exceptions must be reviewed by the Town Planning Commission and Town Board.  Applications and fees for such requests must be submitted at least 15 days prior to the Planning Commission meeting.

Planning Commission Members

Tom Field, Chairman     Mary Dodge, Secretary       Kim Barta        Dave Frank        Doug Kucko         Pete Schneider       Caroline Loyas          Kurt Wallace

Ex-Officio Members:  Stan Buchanan, Engineer and Daryl S. Dostal, Building Inspector

FIRE DEPARTMENT FEASIBILITY COMMITTEE:  1st Monday in June & December, 8:30 a.m.

Fire Department Feasibility Committee Members

Paul Buesser, Chairman          Stan Buchanan, Vice Chair & Secretary             Dean Borofka                Tom Fankhauser               Julie Erickson

 

NOTICE

TOWN OF RICE LAKE RESIDENTS

DOG LICENSES ARE DUE ANNUALLY BY MARCH 31

Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 174.05 and 95.21(2), every person who owns or harbors a DOG in the Town of Rice Lake is required to have your dog vaccinated against rabies and to be licensed.  To purchase a license, simply mail in a copy of your dog’s current rabies vaccination certificate and the appropriate fee ($6 for spayed/neutered or $11 for unaltered) to the Town of Rice Lake, 1830 Macauley Ave., Rice Lake, WI  54868 or stop at the Town Municipal Building during office hours (Mon-Wed 8:00 – 2:30 and Thurs.-Fri. 8:00 – 12:00).  A late fee of $6.00 will also apply after March 31.  Failure to license could result in a penalty of up to $500.

 

Attention Farmers and Agricultural Businesses

Effective January 1, 2015, Wisconsin Act 377 requires a “No Fee Permit” to be obtained for Implements of Husbandry and Ag Commercial Motor Vehicles that exceed weight limit restrictions.

A letter explaining this law in more detail is available here:   IoH and Ag CMV Guide Letter 2

To obtain an application for a “No Fee Permit”, please click on the “Forms and Permits” tab on the left.

Applications should be mailed to:  Town of Rice Lake, 1830 Macauley Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868.

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