Town Business During COVID-19
Town services are happening in new ways. Whenever possible, we will assist by email, phone, conference call, or online video meetings. The Town has a drop-off/pick-up window for the exchange of documents and signatures that are available by appointment. Please call ahead or contact the appropriate staff member by email: staff contact list. We appreciate your support and understanding.
2021 Town Revaluation
Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc. is the town's statutory assessor. Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc. mailed out a questionnaire in lieu of the typically required interior inspection of your home for the revaluation of all real estate in the town. Please complete the questionnaire accurately and promptly to ensure that the assessors can meet the requirements of the revaluations work that is required by Wisconsin State law. Associated Appraisal’s phone number is 800-721-4157.
More information regarding the revaluation can be found here.
Capital Springs Bike Trail Connection
On Monday, July 26, 2021, at 6:00 pm Dane County Parks and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will lead a tour of the proposed trail and the State Park. The meeting will begin at the end of the cul de sac on Waucheeta Trail to discuss the details and plans for the proposed boardwalk connection to the State Park. For those interested, the meeting will then reconvene at the Libby Road parking lot across from the boat landing entrance for a walking tour of the State Park to discuss the proposed trail and other future park facilities recommended in the Master Plan. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this meeting. For questions about the proposed path or upcoming meeting, you can contact Steven Schooler at 608-692-0006 or Chris James, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect at 608-235-2252.
Road Construction Updates
Paving is scheduled to begin at the end of July for Hawkinson Road, White Oak Court, White Oak Trail, and Willow Pass. Please plan accordingly.
Town of Dunn Rural Internet Access Survey
The Dane County Board of Supervisors has created the Dane County Broadband Task Force to create a greater community understanding of Dane County's challenges related to high-speed, reliable, and affordable internet access for the County as a whole; prepare local partners in Dane County to have the background and knowledge to apply for various grants and funding to expand access to unserved and underserved areas of the county; and increase awareness of the issues those without reliable internet access face in day-to-day life including remote learning, remote work, and virtual health appointments.
There are locations throughout Dane County and the Town of Dunn where residences and businesses do not have access to Broadband Internet. Oftentimes, these potential customers are remarkably close to locations that already have access to Broadband Internet. Vendors make decisions to service locations based on having numerous customers closely clustered together. This ensures enough customer revenue is generated within a certain period of time to generate a profit and recoup the costs of their construction investment. When this is not achievable, vendors choose not to service the area or require the customer to contractually pay a construction fee - which can be thousands of dollars.
The Town of Dunn is seeking to obtain information regarding internet access throughout the Town, specifically, residences, farms, and businesses who desire Broadband internet for access to the internet but are currently unable to due to lack of available vendors. The results of this survey will be provided to the Dane County staff completing the county-wide study. Completion of this survey will not guarantee that you will receive internet service but it will help provide Dane County and internet service providers with an idea of where gaps in service exist. To take the survey, visit here.
Dane County Now Accepting Applications for Popular Continuous Cover Program: $1.75 million in 2021 Budget Now Available Following Overwhelming Community Interest
Dane County is now accepting applications for its Continuous Cover Program, County Executive Joe Parisi announced today. The program began in 2019 and provides landowners with an incentive to convert existing cropland acres into permanent, perennial grass. Community interest in the county’s effort continued in 2020. As a result, County Executive Parisi increased funding for the Continuous Cover Program in this year’s budget to $1.75 million to provide more landowners with the opportunity to participate in the program.
“Dane County’s Continuous Cover Program offers small family farms and rural property owners the opportunity they need to make ends meet during these challenging times and protect their lands for conservation efforts,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “This program helps farmers preserve the character of their land, make their property less vulnerable to flooding, and enhance wildlife and pollinators habitats. We look forward to welcoming even more participants to the program this year.”
The Continuous Cover Program began in 2019 with $750,000 plus funding from the Yahara CLEAN budget as a way to reduce run-off, enhance carbon sequestration, and preserve rural character in Dane County. Nearly 60 applications were received, which encompassed approximately 1,000 acres of property. County Executive Parisi doubled funds in 2020 to $1.5 million due to the program’s success. To date, Dane County has protected close to 700 acres of land in 22 townships. Converting to grasses and pollinator habitat has reduced phosphorus run-off into local waters by over 1,700 pounds each year.
Benefits of the Continuous Cover Program include reducing phosphorus and carbon emissions, protecting lands for conservation in the face of expanding development pressures, and promoting habitats good for pollinators that continue to face adversity from challenges like pesticides and climate change. The conversion of cropland to perennial grasses increases water infiltration, improves water quality, reduces soil erosion, and enhances wildlife habitat practices, all while helping farmers as they continue to face economic challenges.
The program offers landowners a tool to diversify or address marginally productive lands. The property can be converted to continuous cover through a variety of practices including prescribed grazing, pasture establishment, cool-season grass establishment, native prairie, and pollinator habitat. Those who enroll in the program commit to keeping and maintaining their land in perennial cover for at least 15 years.
Dane County’s Land & Water Resources Department is now accepting open enrollment of Continuous Cover Program applications. To apply or learn more about the Dane County Continuous Cover Program, visit https://lwrd.countyofdane.com/ccp or call (608) 224-3730.
US 51 Corridor Study
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting the US 51 Corridor Study, from 1-39/90 to US 12/18 (Stoughton to McFarland), to evaluate alternatives that will improve safety, pavement condition, and congestion along the corridor and address the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians where feasible.
For more information, please contact Jeff Berens, WisDOT Project Manager, at (608) 245-2656 or at Jeff.Berens@dot.wi.gov
2021 Dane Arts Posters
We regretfully must inform you that Dane Arts will not be producing 2021 posters or calendars. With the many unknowns and variables that COVID-19 continues to bring to all of us, it seems to be the most responsible decision to forego the beloved poster and calendar at this time.