With the return of extreme warm and humid conditions to the area, the City of Columbus would like to urge residents to take precautions. For the next couple of days, temperatures are expected to climb into the high 80ís and low 90ís with the heat index expected to reach the upper 90ís. The City offers the Columbus Public Library and the Columbus Area Senior Center as cooling shelters if you have no other options. The Library is open 9 a.m. Ė 8:30 p.m. and the Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. Ė 4 p.m. for the next two days.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity could lead to heat illnesses. Given the cool summer weíve experienced so far, these conditions may lead to a high risk of heat related stress and illness. This is especially true of the young and elderly, and those without air conditioning.

Here are some tips to keep you, your family and friends safe:
  • Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Slow down and limit physical activity.
  • Stay in an air conditioned room especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Check on relatives and neighbors who may be isolated and not aware of the heat dangers. In 2013, 11 Wisconsin residents suffered heat-related deaths. Many of those victims had limited contact with the outside world.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked car.

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING, DOT 16 & 60 Intersection Project
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, July 29th from 5-7 pm at the Columbus Community Center, 161 N. Dickason Blvd. The meeting is to present information on the improvements planned for State Highway 16 and the intersection with State Highway 60 in 2016. This is not related to the State Highway 16/60 (James Street) project slated for 2017. If you have any questions or concerns related to development of this project, you are encouraged to attend. If you cannot attend, you are asked to contact either Gary Sassman with DAAR Engineering at (608) 229-1446/email: gary.sassman@daarcorp.com, or David Pilon at WisDOT, at (608) 245-2622/email: david.pilon@dot.wi.gov.

City News:

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation recently announced that the City of Columbus has been accepted as a 2014 Connect Communities participant. The Connect Communities is a state-sponsored economic development program that provides insight, technical training and downtown development opportunities for participants. Columbus was selected as one of 21 other Wisconsin municipalities in the program for this year. For further information, please click here.


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is in the design phase of the 2017 reconstruction of Hwy 16/60 (James Street) through Columbus.
The weblink below will provide continual updates as to the status of this important project. Please click here for that information, and return often for updates:

Spring Awareness video:
Information from the City for Spring and Summer Safety Preparedness

Welcome to Columbus Wisconsin. We are a small, safe community located in South Central Wisconsin. Columbus has a beautiful historic downtown district, two golf courses, a wonderful aquatic center, top ranked schools and an outstanding hospital. Please feel free to give us a call if you would like more information on our community.
From the City Council:
The Columbus City Council will hold a listening session on Thursday July 31, 2014 at the Columbus Public Library from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Council invites city residents to share concerns and to participate in open discussion with their elected city representatives. No city business will be transacted at this listening session.

If you see another vehicle stopped in front of you at an intersection and it doesnít appear to be turning, be cautious! They may be waiting for a pedestrian to cross the roadway.

Fireworks Regulations

The City of Columbus Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission has authorized and produced a booklet of information about the City of Columbus featuring paintings by Susan Stare and other historic artifacts.
Researched and edited by Alice L. Schmidt and Suzanne T. Walcott, the booklet may be viewed here

From the Library Director:
The Columbus Library has received a prestigious national award from the American Library Association.  Click here for more information.

From the Public Works Dept: The Columbus Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that brush pick started in April and goes through the month of October. Please look for the Department of Public Works schedule/calendar (also in the April Water & Light billing statement). Brush pick up for residents will be the first full week of the month. Brush should be placed at the tree border by 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Brush is defined as limbs 8" or less in diameter, twigs less than 1" should be placed with yard waste. Yard waste, grass clippings, and garden materials should be taken to the recycling center. Leaves are only picked up in the fall of the year. For questions on brush, please call the Columbus Department of Public Works at 920-623-5908.

From the City Administrator: take a look at the latest "Under The Clock Tower" column.

From the Water & Light Department: Press Release on Water Lateral Insurance Solicitation.

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