Temporary 5 Ton Weight Restriction on Green Bay Road and Hamilton Road
The Town of Cedarburg has placed a temporary 5 ton weight restriction on Green Bay Road from CTH C north to Hamilton Road and Hamilton Road north to the City of Cedarburg city limits. This 5 ton weight restriction is in effect until further notice and restricts movement north and south on both the Green Bay and Hamilton roadways of any vehicle over 5 tons.
5 Ton Weight Restriction Pleasant Valley and Cedar Sauk Roads
The Town of Cedarburg has restricted travel on Cedar Sauk Rd from CTH Y to CTH I east bound to vehicles weighing less than 5 tons, additionally the Town has restricted travel on Pleasant Valley Rd between CTH Y and CTH I east and west bound to vehicles weighing less than 5 tons. All roads have been posted with WisDOT approved signage and the Ozaukee County Sheriffs Department has been made aware. The need for the weight restriction is due to the deteriorating conditions of the roadways and the potential hazardous conditions that exist. The weight restrictions will be in effect for at least the next year on Pleasant Valley Rd and possibly longer on Cedar Sauk Rd, please check with the Director of Public Works at (262) 377-4509 for updates or additional information. The Town received funding from the state to complete necessary road construction on Pleasant Valley Rd in 2017 and worked with the Town of Saukville to receive the same funding for Cedar Sauk Rd in 2018.
Residents probably have experienced an aspect of public works everyday in the Town of Cedarburg. Our public works team is responsible for snow and ice removal in the winter, replacement and repair of culverts under Town roads, road construction and maintenance, and maintenance of most of the bridges in Town. We mow lawns at Town parks, Town Hall, the Fire Station on Covered Bridge Road, and other properties owned by the Town. We are also responsible for removing dead or dying trees within Town road right-of-way, along Cedar Creek, or in our parks, and we provide roadside brush collection to our residents during the summer and fall.
Public works is also responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all Town owned vehicles and equipment, and all Town owned buildings such as the Town Hall and the Fire Station. Public works is also responsible for the operation of the recycling yard.
The Public Works team works under the direction of the Director of Public Works and consists of five full-time employees. This team of five handles the day-to-day operations that, clear snow and ice, maintain roads and ditches, and whenever possible, respond to and address issues that our residents bring to our attention.
We also have part-time employees to assist our residents at the recycling yard. In the summer, we hire as many as three seasonal employees, usually college students, to assist the full-time crew during our busiest time of the year.
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered in Ozaukee County in 2008, and most recently on North Powers Street in Port Washington on Friday, June 15, 2012. This discovery could potentially have a great impact on the forests and street trees in southeastern Wisconsin. Although the Borer can fly up to one-half mile and spread on their own, people are more effective and more likely to spread EAB to new areas.
Emerald ash borer adults are small, metallic green beetles measuring only 3/8 - 1/2 inch long and 1/16 inch wide (about the size of a cooked grain of rice). Adult emerald ash borers emerge from beneath the bark of ash trees late May through mid-July, creating a D-shaped exit hole as they chew their way out of the tree. Adult beetles are most active during warm and sunny days. Because trees can show stress for a number of reasons, it is important to look for a combination of at least two or more symptoms or signs to identify EAB. These include crown dieback, sprouting of suckers from the base or below the infested bark, bark splits, and woodpecker feeding. If you have a combination of these signs, call 1-800-462-2803 to report it.
The first option is to treat the tree with an insecticide only if the tree is apparently healthy or less than 40% of the crown has died, is discolored or has sparse foliage. Research has shown that trees with more than 40-50% crown dieback do not benefit from treatment. Treatment requires a long-term commitment. The second option is to remove and replace the tree. Contact a certified arborist to remove trees in your yard and to appropriately process wood to prevent additional spread of EAB. You should replace ash trees with a non-ash species suitable to your site. The third option is to do nothing. Observations in states where EAB has been present for several years show that all ash trees are susceptible to infestation and mortality. If you take this option, expect your tree to become infested and die. Be prepared to handle the hazards associated with dead trees such as falling branches which may damage property or endanger life.
State and federal laws forbid moving hardwood firewood out of EAB quarantined areas. This means that hardwood firewood that has been stored, purchased, or harvested in the following Wisconsin counties may not be moved out of these areas: Brown, Crawford, Vernon, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Washington, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, La Crosse, and Racine counties. A federal quarantine also prohibits the movement of hardwood firewood out of all or parts of more than a dozen other states and parts of Canada. State and federal fines up to $1,000.00 apply for violations of firewood quarantines. To further protect WI parks and forests from EAB, the WDNR created a permanent rule which prohibits bringing firewood onto any DNR properties from more than 25 miles away or from outside of Wisconsin.
What is Acceptable Firewood?
Acceptable firewood is: 1) that purchased within 25 miles of a state forest, park, or other state-managed property AND harvested in Wisconsin AND NOT purchased, harvested or stored in, or transported through a quarantined county of Wisconsin; 2) firewood from a vendor that is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; 3) dimensional and untreated lumber scraps, such as 2-by-4s and 2-by-6s. For more information on EAB and the quarantine area, or for information on determining whether you have an Ash tree on your property and how you may protect it from the EAB, visit the State of Wisconsin’s official website.