Weed spraying to begin week of July 17th

Starting the week of July 17th, the City crews will begin the process of spraying the City streets for weeds in the infrastructure.  This includes the area between the curbs and does not include boulevards or sidewalks.  A quadrant system will be used for the section of the City the crews will be working in.  The following is a breakdown of the quadrants:

            Quadrant 1 = West of Main Street & North of West Decker Street

            Quadrant 2 = West of Main Street & South of West Decker Street

            Quadrant 3 = East of Main Street & North of East Decker Street

            Quadrant 4 = East of Main Street & South of East Decker Street

                                (A map of the Quadrants is attached)

Quadrant map

Crews will begin in Quadrant 1 and then proceed to Quadrant 2 and so on.  Weather permitting, Quadrants 1 & 2 could be completed in one week.  Quadrants 3 & 4 could take a week each to complete and if the schedule changes, notice will be placed on the City website.  Prior to spraying, flags will be placed at the ends of each block notating the areas to be sprayed and removed the following day. Crews will be using backpack sprayers with a low-pressure system and hand spraying the street cracks only.  Residents are encouraged to pull weeds in their areas on a continuous basis if they do not want their areas to be sprayed.

Questions regarding the spraying process can be addressed to City Hall.

View Announcement Sidewalk Hazards – Orange Paint

What do the orange and white painted X’s mean on my sidewalk?

In 2016, the City of Viroqua identified sidewalk hazards throughout the City. The Americana with Disabilities Act defines a ‘trip hazard’ as any vertical change of over 1/4 inch or more at any joint or crack. Last year the City hired a contractor called Safe Step to cut the concrete it in order to remove trip hazards. Those hazards that were not cut due to concrete type, thickness or size of cut needed were put on a replacement list.

This past week the City has begun marking these remaining panels with either orange or white X’s. An orange X means the replacement is at the cost of the homeowner and will be repaired by Augelli Concrete Excavating before the end of May. Once receiving the bill, homeowners have the option of paying the full bill or, if no payment is received by November 2017, the bill will be place on the property’s tax roll. A white X means that the replacement is the City’s responsibility and City crews will be repairing it this summer.

The City of Viroqua thanks you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any further questions please contact me at 637-7154 ext. 20 or

View Announcement Summer Hydrant Flushing

The Viroqua Water Department will be conducting the Summer Hydrant Flushing program beginning the week of July 16th, 2017 through Friday July 21st, 2017.

Hydrant flushing will start at 11:00 pm until 7:00 a.m. daily, from Sunday July 16th through Friday, July 21st, 2017.

This notice is to inform our customers that this flushing activity may cause a decrease in water pressure which may cause short-term discoloration in the water. This may also affect automatic flushing units and pressure sensitive equipment.

The Water Department appreciates your cooperation with this Summer Hydrant Flushing Program.

View Announcement Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade

The City of Viroqua wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) was constructed in 1978. Treatment components have been modified and added in facility upgrades in 1994 and 2002. Even with these upgrades much of the original equipment is still in operation and in need of replacement or rehabilitation. Also a number of structures need to be modified to meet current building codes. The waterway downstream of the treatment plant outfall has exposed fractured bedrock characteristic of the region’s karst topography. In order to protect groundwater quality, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is requiring the City to relocate the outfall approximately 2 miles downstream of the WWTF beyond the fractured bedrock area.

This major wastewater treatment facility upgrade and outfall relocation has a capital cost of 10.2 million dollars. The City has received $650,000 in grant funding (principal forgiveness) from the WDNR and is also expecting $2.05 million in grant funding from the USDA Rural Development. The remaining funding will come in the form of loan financing through the WDNR and USDA. Focus on Energy grants are also being pursued.

In addition to obtaining this funding, a sewer rate increase will be required. Charges for an average residential customer (using 400 cubic feet per month) will increase from $25.40 per month to $40.13 per month as of March 1, 2016. This increase puts Viroqua’s sewer rates closer in line to similar sized systems in the area such as Richland Center, Fennimore and Westby.

A public information session about the WWTF upgrades and rate increase will be held on Thursday February 18th at 6:30pm at the Vernon Memorial Medical Office Building Meeting rooms A and B at 407 S. Main St.

Viroqua Facilities Plan

View Announcement The Viroqua Chamber Main Street is Moving!

The Viroqua Chamber Main Street will be located at 201 North Main Street (formerly ProLine Printing) in Downtown Viroqua for an unspecified amount of time while our office at Western Technical College is undergoing renovation. Please visit us at our new location!

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