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Revised Property Tax Statements To Be Mailed

December 14, 2021

Attention City of Viroqua Taxpayers:

We were notified yesterday that there was an oversight in the allocation of the Vernon County levy among all taxing jurisdictions in Vernon County.  This will change the amounts that were entered on all of the tax statements that were mailed recently to residents of the City of Viroqua.

The County is working on making these changes and a “REVISED” tax bill will be mailed to all residents with the new tax amounts owed.  If you have already mailed or dropped off your payment based on the original tax bill, we are currently holding all of these payments until we get the go ahead from the County that we can start accepting payments based on the new calculations and revised statements.

We apologize for this inconvenience and the County hopes to have this issue resolved shortly.

Thank You –

Lori Polhamus, City Clerk

View Announcement Job Posting – Utility Auxiliary Worker

 Utility Auxiliary Worker

The City of Viroqua is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a full-time position of Utility Auxiliary Worker.  This position is for the Water and Sewer Crew of the Public Works Department in maintaining the water distribution and wastewater collection systems. This position will also cross-over to assist the street department with street maintenance. In the snow season this position will be required to participate in the Street Department during snow removal. 

Duties of this position includes, but not limited to: Water meter change outs and water shut offs, water and sewer main and service repairs, sewer system jetting, water system flushing, valve operation, lift station maintenance, utility locates, snow plowing, mowing, street department duties and heavy equipment operation. The employee will perform a variety of duties related to public works.

Qualifications include:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Experience in pipe laying, plumbing and related water and sewer
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Hold a class B Commercial Driver’s license or obtain one within 2 months of start
  • Capable of operating: skid loader, end loader, tractor and dump truck with related implements
  • Have knowledge in: small engine maintenance and carpentry.
  • Able to work alone, unattended and in a team
  • Must have good moral character with a willingness to learn and cooperate; must respond well to supervision.
  • Basic computer skills

This position involves heavy lifting (50 lbs), climbing and exposure to extreme elements. The chosen candidate will need to perform duties under stressful conditions. This position will require participation in the Commercial Driver’s License drug and alcohol testing program.

This is an on-call position. Throughout the year the position is on-call one full week per month including weekend duty. There is a required 15-minute response time to emergency call-outs or snow removal. Snow removal season is November 1st to April 15th. The employee is expected to be on-call after hours, weekends and holidays throughout this time.

This is a full-time non-union entry level position. The City of Viroqua offers a starting wage of $18.00-$22.00 depending on experience plus a fringe benefits package. The City of Viroqua is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should submit a resume and a completed City of Viroqua Application for Employment form by January 7th, 2022 at 4:30 pm by email or to City Hall: 

Sarah Grainger, DPW


202 North Main St.

Viroqua WI, 54665

(608) 637-7186 ext. 20

The application can be found here or can be requested from the Viroqua City Hall by calling (608) 637-7522 ext. 17.

View Announcement City Council approves new ward maps

At the City Council meeting on November 9th the City Council approved the second reading of ordinance 21OR005 which establishes the new wards following the 2020 census for the City of Viroqua.  The ordinance below explains the new ward boundaries along with the map.  The new wards will be in affect for the 2022 elections and going forward.

Ordinance 21OR005 – Establishing City Wards based on 2020 census

Wards 36X48

View Announcement Hazardous Sidewalk Markings and Replacements

Hazardous Sidewalk Repair Deadline Extended 1 Month

 This is a reminder that if the hazards were marked for replacement, and have not been remedied, the City contractor will perform the repair. Due to scheduling, the City contractor, Fowler and Hammer, will not be here until August. As such, the deadline for replacement is now July 30th, 2021. After July 30th, 2021, Fowler and Hammer will be authorized to begin replacements on any sidewalk not repaired.

Hazards were recently re-marked. If you feel that the hazards were re-marked incorrectly, please contact me to discuss. Hazards marked for replacement are identified with an “x”. A white “x” means the City will perform the repair, an orange “x” means the property owner is responsible for the replacement.

Sidewalk replacement will be $8.70/square foot for 4” concrete and $9.55/square foot for 6” concrete. The cost includes removal, replacement, any need base material, black dirt and re-seeding (where applicable). Cost for the repair will be entered on the 2021 tax roll, as a special charge on your property taxes pursuant to Viroqua Municipal Code §12.04.060 and Wis. Stat. § 66.0907. If you do not want the cost of repairs entered as a special charge, you also have an option of paying the bill to City Hall. An invoice for the replacement at your property will be sent to you.

If you choose to remedy the hazard yourself or through a contractor you hire, the repair must comply with the ADA requirements. Concrete replacements must be a six-bag mix at a sidewalk thickness of 4 inches and 6 inches for driveways. Base material shall be sand, gravel, or screenings at six inches thick and must be tamped thoroughly to insure stability. Cracks may be filled using high quality crack filler suitable for concrete repair.

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

View Announcement City Hall is open with some restrictions

City Hall is open for business.  However with the increase in the Delta variant of Covid-19 on the rise in Vernon County we will be requiring a new mask policy effective August 11th.  We will have a notice on the door daily on the requirement of masks by the public to enter the building based on the new CDC guidelines.  If the County is in the red high status or orange substantial status masks are required of everyone to enter.  If we are in the yellow status of moderate, masks are encouraged of all unvaccinated patrons.

Not quite ready to visit City Hall?

Public Meetings: All public meetings will continue to be held virtually until further notice.  Agendas are posted on this website.  

General City Business Residents may still conduct all normal business via phone, email, standard mail, and/or City Hall drop boxes.  For questions, please contact:  Jodie Olson, Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer  608-637-7154 ext.17  jolson@viroqua-wisconsin.com

For questions regarding building inspections or permits, please contact:  Chad Woodard, Building Inspector GEC  608-697-0493   cwoodard@generalengineering.net

Viroqua Municipal Utilities Utility bill payments can be sealed, labeled with name/contact info, and placed in a drop box at City Hall.  Cash payments made without exact change will be added as an amount due or a credit.  Customers can also submit their payments by mail or set up online bill payment by visiting the City website.  For questions, please contact:  Sarah Kemp, Utility Billing Clerk  608-637-7186 ext.19 skemp@viroqua-wisconsin.com

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