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News & Notes

The Town of Burke is looking to fill a Town Supervisor position for it’s remaining term. This position will be up for election on the April 2022 ballot. If you have an interest in local municipal government and would like to get involved for a short term before committing to 2 years, please consider joining the Town of Burke Board of Supervisors. Please contact the Town Chairman, Kevin Viney (608-695-1000) or the Town Administrator, PJ Lentz (608-825-8420).

2022 LOCAL ELECTIONS

There are two Supervisor positions up for election in spring, 2022. December 1, 2021 is the first day for candidates to begin circulating nomination papers for these seats with papers due to the Town Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on January 4, 2022.  The Spring Election will be held April 5, 2022. If a primary is required, it will be held February 15, 2022. The successful candidates will take office on the third Tuesday in April, 2022 and the term is for two years.  For questions about running for office, contact the Town office at 608-825-8420.

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.

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. 

YARD WASTE 

The Town does not have a location for residents to dispose of their clippings or leaves at this time. 
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.

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