Frequently Asked Questions
Town Lakes Committee
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently asked question: Do I need to keep my
dog on a leash in the Town of Newbold?
Answer: Newbold Ordinance 10.03 defines
"Public Nuisances" to include "All domestic animals running
at large" under 10.03(6). The generally accepted definition is
that domestic animals must be under the control of the owner at all
times. When applied to dogs, there are several factors to
consider. A well trained and well behaved dog might never leave the
owners yard and, when walking on public roadways, might consistently obey
verbal commands to come, heal or sit. In this situation, the animal
does not run into traffic or harass pedestrians and could be considered
"under control". Other less trained animals might not be
effectively controlled with verbal commands and, therefore, could pose a
safety or harassment hazard to motorists or pedestrians. Clearly,
such animals would need the physical control of a leash.
Asked Question: Why does the Town tear up
roads one year, then wait until the following year to resurface those
When the reconditioning of a road includes modifying the road base,
it is often best to allow that base to settle and compact over the winter
before applying the final surface. We
acknowledge that a gravel road can be an inconvenience and we regret that
inconvenience, but we make every effort to make sure your tax dollars are
stretched as far as possible and that we get as much life out of our roads
as we can. Placing the
finished surface on an improperly compacted base can significantly shorten
the life of the road and increase maintenance costs.
Asked Question: If it is necessary to let
the road base settle over the winter, why do we have to wait until June to
have our road surface finished?
The Town of Newbold utilizes private contractors for major road
Since these contractors serve many municipalities, they must
minimize their costs by grouping projects together by type and area.
This minimizes the expensive relocating of equipment between
projects and, therefore, keeps the cost to the taxpayer down.
We do our best to get the work finished as soon as reasonably
What is “chipseal”?
Chipseal is one of several different types of road surface and is
one of the most commonly used surfaces on town roads in Northern
Wisconsin. Once a solid road
base has been properly constructed, a layer of liquid asphalt is
applied over the gravel and a single layer of stones, or “chips”,
is distributed over the top of the road.
A second layer of liquid asphalt is applied over the first layer of
asphalt and stone and another layer of chips is placed on that, making a
double chipseal. These chips are then sprayed with a thin emulsion
that binds them together and seals the road against water.
Double chipseal is typically about half the cost of an asphalt
surface. Although an asphalt
surface is usually 2-3 inches thick, we have found that paying twice as
much doesn’t necessarily mean the road will last twice as long.
We also use a single layer of chipseal as a maintenance process to protect
existing pavement in much the same way that people sealcoat their
driveway. The stones (or chips) are there to keep the new asphalt
from being worn off by traffic.
Do I need a permit to use fireworks?
As a simple rule of thumb, you need to obtain a permit from the
Town Board for any fireworks that explode or leave the ground (fly). The requirements to obtain a permit are explained in Town
Ordinance 9.04(4), which states in part:
PERMIT. As provided in §167.10(3), Wis. Stats., fireworks
user’s permits may be issued by the Town Board. The Town Board shall
require a certificate of liability insurance or similar proof of coverage
in the amount of $1,000,000, naming the Town as co-insured. All fireworks
displays shall be operated under the supervision of a pyrotechnics expert
licensed by the State. A copy of the permit and proof of insurance shall
be filed with the Town Clerk and copies of the permit shall be given to
the Fire Chief and the Town Chairperson at least 2 days before the