News & Notes

October Town Board meeting will be October 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Felland Road will be closed to thru traffic from July 14 to October 29 for round-a-bout construction at Tranquility Trail.

Nelson Road – Zignego Ready Mix may have extended operations from June 18 through December 2, 2021 to complete DOT project number 1206-06-79, also known as the flex lane addition to the beltline. Proper notification to the Town has been received.

The Town Hall Lobby will be open 9:00 to 3:00 Monday through Thursday and 9:00 to noon on Fridays. Lobby hours are subject to the CDC and Public Health of Dane County recommendations.

Building Inspector Hours are Tuesdays from 1pm – 2pm.

Lions Club – The Burke Lions Club has a donation bin in the Town lobby for eye glass donations. Please drop off any prescription eye glasses to be donated and used for those in need.


The Town of Burke officially began in 1851 when it separated from Windsor. Burke was named for Irish statesman Edmund Burke, as most of its original residents were Irish. The town is set to be annexed by the City of Madison, the Village of De Forest, and the City of Sun Prairie by 2036 giving the Town 185 years of history. 

Position Open

The Town of Burke is seeking candidates for a Deputy Treasurer/ Deputy Clerk.  This position will be responsible for assisting the Town Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer and will focus on, but are not limited to accounting, accounts payable and receivable including journal entries, budgeting audit preparation, election administration support, licensing, customer service, website management, agenda and packet management and general staff support. Please review the Position Description and submit a detailed letter of interest and resume if you have the financial experience we are looking for.

Schonheit Garden – CLOSED 

Schonheit Gardens will no longer take grass clippings or leaves. Because of the continued dumping of other items including bushes, branches, and appliances, Schonheit has canceled the contract. They do not have a way to dispose of all the woody material or trash that has been dumped there this year. The Town does not have a location for residents to dispose of their clippings or leaves at this time. Of the 1,958 parcels in the Town of Burke, only 78 purchased $5 permits to use the gardens.
Effective January 1, 2020, Dane County will no longer accept yard waste materials for drop off at any of its sites due to site and space constraints.  Under Wisconsin law, yard materials including leaves, grass clippings and small pieces of brush/branches are prohibited from disposal in landfills.

Composting at home is a great way to manage your yard waste and household food items. There are many resources available to help you compost at home and the finished material is a great source of microorganisms and nutrients for your lawn and gardens.  Benefits of using compost include:

  • Restoring or enhancing the ability of sandy soil to hold moisture and clay soils to drain
  • Repairing or preventing damage caused by erosion
  • Aiding plant growth – e.g., in residential gardens, public landscapes, or after construction and mining projects are completed

Barnes Brush Collection

2021 Brush Collection Dates will be the first week of May and July, second week of September, and first week of November by Barnes Inc. 

Brush Collection Regulations: This is for routine tree trimmings only.

7:00 am on Monday morning not more than 14 days prior to pickup week.

  • Cut ends uniformly stacked towards the road – skipped if not properly stacked.
  • Limbs should not exceed 6 inches in diameter and 10 feet length.
  • No grass, roots, leaves or other yard waste will be accepted.
  • Only one pile no larger than 4x4x10 feet will be accepted per collection week.
  • Larger than 4x4x10 will not be accepted.