City Services for the Town of Florence
Community Center
TOWN OF FLORENCE COMMUNITY CENTER
RENTAL RATES CONTRACT

1.$100.00 Security Deposit      All functions
2.$ 50.00 Kitchen Rental   Any kitchen use
3.$100.00 Hall Rental        Showers, rummage sales, etc.
4.$ 200.00 Hall Rental       Dances, Parties
5.$ 20.00 Hall Rental         Meetings only for groups signing a yearly contract
6.$ 35.00 Hall Rental         Meetings only for large groups
7.$ 35.00 Additional Fee  Non-county residents

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Please take additional care in moving, stacking and cleaning of floor, tables & chairs
  • The tables are light enough to pick up (not drag) and move. 
  • ANY ABUSE or NEGLECT IN CLEANING ENTIRE CENTER WILL FORFEIT DEPOSIT RETURN.




RULES & REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE USE OF THE TOWN OF FLORENCE
COMMUNITY CENTER

Violation of the Community Center rules can result in the loss of you security deposit and/or you will not be allowed the use of facilities in the future.

1.Please note that the Community Center is a smoke free building – use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages or drugs are prohibited and not allowed on the premises.

2.Reservations for use shall be made at the town clerk’s office during regular working hours:   8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday or by writing to: Town of Florence, P.O. Box 247, Florence, WI 54121.  Phone 715-528-3595.

3.Applications for use must be completed in full, signed and dated by the responsible party. Upon verification of the date being open and receipt of the security deposit, the facility will be reserved.  The full rental fee is due and payable to the clerk 24 hours before the rental date.  Cancellations received before 5 days of scheduled use shall facilitate full return of the security deposit.   Cancellation received less than 5 days before scheduled use shall cause forfeiture of the security deposit except for unusual circumstances which shall be determined by the Town Board of Florence.

4.Upon completion of rental term and within 10 days, the town clerk shall return the security deposit if the property and premises were left in proper condition—to the pre-rental/event state (see post-event clean-up checklist). If there are missing or broken items or if property and premises were left in less than proper condition, a portion (or all) of the security deposit may be withheld.   The security deposit shall be returned only to the responsible party involved in the rental agreement.

5.All users of this facility shall execute in full a hold harmless agreement.  This agreement shall be retained on file by the town clerk.

6.All functions shall terminate at such time as to properly clean the building and premises to effect closing no later than 2:00 a.m. unless otherwise set by the Town Board.

7.At no time shall center contents be removed from the building.

8.All garbage shall be placed in suitable, properly tied plastic bags with garbage stickers attached.  Liquids must be in suitable containers and capped.  All garbage shall be deposited under garbage storage center located on the west side of the building. Boxes are to be broken down and placed in the enclosed storage area as well—the recycling dumpster is locked and unavailable for use.

9.Kitchen use and procedures shall be as stated on opposite side of this sheet.

10.Decorations, such as balloons, crepe paper, bells, etc., must be attached with tape only. Please use a minimum of tape. Any damage to the hall walls will result in forfeiture of the deposit.

11.If rugs are moved, they must be put back to where they were taken.

12.Keys can be deposited into the “after hours drop off box” located to the right of the Town Office door after rental.
13.Turn off heat, air conditioner, all lights, coffee pot etc. prior to leaving building.
Ensure all doors are locked and closed securely—kitchen door, side double door & front door.

Please note:  The Community Center is a facility that gets used by many different organizations.  The Town of Florence Fire Department, American Legion and Florence County ADRC all have keys and access to the building. On rare occasions, one or more of these organizations may need brief access to the building during your scheduled event/rental.






FLORENCE COMMUNITY CENTER – KITCHEN USE RULES

Violation of the Community Center rules can result in the loss of you security deposit and/or you will not be allowed the use of facilities in the future.

1.All kitchen utensils must be washed, sanitized, dried and returned to proper storage areas.

2.Appliances available for use include:  refrigerator (the tall silver one next to the desk—all other refrigerators are locked), stoves, sink, warming table/serving area & dishwashers. 
Appliances including refrigerator, stoves and burners must be scoured and wiped clean after use. Do not unplug refrigerator.  Please note:  NOTHING should ever be placed on top of Cyclone Convection Oven.
If using the dishwasher—follow operating instructions taped above sink. 
If using the convection oven—follow operating instructions taped on the wall by the oven.
If using the warming table—make sure to follow the notes posted on the warming table.

3.Contact kitchen staff of the Florence County Aging Unit at 528-4261 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Monday thru Friday, prior to using kitchen equipment to ensure appliances are operating properly.

4.All equipment failure is to be reported to the Florence County Aging Unit at 715-528-4890 as soon as possible.

5.Condiments will not be provided.

6.All food spills must be removed and washed cleaned this includes but is not limited to cabinets, refrigerators and stoves and ovens.  Sinks must be cleaned and wiped dry.

7.Counter tops and tables must be protected with hot pads when serving hot dishes.  Counter tops and tables must be cleaned and wiped dry following use.

8.Kitchen and dining area floors must be swept and damp mopped following use.

9.Sinks must be cleaned & dried

10.Coffee grounds are to be wrapped in paper and placed in trash containers.  Do not throw coffee grounds in sink.

11.All garbage must be removed from building and placed in storage area outside kitchen door. Please provide all garbage bags with a garbage sticker.  Garbage bags will not be provided.  Boxes are to be broken down and placed in the enclosed storage area as well—the recycling dumpster is locked and unavailable for use.

12.No town or aging unit property is to be removed from the building.

13.Kitchen linen, if used, is to be washed and returned within 3 days of use of facility

14.Turn off heat, air conditioner, all lights, coffee pot etc. prior to leaving building.
Ensure all doors are locked and closed securely—kitchen door, side double door & front door.



Please note:  The Community Center is a facility that gets used by many different organizations.  The Town of Florence Fire Department, American Legion and Florence County ADRC all have keys and access to the building. On rare occasions, one or more of these organizations may need brief access to the building during your scheduled event/rental.
Material Drop-Off Center
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
2017 MATERIAL DROP-OFF CENTER
W3850 County Highway N
2 1/2 Miles South of Florence on CTH “N”

OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 2 P.M.

The Material Drop-Off center is typically open the first and third Saturday's of the month from May through the first Saturday in November. 
It will be open the following dates in 2017: 
May 6 & 20
June 3 & 17
July 1 & 15
August 5 & 19
September 2 & 16
October 7 & 21
November 4

This site is for large recyclable material and furniture disposal only. 

Bags of garbage and solid waste garbage will not  be accepted.  Bags should be placed at the curbside with a sticker for weekly garbage pickup. 

Construction and demolition debris will also be refused. This material must be disposed of in a demolition waste landfill.

Residents from Florence, Commonwealth, Aurora and Homestead are welcome to bring the listed materials:  oil, metal, compost, antifreeze, dried empty paint cans & lids, batteries

There is a charge for the following items: 
- refrigerator/freezers ($10.00 each)
- car & light truck tires ($2.00 each)
- computer CRT's and monitors and all other computer components and
electronic e-waste $0.50 lb.

All other appliances are accepted at no cost.  the charge for Semi Tires and Tractor Tires will vary, call the Recycling Office at 528-3206 for price.  Leave your waste tires with your dealer when buying new.

Furniture is a township responsibility.  Residents of Florence & Commonwealth may dispose of furniture at the Florence Material Drop-Off Site on open dates.

Hazardous waste facilities:  Brown County and Onieda County have locations to bring your hazardous waste under self pay.

Lamp Recyclers, Inc. - Provides specialized recycling services to commercial, governmental, and industrial uses.  Flourescent & mercury lamps, medical waste disposal, document destruction, computers.
Recycling & Refuse
Garbage & Recycling Curbside Pickup
Each bag is required to have a yellow Town of Florence garbage sticker.  These stickers are $1.50 each and available at Pat's Foods, BP, mBank in Spread Eagle and in Florence,  Spera's, Spread Eagle Liquors, Riverside Liquors, Florence Utility and the Town Office.

Great American Disposal is the company who picks up the garbage for the Town of Florence.  If you have questions or concerns regarding garbage pickup, you may reach them directly at 906-774-9006.

Florence Garbage PickupSpread Eagle Garbage Pickup
Every Tuesday     Every Tuesday


Recycling Schedule
PLEASE NOTE:  The day of pick-up for recycling is THURSDAY.  Florence and Spread Eagle will be picked up on different dates, but the day of the week that recycling  is picked up will always be on a
Thursday.  Recycling will be picked-up every four weeks.  The schedule is as follows:

Florence Recycling Dates:
2017 - January 26, Febuary 23, March 23, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 10, September , October 5, November 2 & 30, December 28

Spread Eagle Recycling Dates:
2017 - January 12, February 9, March 9, April 6, May 4, June 1 & 29, July 27, August 24, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14



Please note that Eagle Waste collects recycling on all holidays with the exception of Christmas Day.
Specific questions can be answered by contacting Eagle Waste at 715-477-0077. 

For complaints or questions regarding recycling or to request a
recycling bin, please contact the Florence County Zoning Office at 715-528-3206.

More information can be found on their website at http://eaglewasteandrecycling.com/


Recycling Prep Instructions
Place all recyclable items together in your Single Stream Container. 
ITEMS MUST BE LOOSE!  DO NOT PLACE CONTENTS IN PLASTIC BAGS!

For more detailed instructions, please visit Eagle Waste and Recycling online at
http://eaglewasteandrecycling.com/recycle_info.html
Senior Center
Meals are provided at the Florence Community Center Monday through Friday.  They are served at 11:30 a.m.  Home delivery of meals is also available.

The suggested donation for a meal is $3.50 for seniors and $7 for everyone else.

For more information please contact the Florence County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 715-528-4890 or learn more on their website at Florence County Aging Nutrition Services.
Education
School District of Florence County
http://www.myflorence.org/


Education throughout Florence County
http://www.florencecountywi.com/education/
This website includes information and links on the following educational opportunities:
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Nature Naturally
- Environmental Stewardship
- US Forest Service, UW-Extension
- The Florence County Library
Emergency Services
Fire/Rescue: Dial 911

Florence Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Chief -- Joe Witynski
P.O. Box 643
Florence, WI  54121

Florence County Rescue Squad
The Florence County Rescue Squad (Florence Unit) is now
accepting volunteer membership applications. 

Please print out the application (the link is below) and mail it
to: FCRS
    P.O. Box 278
    Florence, WI  54121.


Physical Address: 
747 Lake Avenue
Florence, WI  54121

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 278
Florence, WI  54121


Florence County Sheriff's Department
Jeff Rickaby, Sheriff

Physical Address:
501 Lake Avenue
Florence, WI  54121
(715)528-3346

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 678
Florence, WI  54121
Town of Florence, Wisconsin
Elections & Voting
2017 Election Dates
February 21, 2017 -- Spring Primary
April 4, 2017 -- Spring Election

The Community Center is the polling place for the Town of Florence.  Polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the election.



New Voter Registration
You may register to vote at the town office located at 749 Central Avenue, (Community Center Building) or on election day.  Proof of residence and identification are required.  We must have the following information:  WI Driver’s License #, your name as it appears on your driver’s license, DOB, Address, Phone # and Previous Address.  It is possible to mail in a voter registration, but when at all possible it is easier and more accurate to register in person.  If your voter registration is mailed to the office you must provide a copy of your driver’s license.  Click the link below for a printable online voter registration application.  Voter registration applications are also available by contacting the Town Office.

Voter Registration Application



Requesting Absentee Ballots
A request for an Absentee Ballot allows you to vote prior to election day. The last day ballots can be mailed out is the Thursday before an election, but you may absentee vote at the clerk’s office by Absentee Ballot up until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election.

To Absentee Vote you must be a registered voter. Then either fill out a Absentee Ballot Application or submit in writing to the clerks office a request stating your name, your registered address, the election in which you are requesting the absentee ballot, and where you want your ballot mailed to if different than your registered address.
Photo ID Required for all elections after 2015 Spring Election - April 7, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an order declining to hear an appeal of Wisconsin's voter photo ID law.

Click the link below for a printable online absentee application.  Absentee applications are also available by contacting the Town Office. Absentee Ballot Application

Highway Department / Road Work
Highway Foreman:  Chris Steber

The Town of Florence maintains 119.21 miles of
roads and streets--64.41 miles are paved road
and 54.35 miles are gravel.









Below are some pictures of the 2012 Road Work Projects:
  (Click on the pictures below to see a larger version of each picture)

Taxes & Assessor
Assessor for the Town of Florence
R&R Assessing Services LLC
307 North Chestnut Avenue
P.O. Box 167
Oconto Falls, WI  54154
920-846-4250
rrassessing@bayland.net

Researching Taxes in the Town of Florence
Town of Florence Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills were mailed on December 7, 2016.  Tax Bills are mailed out as soon as they are available--usually the first or second week of December each year.

There are three ways that you can find out how much money you owe on your tax bill.

1.   Florence County website available at www.florencecountywi.com (or click here to go directly to the site)
On the right side of the page you will see “Florence County Quicklinks.”  Click on the item “Property Tax Records,” which will be towards the bottom of the list.  Here you can search by name or by parcel number.  Once you have the correct record, select “taxes” on the top of the page.  Make sure that you select the proper tax year to see the amount due. Information is available about 1 week after tax bills have been
distributed by the county treasurer to the township clerks.  This is usually the first or second week of December. 
 
2.   You can investigate tax amounts at the Town Office located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence, WI.  Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is from 12:00 to 12:30.  After February 1, the County Treasurer will have the most up-to-date and complete records for the current year's taxes.

3.   You can investigate tax amounts from the County Treasurer office located at 400 Lake Avenue, Florence, WI .  Phone 715-528-3204.  County Treasurer’s office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  Lunch is from 12:00 to 12:30.



Making Payments
When making payments please have correct payment amount.  Include parcel # on check stub with disbursement amount.  Limit the # of parcels to 10 to be included on one tax payment.  Give clear and accurate disbursement instructions for check amount.  Checks will be returned if disbursement is inaccurate. Overpayments are refunded to the property owner after board approval and check has cleared bank. 

Florence County allows for two installments.  The first installment is payable to the Township Clerk and due by January 31.   The second installment is payable to the County Treasurer and due by July 31. Post marked dates are accepted.  Please note that your receipt from your first payment and your original tax bill (mailed in December) are the only reminders you will receive for the second installment.

Town of Florence Property Owners Mail Tax Payments To:
First Installment:         Second Installment:
Town of Florence        Florence County Treasurer
Shelly VanPembrook, Clerk/Treasurer          Donna Liebergen, Treasurer
PO Box 247        PO Box 410
749 Central Avenue           501 Lake Avenue
Florence, WI  54121          Florence, WI  54121
715-528-3595             715-528-3204



NOTICE TOWN OF FLORENCE TAXPAYERS
The Town of Florence Assessor will be at the Community Center
(Located at 749 Central Avenue, Florence) on the following date and time for the

OPEN BOOK SESSION
September 12th, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 PM

The assessment roll will be available for inspection by the public at the
Town Office at 749 Central Avenue, Florence on August 21st, 2016.



NOTICE OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW  FOR THE TOWN OF FLORENCE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the TOWN OF FLORENCE, FLORENCE COUNTY shall be held on September 28, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Community Center located at 749 Central Avenue.

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board:

1.No person will be allowed to appear before the board of review, to testify to the board by telephone, or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view the property.

2.   After the first meeting of the board of review and before the board's final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the board of review may contact or provide information to a member of the board about the person's objection, except at a session of the board.

3.   The board of review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the board's first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the board's clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board's first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the board of review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting.

4.   Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board of review within the first 2 hours of the board's first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under oath, of all of that person's property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board.

5.   When appearing before the board of review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person's estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person's objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.

6.   No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method of valuation, unless the person supplies the assessor with all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the assessor's manual under s. 73.03 (2a), Wis. stats., that the assessor requests. The Town of Florence has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph that provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of a court.* The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1), Wis. stats.

7.   The board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the board a letter from a physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board, in its discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement.  

8.   No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take.

Notice is hereby given this 25h day of August 2016.

Shelly VanPembrook
Clerk/Treasurer


Utilities & Services
Florence Utilities
Programs & Services:  Click here to visit WPPI Energy online
501 Spring Avenue
Florence, WI  54121
715-528-3330

Nsight (formerly Niagara Telephone Company)
Business Office:  715-528-3344
Repair:  715-528-4290
Fax Line:  715-251-1119
Florence Internet Support:  715-528-3350

Charter Communications
385 Woodward Avenue
Kingsford, MI 49802-4692
(877) 728-3121
American Legion
Meyers Youngell American Legion Post 211
Florence, WI
Proud to have served and continue to serve this Country and Florence County.

Meetings are held at the Florence Community Center, 749 Central Avenue (Main Street) in Florence on the first Wednesday of the month. . .March through November at 7 p.m.

All American Flags on Central Avenue are put up and maintained by this American Legion Post.

Annual Events:
- Memorial Day ceremonies at local cemeteries with community participation
- Poppy Sales
- Veterans Day  program at Florence High School with VFW and community participation

The American Legion is currently selling American Flags for $5.00 each.  Please contact Mark St. Louis at 715-889-4718 if you are interested in purchasing a flag.

The American Legion is available for military funerals and will go to the funeral home and cemetery.  You can contact Mark St. Louis by telephone at 715-889-4718.

Other Information
Information on firewood restrictions in Wisconsin (regarding EAB, Oak Wilt, Beech Bark disease and others) and at Wisconsin DNR manage properties please contact 1-877-303-WOOD (9663).
This page was last updated: February 14, 2017
Dog Warden
For dogs running at large in the Town of Florence:

Warren Soderberg
715-528-3081

Woodlawn Cemetery
Any questions regarding the operation of the cemetery, for arranging burials, or purchasing burial rights may be directed to the Florence Town Clerk or the cemetery sexton.

Sexton Name:  Carolyn Lemanski
Sexton Contact Number:  715-528-3008

Town of Florence Office
715-528-3595
P.O. Box 247; 749 Central Avenue
Florence, WI  54121