Pierce County, Wisconsin
Gilman Township is located in the northeast
History of Gilman Township
Gilman Township was first organized as Deerfield in 1870. Oliver Purdy was chairman, and Caleb Coon and Bardon Jenson were supervisors of the town.
The first settler was B.F. Gilman, for whom the town was later named. Rufus Preston and Joseph and Caleb Coon settled soon after. The first school teacher in Gilman Township was Mrs. M.L. Maxgood. U.F. Hals was the first postmaster of Gilman Center, as well as town clerk. The first wedding was that of Caleb Coon and Cenith Preston. Their son Rayd, was the first child born in the township.
- History from http://www.rootsweb.com/~wipierce/cities.htm
Residents are encouraged to attend all Gilman Township meetings. Regular monthly meetings of the Town Board are normally held at the Town Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. If there is something you wish to discuss at the meeting, please call Clerk Deanne Claypool at 715-778-4409 so it can be properly noticed on the agenda.
The annual town meeting is held in April. At this meeting, the residents of the township:
The annual township budget hearing/special meeting is held in November. At this meeting, the residents of the township:
Detailed notices of meetings and events held in the township are
published in the Spring Valley Sun-Argus. The summarized versions are
published in the Valley Values. Many notices are also
Gilman residents may vote during township, county, state and federal elections at the Gilman Town Hall. Please refer to the local media for voting dates. Voter registration is now required in all states. You may register at the polls, however to save time on election day, you should contact Clerk Sue Thompson to find out how to pre-register. Registration is done when you come to vote. Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Town Hall is handicap accessible. Absentee voting is available by contacting Clerk Sue Thompson. Please allow enough time for applications and ballots to be sent and returned by mail.
Township Elections: The Township Chairperson, Township Supervisors, Clerk and Treasurers serve two-year terms. Candidates are nominated by town residents during the Town of Gilman Caucus. All electors of Gilman Township are invited to attend. The date for the caucus is set during the December monthly board meeting. The caucus must be held in January.
The current officers are up for election in April 2015.
2013 Election calendar is as follows:
Spring Primary Recall - February 19, 2013
Real estate taxes may be paid by mail or in person. The first one half of real estate taxes are due on or before January 31. You may pay at the home of the town treasurer, Richelle Bartlett, by appointment only. Call her at 715-778-5039 to set up a time. The payment cannot be made by credit card. The second half of your taxes are due on or before July 31, and must be paid to the Pierce County Treasurer’s office located at 414 West Main St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.
The township assessor is Kelly Owen from Menomonie. The tax roll is sent out every December.
An Open Book and Board of Review are held between April and December each year. A notice of any changes will be sent to the property owner before the Open Book. The Open Book gives landowners an opportunity to discuss their tax valuation with the assessor. If the landowner remains dissatisfied after speaking with the assessor, the landowner may notify the town clerk and appear before the Board of Review with the proper papers.
To view the 2012 Real Estate Tax List - click on Tax
Building permits are required for any structural changes or additions, as well as any new structures. For more information contact the Pierce County Zoning Department at 715-273-3531. Inspectors are now required for new structures. Contact All-Croix Inspections, LLC, Todd Dolan at 715-377-2152 for information.
It is illegal to burn garbage and painted or treated lumber in Pierce County. A burning permit is needed before setting any fire. To obtain this permit, contact the Town Chairperson. Please also contact the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (715-273-5051) to let them know when and what you are burning. If you do not notify these people and someone calls in the fire, you will be charged for the fire call.
All new driveways must meet the codes set by the Town Board. For a driveway permit, contact the Gilman Town Chairperson. Upon completing the application, paying a $75 fee, and receiving Town Board approval, a driveway permit will be issued by the Town Board. The Pierce County Zoning office is responsible for assigning addresses and fire numbers. All private roads must be built according to township standards.
Dog owners have the responsibility to purchase a dog license for all
their dogs, to secure the license tag to the dog collar and to keep the
dog on their property. Any dog running at large should be reported
to the Chairman.
Please properly dispose of your wastes through one of the many opportunities listed below. It is illegal to burn garbage in Pierce County. If you have questions about waste disposal or recycling in Pierce County, contact Sue Thompson or the Pierce County Solid Waste/Recycling Department.
Garbage/Waste: Dumpsters are available for waste disposal at the Gilman Town Hall on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This service is for GILMAN RESIDENTS ONLY. Residents must purchase a $12.50 dump ticket, which allows for 5 bags of garbage (1 punch on card = $2.50 per bag). A standard 30-gallon bag full of garbage requires one punch. Please note that the $25 Solid Waste Fee added to your real estate property tax bill goes to the county.
Recycling: Recyclables may be placed in the recycling bins at anytime. These bins are located at the Town Hall. There is no charge for recycling. Please follow the guidelines in the Pierce County Recycling Guide pamphlet located on a board near the recycling bins. Please take the time to place your recyclables in the correct bin. Detailed recycling information can be found in the Pierce County Recycling Guide.
Reusables Shed: The recycling shed, located immediately east of the Town Hall, is open Saturday during regular dump hours. Gilman residents may deposit good, useable items in this shed or take items useful to them.
Big Dumpster Days: Twice a year, GILMAN RESIDENTS can dispose of metals, and other non-hazardous materials in the large dumpsters available during Big Dumpster Days. Big Dumpster Days are usually the 2nd Friday and Saturday in September and the first Friday and Saturday in May. Pickup loads cost $25 and car loads are $10.00. Tire costs depend on size. The Town of Gilman does not accept hazardous wastes, pesticides, wet paint, motor oil, lead batteries, antifreeze, infectious wastes or poisonous gases.
Jointly owned by the Town of Gilman, the Town of Cady, the Town of Spring Lake and the Village of Spring Valley, the ambulance service is self financed. The Town of Gilman has a contract with the Village of Spring Valley for the services of the Spring Valley Fire Department. Every response to a fire within the Town of Gilman is billed to the township. The township then bills the property owner.
The Spring Valley Fire Department, Emergency Medical Team and the First Responders are all volunteers. Many residents of the Town of Gilman serve as an EMT or First Responder. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to these volunteers who dedicate their time to help others.
Snowplowing – $54 for first 15 mn. and an additional $1.00 per
minute after 15 mn.
The Township encourages residents to use private services for driveway maintenance. We are not in the business of plowing, sanding or grading driveways, but understand an occasional need for these services. Any request for snowplowing, sanding or grading will be done AFTER the town roads.
On July 23, 2003, a new zoning map for Gilman Township was approved by the County. The township is now comprised of parcels zoned General Rural or Primary Agriculture. General Rural allows 4 houses per 40 acres and Primary Agriculture allows 2 houses per 40 acres. The new zoning map hangs on the east wall in the Town Hall.
This page was last updated on January 9, 2012