Proposed 2014 Budget
Nov 12, 2013
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Special Town Meetings
Nov 12, 2013


Notice 3/8/2014

Town of Winchester

Temporary Weight Restrictions

Temporary weight restrictions will go into effect MARCH 31, 2014 AT 12:00 NOON on all Town of Winchester roads, and will remain in effect until individual road conditions warrant their removal.

PLEASE arrange to have all deliveries made and services performed that are subject to temporary weight restrictions before this date.

You may contact Phil Williams, Town Chairman,
715-686-2584 for permits.


Important information from the Winchester EMS/Fire Department:

Snowmobile Safety on Ice

What To Do If You Fall Through The Ice

An educational video from the Discovery Channel (Canada)
that teaches you what to do if you fall through the ice while fishing, skiing, etc.

Upcoming CPR Class Description
CPR for Healthcare Providers. Course includes adult, child, and infant CPR,
use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), pocket mask and bag-valve
mask use for all age groups, and how to deal with choking. The course is
geared toward the healthcare provider; many healthcare programs require this
level of certification. The class will be open to the general public at a cost of:
Tuition/Fees (includes book $15.77 & AHA certification fee $2.50) = Total
$40.60 (seniors $22.27)

March 25th, 2014
Part 1 class CPRfor Healthcare Providers 6 p.m to 9 p.m. (Be aware you need to attend both parts to receive certification.)

April 1st, 2014
Part 2. CPR for HealthCare Provider’s 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EMS – Basic skills review for those not attending the class.


The Winchester Town Board has authorized a capital campaign with a goal of $175,000 for exterior and interior restoration of the hundred year old school building which currently serves as the public library and community center.  Under guidance from the Historic Preservation Division of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Community and Historical Buildings Committee has developed plans to restore the school building originally built by the Turtle Lumber Co. in 1910 to serve the approximately 1,500 people in the fledgling mill town of Winchester.  Over recent years the Town Board has spent approximately $90,000 in infrastructure up-dates to the building, including ADA compliant bathroom, heating, air conditioning, insulation, foundation repair, up-graded electrical wiring and more.  It was agreed that restoration, including replacement of the belfry, installation of energy-efficient and authentic windows, replicating the original wood siding and paint colors, and interior restoration to include replication of the original wainscoting, all would be done with donated funds.  The committee is pleased to announce that a $75,000 challenge gift has been pledged upon successfully raising the balance of $100,000.  Residents of Winchester, families of former students at the Winchester School, or anyone with connections and caring for the Town of Winchester are encouraged to help meet that challenge and goal by sending a tax deductible donation to the Town of Winchester Restoration Fund, 7228 County Highway W, Winchester, WI  54557.

Proposed Plan

Original Building

Campaign Progress to Date

As of the week of December 23, 2013, (only three weeks into this campaign) we are exactly half way to our goal of $87,500!  In addition to a Challenge Gift of $75,000 from a family foundation, we have verbal commitments of an additional $10,000, which has not been added to the current total.  For more information or questions, contact Rolf Ethun via email at  or via phone at 715-686-2139.


Welcome to the Town of Winchester, Wisconsin -- "The Real Northwoods!"

Winchester is located in the northwest corner of Vilas County, bounded by Michigan's Upper Peninsula to the north, Iron County to the west, the town of Presque Isle to the east and the town of Manitowish Waters to the south. 

Winchester covers over 34,000 acres and is covered by lakes, with 34 named and 29 unnamed. Almost 80% of the town's area is wooded, and we have more than 6,000 acres of public land as part of the Northern-Highland American Legion State Forest. 

Winchester is a small community most of the year, with approximately 400-500 permanent residents (estimated in the year 2012). Like many towns in the Northwoods, we have a larger summer population, with approximately 3000 seasonal residents. Our area is perfect for summer activities like fishing, boating and hiking. Winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are also popular.

Please see our Notices section for current news. See AIS Warnings.

Items that may need correction within the website....please contact the Town Clerk via email.

Questions? Direct them to the Town Office or 715-686-2123

Winchester 2013--Area Photos, Fall Colors, and What's to Come!!

Activities are endless in our local area.  Come check out one of the most beautiful areas in Wisconsin!  Local residents Dave Peters, Phil & Nancy Williams, and Ann Wilson shared some photos of the Winchester area.  Life in the "Northwoods" is great!

Looks like the sky is on fire over North Turtle. Photo by Ann Wilson.

 ??TownTAAWTown Hall Office Hours: 
Tuesday 8 am-2 pm

Town Hall Phone #
(715) 686-2123

Website Contact
Phone:  715-686-2996

Transfer Station

A new trash compactor has been installed at the Transfer Station.  Recycle Bins in the parking lot will no longer be used.  All recyclables should be placed in the new compactor inside the building.  Please remember, no plastic bags in the conpactor.  If you have questions, please talk with Donnie at 715-686-7500.  Also, remember these are the official hours:

Monday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Saturday 9-4
Sunday 9-1
These are the only hours materials can be dropped off!


Building Permits

Building permits are required in the Town of Winchester.  Please contact RC Inspection Agency. Tel. (715) 543-2094 Rick Clem.  The UDC Ordinance is on the Ordinances tab on the bottom left side of this Home Page.

Do You Need a Street Address/Fire Number?

The town of Winchester does not issue street addresses. If you need an address, also called a "fire number", contact Becky Nordine at Vilas County Mapping. Phone # 715 479 3655.

They will assign the address and notify the town. The town will provide the sign and post, but only orders them when we qualify for bulk prices. You are free to put up a temporary sign with your number on it in the meantime.  If you have questions contact Tom Ghiloni at 715 686 2580.


New Video

A new menu item has been added on the left.  Local resident, Dave Peters, made this video from his pictures he took while kayaking on Rock Lake.  Thanks Dave for your wonderful work!  Check this out, and enjoy great scenes from his kayak.