Overview and Basic Objectives
Intergovernmental cooperation is defined as a "compilation
of objectives, policies, goals, maps, and programs for joint programming
and decision making with other jurisdictions, including school districts
and adjacent government units."
For the Town the interacting units include the Federal Government,
the State of
The Town has, in the past, worked with the Federal government on their bridge-building program to replace old bridges. Under the program, the Federal government pays 80% of the costs, the county pays 10% (from the bridge petition program), and the Township pays 10%. The Wisconsin Department of transportation provides engineering services for the program.
Selected Survey Results
6. As the
Menomonie Schools Yes-93 (42%) No-25 (11%) No Response-102 (47%)
Elk Mound Schools Yes-114 (52%) No-62 (28%) No Response-44 (20%)
Adjacent Local Governments
The Town of Spring Brook shares borders with six other townships; the towns of Elk Mound, Red Cedar, Dunn, Peru, and Rock Creek in Dunn County and the Town of Union in Eau Claire County.
The Town helps fund three school districts, Menomonie,
Elk Mound and a very small portion of
There are no Wisconsin State Highways and less than one half mile of U.S. Interstate 94 in the Town of Spring Brook. There is no access to the Interstate within the borders of the Town of Spring Brook and the township provides no maintenance services to it.
Existing Areas of Cooperation
The state supports Land Conservation Services and the
Department of Natural Resources. These
agencies identify and preserve environmentally sensitive areas and provide
forest management services and license fishing and game hunting. The State also provides funding assistance for
the Menomonie and
Dunn County provides law enforcement and judicial services, emergency planning and communications, public health, nursing, human services, soil conservation services, zoning administration, the county fair, and other recreational facilities, including a bike trail and numerous parks.
The Town works with the county to provide solid waste
management and recycling.
The Town works to provide fire and ambulance service
through available private and public ambulance services and fire departments
from the City of
The Town works with 3 other townships regarding road
maintenance agreements. On the
north boundary, the township exchanges work on
Areas to Explore for Additional Cooperation
The Town of Spring Brook might consider the following areas of cooperation:
Existing or potential Area of Intergovernmental Conflict
At present, the Town has no conflicts with other governmental units. The range of potential conflict between the Town of Spring Brook and other governments is rather narrow. The most likely areas of conflict might include highway maintenance with adjoining townships, disagreements about school district boundaries or disagreement about service levels from or obligations to County, State or Federal government agencies.
Process to Resolve Conflicts
The Town of Spring Brook will work to resolve any conflict that may arise between it and other governments. Sometimes the town may address intergovernmental issues, while neighboring communities may have different visions and ideas. Many techniques exist to resolve conflicts and the town should consider using mediation first to resolve a dispute. A mediated outcome is often more favored by both sides of the disputing parties, settled faster, and costs less than a prolonged lawsuit.
If mediation does not resolve the dispute, there are more formal dispute resolution techniques that may be able to end the conflict. The following is a list and description of different techniques.
Dispute resolution techniques are usually used to resolve conflicts and tense situations, but they can also be used to avoid them. It may be easier in the long run to prevent disputes, thus avoiding the time, trouble, and expense of resolving the dispute by maintaining open communication. Presently no conflicts exist with other governmental units. Unwritten but enduring agreements between other municipalities offer testimony to the strong possibility of creating ongoing, trusting relationships. Through both continuing and improved communications, potential conflicts should be minimized or avoided. Care should be taken to avoid creating "structure" that could produce conflict.
See Policies and Programs in the Implementation Section