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2018 – 2019 Street & Utility Reconstruction Project Income Survey

The City of Viroqua is conducting a survey of the residents on portions of Rusk Avenue, Washington Avenue and Church Street to obtain income information which will help the City decide whether to apply for grant funds to make improvements to the street and utilities along Rusk Avenue, Washington Avenue and Church Street. A survey will be sent to all households within the proposed project limits. If you receive a survey, please complete your survey and return it in the enclosed envelope before March 24th. If the City does not receive adequate survey responses, we will not be eligible to apply for grant assistance. Your participation in this survey is important, but voluntary.

The responses to individual surveys will be strictly confidential. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Grainger, City Engineer at 608/637-7154, Ext. 20.

View Announcement Sidewalk Cleanup

The Viroqua Police Department & Viroqua Street Department are requesting assistance from all residences in the City that have a sidewalk.  Due to the recent rain and extreme cold, many sidewalks are ice covered and hazardous.  We are asking for assistance in making the sidewalks safe for all people to use.  In the severe cold standard salt does not work well. Alternative deicers such as zero ice, or materials that improve traction such as sand, sawdust, wood shavings and/or kitty litter can be used to improve the safety of ice covered sidewalks.

The City understands that due to the weather conditions this has been a difficult task.  We are sure though, that no one wants anybody to get injured while walking on a sidewalk that could have been easily remedied.  A complete copy of the press release can be read below:


View Announcement Sidewalk Hazards – Orange Paint

What does all the orange paint mean?

The City of Viroqua has identified a sidewalk hazards throughout the City. The ADA defines a ‘trip hazard’ as any vertical change of over 1/4 inch or more at any joint or crack. The City will be hiring a contractor called Safe Step to cut the concrete, rather than grind, it in order to remove trip hazards. This method of cutting the concrete is more efficient and cost effective than simply grinding the cement to meet regulations. There will be a charge of $60-$80 per side of each concrete panel that must be remedied, and the contractor will be identifying any additional repair charges. This hazard must be remedied to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations by August 15thth. Those who do not wish to use the contractor hired by the City must still remedy his or her sidewalk hazard by August 15th as well.

The City of Viroqua thanks you for your understanding and cooperation. To learn more about Safe Step and their Precision Concrete Cutting method, as well as the standards that your sidewalks must meet to be ADA compliant, visit safesidewalks.com.

If you have any further questions please contact me at 637-7154 ext. 20 or sgrainger@viroqua-wisconsin.com.

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.

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View Announcement Night parking restrictions are in effect

There is no parking on City Streets or alleys from November 15, 2016 to April 1, 2017 between the hours of midnight and 7:00 a.m.

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