Town of Berry Frequently Asked Questions
- What's with the electronic newsletters and why is the calendar so hard to read?
- When are burning permits required?
- When do I need a building permit?
- How do I obtain an absentee ballot?
- When will I receive my property tax bill?
- How do I obtain a dog license?
- When is garbage picked up?
- How do I dispose hazardous materials properly?
Newsletters and other PDF files
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How come the Calendar events don't wrap so I can see them? That's the way it is. We use Google Mail to update the calendar and if you want see the events click on them or view it in "Weekly" or "Agenda" view which allows a larger view. You may even be able to link the Town Calendar to your personal calander automatically by going to Google Calendar Help. (http://www.google.com/support/calendar/)
It is safest to burn when the humidity and wind speeds are down, and when the ground is snow covered. Hours when burning is allowed is from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. If your brush pile has the potential to produce a large quantity of smoke, it's best to let your Sheriff Department and Fire Department know. This cuts down on unnecessary fire department and DNR fire response calls.
|Sheriff Department West Precinct:||608-267-4936|
|Black Earth Fire District Non-Emergency:||608-767-3949|
|Cross Plains-Berry Fire District Non-Emergency:||608-798-3241|
From January 1st - May 31st burning permits are required if the ground is not snow covered for all outside burning. Burn barrel permits are a separate permit and are renewed annually. All burning permits are free and are available from the town office, 9046 State Road 19, 608-767-4152. New in 2011 burning permits may be acquired by dialing 1-888-947-2876 from 7 am to 10 pm daily and a customer service representative will issue a no cost DNR burn permit over the phone. The written permit will then be mailed to your doorstep or instantly emailed.
Please remember to have fire fighting tools available when burning. Shovels, rakes and water are a good idea. Don't burn if the winds are stronger than 8 miles an hour, and watch the weather for wind switches. Keep the size of your pile small if possible. If the piles is too large, consider making a separate fire and adding material a little at a time. Fires can holdover in stumps and roots and can be rekindled weeks or even months later. Please make sure your fire is competely out before leaving it. Never leave your fire unattended. Remember, you are responsible for the
If you have any questions
regarding burning, location of Emergency Fire Wardens, or permit information
call the DNR Fire Control office in Poynette at 608-635-8121. Or call 1-888-WIS BURN (947-2876) or visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/forestfire/restrictions.asp for daily burning restrictions
The construction which shall require a building permit
includes, but is not limited to:
1. *New buildings including detached structures (decks) and accessory buildings over 32 square feet in floor area
2. *Additions that increase the physical dimensions of a building including decks
3. Alterations to the building structure
4. Alteration of plumbing, HVAC or electrical systems
5. *Agricultural buildings.
*Needs a Dane County Zoning Permit 608-266-9083
The following construction activities shall not require a building permit:
1. Re-siding, re-roofing and finishing of interior surfaces, replacement of windows, installation of cabinetry and minor repairs. Nothwithstanding this section, however a permit accompanied by structural load-bearing calculations shall be required for re-roofing a building if the proposed re-roofing would constitute a third or more layer of roofing.
2. Normal repairs and replacements of HVAC, plumbing and electrical equipment or systems such as replacing switches, receptacles, light fixtures, dimmers, furnace, air conditioning, garbage disposal, water heater and water softener.
3. Construction of accessory buildings of less than 32 square feet in floor area and not served by any utility (excluding telephones).
The Town contracts with Independent Inspections to provide these services to its residents. The Independent Inspections representative who has been working with our town for many years is Dean Eppler. Before you excavate or start remodeling, contact Dean. Dean can be reached at 608-576-6370 or 1-800-422-5220.
Town of Berry's Building Code Ordinance & Guidelines
There are two ways
of obtaining an absentee ballot. You can either request an application
form from the town clerk or download one from the website. Or you can
send a letter to the town clerk which must include the following information,
date of the election, name and legal voting address, address to send the
ballot to if different from the legal voting address, and signature. Application
forms are to be sent to the following address, Town of Berry, 9046 State
Road 19, Mazomanie, WI 53560.
Garbage is picked up
weekly on Mondays, recyclables every other week. Check your newsletter for holiday schedule pick-up.
Dispose of unwanted or damaged paints, varnishes, finish removers, kerosene, driveway sealant and other chemicals and solvents at Clean Sweep and Product Exchange, which is held at Dane Co. Highway Garage 2302 Fish Hatchery Rd., Madison. For info. (dates, times, etc.) there are brochures at the Berry Town Hall, or call theINFO-LINE at 608-294-5366, or visit Dane County's recycling website:for recycling info