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Questions:

How can I get more involved with the Town of Garfield?
Does the county have a web site?
What's the phone number of my utility company?
Who provides trash collection services?
Do I need a license for my dog or cat?
How do I register to vote?
How do I request an absentee ballot?
How do I get a building permit?
When may I drop off recyclables at the Town Hall?
What is a Town as in Town of Garfield?



Answers:

1. How can I get more involved with the Town of Garfield?
 
There are many opportunities for you to become involved in the community:

  • Ask to be placed on a list to become a member of the Planning Committee or Park Committee. Applications are considered as positions open up for these two and three year terms.
  • Another very important area where volunteers are always needed is the Fire Department and First Responders. They respond to emergencies in the community and give medical assistance.
  • In addition to volunteering, residents are encouraged to attend the Town Board meetings.

For more information contact the Town Clerk.
You can make a difference in you community!

 


2. Does the county have a web site?

Polk County has a web site at http://www.co.polk.wi.us
and
Polk County Tourism has a web site at www.polkcountytourism.com

 


 3. What's the phone number of my utility company?

Diggers’ Hotline: (800) 242-8511
Xcel Energy: (800) 895-4999
Polk-Burnett: (800) 421-0283

 


4. Who provides trash collection services?
 
Waterman Sanitation: (715) 268-6471
Waste Management: (800) 782-7347

 


5. Do I need a license for my dog or cat?
 
Dogs over 5 months of age must be licensed. This allows the officials to notify you immediately if   your pet is found. Cats are not licensed. The fee is $5.00 for spayed or neutered dogs; $10.00 for all others. Click here for more information. To obtain a dog tag application, please contact the the Town Treasurer, Val Anderson, at (715) 268-5868 (Home).

 


6. How do I register to vote?
 
If you have not already done so, please fill out a Voter Registration Form EB-131 available online at http://elections.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=13109 or from the Town Clerk.

The form takes about five minutes to fill out. You need to fill this form out in person and have a valid driver's license or ID. This is now mandatory to fill out before you vote again. Just because you voted does not mean that you are registered. If you are not sure or need more information, just call the Town Clerk (Town Hall 715-268-4857 or Home 715-268-4414) to find out.

 


7. How do I request an absentee ballot?
 
You must register in order to get a absentee ballot or to vote at the town hall.

If you have not registered as a voter in Garfield Town, see "How do I register to vote?".

If you need an absentee ballot, fill out a Form EB-121 found at http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/gab_forms/4/gab_121_fillable_application_for_absentee_ballot_r_35303.pdf. Instructions for completing the "Application for Absentee Ballot" are provided with Form EB-121. Print out the form and fill it out. If you choose the "fillable" form you can enter the information on the form on your computer and then print out the completed form. Send the completed and signed form to:

Town of Garfield
690 Minneapolis St.
Amery, WI 54001.
Reminder: only signed original forms can be honored.

 


8. How do I get a building permit?
 
Contact the Town Clerk, Sue Knutson, at (715) 268-4414 to make an appointment to complete an application for a building permit or to have an application mailed to you.

 


9. When may I drop off recyclables at the Town Hall?
 
Recyclables may be dropped off at the Town Hall in Wanderoos (see map) on scheduled dates twice during each month. The 2016 calendar may be viewed online here.


10. What is a Town as in Town of Garfield?

Many new residents have asked “what is a town” in the State of Wisconsin. A “Town” is a form of local government. A “township” is a geographic surveyor’s unit measuring six by six miles square. Many towns, but far from all, have roughly the dimensions of a township.This article may explain this Wisconsin form of government. – Ed Gullickson, Town Chairman