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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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Town Office Information

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

Jessica Klumpp, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer

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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

Shane McLain, Supervisor #2
5561 N. First Crossing Road
Florence, WI 54121
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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 6:30 p.m.  The Annual Town Meeting for 2024 will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

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Agendas for Upcoming Meetings
 ​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.

Monday September 25th, 2023
starting at 6:00 p.m. Florence Community Center located 
at 749 Central Avenue, Florence 

1.Meeting called to order

2.Adoption of agenda

3.Approval of minutes of previous meetings held on September 11th, 2023

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

5.Discussion and possible action operator license applications received

6.Discussion and possible action to R&R Assessing Services, LLC proposal for 2024 Market Reval with 2025 & 2026 to provide Maintenance at a total cost of $143,460 or $3,985/month for 36 months.

7.Discussion and possible action review of Florence Utility Commissioner applications received and possible appointment.

8.Discussion and possible action “Class A” Original Alcohol Beverage Retail License Application for Madi, LLC dba Bigfoot Liquor at 515 US Hwy 2 Florence, WI 54121 Dipesh Chapagain, Agent

9.Discussion and possible action Resolution #09-25-2023 Declaring Official Intent to Reimburse Expenditures From Proceeds of Borrowing -Central Avenue Sewer Replacement Project

10.Treasurer’s report, voucher approval, correspondence, notices, journal entries, bank reconciliation reports, FERC reports, Florence Utility Commission meeting minutes (if any), Timber cut notices, (if any) 

11.Board Member Concerns


Shelly VanPembrook

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 16, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town of Florence Community Center.

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Current Notices for Residents
Please note that any current notices for Town of Florence Residents/Property Owners that do not fall in a different category will be posted here.

Please note the Open Book and Board of Review dates have been set for the Town of Florence for 2023.  Visit the Taxes & Assessor Page of our website for details and complete information.

The Towns of Florence and Commonwealth have switched the company used at the Material Drop-Off Site.  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 includes:  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.  

More information can be found on the City Services page of this website under "Material Drop Off Site."

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Notice of Spring Election

Notice Of
Spring Election
State of Wisconsin
Florence County
Town of Florence

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the Town of Florence, on Tuesday,
April 4, 2023, the following officers are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term for these offices are for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

Town Board Chairperson
Tim Bomberg

Town Board Supervisor #1
John Holbrook

Town Board Supervisor #2
Shane McLain

Shelly VanPembrook

NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2022, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in the office of the town clerk.  

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, 
February 21, 2023. GIVEN, under my hand, done in the Town of Florence, on this 17th Day of November, 2022.

Shelly VanPembrook

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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 2023 holidays that impact us will be:
Memorial Day: Monday, May 29th is the holiday. Garbage will be picked up on May 31 (not May 30)

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

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

Christmas Day:  Monday, December 25th is the holiday.  Garbage will be picked up on December 27 (not December 26)
Proposed Town Budget for 2023


Submitted by the Town Board of Supervisors for Consideration at the Special Town Meeting
held on November 3, 2022

Total Expenditures$1,796,617
Less Revenues (excluding property taxes).$927,074
Property Taxes for Town Purposes$869,543

Prepared by:
Town Board of Florence 
Shelly VanPembrook, Clerk/Treasurer

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Changeover to Automated Garbage Collection
last updated 09-14-23

The Town of Florence is required to transition to automated refuse collection (similar to how our recycling is picked up) and is currently requesting proposals for this service.

The Town of Florence will be mailing a letter to it's property owners at the end of September notifying them of this change and providing them with the information available at the time of the mailing.  

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Please note:  While we don’t know the exact cost yet, the amount of the special charge will be determined by how many properties are identified and the cost of the service.

More information will be posted here on this website as it becomes available. 

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