Events Calendar

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Upcoming Events

Thu Sep 18
Garbage Only
Thu Sep 25
Garbage, Recycling, & Bulk Pickup
Wed Oct 01 @ 6:30PM -
Plan Commission Meeting
Thu Oct 02
Garbage Only
Thu Oct 09
Garbage & Recycling
Mon Oct 13 @ 6:30PM -
Protective Services Meeting
Wed Oct 15 @ 6:30PM -
Town Board Meeting
Thu Oct 16
Garbage Only
Thu Oct 23
Garbage & Recycling
Sun Oct 26 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM
Trick or Treat
Thu Oct 30
Garbage Only
Tue Nov 04 @ 7:00AM - 08:00PM
General Election
Wed Nov 05 @ 6:30PM -
Plan Commission Meeting
Thu Nov 06
Garbage & Recycling
Thu Nov 13
Garbage Only
Sat Nov 15
Yard Waste Collection
Mon Nov 17 @ 6:30PM -
Protective Services Meeting
Wed Nov 19 @ 6:30PM -
Town Board Meeting
Thu Nov 20
Garbage & Recycling
Thu Nov 27 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Town Hall Closed
Fri Nov 28
Garbage, Recycling, & Bulk Pickup
Fri Nov 28 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Town Hall Closed
Wed Dec 03 @ 6:30PM -
Plan Commission Meeting
Thu Dec 04
Garbage & Recycling
Thu Dec 11
Garbage Only
Mon Dec 15 @ 6:30PM -
Protective Services Meeting
Wed Dec 17 @ 6:30PM -
Town Board Meeting
Thu Dec 18
Garbage & Recycling
Wed Dec 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Town Hall Closed
Thu Dec 25 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Town Hall Closed

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Town of Mukwonago History

The Winnebago tribe inhabited Waukesha County prior to the Potawatomi tribe arriving in the early 1700s to establish the Potawatomi Indian Village along the Fox River, where the Village of Mukwonago is now located. In 1832 the Potawatomi ceded their lands, predisposing an influx of white settlers.

The Indian Village site was considered desirable by the white settlers. In the spring of 1836, Sewall Andrews and Henry Camp attempted to erect a house at that site. The remaining Native Americans objected, so Andrews and Camp built the house about 1 ½ miles northwest of the Indian Village, near the Andrew’s house, now the Mukwonago Museum.

During that year, Charles Cox and Joseph Smart set up homesteads in Section 19 of the Town, and Tom Sugden did the same in Section 26.

Additional families arrived following the 1836 settlers. In 1843 a colony of twenty socialistic families from England, led by a man named Hunt, purchased 160 acres around Spring Lake. They built one large log cabin for the group to live in, supplemented by smaller cabins. Following theories developed by Robert Owen, a Welsh-born factory owner, everything was owned by the community, and everyone was to receive an equal share of their necessities. The land did not yield sufficient crops to support them, and in 1850 the colony broke up. Several Owenites, including the Steele, Johnson, Skidmore, Whitnall, Blackworth and Hunt families did not return to England, but remained in the Mukwonago area.

Other settlers who moved to the Town or the Village before 1840 included the Jones, Hill, Raynon, Chafin, Prescott, Winch, Ray, Bond, Blood, Elmore, and Basselt families.

In 1838 Henry Hinkley was elected the first Chairman of the Town of Mukwonago, which then included the present Towns of Genesee, Ottawa, and Eagle.

By the end of the decade, Mukwonago included a hotel built in 1837, two stores, a shoemaker, a blacksmith, and a post office. The first permanent bridge over the Fox River was built in 1843. A flour mill and sawmill each began operating in 1847, and in 1849 the Mukwonago Chief began printing.

For the remainder of the 19th century, Mukwonago grew as a farming community. Construction of the Milwaukee and Beloit railroad track through the Village provided farmers with transportation for their crops. Schools and churches were established to fulfill the needs of the residents.

Social clubs and activities were also important. In 1878 nineteen young women, who swore never to marry, formed an “old maids club”. When they met for the last time in 1905, only Martha MacArthur, Josephine, Rose Chapin,  Fanny Chapin, Dr. Evelyn Hoehne, and Betty Andrews had remained single.

The Mukwonago Territorial Badgers, survivors of the pioneers who lived in Wisconsin when it was still a territory, held meetings from 1899 to 1928.

The character of Waukesha County changed in the late 1800s from being exclusively agricultural to including recreational activities. Travelers from Milwaukee, Chicago, and all over the country visited the fresh-water springs at Spring Lake and Kellogg Springs as well as other springs throughout the county. Several large hotels were built in Mukwonago to house those seeking the curative waters.

Another popular recreational activity for both visitors and residents was clam digging from canoes, along the shores of the Fox River.

The area now known as the Vernon Marsh was used for activities other than hunting and fishing; farmers harvested wild hay and other crops, and the marsh hid several moonshine stills. during the prohibition era.

Mukwonago was never isolated from the political events of state and national importance. In 1919 a “women’s liberation” parade marched through the village square, drawing women from many prominent families of the area. Mukwonago dairy farmers showed their clout when they broke with the Wisconsin Cooperative Milk Producers in 1934 through their vote to keep the United Dairy plant open. The Mukwonago delegation was among those who met with the Governor of Wisconsin and later with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture about the milk pricing controversy.

In 1905 the Village of Mukwonago was incorporated from the Town of Mukwonago. The population of the Town remained at about 800 from 1890 to 1950, when an influx of suburbanites began. In 1954 a lot and single family home in the Town sold for $9,000 – $13,500. By 1960 the population had increased to 1,579 residents.

The beauty of the Town did not go without notice by developer Francis Schroedel. In the 1960s he bought 900 acres adjacent to a lake south of the Mukwonago River and planned a 756 room convention and resort center to be called Rainbow Springs. He considered this project to be the capstone of his career, but he never saw it to completion. Before the furnishings were installed in the hotel for a targeted completion date of May 1967, Schroedel ran into financial difficulties. The Marshall and Isley Bank foreclosed and bought the complex in 1973.

Since then, there have been several efforts to open Rainbow Springs, the most recent occurring in the summer of 1981. The hotel was partially destroyed by fire in the early 2000s, and subsequent to that, the Town Board and the Waukesha County Park & Planning Commission terminated the Conditional Use Permit for the hotel and convention center on the property, allowing the golf course and clubhouse  to remain in operation.

Through the 1960s and 1970s more homes sprang up in the Town. Construction of the Rock Freeway (I-43) from Milwaukee to Mukwonago in 1972 contributed to the influx of new residents. By 1980 the growing needs of the Town residents resulted in the construction of a new Town Hall next to the existing one on Beulah Road.

Over the years, many of the Town’s first families have moved away or died off, but agricultural activities, operated by descendants of the settlers, still exist. The Town is now a mix of agricultural and residential areas.  With preservation of this rural flavor and natural beauty in mind, the citizens of the Town of Mukwonago embarked upon the original long-range land use plan in order to preserve the quality of life for future generations.

Property Tax Appeal Process

Open Book

The Town of Mukwonago Assessment Roll for the year 2014 will be open for examination from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on May 19 at the Mukwonago Town Hall, W320 S8315 Beulah Road. Appointments for Open Book should be made through the Assessor’s Office at (920) 749-1995. Instructional material about assessment, on how to file an objection, and Board of Review procedures under Wisconsin law will be available at Open Book.

Board of Review

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review, and procedural requirements if appearing before the Board:

1) No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone, or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property.

2) After the first meeting of the Board of Review, and before final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board may contact or provide information to a member of the Board about the objection, except at a session of the Board.

3) No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone, or contest the amount of the assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard, if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48-hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and files a written objection, that the person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board members, and if so, which member will be removed, and a reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take.

4) When appearing before the Board of Review, the person shall specify, in writing, the estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the objection, and specify the information used to arrive at that estimate.

5) No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone, or object to a valuation if that valuation was made using the income method of valuation, unless the person supplies the Assessor all the information about income and expenses as specified in Sec. 73.03 (2a) of Wis. Statutes, that the Assessor requests. The Town of Mukwonago has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information under this paragraph which provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law, duties of their office, or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under Sec. 19.35 (1) of Wis. Statutes.

The Board shall hear, upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone.

Garbage, Recycling, Bulk Pickup, Hazardous Wastes, CEDs

Home pickup:

In the Town of Mukwonago, garbage, recycling, and bulk items are collected by Johns Disposal. Click on link for category details: Johns Disposal Services

Garbage is picked up every week, recycling is picked up every other week, and bulk items are picked up every other month. Collection is usually on Thursday, except holiday weeks. See schedule for specific dates: Johns Disposal 2014

Johns Disposal can not collect household hazardous wastes or CEDs.

Collection sites:

Household hazardous wastes can be brought to various Waukesha County collection sites. Click on link for categories, locations, and dates: Waukesha County Hazardous Waste Sites

CEDs (covered electronic devices) including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, and various electronic devices can not be disposed in curbside garbage or recycling; they must be brought to a registered recycler.

For more information about collection sites and recycling CEDs, go to the Wisconsin DNR E-Cycle site: Covered Electronic Devices

Dog Exercise Areas

The Waukesha County Park System has two off-leash Dog Exercise Areas currently open - Minooka Park in Waukesha, and Nashota Park in Nashota.

The Mukwonago Park Dog Exercise Area located at W325 S9925 Beulah Road opened September 6. Daily park entrance fees apply.

There is no extra fee to enjoy the Dog Exercise Area. The Dog Exercise Area is open the same hours as the park - sunrise to 10 PM, year around. It is a state statute that untagged dogs running at large are subject to impoundment and/or penalties. A dog license is required for the keeping of any dog older than five months of age.

Dogs are allowed within any of the Waukesha County Parks except Retzer Nature Center. Dogs must be licensed, and owners must clean up and properly dispose of pet waste.