The Department of Natural Resources is underway on a study, known as the Recreation Opportunities Analysis, looking at existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs in each region of the state. The study will identify future opportunities for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of department properties in helping to meet those needs. More details can be found on the ROA web page.
Wisconsin Elections Commission will be mailing out Notice of Suspension of Registration postcards June 12th – June 16th. These are mailed to voters who have not voted in any election in the previous four years. Voters have until July 15th to respond to the postcard. If you have any questions, please contact your local municipality or go to elections.wi.gov
Household survey shows many residents are storing unwanted electronics
In early 2016, the Department of Natural Resources conducted a statewide household recycling survey that included several questions on electronics recycling.
Key takeaways from the 2016 survey include:
There is still a lot of material to recycle. Based on the survey, the DNR estimates there are more than 8 million TVs, computers and cell phones in state households that are no longer being used. A large share of residents who stopped using an electronic device in the previous year put it into storage instead of recycling, selling or donating it.
DNR surveys have shown increasing recycling of electronics over time, but in 2016, the percentage of respondents who had put TVs and computers in the trash also increased. This is something to watch, and indicates there is room for collectors, recyclers and manufacturers to more strongly promote computer recycling, which is often free.
Residents’ level of concern over data security indicates this is an area on which the DNR and electronics collectors and recyclers should focus more attention.
The survey showed increased awareness of E-Cycle Wisconsin and where to recycle electronics. Still, nearly one-third of residents didn’t know where to recycle electronics, and this was the top reason cited for being unable to e-cycle.
While compiling these detailed results, the DNR discovered errors in survey data included in the E-Cycle Wisconsin 2016 report. An updated version, with revisions to the “Disposal ban awareness and compliance” section, is also available on our website.
The DNR will hold a free workshop on electronics collection site best management practices May 31. This workshop will be focused on site-level requirements and best management practices for drop-off sites and events that collect electronics and universal waste.
If you collect or recycle electronics, oversee an electronics collection program, or represent a municipality contracting for e-cycling services, we encourage you to attend. The information will also be useful to anyone wanting to understand the rules and best management practices for collecting electronics and universal waste (such as lamps and batteries). The workshop will provide an update on the E-Cycle Wisconsin program and information to help you find reputable recyclers to manage your electronics responsibly.
We have reached capacity for our meeting room, but have a webinar option via Skype. If you select this option on the registration form, you will receive an invitation to the Skype meeting with a link and call-in number. The meeting will not be recorded.
CTH A will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to replace a culvert between CTH PB and Observatory Road. The work require the road to be closed to all traffic on Tuesday, May 30th while the culvert is out and open should be open again at the end of the day. Finishing work will occur on Wednesday, May 31st so there may be temporary closures as the asphalt patch is constructed but emergency vehicles will be able to get through.
STH 69 closed to through traffic on Monday, May 22.
Tree removals will begin on Tuesday, May 23 along with breaking the concrete pavement.
Pavement removal north of the bridge will begin later in the week and will continue into next week.
STH 69 work is scheduled from May 22, 2017 – August 31, 2017 and the road will remain closed to through traffic during this time frame. Access to local properties and businesses will be maintained at all times throughout construction. Work for this project will include concrete pavement removal, common excavation, water main and storm sewer installation, concrete bridge repairs, new asphalt pavement, curb and gutter removal and replacement, new guardrail, pavement marking, and other incidental items needed to complete the work.
Bruce Gardiner will be out on June 3, 2017 to meet with Town of Montrose land owners who have appointments set up for appraising their property. On June 7th and 8th Bruce Gardiner and Bob Bauchman will be assessing other Town of Montrose properties. If you have questions, please contact Gardiner Appraisal Services at 608-943-8006 or email them at gardiner
The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 16 at the Montrose Town Hall, 1341 Diane Avenue, Belleville. A brief presentation will start at 6:00 p.m. to discuss project plans, including the real estate process. For more information go to http://wisconsindot.gov