A local food pantry is open to any hungry families or individuals once a month at the Town Hall. The recommendation is to arrive as early as possible.
Next Food Pantry:
Saturday, May 25th
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wisconsin River & Prairie du Sac Dam - Public Informational Meeting: Tue, May 28 from 6pm - 8pm
Columbia County will hold a public informational meeting on the Wisconsin River and the Prairie du Sac Dam on Tuesday, May 28th from 6pm - 8pm in the John Roche Community Room at the Columbia County Law Enforcement Center located at 711 E Cooks St, Portage, WI.
The meeting will begin with an Alliant Energy representative giving a historical and operational presentation on the dam. This will be followed by brief introductory comments by representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, National Weather Service and Wisconsin Emergency Management Mitigation Section. All organizations will then be available for questions and further informal discussions.
Persons with questions may contact the Columbia County Emergency Management Office at (608) 742-4166 ext 1308 or 1309
Notice of Various Commission Vacancies To Be Appointed
The following vacancies on various Town Commissions will be filled by appointment at an upcoming Town Board meeting in May.
Interested candidates should provide a letter of interest no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, May 17th. Candidates must be a resident/qualified elector of the Town of Lodi. Send letter of interest to: Town of Lodi, W10919 County Road V, Lodi, WI 53555; Email: email@example.com; Phone: (608) 592-4868; Fax: (608) 592-2024.
- Park Commission - Town Board or Citizen Member (seat vacated by James Bechen)
- Park Commission - Citizen Member (seat currently held by Neil Heskin; term ends April 30)
- Park Commission - Citizen Member
- Plan Commission - Citizen Member (seat vacated by resignation of Terry Martindale)
- EMS Commission - Citizen Member (seat currently held by Jim Tooley; term ends April 30)
Harmony Grove Sanitary Commission
- Harmony Grove Sanitary Commission - Citizen Member (seat vacated by resignation of Gene Edwards)
Board of Review
- Board of Review - Alternate Member
- Board of Review - Alternate Member
Notice of Town Board & Various Commission Appointments
Apr 30, 2019: The following vacancies on the Town Board and other Commissions were filled by appointment at the regular Town Board meeting on April 30, 2019.
- Town Board - Supervisor 3: Chad Wolter
- Plan Commission - Town Board Member: Brian Henry
- Plan Commission - Town Board Member: Chad Wolter
- Plan Commission - Citizen Member: Jack Pfister
- Fire Commission - Town Board Member: James Brooks
Burning Restriction Notice
Mar 27, 2019: The DNR has started issuing Burning Restrictions for Columbia County as of today. Due to weather conditions, burning may NOT be allowed, even if you have a current Annual Burning Permit.
The DNR updates the fire danger classification and any burning restrictions every day at 11:00 am. Please see our Guide for Residents page for links and more information.
Road Construction Projects
See our Roads page for more details and other future construction projects.
July - October 2019: Okee Bridge & County Road V Construction
The Columbia County Highway Department will be reconstructing County Road V through Okee, from State Highway 113 to Summerville Park Road, including the Okee Bridge.
Construction is scheduled to begin shortly after the July 4, 2019 holiday weekend and continue through October 2019. The Okee Bridge is expected to remain open through Labor Day weekend and then be closed from about September 3, 2019 until the project is completed.
See the Okee Bridge & County Road V Construction page for complete details about this project.
June - September 2019: State Highway 60 (between Lodi & Arlington) Construction
The State DOT has scheduled a "mill & overlay" project for State Highway 60 from Arlington to Lodi minus the I-39/State Highway 60 interchange.
Construction on this project is scheduled to start in the end of June 2019 and will last until September 2019. Most of the work are is between I-39 & Arlington. However about 1000' feet of highway just east of Lindsay Rd will also be repaved. Ultimately Highway 60 will be detoured for approximately 2 weeks. More information available from the Wisconsin DOT project site.
Please see the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration site for general information about Boundary Agreements.
Also see our Civics page for a general discussion of Town government and how a Town relates to any incorporated cities or villages within or adjacent to it.
Update on Boundary Agreement
Mar 19, 2019: An update from Tom Marx, Town of Lodi Chairman
The Boundary Agreement that the Town is negotiating with the City of Lodi has been put on hold. The current Town Board believes an agreement is good for the Town but wants to ensure that no one can interpret what we are doing as something being pushed through at the last minute. We do want to make clear that a Boundary Agreement does not in any way involve any change in property from the Town to the City or vice versa, as rumors seem to indicate. Please feel free to come to Board meetings or call if you have any questions.Tom Marx, ChairmanTown of LodiOffice: 608-592-4868Cell: 608-770-7370Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Lodi & City of Lodi Boundary Agreement Discussions
Feb 6, 2019: A message from Tom Marx, Town of Lodi Chairperson
It has come to my attention that someone is spreading both incomplete and misleading information regarding discussions that are ongoing between the City of Lodi and Town of Lodi regarding a Boundary Agreement. There are a small minority of people who would prefer no relationship between the City and Town. The fact is that it is mutually beneficial to have a good relationship with your neighbors, just like it is beneficial for residents to have good relationships with their neighbors. Good relationships can benefit everyone. As an example, there would be no street light at the corner of Lindsay Road and Highway 60 if we didn’t have cooperation from the City.
The primary reason that the Town is considering a Boundary Agreement with the City is to create a document that will be good for both the Town and the City. Simply stated, what a Boundary Agreement does is specify where it is likely, in the future, that the City may grow. It DOES NOT mean that any property would be annexed to the City. It is a document that would give property owners information to make informed decisions. This is important if property owners or others are considering buying or selling property. It will have provisions in the agreement to protect Town residents and their property and give the Town more rights than we have currently.
A Boundary Agreement is in the negotiation stage and any document that you may have received a copy of has not even had the input from our attorney and was very premature to circulate. Therefore, it is a starting point for review. Based on comments received there will most likely be modifications to the agreement. Once an agreement is reached between the Town and City there will be a joint Plan Commission meeting and a joint City of Lodi Council and Town Board meeting where the public will be provided complete information and have the opportunity for input. We do and will listen to input and I am confident that this Town Board will listen to residents' concerns and take the appropriate action on the agreement, after listening to our residents. These will be noticed meetings and everyone is welcome to attend and provide input. Those of you that know me will understand that I am leaving office in April and I personally have nothing to gain from this agreement. As a matter of fact, it would have been much easier to push this off until after my term is up, which is what many people in government do. However, to the very last day I am in office I was elected and will attempt to do what is in the best interest of our Town residents. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly at 608-770-7370.
Tom Marx, Chairperson
Town of Lodi