Public Notice: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment & Finding of No Significant Impact

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that RD, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by the City of Chetek, Barron County, WI. The proposal is for construction of a new wastewater treatment facility and supporting infrastructure. The City of Chetek has submitted an application to RD for funding of the proposal.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: To obtain copies of the EA, or for further information,
contact: Joseph M. Dorava, State Environmental Coordinator, 5417 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point WI 54482, 715-345-7649, joseph.dorava@usda.gov. The EA is also available for public review at CBS2 , 770 Technology Way, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

To view official notice, click here.

To view supplemental map, click here.

SUMMARY: Rural Development (RD) has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request for possible financing assistance to the City of Chetek for the construction of the proposed Wastewater System Improvements (Project) in Barron County, Wisconsin.

FURTHER INFORMATION: To obtain copies of the EA and FONSI, or for further information, contact: Joseph M. Dorava, State Environmental Coordinator, 5417 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point WI 54482, 715-345-7649, joseph.dorava@usda.gov. The EA and FONSI are also available for public review at CBS2 , 770 Technology Way, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

To view official notice, click here.


Recycling Changes for City Residents

Barron County Recycling Program changes went into effect March 3, 2021. There is now one site in Chetek at 209 Water Street and it is open Wednesday thru Saturday, 8am-10:30am.

Items accepted for recycling are:

  • #2 natural plastic – Milk Bottles,
  • #2 collared plastic – Soap Bottles etc.,
  • #1 plastic – Pop bottles
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Cardboard will be discontinued at this time. It should go in your regular weekly garbage.

If you wish to speak to someone regarding the new site/hours, please contact Ray at:

Ray Zeman
Waste to Energy/Recycling Plant Director
 585 10 1/2 Ave
Almena, WI 54805
(715) 637-6890


Compost/Brush Site Open for 2021 Season

The compost/brush site will be opening Saturday, March 27th.

Hours for the season will be Wednesdays and Saturdays 3pm-6pm.

TO ENTER: You will NEED your city utility bill. No exceptions. If you don’t have it, you will be sent away. You can obtain a copy of your bill at City Hall or online if you use PSN payment service. This site is for City residents only.


City of Chetek CDBG Home Repair Program

Funds are AVAILABLE to income qualified City of Chetek Residents for home repairs (see ad below for what is considered a “repair” and for household income limits).

This program provides 0% interest, deferred payment loans. Homeowners are required to pay back the loan when they no longer own or occupy their home.

Contact: Laura Rushmann (715) 726-7801 or housingauthority@co.chippewa.wi.us


2021 Open Book

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Citizens may call Associated Appraisal for an appointment to discuss their assessment by phone with the accessor at 1-920-749-1995. Appointments will be made for April 14th. 

Citizens may call City Hall to schedule an appointment to review the assessment roll, 715-924-4838. It will be available April 12th (Monday). 


2021 Board of Review- Open Book

BOARD OF REVIEW NOTICE 

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the City of Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, shall hold its meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., at the Chetek City Hall, 220 Stout Street, Chetek, WI 54728. Please call 715-924-4838 for an objection form and an appointment. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board: 

1. No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone, or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. 

2. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection, except at a session of the Board. 

3. The Board of Review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the Board’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the Board’s clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the Board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the Board’s first scheduled meeting, and the Board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the Board of Review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting. 

4. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the Board of Review within the first 2 hours of the Board’s first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the Board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The Board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the Board shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the Board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the Board, under oath, of all of that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the Board. 

5. When appearing before the Board of Review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. 

6. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method of valuation, unless the person supplies the Assessor all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the Assessor’s manual under Sec. 73.03(2a) of Wis. Statutes that the Assessor requests. The City of Chetek has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph which provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes. 

7. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person may testify by telephone unless the Board, in its discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement. 

8. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone, or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the Board of Review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take. 

Notice is hereby given this 7th day of April, 2021. 

Carmen Newman, Clerk/Treasurer, City of Chetek 


Resident Communication 2021

The following was included in the city resident’s 2020 tax bill serving as reminder for 2021:

GENERAL REMINDERS 

Taxes

  •  Full payment or the 1st installment must be paid by January 31st to the City of Chetek. 
    • Mail your payment to: City of Chetek, PO Box 194, Chetek, WI 54728 – no receipt will be mailed unless you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope. 
    • Pay in person at city hall – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (220 Stout Street) Online – go to: www.cityofchetek-wi.gov click on “How do I” link on top of page, then under “Pay” click on “tax online payment”… (Additional fees will apply) 
  • Payments made after January 31st due date will be payable to Barron County – including your 2nd installment payable in July

Dog licenses – dogs that are at least 5 months old need to be licensed each year between January 1st and March 31st. Licenses are obtained at city hall with the current rabies vaccination certificate. 

  • Fees are $6.00 for fixed dogs – $12.00 for non-fixed
  • Failure to license your dog could result in fines
  • LANDLORDS – Please advise your tenants that they need to license their dogs
  • Mail the rabies certificate along with a separate fee payment with your taxes and tags will be mailed to you

Animals – Animals are not allowed to run at large within the City limits and must be leashed when walking. The owner or person in charge of the animal shall not permit solid fecal matter to be deposited on any street, alley, or other public or private property unless immediately removed. Animals on property must be tied or enclosed in a proper enclosure to keep the animal from interfering with passing public or neighbors. No more than 3 dogs or cats may be kept on any residential lot within the City of Chetek without applying for a request from council – contact city hall for more information. 715-924-4838 

  • Barking Dogs or Crying cats – it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly keep or harbor any dog which habitually barks, howls or yelps, or any cat which habitually cries to the discomfort of the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. Such dogs and cats are hereby considered to be a public nuisance. A dog or cat is considered to be in violation of City Ordinances when two (2) complaints are filed with the Chetek Police Department within a four (4) week period. Such violations are subject to penalties under Section 1-16. Contact the Chetek Police Department regarding violations. 715-924-3686

Garbage pickup changes due to holidays – neither residential or commercial garbage service will be affected by holidays in 2021. 

WINTER REMINDERS 

Winter Parking – In order to facilitate the efficient and expeditious removal of snow from City streets during winter months, it shall be unlawful for any vehicle to park on any City street from November 1 to April 1 from 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. 

Depositing snow on public streets, alley, sidewalks – No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited, any snow or ice taken and removed from his/her property, residence, parking area or elsewhere, including any snow taken from the sidewalk in front of such person’s lot or parcel, upon any sidewalk, alley, public place or street in the City – except snow removed from sidewalk areas where there are no boulevards. If you plow across the street you are responsible for cleaning excess snow deposited on the road from plowing. 

Sidewalk Snow Removal – It is the responsibility of the owner or occupant of any lot or parcel to remove all snow and ice which may have fallen or accumulated upon the sidewalk in front of such lot or parcel. When ice has so formed that it cannot be removed, the owner or occupant shall keep the same sprinkled with a material which will prevent the sidewalk from being dangerous to pedestrians. 

  • It is your responsibility to clear the snow around your mailbox. There are times when public works may clear some snow but will not be done on a regular basis.

SPRING/SUMMER REMINDERS

Yard Waste – (grass, leaves, pine needles, etc) will NOT be picked up with the regular garbage service. You may haul your yard waste to the City’s compost site located at 1500 Dallas Street (just past the industrial park). Please use COMPOST type bags or dump loosely. No plastic bags to be dumped at the compost site. Bring your city utility bill for proof of residence. 

  • Compost/Brush site will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. 

Grass/Weeds – The growth of weeds and grass in excess of six (6) inches in height from the ground surface is prohibited in the City of Chetek. Residents are required to comply with Ordinances regulating weeds and lawns or shall be subject to penalties and/or fines.

All ordinances are online at www.cityofchetek-wi.gov – under the “government” tab – then “code of ordinances”.


City Streets- Winter Parking

When: November 1 through April 1–

We would like to remind City of Chetek residents that Winter Parking goes into effect Sunday, November 1 through April 1.

All vehicles shall be removed from all city streets between the hours of 2:00am – 6:00am


WE’RE ALL IN SMALL BUSINESS GRANT – PHASE 2

https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/wai-small-business-grant/

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) We’re All In Small Business Grant Program provided much-needed financial assistance to thousands of Wisconsin small businesses affected by COVID-19. Despite the infusion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds administered by WEDC throughout the summer, many Wisconsin small businesses continue to struggle. That is why WEDC is opening up a second phase of We’re All In Small Business Grants, making available more than $50 million of additional CARES Act funding to Wisconsin businesses hard hit by the pandemic.


RFP: Knapp Street Housing Development

Click HERE for the full RFP: Knapp Street Housing Development

Submitted Proposals:

S.C. Swiderski LLC

Whitehorse Construction

Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at the Special Meeting on 9/29/2020 to discuss these proposals is limited. Please submit questions/comments to your Alderman to be discussed at the meeting. Or, you can submit to cnewman@cityofchetek-wi.gov.