UTILITIES AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Residents of the Town of Spring Brook currently utilize services and facilities needed to support this rural agricultural township. Their concerns about safety, health, mobility, education, and recreation are met, for the most part, by existing local and area services and infrastructure.
Community facilities cover a wide range of services but generally they fit into one of the following categories; health and safety (fire, ambulance, police etc.) educational (school districts) and political (voting districts, incorporated villages, unincorporated villages, sanitary districts, etc.) This element examines the services that allow current residents to enjoy a high quality of life and make the Town of Spring Brook attractive to potential new residents.
The intent of this element is to provide information on the facilities and services currently available to the Township. This information will help determine whether additional facilities and services are needed to maintain the high quality of life the community desires. The structure and content of this element is based on the following objectives:
Selected Survey Results
According to the responses to the first survey sent by the Town of Spring Brook, a large majority of residents feel we do not need more or expanded green spaces or public lands.
There is no public water system within the Township.
Residents get potable water from private wells.
The nearest public water systems are in the City of
There is no public sanitary sewer system within the Township. The sanitary sewer needs of residents are met through private septic systems.
Storm Water Management Facilities
A storm sewer system is not available in the Town of
Spring Brook. Storm water is
dispersed using the natural contours of the land in most sections of
the township. Drainage flowing down local creeks eventually enters the
Solid Waste Disposal/Recycling
The Town of Spring Brook is a member of the Dunn County
Solid Waste and Recycling Program. The County issues a solid waste permit
to each household receiving tax statements in the township. The permit is required to use the solid waste
disposal facilities. There are
a total of nine facilities throughout the county. It is a fee-based
program and as a member, the residents of the town have access to all
of the county facilities. The closest facilities for Town of Spring
Brook residents are the Elk Mound Area collection site located on
maximum of 99 gallons of household waste may be disposed of per visit
without additional fees. Large
or bulky objects being disposed of will likely require an additional
fee charged at the time of disposal.
A fee schedule can be found in the Dunn County Solid Waste and
Recycling Guide that is issued annually with the Town of Spring Brook
tax statement. Burning of garbage
is illegal in
Metal objects, even large items, can be disposed of at no additional charge if they meet the requirements. There are recycling bins for certain plastics, tin cans, glass (must be separated by color), aluminum cans, corrugated paper, and newspaper. There is also a facility for collecting used motor oil.
For more information, please refer to the Dunn County Solid Waste/Recycling Guide that is provided along with the annual Town of Spring Brook tax statement or contact the Dunn County Solid Waste Division.
Recreation Facilities (Points of Interest map for location)
1. The Elk Meadow 4H club maintains
a softball diamond on
2. There is a public boat landing
on the north side of the
There is a public boat landing on the north side of the
There is a public boat landing, swimming and picnic area on
5. The Muddy Creek Public Hunting land is located in sections 5 and 6 of township 27N, range 11W.
6. There is DNR land in section 10 of township 26N, range 12W.
There are four public libraries in
There is an online catalog of all the books available through the system. The MORE Library System has a website, or information is available by phoning any of the participating libraries for more information.
IFLS operates the Library Books-By-Mail (LBBM) program which loans paperback books, in both regular and large print formats, to people living within the Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS) area who have difficulty getting to or using a public library. Books are listed in catalogs and booklists and are loaned through the mail with their return postage included.
The Dunn County Sheriff's Department provides public safety services to the Township as part of their overall protection responsibility for the county. These services include 24-hour law enforcement, process service, court security, and jail facilities.
The numbers of personnel given are as of winter 2003-2004. The Department is divided into several divisions. One of the largest is the Patrol Division, which includes 11 patrol deputies, 3 patrol sergeants, and one patrol lieutenant. This group provides field services throughout the county. While on patrol they provide security checks and enforcement of traffic and criminal law and strive to keep the peace. Each officer is provided a home-based squad car so they can be called on for backup and to handle emergencies in their area. Other divisions in the Department include:
The Menomonie Fire Department provides protection for the portion of the Town of Spring Brook west of Muddy Creek (generally west of 790th Street) (see Fire Service/Emergency Services map).
As of 2005 27 full-time members, plus a Chief, staff
the Menomonie Fire Department. It
operates as three crews, each made of 9 members. In addition, twenty paid on-call volunteers
are available to the Department. The
initial response to fire calls from township areas includes two engines,
two tanker trucks, and a medical unit.
The department also has two brush trucks for grass and woods
fires. There are 7,300 gallons of water available
for initial response. Irrigation
wells are available for additional emergency water. The Menomonie Fire Department
has mutual aid agreements with fire departments in Colfax, Durand, Elk
Mound, Rock Creek and township fire departments in
The Elk Mound Volunteer Fire Department provides protection
for the portion of the Town of Spring Brook east of Muddy Creek (generally
Emergency Medical Services
Several groups provide emergency medical services to
the township. These include a
full-time ambulance services from Menomonie and
The Menomonie ambulance service has 3 ambulances and a full-time staff of 27 individuals. The service is dispatched by calling 911.
The City and
The Dunn County Medical Emergency 1st Responders respond to medical emergencies including sickness, accidents, assaults, etc on a 24 hour basis. These trained and equipped responders come not only from Spring Brook Township but also from the surrounding townships of Menomonie, Weston, Eau Galle, and Dunn. The service is activated by calling 911 and the responders are contacted by pagers.
In addition to these services many of the deputies in
The Town of Spring Brook has a building on
Electrical and Petroleum Products Transmission
The Town of Spring Brook has three suppliers of electrical power; Dunn Energy Cooperative, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and Xcel Energy. All providers indicate they have the facilities to maintain adequate services as the area grows.
Petroleum Products Pipeline
Williams Pipeline maintains an underground petroleum products pipeline that runs east and west through the northern part of the Town of Spring Brook
Xcel Energy maintains a 375 KVA electrical power line that runs east and west through the northern part of the Town of Spring Brook.
Dairyland Power maintains a 99 KVA electrical power line.
The Town of Spring Brook is served by a wide variety of dealers who provide propane and fuel oil for heating. Some households use wood burning systems for primary or supplementary heating. In some cases wood pellets or corn are used as heating fuel. There is no natural gas supplier to the Town of Spring Brook.
Local and Long Distance Telephone Providers, Internet, and DSL
Diggers Hotline locates buried utility lines in the Township for the various utilities. Their telephone number is 1-800-242-8511 or 1-800-542-2289.
West Wisconsin Telecom Cooperative and SBC Ameritech provide local telephone lines in the Township. Long distance service is available from AT & T, MCI, and other communications companies. Cellular phone service is available from a number of different companies.
Cable television is available in a very limited area of the Township. At the time that this document is being written West Wisconsin Telcom is installing equipment that will give their customers access to DSL service in most areas except for the far western part of the township.
Health Care Facilities
Town of Spring Brook
residents have ready access to health care in Menomonie and
In Menomonie the Red Cedar Medical Center is the largest
of the facilities and provides both clinic and hospital care. Independent physicians and visiting specialists
from the Mayo Clinic provide extensive services through the clinic.
It has 485 employees including about 160 registered nurses and 30 licensed practical/vocational nurses. †
* Information Source: http://www.sacredhearthospital-ec.org/
† Information Source: http://www.hospital-data.com/hospitals/SACRED-HEART-HOSPITAL-EAU-CLAIRE.html
Child Care Facilities
A number of licensed childcare facilities are available in the area. These range from day care providers approved to offer care in their own homes to larger group centers. These facilities provide care ranging from infants to children age 12.
Five licensed group centers for up to 20 children are
operating in the City of
Information on current childcare facilities is available
from the Dunn County Human Services Day Care Coordinator.
Elder Care Facilities
*Information Source: http://www.cvol.net/theanswer/PDFs-2003/Answer-Web_30.pdf
Cemeteries (See Points of Interest map for location)
are nine public or private cemeteries in the Town of Spring Brook.
1. Spring Brook
2. Sand Hill
6. Spring Brook Methodist
Town of Spring Brook maintains only the
Private and Religious schools
There are numerous religious schools and some private
schools and academies in Menomonie,
Charter schools in the area include
The Town of Spring Brook is primarily served by the Elk Mound School District on the east side and the Menomonie School District on the west side. See School Districts map in Appendix E for location for the approximate district boundaries. The school district offices should be contacted to determine in which district a specific address is located.
For the 2003-2004 school term the Menomonie School District
operates elementary schools in Cedar Falls, Downsville, Knapp, Oaklawn, River Heights, and Wakanda,
with a total of about 1000 students.
The township is part of the Chippewa Valley Technical
College District. There are campuses
Other higher education degree programs are available
All of the utility and community facilities inventoried have been analyzed for future expansion of services. The analyses reveal that none of the utility providers are at or near capacity and that none have plans to create new or expanded facilities within the Town.