Town of Coon Newsletter – Spring 2022

Calendar of events –

April 5 – Election Day

April 8th & 9th – Spring clean up 8AM to 5PM daily

April 19 – Town Board Meeting 5:30PM

April 19 – Annual Meeting – 6:30PM


New town board member -

Due to business conflicts Troy Morey resigned as Town Supervisor. The other two town board members have the responsibility to appoint someone to finish his term. Herb and I did interviews and selected Alan Seelow. Alan will serve till the next town election in April 2023.


Still waiting. Wisconsin Emergency Management has designated a new person to finish our funding application for 2017, 2018, and 2019. As it stands the funds are at WEM awaiting approval and signatures. It's been frustrating. 

The Wisconsin DOT has also appointed a new person to oversee our claim for Disaster Damage Aids for the flood last year. Hopefully this will go quickly.


Road maintenance for 2022 -

Olstad Road and Dogwood Lane are scheduled to be rebuilt and seal coated this year. The culverts need to be replaced and the base refurbished. Part of the road has a wet base. More rock, gravel, and widening it should help. We will seal coat it this year and reseal it in 2023. 

In addition we will seal coat bridge approaches and sections of roads that were damaged by the flood last year. 


Fire Commission News -

The new fire truck was delivered in December. The plan is to put it in service in May. Winter is not a good time to practice with the need to dump water at times. In addition Alexis Fire Equipment has contacted us about using the Coon Creek Fire Commission truck at the national fire truck show in Indianapolis Indiana the last week of April.

During the snow squall in February two of  the firemen responded to a mutual aid call to the Cashton Fire Department. En-route they hit a patch of ice causing the tanker to slide out of control. As a result of the accident tanker truck was damaged beyond repair value. 

The Fire Chief Russ Cornford was able to borrow a tanker from Stoddard for four weeks. He then searched for a replacement. There were four new tankers in que by various vendors which ranged in price from $240,000 to $348,000. Through one of these vendors Russ found a used tanker in Shawano, WI. The cost of this truck is $50,000.  As it stands Russ and Assistant Chief Ken Phillips will go and inspect the truck. Hopefully this truck will give us time to pay down the new truck loan and we may be able to get a grant toward a new tanker. 

Bridge replacement -

The bridge near Griffin on Old Line Road will be replaced through the federal bridge program either this year or in 2023. The bridge on Cornell Road has been put in the program as well.


Looking ahead at equipment needs-

We have three trucks for winter plowing and sanding. Dennis drives a 2016 Peterbuilt. The other trucks are a 1999 IHC and a 1993 IHC. At some point those older trucks need to be replaced. We will be getting prices on trucks. The pandemic has had an effect on this as well. IHC is not taking orders due to their current lead time of three years. Peterbuilt is out about two years and Kenworth says it will take a year. Planning gets really important.

Last fall the mowing tractors were looked at. Our two tractors are from the 1970's. For safety purposes a replacement should be equipped with a cab. One tractor may be enough.


Collection site guidelines -

  1. This site is for Town of Coon residents and property owners (No friend's garbage).

  2. We collect general garbage and recyclables on Saturdays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM and Wednesdays from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. No appliances or large items are allowed during these hours. 

  1. General garbage must be bagged. Recyclables should be placed in the proper containers. If you have questions ask the attendant on duty. Tom Cade is our site attendant. 

  2. The Town of Coon has Spring Clean Up on the second Friday and Saturday of April and Fall Clean Up on the second Friday and Saturday of October each year. We collect everything except hazardous chemicals. Call Stacey Sanborn at the Vernon County Landfill for hazardous waste. The number is 634-2900. The Vernon County Landfill accepts appliances weekdays throughout the year. We now have two dumpsters for ag plastic at our site. Talk to Tom Cade about guidelines.

5.The attendant has the authority to not accept your material. Please follow these guidelines

Note: On April 13th the Wednesday collection hours will switch to 4:00PM to 8:00PM. We will keep those hours till  October. 


Burning brush -

If you have brush to burn the first thing to do is call Fire Chief Russ Cornford at 452-3077. Should he not be available call Ken Phillips the Assistant Chief at 452-3932. By calling one of these people you could avoid a fire call charge. 

If you have interest in becoming a fireman or 1st responder give Russ or Ken a call. 

From Treasurer Jan Ihle -

Due to postage and handling costs if you have a bill from the town for $100.00 or less we will not send a receipt. Your canceled check will be your receipt.


Site permits – 

Call Clerk Sara Rudie at 797-3739  for a site permit application. Sara's email address is Mailing address: P.O. Box 523, Coon Valley, WI 54623. The site permit application is also available on the town website. 

If you have zoning or local ordinance questions the people to contact is Zoning Committee Chairman Herb Cornell at 606-5333 or Zoning Administrator Gary Stendahlen at 632-1032.

Website –

Website -

The Town of Coon website is There are several ordinances on on the site and a calendar. Jan Ihle keeps the information up to date for us. Meeting notices are posted on the website and at the town hall.


Road issues or concerns -

There is an answering machine at the shop for your convenience. The phone number is 634-3624. Dennis Purvis is our Town Patrolman and the Assistant Patrolman is Gary Stendahlen.

Assessor –

Our Assessor is Jerry Kins. His address is Jerry Kins, Chimney Rock Appraisals, 18604 78th Ave., Chippewa, Falls, WI 54729, Ph 715-861-3964.


Note – Please forward this letter to tenants or anyone else that may not receive it. .



Town of Coon Board


Chairman Orlan D. Bakkum – 452-3370 Supervisor Herb Cornell - 606-5333

Supervisor Alan Seelow - 606-3424 Treasurer Jan Ihle – 452-3548

Clerk Sara Rudie – 797-3739              Town Shop - 634-3624


     Zoning Administrator Gary Stendahlen - 632-1025