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Committees, Commissions & Boards

City of Viroqua committees, commissions and boards information is included below. Committees usually meet on Tuesday evenings when scheduled. Check the City Meetings calendar for times and agendas.


Finance / Personnel Committee

The Finance / Personnel Committee oversees the city budget, including appropriations and expenditures, as well as all aspects of personnel. The committee meets as needed and prior to Council meeting to review bills to be paid.

Steve Bekkedal (Chairperson), Cyndy Hubbard, Terry Noble, Mike Bankes, Jeff Gohlke


Public Works Committee

The Public Works Committee has oversight responsibility for the Department of Public Works operations, management, facilities and equipment.  The Committee meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Marc Polsean (Chairperson), Steve Bekkedal, John Thompson, Mike Koppa, Jeff Gohlke


Public Safety Committee

The Public Safety Committee has oversight responsibilities for the Fire and Police Departments operations and management (except personnel), public safety, alcoholic beverage and other licensing activities.

John Thompson (Chairperson), Sondra Naxi, Jeff Gohlke, Marc Polsean, Steve Bekkedal


Public Property & General Government Committee

The Public Property Committee has oversight responsibility for planning and zoning, building inspection, city facilities and general government operations.

Mike Bankes (Chairperson), Terry Noble, Marc Polsean, John Thompson, Cyndy Hubbard


Parks and Recreation Committee

The Parks and Recreation Committee oversees the operations of the city’s parks and the recreation programs.

Terry Noble (Chairperson), Mike Koppa, Cyndy Hubbard, Mike Bankes, Sondra Naxi


Municipal Court Committee

The Municipal Court Committee (together with the Judge and the member communities) is responsible for the general operation of the Hidden Valleys Municipal Court, serving the Cities of Viroqua and Westby and the Villages of La Farge and Cashton. The Committee meets as needed.

Larry Fanta (Viroqua), Danny Helgerson (Westby), Greg Lawton (La Farge), Chief Daron Jefson (Viroqua), Rita Byers (Cashton)


Viroqua Tourism Commission

The Tourism Commission promotes tourism to Viroqua and the surrounding areas using a portion of the funds that the City of Viroqua receives from the city room tax. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

Nancy Rhodes, Alycann Taylor, Ted Parrish, Mike Koppa, Dani Lind


City Plan Commission

The City Plan Commission is a statutory commission which is required to review matters related to public buildings, statues or memorials, streets, parks & playgrounds and subdivision plats within the City or within 1-1/2 miles of the City boundary.  The Plan Commission meets as needed.

Larry Fanta (Chairperson), Valdo Gilman, Roger Hatlem, John Bjerke, Vacancy, Marv McNeal, Sarah Grainger


Board of Appeals 

The Board of Appeals has limited authority to grant variances or special exceptions to the City’s Zoning Code.  The Board meets on an as needed basis, subject to Class 2 public notice requirements.

Don Long, Bill Mapp, Sonja Fortney, David Jackson, Marion Clark, Jim Larson (alternate)


Board of Review

The Board of Review meets annually within 30 days of the second Monday in May to hear objections to assessments made by the local tax assessor.

Roger Hatlem, James Delap, Roland Hill, Valdo Gilman, Don Long


Airport Commission

The Airport Commission is responsible for the operation and management of the Viroqua Municipal Airport.  The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Airport.

Mike Skildum (manager), Dwain Munyon, Mike Olson, Arnold Noman, Doug Swenson, Roy Torgerson, Dan Everson, Marc Polsean


Police and Fire Commission

The Fire and Police Commission is responsible for personnel management for the Police and Fire Departments.  Meetings are scheduled as needed.

Tom Weston, Garith Steiner, Wayne Sherry, Barbara McNeal, Kermit Sisbach, David Olson, William Anderson, Bill Schultz


Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission’s mission is to protect, enhance and perpetuate sites of special architectural or historic character in the community.  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday (bi-monthly) at City Hall.

Gregory Splinter (Chairperson), Marjorie Macasaet, Cyndy Hubbard, Justin Running, Jean Driscoll, Michael Corr, Tom Wilson 


Viroqua Redevelopment Authority

The Redevelopment Authority was created to promote development in areas of the City which may be or become blighted.  Meetings are as needed.

Larry Fanta, James Hohlfelder, Gary Krause, James Larson, Sigurd Molland, Thomas Weston, Mike Powers