According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “One of the greatest hazards to birds is plate glass, with windows in homes and offices killing as many as one billion birds each year. Glass is invisible to birds, and if it reflects the images of trees, bushes, the sky or other natural habitat, a bird may fly directly into it.”
Have concerns, questions, suggestions or comments regarding your City government???? Share your ideas and thoughts with the Mayor!!!! Mayor Dave Hemmer will be holding office hours on the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 AM in the Council Chambers. You can enter through the side door (located on the west side of City Hall). He will be holding these office hours the last Saturday of each month through the end of the year. If you are unable to attend and would like to share your concerns or issues, please contact the Mayor at 326-6406 or via email.
You can still pay in person at the City Hall Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm with cash, credit card or money order. But many people do not always have the time to make it to the office, to get the money together and are looking for that extra convenience. Now for your convenience you can pay online:
* Building Permits
* Municipal Court Citations
* Park Shelter Rentals
* Property Tax Bills
* Water and Sewer Bills
There is a small fee for this service. Once you make a payment, you will receive an immediate receipt of payment. The on-line payment system accepts most major credit and debit cards, and electronic checks.
REMINDER ON SIGN PLACEMENT
The City of Prairie du Chien is reminding residents of the rules and regulations regarding signs. The city has found a number of rummage sale and real estate signs in violation of the right-of-way restrictions. Ordinance 6.10 (4) of the Zoning Code reads: “No sign structure may be located in the right of-way”. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 326-6406.
Bicentennial Celebration to honor Battle of Prairie du Chien
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), which was the only battle of the 32-month War of 1812 to be fought on Wisconsin soil. For more information on the summer-long event schedule, click here.
Brush/Compost Site Hours of Operation
The site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Saturday’s from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. These hours will be in effect at least through NOVEMBER 22, 2014. The site is closed on Sundays and Holidays. Please be at the site at least 15 minutes prior to close for disposing of materials: * NO Plastic Bags, only paper lawn bags allowed. * NO other refuse to be disposed of at the site. * NO construction waste or lumber, brush must be dirt free. * Stump disposal is by appointment only; please call 326-2718 at least 2 days in advance. The brush/compost site is for the residents of the City of Prairie du Chien only. Please Note that access to the archery range will be on Wilderness Road, east of the brush site entrance. Please call 326-8534 for information.
(Prairie Du Chien, WI – August 7th 2014) – The City of Prairie du Chien next month will hold a public information meeting to review safe driving and pedestrian procedures and answer questions related to the three roundabouts being installed on Marquette Road. The meeting, which is being co-sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Wednesday September 10th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Community Room of City Hall. To begin the meeting, a presentation will be given on Police Chief Chad Abram and Police Sergeant Kyle Teynor on roundabout safety. The presentation will be followed by an open forum for questions on roundabout safety for both drivers and pedestrians. “There are a number of driving do’s and don’ts that drivers will have to be aware of when the roundabouts open up for business,” said Abram. “There are also a number of pedestrian-related issues we want to cover.” Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will also be attending the meeting, and unveiling a drive thru video presentation. Three roundabouts are being constructed as part of the Marquette Road upgrade, located at the intersections of Iowa-Marquette, Wisconsin-Marquette and Blackhawk-Marquette. All three roundabouts are two-lane. “This is a forum for pedestrian and vehicle safety, rules and recommendations, not a forum on whether roundabouts are good or bad,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “They are here, and it is our responsibility to get the information out on how to walk, bike and drive through them safely.” For more information, contact City Hall at 326-6406.
Best time to see the Fall Colors
The Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce office receives many calls on when the best time is to see the Fall colors at their peak. The temperature and length of daylight help determine the color conditions so every year can be different. Generally the peak viewing time will be during the first two weeks of October.
Scenic Fall Foliage Mississippi River Cruises
Enjoy the endless Mississippi River backwaters aboard a fall river cruise. View the spectacular fall foliage colors on the towering bluffs surrounding the river valley. Visitors have a choice of two riverboat tour companies: Mississippi Explorer Cruises boards from St. Feriole Island, on Prairie du Chien's riverfront and Maiden Voyage Tours boards from the McGregor river front. These tours are very popular for autumn color sightseers with photo opportunities for everyone! For cruise times and dates on these river tours visit the web site on boating.
Villa Louis Carriage Classic - September 5-7
The brief heyday of the Dousman family's famed trotting horse operation, the Artesian Stock Farm, will be recalled during this elegant event, one of the largest carriage driving competitions in the midwest. The Villa Louis Carriage Classic will be held September 5-7 on the grounds of the Villa Louis Historic Site located on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien. More than 100 drivers hitch finely trained horses of many breeds to new and restored carriages. Highlights of the event include the popular Picnic Class, held at noon on Saturday. On Sunday, canines fall under the judges' eyes in the Carriage Dog Class at noon. Visitors may also tour the Dousman family home. For more information go to their web site or contact the Villa Louis, 608-326-2721. Don't miss this unique event!
Cannons at the Fort: Life in Early Prairie du Chien
Enjoy an autumn break by discovering the cultural heritage of the area. The grounds of the Fort Crawford Museum will be filled with historic re-enactors Saturday, September 13 presenting aspects of the daily life in early Prairie du Chien. There will be Native American storytelling and basket making; a French fur trader; British mini-militia and games for children; military encampment with demonstrations of musket and cannon firing; plus candle making, open fire cooking, dancing, and more. Admission charged. For more information on the event contact Fort Crawford Museum, 608-326-6960.
Fall drives promise great foliage viewing in the Prairie du Chien area. Three rivers, orchards, river bluffs, ridges and valleys, small towns and quaint farmsteads make the area a must for those who like to travel the back roads. The fall is a perfect time for these road trips. There are several loop tours of the area which will bring you right back to Prairie du Chien. For more information on these loop routes click here.
Prairie du Chien Oktoberfest
The annual Prairie du Chien Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, October 18 at the St. Feriole Island Gardens in Prairie du Chien. The event will feature a parade downtown at 10 a.m. German music, food & drink, a pumpkin patch, apples and more. This is a free event.