Martell Township is located in the northern
part of Pierce County, Wisconsin. It is
bordered by the Town of Gilman, Town of River Falls, Town of Ellsworth and St. Croix County. Martell Township is a rural Township comprised of a mix of farmland, woodland and creeks. Its primary
industry is agriculture, which includes dairy, beef and crop farms and an apple orchard.
It is a picturesque area of Northwest Wisconsin, with lots of recreational
opportunities available nearby, from hiking and camping to hunting and
Equalization Values - 2011.......96,911,700
School District..... Ellsworth, River Falls & Spring Valley
of Martell Township
Martell Township was organized in 1854, Amos Bonesteel was elected chairman with R.J. Thompson and M. Statten supervisors. The earliest known settlers were four French-Canadians: Joseph Martell (for whom the town is named), Lewis Lepeau, John Doe and Xerxes Jock, a colorful woodsman in Pierce County's early history. The four aforementioned pioneers were here by 1847. The first school opened in 1857 with Miss. M. Jewell the teacher. O. Rasmusson was the first postmaster and the post office was named "Rising Sun", but that name was soon dropped. Also settling here early on were John P. Aaserud, Gilbert Forseth, Berosne Iverson, Martin Olson, Peter Berge, Stener Thorson and Swend T. Winger.
- History from http://www.rootsweb.com/~wipierce/cities.htm
- Chairperson: Eric Eckhoff 715-273-5224
- Supervisor: Tim Wiff 715-273-3056
- Supervisor: Brad Taplin 715-273-5157
- Clerk: Janice Swanson 715-273-3128
- Treasurer: Noreen Falde 715-273-5930
- Road Patrolman: 715-684-3066 (Town
Garage at W5344 Hwy 63)
Residents are encouraged to attend all Martell Township meetings.
Regular monthly meetings of the Town Board are normally held at the Town
Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. If
there is something you wish to discuss at the meeting, please call Clerk
Janice Swanson at 715-273-3128 so it can be properly noticed on the
The annual town meeting is held in April. At this meeting, the
residents of the township:
- review the financial report
- set the date for the next annual meeting
- decide on dust control methods
- designate the official depository
- express concerns within the township
The annual township budget hearing/special meeting is held in
November. At this meeting, the residents of the township:
- approve the proposed budget for the next year
- adopt the Town Tax Levy
- authorize highway expenditures
- authorize the hiring of town board members as employees
- and, in an election year, set the salary for the town board for
the next term.
Meeting notices and events held in the township are
published in the River alls Journal, the Pierce County Herald and at the town hall..
Voter registration is now required in all states.
You may register at the polls with a Wisconsin Drivers License. However, to save time on election day, you
should contact Clerk Janice Swanson at 715-273-3128 to find out how to pre-register. Polling hours are from
7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Town Hall is handicap accessible. Absentee voting
is available by contacting Clerk Janice Swanson. Please allow enough time (minimum of a month)
for absent ballot applications and ballots to be sent and returned by mail.
Martell residents may vote during township, county, state and federal
elections at the Martell Town Hall. Effective, September, 2008, voting will be done using a combination of touch screen voting machine and paper ballots with an optical scan.
Township Elections: The Township Chairperson,
Township Supervisors, Clerk and Treasurers serve two-year terms.
Candidates are nominated by town residents during the Town of Martell
Caucus. All electors of Martell 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
2013 Election Calendar
Spring Primary – February 19, 2013
Spring Election - April 2, 2013
Open Book and Board of Review
The first meeting shall be within thirty days
after the second Monday in May. However,
if the tax rolls are not complete at that time, a new date shall be set. Open book allows the taxpayer an opportunity to
discuss their tax valuation with the assessor. The township assessor is Mark Garlick from Eleva.
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. Tax objectors must file their objections in writing with the
clerk, either before or during the first two hours of the first
scheduled meeting. In the
case of later scheduled meetings, the written objection must be filed at
least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Telephone contact is acceptable in the case of qualifying ill and
disabled persons only if all parties waive such notices in the minutes.
Open Book: To be determined
Board of Review To be determined
MAJOR CHANGES FOR 2011
ALL TAXES ARE TO BE PAID TO THE PIERCE COUNTY TREASURER
Make Check to: Pierce County Treasurer
ADDRESS FOR SENDING IN TAXES: PIERCE COUNTY TREASURER
C/O MARTELL TOWNSHIP
414 W Man St / PO Box 87
Ellsworth, WI. 54011
ANNUAL DOG LICSENSE ARE STILL TO BE PAID TO TOWN TREASURER
Make Check to: TOWN OF MARTELL
Address for Dog License: Noreen Falde C/O Town of Martell
W5261 770th Ave.
Spring Valley, WI. 54767
1-715-273-5930 # if any information needed
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 - then ask for Zoning. 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. It is permissible to burn brush, wood, etc, after obtaining permission from the town chairperson, Eric Eckhoff at 715-273-5224. He will instrsuct you to call the
Pierce County Solid Waste department (273-3092) AND the Sheriff’s Department (715-273-5051) to report that you will be burning. Even after obtaining permission from the town chairperson, you are still responsible for the fire that you start. 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 Martell Town Suprvisor Tim Wiff at 715-273-3056. Upon
completing the application, paying a $250.00 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. A non-kicense, untagged dog running at large will be picked up by any of the Board members. Contact Noreen Falde at 715-273-5930 to obtain your dog license.
The dog license is required for all dogs over the age of 5 months. All dogs must have rabies vaccination and proof of such vacinnation must be shown to purchase a license. Please pay with a separate check . The fee schedule is as follows:
Neutered Male $5 Male $10
Neutered Female $5 Female $10
A late fee of $10.00 per dog must be paid if
dogs are not licensed by April 1 of each year. Also check the new Animal
Control Ordinance on our website for regulations and prices for a
Private Kennel License and a Commercial Kennel License.
|NO ONE IN MARTELL TOWNSHIP SHOULD TAKE AN ANIMAL TO ANY
ANIMAL SHELTER WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE CHAIRMAN
OR SUPERVISIORS 1 OR 2.
Martell Township Chairman
Recycling and Trash
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 the Solid Waste/Recycling Department or where to recycle or call them are 715-273-3092.
Also find information in Pierce County Recycling Guide.
Garbage/Waste: Dumpsters are available for waste
disposal at the closed landfiill site on 780th Avenue (1/4 mile East of Highway 63) on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This service is for MARTELL RESIDENTS ONLY. Residents must purchase a
$2.50 dump tag which is obtained on site. A standard 30-gallon bag full of garbage requires
one tag. 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 closed landfill site.
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
The center is open every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM to Noon. Bags and stickers are to be purchased at the center.
The Town of Martell has a contract with the Village of
Ellsworth for the services of the Ellsworth Fire Department, the Ellsworth Ambulance and Ellsworth First Responders. Every response to a fire within the Town
of Martell is billed to the township. The township then bills the
The Ellsworth Fire Department, Emergency Medical Team and the
First Responders are all volunteers.
Please call the Road Patrolman at 715-684-3066 for information regarding the cost and/or schedule any services.
On March 12, 1998, a new zoning map for Martell Township was approved
by the County. The township is now comprised of parcels zoned Primary Agriculture, Rural Residential 20, Commercial and Light Industrial. Primary Agriculture allows 2 houses per 40 acres and Rural Rsidential allows 20 lots per 40 acres. The new zoning map
hangs on the wall in the Town Hall.
page was last updated on February 7, 2011