Columbus Storm

The Fire Dept has encountered numerous people who have been burning brush in the city which is against city ordinance. The Public Works Dept has said that extra brush pickup due to the storm will continue through this week. Please remember that burning of brush in the city is not permitted, and as always, it must be set to the curb or taken to the recycling center. Please note that the Recycling Center has returned to regular hours (Monday/Wednesday 1-6 pm; Saturday 8 am-3 pm)

Reschedule of CAAC Summer Splash Speaker Spectacular Fundraiser

We hope everyone is safe and recovering after this challenging week. In lieu of this weeks events, we are rescheduling the Columbus Area Aquatic Center’s Summer Splash Speaker Spectacular Fundraiser that was scheduled for this Saturday, July 18th. It will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm. This events proceeds will go towards a much needed new speaker system at the pool, that will allow weather notices, officiate swim meets and make it easier for any required announcements. To honor and thank all the hard work our Emergency response, Police, Fire, Public works, and Water and Light Departments put in this week, the CAAC will be donating a table of 8 at the event which each department will be able to send a representative. There are still tickets available for you to attend the event or if anyone would like to honor more of our hard working city heroes by purchasing additional seats for them to attend, tickets are $35 for individuals or tables of 8 for $250 which include 8 drink tickets. Tickets are available at the pool or by contacting Tania Black at 608-445-6199 or Janet Roberts at 920-623-5511. If you would like to just make a donation, that can be done by contacting the above people.

Aquatic Center Open For The Summer!

The CAAC began their normal summer hours on June 9th. If you have any questions about memberships, programming or anything else about the Aquatic Center, please call 920-623-6047, or via email at:

Any patron who can provide proof of residency within the City of Columbus will receive a $1 discount on their daily admission to the CAAC!
Presentation on Columbus Historic Districts: 7/30/2015

The Columbus Area Endowment presents: "Wisconsin Remarkable Homes and Columbus Historic Districts" with Michael Bridgeman, host of WI Public Television's Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin on Thursday, July 30th starting at 5:30PM in the Fireman's Park Pavilion. Click here for all the details.
National Night Out

The Columbus Police Department will be participating in National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 4th at the Fireman's Park Pavilion starting at 6:00PM. Click here for details on the topics and presentations that will be there.
Bulk Item Drop Off Collection Program Announced

The City of Columbus Department of Public Works is offering a larger item/bulk item drop off and curbside collection in the City of Columbus, open to City residents only. Click here for full details on the new program.
City Considering Automated Trash/Recycling Collection

The City of Columbus is currently considering the move to an automated collection system for trash and recycling pickups, like many communities around us. The system uses 2 large carts (one for waste, one for recycling) for residents to place at their curbs for pickup. Trash would be collected each week, and recycling would be every other week. On the left is a photo of a cart being considered for use. The City would like to know your thoughts on such a collection system. If you have thoughts, please contact City Hall at 623-5900, or via email at

Mud Runs Scheduled for August

Young (4yo-15yo) and old alike can make a splash this summer by participating in the Mud Runs that are being held in August. Early registration is open now. Click here for all the details.
Watch for New Stop Signs

At the May 19, 2015 City Council meeting, council members approved new stop signs to be installed throughout the uncontrolled intersections in the Main Street, Hibbard Street, Charles Street, and S. Lewis Street neighborhoods. The City will be installing the stop signs in the upcoming weeks and will also be putting red flags on the new signs to draw attention to them. Please pay attention to the signage in your neighborhood...for the safety of all our residents.
Operation Identification

Our police department is implementing a new crime prevention program...
OPERATION IDENTIFICATION is a personal property identification program with a goal of preventing property theft and increasing the chances that an owner will get their property back if it is stolen and subsequently recovered.

The police department has a property engraver available for Columbus residents to use to mark their personal property for identification purposes. The kit also contains property inventory forms and other information. The kit can be signed out at the police department during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM - 4:00PM). If you can't sign the kit out during those hours, please call our non-emergency number during regular business hours to make other arrangements.

Click here for details on Operation Identification.

If you have any questions about this program, feel free to call us (623-5919).
City Parks Beautification Program

The Columbus Public Works Department is currently promoting the City Parks Beautification Program....purchase a tree in honor of someone special. Click here for all the program details.
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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.
Brush Pickup Information
The Columbus Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that brush pick-up started in April, and will go through the month of October. Brush is defined as limbs 8" or less in diameter. Twigs less than 1" should be placed with yard waste. Brush pick-up for residents will be the first full week of the month. Brush should be placed at the tree boarder by 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Yard waste, glass clippings, and garden materials should be taken to the recycling center, located at N3642 River Road. Recycling center hours are Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A DPW calendar/schedule is available at the DPW office, City Hall, True Value, or on the city website. For questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 623-5908.

Columbus DPW greatly appreciates your cooperation in this matter to help keep the storm sewers clear of all this debris, and working efficiently during the spring rain season.

Wireless Printing at the Library
Your Columbus Public Library now offers wireless printing options for everyone. Check it out!

Historical Information Available
The 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

James Street Reconstruction Project, 2017
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:

From the Police Dept:
We have had reported to us recently that some cars have been entered in an apparent attempt to steal some of the contents. In all cases, the vehicles have been left unlocked, parked in residential areas and this has been occurring during the overnight hours. Remember that you should be locking your vehicles and should not be leaving valuable items in them.
If you see another vehicle stopped in front of you at an intersection and it doesn’t appear to be turning, be cautious! They may be waiting for a pedestrian to cross the roadway.
The speed limit on a section of Park Avenue has been changed to keep the speeds consistent for both lanes. Specifically, the speed limit for northbound traffic at Faith Drive, along the Park Avenue corridor, was changed from 35 mph to 25 mph. Please take note and be aware!
In an effort to keep a busy intersection safe for motorists and pedestrians, the City has placed several orange flags on each side of the Park Avenue & Farnham Street intersection (at Park Avenue at the southernmost crossing). These flags are to be used by walkers wanting to cross the road to be more visible to traffic in that area. Park Avenue and Farnham Street is one of the busier areas of town, particularly during school morning and afternoon “rush” hours. On each side of the road is a receptacle to place the flag when you have used it.

Be aware of your surroundings and stay safe!

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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