Registration Technology Inc. (RTI) is an authorized partner of the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles and is pleased to announce that EZ-TAB is now available at two locations in Waunakee.EZ-TAB is an easy to use self-service kiosk that will renew your Wisconsin license plate, dispense your vehicle’s registration and license plate sticker (tag/tab), all in real time with the WI DMV. EZ-TAB gives you everything you need instantly. EZ-TAB is paid for and provided by RTI at $0 cost to the DMV or the State of Wisconsin.
Please support EZ-TAB at the following locations:
Wipperfurth's Piggly Wiggly at 205 N. Holiday Dr., Waunakee, WI 53597
Walgreens at 401 W. Main St., Waunakee, WI 53597
Click the link below for more details: EZ-TAB
Waunakee Senior Center - A Home Away From Home
Each month, the Waunakee Tribune features a column written by Village staff called the “Village Corner”. Last month, the article was written by Senior Center Director Cindy Mosiman, and shows just how much of an impact our Senior Center makes in our community. Huge thank you to the Senior Center team for all that they do!
A Home Away from Home
By: Cindy Mosiman, Waunakee Senior Center Director
Contributed as a “Village Corner” column to the Waunakee Tribune
He comes to the Waunakee Senior Center each morning by 8:30, takes a seat by the fireplace and enjoys a cup of coffee. He chats with another gentleman who is here every morning too. He’s become such a regular that others know his name and were happy to help him celebrate his 92nd birthday with small gifts and well wishes. For Herb, who moved to Waunakee from the Chicago area in April 2018, the Senior Center has become a part of his daily life Monday through Friday, spending the morning, having lunch and then going home. That is the same for many people - the Senior Center becoming a daily part of their life. Herb says he has made really nice friends at the center and his daughter says it’s given him a sense of home.
The Waunakee Senior Center is the place to meet up with friends for ROMEO or Juliet Coffee, play a card game, take a Tai Chi class, have lunch, go to a Brewer’s game or attend any of the many other programs or services offered. The Senior Center served 9,580 meals at the center in 2018.
A card received this past summer thanked the center for the home delivered meals a couple had received. The wife said, “Our meals were delivered timely by friendly, kind, considerate, respectful volunteers.” The Senior Center provided 17,127 home delivered meals in 2018 all delivered by wonderful volunteers.
One of the Waunakee Senior Center case managers recently received an email from the granddaughter of one of her clients. She wanted to inform the case manager of her grandmother’s passing since moving into a health care facility. The granddaughter wrote “I am also writing to thank you for all the years you helped my grandma and me.
I know all the help was very encouraging to her and I. I believe the reason she was able to stay independent for so long, one month from being 90!, is because of the strong network of support that is in place in Waunakee. And for that I am so thankful.” The Senior Center’s two case managers provided service to 374 clients in 2018.
The Waunakee Senior Center fills a need and makes a difference for many older adults (and their loved ones) in many different ways. You can learn more by finding us on the Village Website (www.waunakee.com) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/waunakeeseniorcenter/). Better yet, come on in and check it out for yourself. The Senior Center is located in the Village Center at 333 S. Madison Street (enter main doors and to your left). We can be reached by phone at 608-849-8385.
“Create Waunakee” is a celebration of the innovators, creators, and artists that live and work in our Village. It’s mission is to inspire, connect, and unite current and future community members in showcasing and building upon what makes Waunakee a unique and vibrant place to live, work and visit. Follow the page to say up-to-date on all creative things Waunakee!
"Being creative is always on my mind. I create because it makes life interesting and fulfilling. The best part is experiencing the reactions to the designs/art I have created. Creativity is a way that helps embrace my originality and helps me to make unique connections with people and myself."- Heidi Lobraco, Create Waunakee Logo Contest Winner
On November 18th Waunakee's Village Board approved the creation of the Create Waunakee Committee. The Village is seeking 9 community members, including one member of Village Board and one representative from the Waunakee Area School District, to serve on this committee. The committee may also include up to two members who reside outside the Village, but within the Waunakee Area School District. Exact meeting times and days are not yet determined, but meetings will likely be held in the evening and occur once monthly. Committee appointments are likely to occur at the Village Board meeting on January 6th, 2020.
For more information on Create Waunakee and its mission, please visit www.createwaunakee.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/createwaunakee. To submit an application to volunteer for the Create Waunakee Committee, please visit http://www.vil.waunakee.wi.us/431/Application-to-Volunteer where you can submit an online application or print a paper copy to fill out. You may also stop by Village Hall during regular business hours to receive a paper application. If you have any questions, please contact Todd Schmidt, Village Administrator at (608) 850-2182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waunakee Police Department...LOCK CAR DOORS AND CLOSE GARAGE DOORS
Almost every community in Dane County is experiencing a high number of thefts from vehicles, burglaries to residences and stolen autos. Almost all of these incidents are the result of unlocked cars and/or open garage doors. Multiple people have been arrested in Waunakee and other Dane County communities, but it has not slowed crime. 3 vehicles were stolen in Waunakee in August. Two vehicles were taken from the same residence. The vehicles had been parked unlocked in the driveway. The garage door opener was used to gain access to the house and the thieves retrieved the keys and stole laptops. One vehicle was later used in burglaries/thefts in Mount Horeb until the suspects were interrupted while in the process of burglarizing a home. The suspects fled in the stolen vehicle and were later pursued by Verona Police for a short distance before the pursuit was terminated. The vehicle was later found abandoned in Madison. The other stolen vehicle has not been recovered at this point. The third stolen vehicle had been parked on the lawn of a home unlocked and with the keys inside. That vehicle was used in multiple burglaries in Westport and Jefferson County. The vehicle was recovered and the suspect, a 22 year old male with a lengthy criminal history, is in custody facing multiple charges.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE:
1. Lock car doors of vehicles parked in the driveway or on the street
2. Keep your garage door closed when not outside, and especially after dark
3. Lock the walk in door from your garage to your house overnight
4. If you see your neighbor’s garage door open after dark, please call, text or stop and tell your neighbor their garage door is open. It only takes a thief a minute to go through your unlocked car.
Creative Wall at the Hall with Donna kessenich
Inheriting her mother's artistic talents as well as all of her art supplies, Waunakee resident Donna Kessenich has been creating beautiful paintings since the 1960's. She loves the Michigan landscapes and enjoys the creation of sketching with a pencil and painting with oils.
To view Donna's artwork and learn more about her artistic talents, while supporting local creativity and innovation, please plan to stop by the Village Hall, 500 W. Main Street, during business hours.
Over the past year, a committee of volunteers has been working with the Waunakee School Board and the Waunakee School District to develop a revitalization plan for the Waunakee High School Soccer Stadium. The campaign that has emerged is called “One Community, One Goal.” The plan calls for replacing the current grass surface with artificial turf and building a new team center that would house changing/locker rooms, bathrooms, medical treatment facilities and provide weather protection. Recently, the Waunakee School Board approved moving forward with the design phase for the project and today we are excited to introduce you to sponsorship opportunities for One Community, One Goal Capital Campaign. READ MORE
Waunakee Athletic Department Asks Businesses to Refrain from using High School Sport Photos
In the last two months we've had a couple instances where local business used student-athlete images in advertisements. It is a violation of WIAA Amateur Status rules for student-athletes image to appear in promotional material with or without the student-athlete's permission. The penalty for such a violation is the student-athlete loses their eligibility in all WIAA sponsored sports.
In an effort to minimize the risk of a student-athlete losing his/her athletic eligibility the Athletic Department is asking the Waunakee Business Community to refrain from using current student-athlete's image advertisements, promotions, and/or commercials.
For details please see attached letter and thank the business for all of your support and help on this matter and all of your support of Waunakee Athletes and Athletics.
Volunteer. Build a stronger community. Borrow sugar.
In the upcoming months, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection will be hosting several volunteer informational sessions to learn about current opportunities to make a positive difference.
In our ever-changing culture, we all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We want to feel connected. Social media and busy lives have moved us from the neighborhoods of the past when neighbors borrowed a cup of sugar or a few eggs. It is time to reconnect with one another, to lend a helping hand, and focus on what connects us, not what divides us.
At Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, our mission is to engage neighbors to support and empower one another. Our free store allows neighbors to shop for items to offset other household costs, our seasonal programs provide holiday support and school supplies, and our other programs provide an opportunity for families to feel empowered and overcome challenges that they are facing.
All of these programs are powered by volunteerism! We have numerous volunteer opportunities, appropriate for a variety of skill and interest levels. Each of these provides ways for adults, students, and families to participate in meaningful volunteerism. Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is the place to enhance your journey of being connected, reducing stress, meeting new people, learning new skills, and changing lives. Everyone has value and a purpose here. Stop in and find yours! Read the latest Newsletter
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The Waunakee Community School District has made a financial commitment to start a Student Financial Assistance Fund that can support families in need. The district is committed to ensuring that all students and families can participate in their school community regardless of a family’s ability to pay. A district-wide committee, including representatives from the Board of Education, administrators, staff, and students, has been created to establish guidelines for this initiative. They are seeking the community’s help in raising the necessary funds. The goal is to raise $25,000.
Donations will be used to fund need-based scholarships for things such as field trips, memory books, and other district-sponsored activities that require fees. Your donation can help create a positive, inclusive environment in all of our schools. Donate
It's that time of year again to license your pets. Licensing your animals is easy and can be completed from the comforts of your own home! Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis. A license is required for all dogs and cats over 5 months of age. For more information, view Wisconsin Statues 174.05 and 174.42 and the Village Code of Ordinances Chapter 14. All licenses issued after March 31 will be assessed a $5 per license late fee, so don't wait! To register your pets online please click on the link below:
You can call PetData at 1-855-312-9070. License(s) will be mailed within 10 business days of PetData's receipt of payment and documentation.
New Electric and Water Meters
Waunakee Utilities staff will soon be installing electric and water meters for Waunakee residents.
Waunakee Utilities will be having several people from their electric department going through the service territory over the next couple months with a large wagon carrying boxes of electric meters. Staff will be changing out all electric meters and will be going to every home and business to do this.
The water department will be contacting every customer over the next +/- four years as part of a water meter change out project. Water department staff will need to access the meters which are generally located in the basement of homes and businesses in order to install a new meter.
Storm Drain Murals in Waunakee and Westport
The Town of Westport is part of the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership and as part of their stormwater permit they are required to undertake information and education. Storm drain murals were part of that education element this year. Check out the poster HERE featuring Waunakee and Westport drain murals. Have you seen the cool mural near the intersection of Woodland Drive and Mill Road in Westport? Thanks to Jessica and Barry from the Town for heading the project for Westport and Christal Campbell at the County for coming up with the neat idea!
Connecting to the Village of Waunakee continues to be convenient since the 2017 rollout of the Village of Waunakee Mobile App (MyWaunakee). Currently available in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store, information like news alerts, job postings, Village Board information, and events and meetings are now at your fingertips. The application, designed to make connecting to your local government more seamless, allows users the unique ability to report a concern (ex. street light out), attach relevant photos along with map location, and connect to the appropriate staff to easily address concerns.
To download the MyWaunakee app, follow the links below or simply search for “MyWaunakee” in either the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
Apple Store - https://itunes.apple.com/WebOb
Google Play Store - https://play.google.com/store/
For more information about the mobile application, please contact Adam Bentley, Assistant Village Administrator at email@example.com or by phone at 608-850-2182. If you would like to watch a quick demonstration of the application please visit the Village’s YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/WzqD1j0fV7A.
Waunakee Ranked Among Safest Communities
Waunakee was recently named the second Safest City in Wisconsin for 2018 by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. For the full article and more information on the study, click the link below.