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A Little History of the Town of Florence
From the Heritage of Iron & Timber 1880-1980
Published for Florence County, Wisconsin, 1980

The Townsite of Florence is Laid Out
In 1879 Mr. VanDyke and Mr. Hagerman, financiers, purchased a three-fourths interest, arranged for railroad extension because of the good work done in this mining region by Mr. N.P. Hulst and called the mine in Florence in honor of Mrs. Florence Hulst, his wife.  This name was first applied to the iron mine, then to the town and county.  The following is an account of the letter sent to Mrs. Florence Hulst on December 15, 1879 by Mr. J.J. Hagerman President of the Menominee Mining company:

Mrs. Hulst -- The time is come when we must give a name to the new town in Wisconsin at the end of the Railroad now building, and to the new mine in the vicinity, now called the Eagle, but which name we do not wish to keep, as there is already an Eagle P.O. in Wisconsin.  The Company owns all the land around the lake, where the town will be located.  It will be a lively town.  We shall put an anti-whiskey clause in all deeds and we expect it will be as much noted for its temperance and morality as for its -- well, anything the future may develop.  We all wish to call the new town and the mine FLORENCE, in honor of the first white woman who had courage enough to settle (for a while) in that rugged country.  I mean the first white woman known to us.

Will you permit your name to be used?

Thus the town and mine had been given a name, a very prim and proper name!

Because of the mine people rushed into the region and by 1880 Mr. Fisher laid out the townsite, putting  a number of lots upon the market.  He said he would put the lots in at government prices selling the ordinary lots from $100.00 while the corners sold for $150.00.

In sixty days Mr. Fisher had sold $60,000 worth of realty.  The population at this time was 50 people.  In a short time a blast furnace was put up as was a foundry, five coal kilns, a large sawmill and a cheese factory.
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The Town of Florence Office is located 
at 749 Central Avenue. It is in the 
corner of the Community Center building. 

The mailing address for the 
Town of Florence is P.O. Box 247; 
Florence, WI 54121.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 
from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone Number: 715-528-3595
Fax Number: 715-528-3591

Shelly VanPembrook, Clerk/Treasurer 
svanpembrook@florencewi.gov

Jessica Klumpp, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer
jklumpp@florencewi.gov


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Town Board Members

Timothy Bomberg, Chairman
PO Box 251
Florence, WI 54121
to contact Tim, please contact the Town Office 715-528-3595


John Holbrook, Supervisor #1
3498 Montgomery Lake Rd
Florence, WI 54121
715-528-4445


Shane McLain, Supervisor #2
5561 N. First Crossing Road
Florence, WI 54121
715-528-5730
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Town Board Meeting Dates

Town board meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence. Meeting agendas will be posted online no later than the Friday before the meeting. Agendas are also posted at the Florence Post Office, Courthouse, and at Bigfoot's Riverside Liquor.  

Minutes are posted after they are approved from the most recent meeting only. For copies of minutes prior to those posted online, please contact the Town Office.

The Annual Town Meeting is held the third Tuesday in April each year at 6:00 p.m.  The Annual Town Meeting for 2023 will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.




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Agendas for Upcoming Meetings
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The agenda for the upcoming Town of Florence Board Meeting is posted below no later than Friday before the meeting.  The most recent agenda is always posted until the next meeting agenda is available.


AGENDA
TOWN BOARD MEETING
TOWN OF FLORENCE
Monday, September 26, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
at the Florence Community Center – 749 Central Avenue, Florence

1.Meeting called to order

2.Adoption of agenda

3.Approval of minutes of previous meeting(s) held on September 12, 2022 regular town board meeting.

4.Communications from the floor (up to 30 minutes)

5.Discussion and possible action on operator license applications received

6.Discussion and possible action Shane & Vanessa McLain request refund for 2021 taxes due to a palpable error on 10-1375 & 10-1377. Total refund request is $1,533.46

7.Discussion and possible action purchase of plow for new 1-ton

8. Discussion and possible action applications received to serve on the Florence Utility Commission for the term September 2022-2025, recently tabled

9.Treasurer’s report, voucher approval, notices, Florence Utility Commission meeting minutes (if any), Timber cut notices, (if any) 

10.Board Member Concerns

11.Closed Session under WI SS 19.85(1)(f) – Personnel Matters- Consideration of financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or investigation of charges against specific persons that if discussed in public would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect on the reputation on any person mentioned in the histories or data or involved in such problems or investigations. Reconvene, if necessary, to take action on matters discussed in closed session.









Shelly VanPembrook
Clerk/Treasurer


Note: If you have any special needs or require special accommodations in order to attend town board meetings, please call 715-528-3595 or write PO Box 247, Florence, WI 54121
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Approved Town Board Minutes

Town board minutes will be posted online after they are approved (i.e. the January minutes are approved at the February Town Board meeting, and will be posted here to the website after the February meeting).  Only the most recent minutes are posted online.  For copies of previous meeting minutes, please contact the Town of Florence Office.  Please Note: The Annual Meeting Minutes are unapproved minutes. They will be approved at the 2023 Annual Town Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 6 p.m. at the Town of Florence Community Center.

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NOVEMBER 8, 2022 GENERAL ELECTION ABSENTEE BALLOTS
On September 13, 2022 absentee ballots for the November 8, 2022 general election were mailed to voters with a request on file.  Please visit our Election Information Page of our website to find out the deadlines for requesting absentee ballots and how to request an absentee ballot.


MATERIAL DROP-OFF CENTER CHANGES
The Towns of Florence and Commonwealth have switched the company used at the Material Drop-Off Site beginning in July/August this year. There have been some changes as to what can be dropped off and what the charges are for some of those items. The updated list can be found below:

Acceptable Material: Clean Oil; Metal; Compost; Batteries; Dried Empty Paint Cans; Oil Filters; Appliances —including refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and air conditions ($10 each); Car & Light Truck Tires ($6 each without rim, $8 each with rim); Mattresses ($20 each); Furniture– Only Florence & Commonwealth may dispose of furniture. 

The Material Drop-Off Site is located 2 ½ Miles South of Florence at W3850 CTH “N”. It is open the first and third Saturdays of the month from the beginning of May through the first Saturday in November from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The remaining dates for 2022 are: September 17, October 1 & 15, and November 5.


BOARD OF REVIEW & OPEN BOOK
The full combined notice for the Board of Review and Open Book can be found on the Taxes & Assessor page of this website as of 08-31-22.


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Clarification on Voting and Absentee Ballots

As the mid-term election season gets underway, there are two remaining elections in 2022 for Wisconsin: the Partisan Primary Election, which will be held on Tuesday, August 9, and the November General Election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 8. Wisconsin voters can vote at the polls on Election Day or vote an absentee ballot prior to Election Day. While most voters will choose to vote at the polls, there are some important notes regarding the absentee ballot process that all voters should know.

As these elections get closer, voters will see an increase in mail. Most mail will be political flyers, but there are sure to be absentee ballot applications as well. This is where a lot of confusion happens. In an effort to help voters, many organizations send absentee ballot requests out to voters. An absentee ballot application is a form that can be used to request an absentee ballot. An absentee ballot contains the actual ballot, instructions and certificate envelope to mail the ballot back to the clerk.  

It is important to note that in Wisconsin voters are not automatically mailed a ballot. Ballots are only mailed to voters with an absentee request on file. There are many political organizations and political parties that send Absentee Ballot Applications to registered voters, and in some cases a lot of the voter information is already preprinted on the application for the voter. Sometimes these applications are on a full-size piece of paper and sometimes they are a postcard. They will look different depending on who is doing the mailing.

On April 25, 2022 the Center for Voter Information informed the Town Office that they mailed 32 registered voters in the Town absentee applications. The Town of Florence Office does not know how they chose the voters they sent applications or where the organization got contact information for the voters.  

While these applications did not come from the Town of Florence Office, if the form is completed, signed and photo id is submitted with the application (or is already on file from a previous application) the form will be used as an absentee application for the voter. If a voter uses this form, they should read it over carefully. There are common issues that may arise from using these forms including voters not providing a photo idea, not signing the form, not providing a mailing address if it is different than the voting address, etc. One specific issue that comes up often is that absentee ballots do not forward. If a voter requests and absentee ballot and then has a temporary forward or hold on their mail, the ballot will be returned to the Clerk as undeliverable.

Voters need to be aware of what they are signing/requesting. In 2020, there was an organization that sent out absentee ballot application postcards. The postcards had fine print which included the wording “please mail me ballots from today’s date through the end of the current calendar year (ending 12/31).” Voters who used the postcards were then automatically sent ballots for the remainder of the 2020 elections. This was confusing to some voters who used the postcard since they didn’t realize they were signing up to receive ballots for the entire year.  

Requesting an absentee ballot is easy in Wisconsin. While you can use the official absentee application form, that is not the only way to request an absentee ballot. Voters can go online to the myvote.wi.gov website to request an absentee ballot. Voters can also send something in writing (via the mail, fax or e-mail) to their local clerk stating their name, their voting address, where they want the absentee ballot mailed, indicating what elections they want covered, and signing the application. A copy/picture of the voter’s Photo ID is also required to be included with the application if there isn’t one on file from a previous absentee ballot request.  

More information on absentee voting, including deadlines for requesting ballots, in the Town of Florence can be found at www.townofflorencewisconsin.com. If you have questions, you can contact the Town of Florence Office at 715-528-3595.

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Garbage Collection Notes

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Garbage Pick-up Locations
The Town of Florence has curbside garbage pick up for those roads that are designated as public roads in the Town of Florence.  Residents living on private roads in the Town of Florence should place their garbage at the nearest public road intersection for pick-up.  Pick-up locations may change during Spring Weight Restrictions--click on the Roads & Highways page of this website to see if your garbage pick-up location will be impacted by Spring Weight Restrictions.

Each resident is responsible for their garbage, so if an animal gets into the garbage it is your responsibility to clean-up the mess.  Garbage bags can be placed in garbage cans or can be covered with a blanket/tarp.  

Yard waste (leaves, branches, grass, etc) should not be placed in garbage bags for pick-up.  It should be brought to the Material Drop Off Site.  Information on the dates and times that the Material Drop Off Site is open can be found on the City Services page of this website under "Material Drop Off Site."

Weight of Garbage Bags
Each bag may have up to 30 lbs of garbage in it. If the bag is heavier than 30 lbs it will not be picked up.  

Garbage Stickers
Each bag is required to have a yellow Town of Florence garbage sticker. If it does not have a sticker, it will not be picked up.  (You cannot tape money to the bag instead of putting a sticker on it.) 

These stickers are $1.50 each and available at Pat's Foods, BP, Bigfoot's Riverside Liquors, and the Town Office.

Florence & Spread Eagle Garbage Pickup is every Tuesday.
Garbage must be placed out for pick-up by 6 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Every Tuesday--with only a few exceptions due to holidays. If the garbage pick-up date falls after a holiday, garbage collection will be one day behind for the rest of the week.

The 2022 holidays that impact us will be:
Memorial Day: Monday, May 30th is the holiday. Garbage will be picked up on June 1 (not May 31)

July Fourth: Monday, July 4th is the holiday. Garbage will be picked up on July 6 (not July 5)

Labor Day: Monday, September 5th is the holiday. Garbage will be picked up on September 7 (not September 6)
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APPLICATIONS WANTED TOWN OF FLORENCE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
The Town Board of Florence is accepting applications for a full-time highway department employee. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Snow plowing, truck driving, operating equipment and manual labor will be required as needed. Mechanical and welding experience a plus. Applicants must be of 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license and will be required to obtain a CDL with endorsements after being hired. Physical and drug testing will be required upon hiring. This position offers a competitive wage and benefit package with wage to be determined by experience. An application can be found on the home page at townofflorencewisconsin.com or at the Town Office. Applications can be mailed to Town of Florence, PO Box 247, Florence, WI 54121 or dropped off at the town office at 749 Central Avenue. Applications are due by August 22, 2022 at 12 p.m.

By Order of the Town Board of Florence


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The Town has changed the company who provides service for the Material Drop Off Site, which includes changes to the items and costs associated with pickup.  See below for more info.
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