Incorporation Information UPDATED 12-20-2016

Town Incorporation Update – December 20, 2016

The Town of Menasha has officially ceased to exist.

The small Town of Menasha remnant consisting of three parcels that had been left out of the Intergovernmental Agreement, at the request of the property owner, was annexed into the City of Menasha on Monday, December 19, 2016.  This officially eliminates all territory known as the Town of Menasha.

The annexation of the three remnant parcels completes the incorporation and reunification process.  All territory previously known as the Town of Menasha is now in the Village of Fox Crossing, or the City of Menasha.

Any questions or comments regarding the incorporation effort can be directed to the following:


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Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – September 22, 2016

The Village of Fox Crossing and the Town of Menasha have been reunified!

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Village of Fox Crossing Board of Trustees unanimously approved an ordinance adjusting the municipal boundary line between the Village of Fox Crossing and the Town of Menasha, attaching most of the Town of Menasha to the Village.  The boundary change came as a result of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement approved by both the Village of Fox Crossing and the Town of Menasha in August.  A small Town of Menasha remnant consisting of three parcels will be annexed into the City of Menasha or the Village of Fox Crossing at a later date.

The Public Hearing for the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement that authorized the boundary change was held on August 17, 2016, and the agreement was then unanimously approved by both the Village of Fox Crossing Board of Trustees and the Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors that same evening.  The agreement was published in the Post-Crescent on August 22, 2016.

The electors of the Town of Menasha had a thirty (30) day window in which to circulate a petition to require a referendum on the agreement.  The deadline for submission of a valid petition to the Village and Town Clerk was on September 21, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.  No petition was submitted by the electors; hence, the agreement automatically went into effect on September 22, 2016.

A copy of the boundary change ordinance, along with the revised map of the Village of Fox Crossing.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – August 19, 2016

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement was approved unanimously by the village of Fox Crossing board of trustees and town of Menasha board of supervisors on August 17th, 2016.

Exhibits:

Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – July 22, 2016

The informational meeting on the next steps of re-unification of the Village of Fox Crossing with the Town of Menasha was a success with over 80 residents attending the meeting at the Community Center.

A copy of the slides presented by Town Administrator Sturgell

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – July 21, 2016

The informational meeting on the next steps of re-unification of the Village of Fox Crossing with the Town of Menasha will be held tonight at the Community Center at 7:00 p.m. in the Maple Room.  Chairman Hanson and Administrator Sturgell will provide a presentation and host a question and answer session.

Notice of Gathering

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – July 13, 2016

The Village of Fox Crossing Board of Trustees and the Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors will be holding a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arden Tews Assembly Room located in the Municipal Complex at 2000 Municipal Drive, Neenah, Wisconsin.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive public comment on an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between Fox Crossing and the Town of Menasha.  While the details of the agreement have yet to be finalized, the agreement will discuss the sharing of municipal services, the division of assets and liabilities, and perhaps most importantly, the changing of the boundary between the Village of Fox Crossing and the Town of Menasha, which may include the adjustment of and/or elimination of said boundary.

Immediately following the conclusion of the Public Hearing on the evening of August 17, a Special Joint Board Meeting of the Village of Fox Crossing and the Town of Menasha will be held in which both Boards will be taking the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement into consideration.  At this Special Joint Meeting both Boards will have the opportunity to act on the proposed agreement.

Should both Boards elect to approve the agreement, the Boards will publish the agreement in the Post-Crescent.  Upon publication, a thirty (30) day period will commence in which the electors residing in the Town of Menasha whose jurisdiction will change to the Village of Fox Crossing will have an opportunity to petition for a referendum on the agreement.

Should the thirty (30) day period pass and no valid petition is filed, the agreement will automatically go into effect.  Should a valid petition be filed, then a referendum will be held on the agreement.  If the agreement is approved by the referendum then the agreement will go into effect.  If the agreement is not approved by the referendum, then the agreement will not go into effect.

Finally, should the agreement go into effect, Fox Crossing may pass an ordinance that adjusts and/or eliminates the border between Fox Crossing and the Town of Menasha.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – June 8, 2016

The unofficial results for the contested races of the June 7, 2016 Special Village election are as follows (the results will be canvassed by the Winnebago County Clerk on Tuesday, June 14, 2016):

Village Trustee #4 Mark James Englebert 460
Harvey Schroeder 90
Thomas J. Gritton Jr. 145
Village Trustee #6 Bob Masiak 461
Nate Gustafson 223

 

Therefore, the new Village Board will consist of the following members:

Village President Dale A. Youngquist June 27, 2016 – April 18, 2017
Village Trustee #1 Michael Van Dyke June 27, 2016 – April 17, 2018
Village Trustee #2 Kris Koeppe June 27, 2016 – April 18, 2017
Village Trustee #3 Gregory J. Ziegler June 27, 2016 – April 17, 2018
Village Trustee #4 Mark James Englebert June 27, 2016 – April 18, 2017
Village Trustee #5 Dale McNamee June 27, 2016 – April 17, 2018
Village Trustee #6 Bob Masiak June 27, 2016 – April 18, 2017

The new Village Board will meet for the first time on June 27, 2016 for the regular Village Board meeting scheduled at 6:00 p.m. in the Arden Tews Assembly Room.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – May 12, 2016

The deadline for the submission of candidacy papers for the June 7, 2016 Special Village Board election has now passed, and the candidates for the Village Board are as follows:

Village President Dale A. Youngquist
Village Trustee #1 Michael Van Dyke
Village Trustee #2 Kris Koeppe
Village Trustee #3 Gregory J. Ziegler
Village Trustee #4 Mark James Englebert
J. Harvey Schroeder
Thomas J. Gritton Jr.
Village Trustee #5 Dale McNamee
Village Trustee #6 Bob Masiak
Nate Gustafson

Absentee ballots will be distributed on Tuesday, May 17, to those voters who have requested absentee ballots via mail.  In office absentee voting (in the Clerk’s Office) will begin on Monday, May 23 and end Friday, June 3, 2016.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – May 9, 2016

Appointments have been made to the Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancies caused by the incorporation of Fox Crossing—the newly reconstituted Board is as follows:

Town Chairman Barbara Hanson
Supervisor #1 Martha Andrew
Supervisor #2 James Beson
Supervisor #3 Timothy Raddatz
Supervisor #4 Deb Swiertz

The newly appointed Town Board of Supervisors will hold its first joint meeting with the Village of Fox Crossing Board of Trustees on May 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – April 21, 2016

On April 20, 2016, the Secretary of the Department of Administration formally certified the required incorporation paperwork, thereby creating the Village of Fox Crossing.

Village of Fox Crossing Certificate of Incorporation

Winnebago County Clerk Sue Ertmer has set a Special Fox Crossing Village Board election for Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  The election will fill the following positions:

One-year terms beginning on June 27, 2016 and ending on April 18, 2017

  • Village President
  • Village Trustee, seat 2
  • Village Trustee, seat 4
  • Village Trustee, seat 6

Two-year terms beginning on June 27, 2016 and ending on April 17, 2018

  • Village Trustee, seat 1
  • Village Trustee, seat 3
  • Village Trustee, seat 5

Circulation of Candidacy Papers for the June 7, 2016 election will begin on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 and end on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  There will be no primary election held in this special election process.  Any Fox Crossing resident interested in running for one of the available seats should see Village Clerk Karen Backman for more information.

In regards to the remaining east side of the Town of Menasha, the Town Board now has four (4) vacant seats:

Town Chairman:         Vacant
Supervisor #1:             Vacant
Supervisor #2:             Barbara Hanson
Supervisor #3:             Vacant
Supervisor #4:             Vacant

In accordance with Wisconsin Statutes, Supervisor Hanson and Town Clerk Karen Backman will appoint individuals from the Town of Menasha (east side) to reconstitute the Board.  Supervisor Hanson hopes to have a full Board appointed by May 9th, which is the first regularly scheduled meeting in May.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – April 13, 2016

On April 5, 2016 the Town of Menasha Incorporation Referendum was approved by the voters residing in the incorporating area of the Town with the following vote counts:

Polling Location For a Village Against a Village
Municipal Complex (Ward 1, 2, 4, & 7) 1,934 308
Spring Road School (Ward 3, 5, & 6) 1,632 281
Totals: 3,566 589

The referendum was approved with 85.8% of the voters in favor of the incorporation.  Overall, the Town of Menasha witnessed a 60.3% voter turnout for the election—one of the largest turnouts in the history of the Town of Menasha.

Town Clerk Karen Backman completed the final election canvass on April 12, 2016, with the results being submitted to the Winnebago County Clerk of Courts.  From there the results are being submitted to the Secretary of the Department of Administration for final certification.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – March 16, 2016

Below is a summary list of important Town of Menasha Incorporation documents that have been released over the last couple of years:

Documents Release Date
Incorporation Frequently Asked Questions March 16, 2016
Incorporation Estimated Timetable Presentation March 14, 2016
Department of Administration Incorporation Review Board Determination February 2, 2016
Town of Menasha Incorporation Report Submission September 17, 2015
Incorporation Information Newsletter March 10, 2015
Town of Menasha Ad Hoc Incorporation Review Board Recommendation November 10, 2014

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – February 29, 2016

Below is the legal Notice of Referendum that will be published for the upcoming election.  This notice includes the actual referendum question and the explanatory statement that will be printed on the ballot.

Notice of Referendum

Town of Menasha, Winnebago County
APRIL 5, 2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an election to be held in the Town of Menasha, Winnebago County, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the following proposed question will be submitted to a vote of the people.

The question will appear on the ballot as follows:

“Should a portion of lands of the Town of Menasha consisting of the lands located west of the east shore of Little Lake Butte Des Morts and west of the east shore of the Fox River be incorporated into a village?”

____For a Village

____Against a Village

Explanation

A vote “For a Village” will result in the lands of the Town of Menasha located west of the east shore of Little Lake Butte Des Morts and west of the east shore of the Fox River becoming a village.

A vote “Against a Village” will result in the above-described lands remaining unincorporated.

Done in the Town of Menasha on April 4, 2016

Karen J. Backman, CMC
Town Clerk

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – February 12, 2016

On February 11, 2016, Winnebago County Judge Karen Seifert officially ordered the Town of Menasha incorporation referendum question to be placed on the April 5, 2016 Spring Election ballot.

The fate of the incorporation effort now lies with the voters in the incorporating area.  Should a majority of the voters decide to vote in favor of incorporating into a village, the incorporation will be final.  Should a majority of voters decide to vote against incorporating into a village, the Town of Menasha will remain unincorporated.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – February 3, 2016

On February 2, 2016, the Department of Administration (DOA) Incorporation Review Board officially approved the Town of Menasha incorporation petition by publishing their final determination report indicating the following:

In summary, it is the DETERMINATION OF THE INCORPORATION REVIEW BOARD that when considering the petition under Section 66.0207, Wis. Stats.:

  • STANDARD 1 (a), Homogeneity and Compactness – Met
  • STANDARD 1 (b), Territory Beyond the Core – Met
  • STANDARD 2 (a), Tax Revenue – Met
  • STANDARD 2 (b), Level of Services – Met
  • STANDARD 2 (c), Impact on the Remainder of the Town – Met
  • STANDARD 2 (d), Impact on the Metropolitan Community – Met

The facts and analysis supporting these findings are discussed in the body of this determination.  The Determination of the Incorporation Review Board to the Circuit Court, as prescribed by s. 66.0203 (9) (e) 3, Wis.Stats., is as follows: The Petition as submitted is granted.

A copy of the complete DOA report.

A court hearing with Winnebago County Judge Karen Seifert has been scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Winnebago County Courthouse to formally schedule the incorporation referendum question for the April 5, 2016 Spring election ballot.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – January 26, 2016

At the Department of Administration (DOA) Incorporation Review Board public meeting held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Madison the DOA staff formally recommended that the Town of Menasha incorporation petition met the six (6) criteria required for incorporation and that the incorporation petition should be approved.

The Incorporation Review Board Chairman, Ed Eberle, stated that he appreciated the review and recommendation of the DOA staff, and the comments from the members of the Incorporation Review Board, and that he would be making the final determination within the next week.  The Chairman has until February 2, 2016 to make the final determination.

If the Incorporation Review Board selects to approve the incorporation petition, then the incorporation referendum question will be on the April 5, 2016 ballot for all residents located in the incorporating area.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – January 20, 2016

Today the Department of Administration (DOA) Incorporation Review Board posted notice of their next public meeting to discuss the Town of Menasha incorporation petition, which will be held tomorrow, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Madison.  A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found here.

If the Incorporation Review Board elects to approve the incorporation petition, then the incorporation ballot will be on the April 5, 2016 ballot for all residents located in the incorporating area.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – December 18, 2015

On December 15, 2015 the Department of Administration (DOA) Incorporation Review Board held a public meeting in Madison in which the DOA staff presented their initial findings regarding whether or not the Town of Menasha incorporation petition met the standards for incorporation as set forth in State Statute 66.0207.  Ultimately, the DOA staff found that the petition has met five of the six criteria, and that the sixth requirement was still under review.  The Incorporation Review Board decided not to make a final determination at this time and opted to defer their decision to a later date.

The initial findings of the DOA staff are as follows:

Criteria DOA staff recommendation
Compactness & Homogeneity Petition meets standard
Territory Beyond the Core Petition meets standard
Tax Revenue Petition meets standard
Level of Services Petition meets standard
Impact on the Town Remainder Petition meets standard
Impact on Metropolitan Community Still under review

In regards to the sixth requirement, Impact on Metropolitan Community, the DOA staff stated that it would have been their preference that the fate of the east side islands had been determined in an intergovernmental agreement prior to the incorporation petition moving forward.  The Incorporation Review Board discussed the topic but ultimately decided to take the information and recommendations made by the DOA staff under consideration and defer their decision to a later date.

The Incorporation Review Board will continue to take written public comments until January 2, 2016, and must make their decision by February 2, 2016.

As the Incorporation Review Board did not make a decision at their December 15 meeting, an incorporation referendum will not appear on the February 16, 2016 ballot.  If the Incorporation Review Board selects to approve the incorporation petition in January or February, then the incorporation ballot will be on the April 5, 2016 ballot for all residents located in the incorporating area.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – December 3, 2015

The agenda for the upcoming December 15 Wisconsin Department of Administration Incorporation Review Board meeting has been posted.  The meeting will be held at:

Wisconsin Department of Administration
Conference Room 112 Wisconsin Room, First Floor
101 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI  53703
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Get the Agenda!

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – November 13, 2015

On September 28, 2015, the Town of Menasha and the City of Neenah finalized a Boundary Memorandum of Understanding in which the Town and the City agreed upon a common boundary between the two communities.  As part of the Memorandum of Understanding the City of Neenah agreed to withdraw their objection to the Town’s incorporation effort.

On September 29, 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) held a Public Hearing in the Arden Tews Assembly Room to receive public comment on the incorporation petition.  The DOA accepted additional written public comment until October 9, 2015, and the record is now closed.

The DOA has announced that the Incorporation Review Board will now be hosting another Public Hearing to be held in Madison on December 15, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (the building and room assignments are still to be determined).  It is possible that the Incorporation Review Board will make a recommendation as to whether the incorporation petition meets the statutory criteria or not at this hearing.  It is also possible that the Incorporation Review Board will decide not to make its decision at this hearing and instead hold another hearing in January or February of 2016.

Should the Incorporation Review Board determine that the incorporation petition meets the statutory criteria on December 15 then the petition will be sent back to Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Karen Seifert for a scheduled court hearing on December 18, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.  At this hearing the Judge will likely set the date for the incorporation referendum (possibly for the February 16 Spring Primary election date).

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – September 21, 2015

On August 5, 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) officially receipted the $25,000 incorporation application fee along with the Winnebago County Court Order signed by Judge Karen Seifert to refer the incorporation petition to the DOA Incorporation Review Board for further review.  The DOA now has 180 days from August 5 to make a recommendation to either approve or deny the application (this places the decision deadline at the beginning of February).

The DOA Incorporation Review Board has called a Public Hearing for Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Arden Tews Assembly Room located at the Town Municipal Complex (2000 Municipal Drive).  A presentation providing an overview of the incorporation application will be presented at 1:00 p.m.  This Public Hearing will be the opportunity for interested individuals to provide public comment directly to the Incorporation Review Board.

A copy of the Public Hearing agenda can be found on the calendar.

A web friendly version of the incorporation report submission drafted by the Town of Menasha Staff, in coordination with Bill Forrest of Forrest Consultants, LLC.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – June 30, 2015

On June 26, 2015, Winnebago County Judge Karen Seifert found that the incorporation petition met the initial requirements set forth in Wisconsin Statutes and ordered that the petition be sent to the Department of Administration for the next stage in the incorporation process.

Town staff will now move forward with assembling necessary information and documents that will be submitted to the Department of Administration for review.

 

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – May 13, 2015

On April 27, 2015, the Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to provide financial support for the current incorporation petition that was initiated by Dick Jones and Arden Tews on December 16, 2014.  The financial support includes, but is not limited to, necessary legal, engineering, consultant, and publishing fees, including the $25,000 application fee to be paid to the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

On May 1, 2015, Town resident Dick Jones formally filed the incorporation petition with the Winnebago County Circuit Court.  The next step in the process will be for the Winnebago County Court to set a hearing date to review the petition.  The Town of Menasha will then need to officially notify surrounding jurisdictions of the filed petition and the date of the Court hearing.

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – March 10, 2015

On March 9, 2015, the Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors approved final authorization for Town staff to disseminate a 16-page newsletter titled “Town of Menasha Incorporation Information” to all residents of the Town of Menasha.  A copy of the newsletter should be in the mail to all residents this week.

Here is a copy of the Incorporation Information newsletter.

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – December 23, 2014

On December 16, 2014, two Town of Menasha residents, Dick Jones and Arden Tews, published their notice of intent in the Appleton Post-Crescent and the Oshkosh Northwestern to circulate a petition for the incorporation of the west side of the Town into a Village.  This publication formally begins the incorporation process for the west side of the Town of Menasha.

The next step of the incorporation process involves the circulation of a petition seeking incorporation.  The petition circulators have approximately six months in which to gather fifty (50) signatures from freeholders (residents who own their property, not renters) living within the incorporating area.  The petition is then submitted to the Winnebago County Circuit Court.

The circulators of the petition have stated that the name of the proposed incorporated area will be the Village of Fox Crossing.

More information regarding the incorporation process and the findings of the Town of Menasha Incorporation Review Ad Hoc Committee will be distributed in the Spring of 2015.  Please continue to check the Town website for future updates.

Town of Menasha Incorporation Update – November 25, 2014

The Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors established the Incorporation Review Ad Hoc Committee in January 2014 to review the positive and negative attributes of pursuing the incorporation of the Town and to bring forth a recommendation to the Town Board and Town residents as to whether or not the Town should move forward with incorporation.  The committee consisted of seven Town residents, four from the west side and three from the east side.

Over the past year the Incorporation Review Ad Hoc Committee held ten open meetings, met with numerous state and local government officials, consulted with legal counsel, and has now completed its study.  Ultimately, the Committee voted unanimously (7-0) to recommend the incorporation of the west side of Town first, and then annex/attach the east side of Town at a future date.

More information regarding the results and findings of the Committee will be distributed in the Spring of 2015.  If you have any questions please contact Community Development Director George Dearborn at (920) 720-7105, or Town Administrator Jeffrey Sturgell at (920) 720-7101.

Incorporation Review Ad Hoc Committee

The mission of the Incorporation Review Ad Hoc Committee is “to research, review, discuss, receive public input, and develop a list of positive attributes and negative attributes to seeking incorporation as a village or city.”

Final Recommendations to the Town Board on November 10, 2014

Incorporation Review Committee Recommendations

Meeting Dates

(Subject to change; call 720-7103 to confirm)

All meetings 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room, unless noted

Monday, June 9 (Community Center, Badger Room)
Monday, June 23
Wednesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 30
Monday, August 18
Wednesday, September 3 (Community Center, Badger Room)
Monday, September 29
Wednesday, October 22 (Final Meeting)

Impact of Incorporation Report

The Impact of Incorporation Report as prepared by William L. Forrest, AICP Forrest & Associates, LLC.

Documents & Information

The following list includes documents containing information about the Town, the committee and the incorporation process:

Resolution Establishing the Incorporation Review Ad Hoc Committee
Ad Hoc Committee Members’ Contact Information
State Incorporation Review Board Contact Information
Town Population and Property Values by Neighborhood
Winnebago County Communities’ Populations
State of Wisconsin Communities’ Populations
Incorporation Process Flow Chart
Incorporation Standards to be Applied – Wis. State Statutes §66.0207
Information Needed for Incorporation Reviews
Incorporation Presentation – 4/29/2014
Initial “Pros and Cons of Incorporation” List

Maps

Town Population and Property Values by Neighborhood Map
City of Appleton and City of Menasha Growth Areas Map
Town Map
Town Zoning Map
Town Future Land Use Map

Border Agreements 

City of Menasha
City of Appleton

You may view agendas and minutes from the Ad Hoc Committee meetings for further information. They can be found under the Incorporation Committee folder.

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