News & Notes

No Mow May

The Town will not interfere with residents that may choose to participate in the No Mow May to encourage the presence of bees, the pollination of flowers, and to save on gas and fertilizer.

Spring Clean-Up

Spring Clean-Up is planned for May 21, 2022 from 8:00 am to noon. This event is for Town of Burke residents only to dispose of incidental bulky household items. Town Staff and Officials reserve the right to refuse any loads deemed to be excessive. Resource Solutions will be here to accept recyclables. Computers and Electronics will be accepted with a small recycling fee (see brochure for cost). Recycle That Stuff brochure. We will accept exact cash only.

Park Custodian Position: The Town is currently looking for a Burke Park custodian. If interested please complete the Application and drop off at Town Hall. Please review the job Duties and Responsibilities and call with any questions.

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.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste will be picked up by Pellitteri the week of March 28 – April 1, 2022, May 31 – June 3, 2022, October 24 – 28, 2022, and December 1-9, 2022. Yard waste and grass clippings must be placed in either a reusable container, compostable bags, or in plastic bags (not more than 32 gallon size). Plastic bags should be left open, untied. Loose yard waste or yard waste on tarps will not be collected. Contaminated bags or containers will not be collected.


Brush will be picked up by Barnes, Inc the first week of each month of May, July, September, and November. Brush collected must be on the curb by 7am Monday morning and will be limited to material 10′ in length and not exceed 6″ in diameter and one pile per home. Pile will not exceed 4’X4’X10′ in size. NO yard waste, tree roots, root balls, stumps, or logs larger than 6″ in diameter will be collected.

Burn Permit

Order your MAMSWP rain barrel on the website (when available). If you wish to have your barrel available for pick-up on Saturday May 21 between 8:00 am – noon at the Town Hall, call us and Public Works will pick it up in Deforest and have it here for you (make sure your vehicle has room for it).

Dane County and the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP) are now accepting orders for low-cost 50-gallon rain barrels. Rain barrels capture and contain rainwater from downspouts for use after the storm when it can seep back into the ground slowly. This reduces the amount of stormwater runoff that can carry pollutants down storm drains into our lakes, rivers and streams. Harvested water can be used later to water lawns, gardens, and potted plants helping to conserve water and save you money!

Dane County is selling 50 gallon rain barrels at a discounted rate of $74 (typically retails for ~$150). This program is open to all Dane County residents and businesses.  If you live in a MAMSWaP community, you are eligible to apply for an additional $30 reimbursement. Rain barrels will be available for pickup at the Middleton Recycling Center and Deforest Yardwaste Collection Site during normal operating hours for those facilities. 

For more information on how to order a rain barrel, and how to apply for available reimbursement programs, please visit: Your actions can have a Ripple Effect on our waters!

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A Little History

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.