The next Plan Commission meeting will take place on October 6th at 10 AM:
The next regular Town Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 11th at 7 PM:
ABSENTEE VOTING – NOVEMBER 8, 2022 ELECTION
If you wish to vote Absentee in the November 8 election, please review the instructions linked here: November 2022 Absentee Voting
Some rules regarding Absentee Ballots have changed. Please take the time to read the current rules to make sure that your vote is counted!
PORTAGE COUNTY WELL OWNER ASSISTANCE for TREATMENT and ECONOMIC RECOVERY (WATER)
Do you have a private residential well providing water with unsafe Nitrate levels?
Portage County is directing some of their funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to pay for treatment systems that will reduce Nitrate levels and make water safe for human consumption. Click HERE for information on how to qualify and apply!
YARD WASTE DROPOFF!
The Town of Lanark is accepting Yard Waste for drop off on Saturday, October 29, 2002 from 8 AM to Noon at the old Town Landfill. The driveway to the site is at 9906 State Highway 54, just west of the Town Hall. Proof of residency will be required and the list of accepted and not accepted items is specific. See this flyer for details!
BADGER BOOKS COMING TO THE TOWN OF LANARK!
What is a Badger Book? It is an electronic poll book. They will be used to check in voters, print tally slips, enter registrations, and record absentee voters.
These electronic poll books will work the same as paper. For instance, just as a voter would sign the paper poll book to get a tally slip in order to get a ballot, the voter will sign the Badger Book. The election inspector will still look up the voters’ names in the poll book, voters will still sign the poll book, and voters will still get a tally slip (voter number). The only difference is that all of this will be done electronically using the Badger Books.
The actual process of voting will not change at all. Voters will still vote on paper ballots and will still place those ballots in the tabulator. The tabulator is not connected to the Badger books in any way.
The Badger Books are not connected to the internet or to any other outside source. They are connected only to each other by a private network within the polling place.
The Badger Books will be used at the Lanark Town Hall August 9, 2022 Primary Election. Watch this video see how Badger Books will work:
BADGER BOOK RECAP:
WHAT THEY ARE:
- They are poll books. They check in voters and produce a voter number on a slip of paper for each voter.
- They are also used to register voters, and to process absentee ballots.
- When voters check in, they will give their names and addresses to the election inspectors, just as they have in the past. The only difference will be that the inspectors will be looking up voter names electronically, rather than in paper poll books. Voters’ signatures will still be required, but voters will sign their names on an electronic screen using their fingers or a stylus, rather than in the paper poll book.
WHAT THEY ARE NOT:
- They are not voting machines – you can’t cast votes on them. Voting will continue to be done on paper ballots.
- They are not vote tabulators – they don’t count votes. The vote tabulation process will not change.
- They are not connected to the internet or any other outside source. They are connected to a server through a router within each polling place that allows the books to talk to each other. They communicate only with each other.
Q: Why do we separate trash and recyclables when both are dumped into the same truck?
A: Harter’s, the company that collects trash and recyclables in Lanark, uses trucks that have two compartments, one for trash and the other for recyclables. These compartments are easy to see when you look at the back of the truck. This design is more efficient than having separate trucks collecting trash and recyclables.
When the mechanical arm lifts and dumps your trash or recycling bin into the truck, the bin’s contents are directed into the correct compartment by a hinged lid that exposes the correct bin while covering the opening to the other one. This 3 minute video from a collection truck manufacturer shows how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAbFLt1yBGM