Spencer is Approved for an FRA Quiet Zone

Click here for the official FRA response letter

In a letter dated 12-18-2014, the Federal Railroad Administration officially approved the application for a railroad Quiet Zone within the Village of Spencer.  The Village has cleared the highest hurdle and Spencer is one step closer to silencing the train whistle.

This has been 1 ½ years in the making.  Village Administrator Thaddeus Kubisiak said, “100 percent of the credit goes to Tom Schafer.  Mr. Schafer came to a Board meeting, a year ago last August, as a concerned citizen and took the train whistle issue upon himself.”  Tom Schafer, who filled the vacancy of a Village Trustee position last spring, was a resident at the time that he spearheaded this daunting mission.

There is still some work to do to complete the prohibition of the train horns.  Through the final approval process, the Village is required to make “safety upgrades” to certain railroad crossings.  The most logical, as well as most cost effective plan was submitted in the final application: 1). a 100 foot median strip will be added to North LaSalle Street on both sides of the railroad crossing, and 2). the perpetual closure of the Main Street crossing.  No upgrades will be required for the Willow Drive crossing or the STH 98 crossing.

The closure of the Main Street crossing will benefit the Village monetarily.  Canadian National, the railway company that owns this section of tracks, will make a one time payment of $25,000.00 to remove the crossing and the Wis DOT has pledged another $7500.00.  In total, the $32,500.00 compensation will pay for more than half of the cost to complete the required “safety upgrades.”

Once the construction is complete, the Federal Railroad Administration will conduct a final evaluation of the “safety upgrades.”  Upon verification, the Village must publish a “notice” and in 21 days, the Quiet Zone will be enforced.  The residents of Spencer may be enjoying train whistle free nights by midsummer.  “The proposed crossing upgrades are rather straight forward,” Kubisiak said.  “Although it may seem like light years away, during winter in Wisconsin, I feel confident that we will enjoy a train whistle free summer this year.”

Absentee Ballot Instructions – February 17th Spring Primary

 

VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

Spring Primary Election

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

 

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot.  A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election.  The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.

 

You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.

 

Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both.  You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter.  Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature.  You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.

 

Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail

 

The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:

5 pm on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, February 12th, 2015.

Note:    Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror.  If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.

 

Voting an absentee ballot in person

 

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.

 

                                                              Thaddeus Kubisiak

                                                               Village of Spencer

                                                            105 South Park Street

                                                               715-659-5423

                                                            8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                                                                 Monday – Friday

 

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

 

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office:

Friday, February 13th, 2015

 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday.

 

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election.

 

Village of Spencer Endorses Working in Partnership Toward Economic Prosperity

Village of Spencer Endorses Working in Partnership Toward Economic Prosperity

Spencer, Wis.  Endorsing the idea of working collaboratively with Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature, the Spencer Village Board adopted Resolution 2015-01 – “Partnership for Prosperity:  An Agenda for a Competitive 21st Century Wisconsin” at their Regular Board meeting on Monday, January 5th.

This resolution emphasizes the importance that Wisconsin’s cities and villages play as the foundation of Wisconsin’s economy.  70% of Wisconsinites live in cities and villages and it’s where 87% of all manufacturing and 89% of all commercial property is located.

“The Village works every day, not only to provide basic services, but also to capitalize on what makes our community unique and provide for economic growth,” said Thaddeus Kubisiak, Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer.  “The Spencer Business Park has been our focus and it has already brought a larger tax base to the Village.  We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished as a community.”

The League’s Partnership for Prosperity legislative agenda recognizes that thriving municipalities are critical to a successful state economy and calls for a new state-local partnership to drive the state’s economy forward and spur job creation by:

1)      Helping communities continue to provide quality local services while holding the line on property taxes.

2)      Investing in local transportation infrastructure.

3)      Enhancing and promoting economic development best practices, like the expansion of the historic tax credit that was accomplished in the 2013-2014 legislative session.

“By supporting a community’s ability to attract and retain talent and enterprise and spur job creation, state leaders will help the whole state thrive,” said Kubisiak.

The resolution, adopted by the Spencer Village Board, is based on a League of Wisconsin Municipalities model being adopted by cities and villages statewide.  The Village is a League member.   The League is a nonpartisan statewide organization which advocates for Wisconsin’s cities and villages.  It was founded in 1898.

Be Aware – IRS Phone Scam

Please be aware that there has been phony IRS phone calls occurring around the area.  The IRS does not preemptively contact tax payers via telephone.  The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone. For more information or to report a scam, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

 

Click here to view the official notice from the IRS

Notice of Spring Election

NOTICE OF SPRING ELECTION

Village of Spencer

April 7, 2015

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the Village of Spencer, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.  The term for Village Trustee begins on April 21, 2015.  The term for all other offices begins on May 1, 2015.  All terms are for two years unless otherwise indicated.

 

Office                                                  Incumbent

Village President                                 Pauline Frome

Village Trustee                                    Greg Pokallus

Village Trustee                                    Jim Day

Village Trustee                                    Tom Schafer

 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2014 and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the Village Clerk.

 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

 

Done in the Village of Spencer

On November 17, 2014

 

Thaddeus Kubisiak

Village Clerk

Outstanding Absentee and Pending Provisional Ballots

The Village of Spencer currently has 3 2 outstanding Absentee Ballots and 0 pending Provisional Ballots for the November 4th, General Election.

Please take notice that the Spencer Board of Canvas will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Spencer Municipal Complex to count and record any late arriving absentee and provisional ballots from the Partisan Primary Election held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Board of Canvas 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014

Please take notice that the Spencer Board of Canvas will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Spencer Municipal Complex to count and record any late arriving absentee and provisional ballots from the Partisan Primary Election held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Outdoor Recreation Survey

The Village of Spencer is creating an outdoor comprehensive recreation plan for 2015-2020, and we would like your input.  The five-year outdoor comprehensive recreation plan will be used to identify new projects for development as well as which parks need additional, repurposed, or reconstructed recreational facilities (like trails, buildings, or camp sites).  This plan enables village eligibility for competitive grants of 50% from the DNR Stewardship Fund, and other federal sources, and for annual planning and budgeting.

You may receive a survey by mail, you may request one from the Clerks Office, or you may go to the Survey Monkey link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J52NCZF or you can download and print the survey here: Outdoor Rec Survey

Notice of Public Test and Canvass

NOTICE OF PUBLIC TEST AND CANVASS

            Notice is hereby given that the public testing of the M-100 Tabulating Equipment and the AutoMARK – being used in municipalities within Marathon County for the November 4th – General Election is scheduled for October 27th at 1:00 P.M. at the Spencer Municipal Building at 105 Park Street in Spencer. All municipalities, towns, villages, and cities, Marathon County will be public testing the M-100 Tabulating Equipment through the Municipal Clerk’s Office, Marathon County Courthouse within the scheduled hours. The Marathon County Canvass Board will meet at 8:30 A.M. Thursday, November 6th to canvass votes from the required offices to be canvassed for the General Election in the Marathon County Clerks Office, Courthouse, Wausau, Wis.

Absentee Ballot Information

                                                       VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

 

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot.  A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election.  The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.  Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued.

 

You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.

 

Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both.  You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter.  Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature.  You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.

 

Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail

 

The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:

5 pm on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Note:    Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror.  If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.

 

Voting an absentee ballot in person

 

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.

 

Thaddeus Kubisiak

105 South Park Street

PO Box 360

Spencer, WI 54479

(715)659-5423

8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Monday – Friday

 

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:

Monday, October 20, 2014 – 8:00 A.M.

 

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office:

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 5:00 P.M.

 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday.

 

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, November 4.  Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election.