School Crossing Guard Wanted

The City of Columbus Police Department is seeking applicants for the position of an adult school crossing guard. This is a regular, part-time position that works the afternoon shift, Mon - Fri, 3:10PM to 3:40PM at the corner of S. Ludington and School St. Early release school days would require work from 12:25PM to 12:55PM. There may also be some morning hours available too.
The positon pays $20.86 per hour. This a part-time, non-benefitted position.
For more information or to apply, contact the police department’s Office Manager, Erika Kellar at (920)623-5919.

Leaf Pickup Begins...Brush Pickup Ends

Weather permitting, leaves will be picked up in the City of Columbus during the weeks of October 12th through November 16, 2015.

Place leaves in the curb no later that 7:00AM on Monday before your scheduled week of pickup. Do not put leaves around posts, guide wires, etc. Do not park cars by leaf piles. Schedule may be subject to change due to weather conditions. A schedule map is available on this website (the Public Works tab) or you can stop at the Public Works Dept office at 229 E School St. or call 920-623-5908.

The last brush pickup will be the week of October 5, 2015. The City will not pick up garden & yard waste. Please do not put sticks with the leaves. Please deposit these materials at the Recycling Center (557 River Road). The hours are 1PM to 6PM on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8AM to 3PM on Saturdays. DO NOT place yard waste on the curb or street edge. Waste will be flagged and must be removed within 24 hours or a citation will be issued by the Police Department. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
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.

October Programs at the Columbus Library

Interested in what's going on at the Columbus Library? Well, take a look at their October Newsletter and find out.
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

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:
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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