Call 911 for any emergency
POLICE - Non-Emergency
Walworth County Sheriff – 262-741-4400
BOARD MEETINGS: Town of Richmond is governed by a five member Board that meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, W9046 County Road A. Agenda and notices are posted on the Town website, at the Town Hall, Richmond Community Park, and Turtle Lake Boat Landing 24 hours prior to each meeting. A preliminary agenda is published in the Whitewater Register and Delavan Enterprise in the weekly issue prior to each meeting.
BICYCLING as per state statute is permitted on all Town roads. Bicyclists must obey traffic rules.
BOAT RAMPS: Boats may be launched at several areas in the Town: the south shore of Lake Loraine; the north shore of Turtle Lake; Krahn Drive and Townline Road accesses on Whitewater Lake. Vehicle and trailer parking is allowed only at the Lake Loraine and Turtle Lake launch areas.
BRUSH CHIPPING SERVICE is supplied the first Monday of each month from April to November by appointment only. Call 608-883-2178. The first 15 minutes of chipping is free, then a charge of $30 per 10-minute intervals, per call. Brush 3' or longer, 3/4" to 4" diameter must be placed at curbside with cut end facing the road. Vines, raked leaves/grass, roots and root balls will not be accepted.
BUILDING PERMITS: Town of Richmond has adopted the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code (with additions and exclusions) for all one- and two-family dwellings constructed after June 1, 1998. Look under Town Ordinances for details. The Building Inspectors are Greg Noll and Troy Evenson of Municipal Zoning & Inspection Services, 920-675-9062.
DOG LICENSES: all dogs kept in the Town must be licensed on an annual basis. License fees are $12 (neutered) and $29 (unneutered). Multiple licenses are available for 1-4 dogs for $36. A rabies certificate is required. Contact Treasurer Seaver for a license.
ELECTIONS are held in the Town Hall. Voter registration is required and may be done online at myvotewisconsin.gov, on the day of election at the polling place, or by contacting Clerk Ceas prior to any election. Voters must be 18 years of age, reside in the Town at least 28 days before the election, and furnish one item of photo identification showing a current address in the Town. Contact Town Clerk Barb Ceas for current information on absentee voting and voter registration.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE: If you or others residing in your home are physically challenged or bedridden, please notify us - leave a message at the Town Hall (608 883-2269) or call Town Clerk Barb Ceas (608-883-2017) or Town Chairman Wayne Redenius (608-883-2343). This will enable us to assist you if a general emergency arises that may require evacuation of areas in the Town.
FIRE PROTECTION/RESCUE SQUAD service is provided by the Whitewater Fire Department and Rescue Squad for all areas north of County Road A, and the City of Delavan Fire Department and Medix Ambulance Service for all areas south of County Road A. Call 911 for emergencies, and the dispatcher will contact the appropriate service. When calling 911, be sure the dispatcher has the correct address/location of the emergency before you get off the line. Fire and ambulance charges are the responsibility of the user. Controlled burns should be reported to the Whitewater Fire Department, (262-473-0555) for properties north of County Road A, or the Walworth County Sheriff (262-741-4400) for properties south of County Road A, on the day of the burn. Be sure to give your name and the fire location. If you do not report the fire and it is reported by another party, even if resulting in a false alarm, you will be responsible for the $900 fire run cost.
FIREWORKS: a permit to use fireworks must be obtained from the Town Chairperson.
LAKE ASSOCIATIONS: The Turtle Lake Association (TLA) and Lake Lorraine Restoration and Protection Association (LLRPA) are citizens groups concerned with the care of the lakes. Contact TLA President Linda Zramiak or LLRPA President Tony Novak for more information.
LAND MANAGEMENT: Town of Richmond is under Walworth County zoning restrictions. Property owners contemplating zoning change, conditional use or variance changes, should contact the Walworth County Land Use and Resource Management office (262-741-4972) to determine the type of change needed, then obtain the Town of Richmond’s application form from Clerk Barb Ceas (608-883-2017) or download from this website under “Community - Forms and Permits”.
PARKS: Richmond Community Park , with playground, ball diamond, and picnic shelter facilities, is located on West Lake Lorraine Road. To schedule use of the pavilion for private parties contact Town Chairman Jeff Karbash, 262-903-6557. Walworth County Natureland is located on West Territorial Road east of Brown Road.
PARKING ON ROADS: there is no parking on any Town roads. If you plan a special event and need parking in addition to your driveway, contact the Town Chairman for permission for roadway parking.
POLICE PROTECTION; the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department provides general
police protection and traffic control, and during the summer boating season creates a safe lake environment on Whitewater Lake.
REFUSE/RECYCLABLE COLLECTION: all homes in the town are serviced with a weekly
pickup of refuse and recyclables. Cost of this service ($152/year) appears on tax bills and must be paid with the January 31 tax payment. Pickup days are Tuesday in subdivision areas, Thursday for rural areas. A blue bin is supplied for recyclables. New homeowners should contact the Town Garage to obtain a blue recycling bin. Our hauler is Nieuwenhuis Bros of Delavan. 4 pickup units are allowed per property. Recyclable items include aluminum, tin and bi-metal cans, cardboard, glass, papers (including magazines and phone books), plastic containers #1-6. Dry paper material should be placed in a clear plastic bag. All refuse should be placed in a garbage bag in a covered garbage can. Call ahead for other items such as furniture, carpets, and construction materials - these may incur extra charges. 2 major appliances are allowed per year, call ahead 262-728-8155 if they contain freon . Ten (10) car or pickup truck tires are allowed per year per household - more will be charged $4 each - please discard all tires at once, not 2 or 3 at a time. : Residents with complaints regarding weekly pickup service should call Nieuwenhuis Bros. at 262-728-8155.
ROAD MAINTENANCE: Town of Richmond provides snowplowing, sanding, roadside mowingand maintenance for all Town roads. Residents are encouraged to respect the road rightof-way by not using it for dumping of refuse items. Please report any dangerous road conditions to the Town Chairperson. It is the responsibility of the owner of a driveway and users of private roads/driveways to maintain a 12 foot wide drive/road with a clearance of 14 feet in height to accommocate emergency vehicles. A sufficient base is also required. Damage to emergency vehicles responding to a Town residence would be the responsibility of the property owner. Emergency vehicles are NOT obligated to serve residences deemed not accessible.
SCHOOLS: first rate learning experiences are provided for grades K-12 by the Whitewater Unified School District and the Delavan/Darien School District. Tax bills indicate the district for each property. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s four colleges offer quality Undergraduate and Master’s degree programs.
SNOWMOBILING and ATVs (all terrain vehicles) are not permitted on Town roads.
TAXES: tax bills are mailed in December, and full or partial payment is due by January 31to Town Treasurer Anna Seaver. The second installment of taxes is due July 31 payable to the Walworth County Treasurer.
TOWN HALL: the Town hall is available at no charge for use by Town residents (capacity 105 persons.) No smoking is allowed in the hall. Alcoholic beverages may be used by permission of the Town Board. Contact Clerk Ceas to schedule use of the hall.
VOTER REGISTRATION: In light of recent Election Law changes, contact Town Clerk Barb Ceas 608-883-2017, [email protected] or visit the WI Elections Commission www.elections.wi.gov for up-to-date information.
WALKING, JOGGING, Etc.: exercise is encouraged in the Town but participants are
reminded that they must walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic and must yield the road to vehicular traffic.
WEED NOTICE; state law prohibits growth of noxious weeds on any lands. Property owners are expected to destroy all noxious weeds before the plants bloom. Failure to do so could result in a 5-day written notice to destroy, and if not complied with such weeds will be destroyed by the Town and expenses charged to said land on the next tax roll.
WHITEWATER LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT is a governmental district separate from the Town which provides maintenance for preservation of Whitewater Lake. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the Whitewater Town Hall.