Columbus Fall Festival

The Columbus Fall Festival is coming on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9AM to 1PM.
The Columbus Area Senior Center will host a bake sale, silent auction and soup lunch along with sponsoring The Sharrows Music this year as part of the Columbus Fall Festival on the boulevard in downtown Columbus.

The senior center event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with bake sale and silent auction and continues with delicious homemade soups and rolls from 10am until 1pm. The Sharrows will play on the boulevard between the Senior Center and City Hall from 11:30 am to 1pm.

The event is the largest fundraising event of the year for the senior center. The Columbus Area Senior Center has been providing programming and services to older adults in the Columbus Area since 1979.

Click here for a poster describing the event.

Utility Scams Catch Customers Off Guard

August 26, 2015
Columbus Water & Light warns customers to be wary of callers who claim to be from the utility requesting immediate payment for a bill or meter.

In one instance in Wisconsin, a caller told a small business owner that he had to pay a $499 deposit that was past due for a new meter - or have his electricity shut off. What’s more, the caller asked that the business owner buy a prepaid debit card to make the payment.

These scams take advantage of business owners by calling them at busy times. In other instances, scammers target residential customers, claiming that the household is behind on its electricity bill and needs to pay up now, or that a meter is malfunctioning and could put people at risk.

"These scammers prey upon people’s fears," said Eric Anthon, Superintendent of Columbus Water & Light. "They can also seem legitimate in many ways. For example, they can program a Caller ID so that the call appears to originate from the utility’s area code."

Columbus Water & Light reminds customers:
  • The utility will not demand immediate payment over the phone. Customers receive a disconnection notice well before action is taken.
  • Customers need not provide personal financial information over the phone - such as a checking or credit card account number or a Social Security number - to enroll in any kind of program or pay off a balance.
  • The utility does not ask that customers make payments to purchase or repair electric meters.
If in doubt, the utility recommends that you hang up and call customer service at 623-5912.

Medication Drop Box Available at Police Station

A new medication drop box has been installed in the Police Dept lobby and is now available for use. Some relevant information about the use of the box:
- This drop box is for the safe and secure disposal of unused/unwanted PHARMACEUTICAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES or other prescription/over-the-counter medications
- Do not place sharps/needles in this container
- Please remove all labels with personal information from containers before disposing in this drop box and make sure the bottle/container is closed
- Access to the box is in the Public Safety Building lobby which is open 24/7/365.

If you have any questions as to what can be disposed of in this container, please contact a member of the police department.

This medication drop box was made possible through generous donations from:
Columbus Community Hospital Foundation
Farmers & Merchants Union Bank
Various community members.
September Programs at the Columbus Library

Interested in what's going on at the Columbus Library? Well, take a look at their
September Newsletter and find out.
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.
Want to know what's happening?

Try the Community Calendar.
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.
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 pvandersanden@columbuswi.us.


Mud Run Video
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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:
LOCK YOUR VEHICLES!
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.
DON’T BE IN A HURRY TO PASS ON THE RIGHT….
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.
PARK AVENUE SPEED LIMIT CHANGED
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!
PAY ATTENTION TO THE ORANGE FLAGS!
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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