Whitewater LEADS makes strides in Whitewater community

Whitewater LEADS sponsors Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) in the Whitewater community. As of March 1, 2019, 45 percent of children under five years of age in the Whitewater area were registered for DPIL.

“When this program was brought to Whitewater by Whitewater LEADS after we moved here, we were really excited,” DPIL parent Lisa Dawsey said. “My now four-year old gets so excited when her book arrives each month. Books enrich children’s lives in so many ways beyond tangible test scores.”

According the projections from the DPIL staff, Whitewater would not be expected to meet the 45 percent target until the three or four-year mark. Whitewater reached 45 percent in less than two years, since starting in the fall of 2017.

“Thanks to the partnership with the school district, Irvin L. Young Memorial Library and the work of our volunteers, we are ahead of schedule in getting these books in the hands of young children and their parents,” Whitewater LEADS President Jim Winship said.

Winship also mentioned the research conducted that when children receive the book they are more “excited” about reading and the parents spend more time reading with their children.

Son and father of the DPIL program reading together, provided by Photographer Tom Ganser and Whitewater LEADS. 

The DPIL is a book/reading program where children age five and younger receive a free, age-appropriate book mailed to their home. It is meant to engage children early on in the world of reading and prepare them for schooling.

The Dollywood Foundation started the DPIL, founded by country music legend Dolly Parton, who grew up in a poor and rural family. The program started as a charity in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Parton started the program so every preschool child in her home county could have books in their home. The program currently distributes over one million high quality books monthly to children around the world.

Whitewater LEADS is a nonprofit organization established in 2015 to support literacy in the greater Whitewater area.

Its board is composed of representatives from the business community, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Whitewater Unified School District and the Whitewater community.

“The total cost for our literacy efforts is about $10,000 a year, with the bulk of it going to the Imagination Library,” Whitewater LEADS board member and Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc. Chairman Larry Kachel said. “We will have a fundraising event in the fall of this year to recognize our donors and sponsors, while raising money for the following year.”

Parents in the Whitewater Unified School District with children under the age of five can register their children to receive free books by going to imaginationlibrary.com.

For more information or to volunteer with Whitewater LEADS, email whitewaterleads@gmail.com. Whitewater LEADS is especially looking for volunteers to help with their social media efforts.

Notice for Board of Review


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Board of Review for the City of Whitewater shall meet on
April 23, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the City of Whitewater Municipal
Building, 312 W. Whitewater St., Whitewater, Wisconsin. BE AWARE the assessor cannot make changes in an
assessed value within the 15 day period prior to the start of Board of Review under current Wisconsin Statutes.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Wisconsin Statute 70.47(2) requires as follows:

  1. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who
    is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of
    the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board.
  2. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the
    amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board, or at least 48
    hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a
    waiver of the 48 hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during
    the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48 hour notice
    requirement and files a written objection, that person provides to the Clerk of Board of Review notice as
    to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board member and, if so, which member will be
    removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take.
  3. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s objection and
    specify the information that the person used to arrive at the estimate.
  4. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a
    valuation; if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the Objector using the income method; unless
    that person supplies to the Assessor all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the
    manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The City of Whitewater has an ordinance for
    the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this
    paragraph which provides exemptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed
    by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this
    paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection copying
    under Section 19.35(1) of Wis. Statutes.
  5. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a
    letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person
    may testify by telephone.

Respectfully submitted,
Michele R. Smith, Clerk, City of Whitewater
(262) 473-0102

Join Lincoln Elementary for Leadership Day

Lincoln School will be hosting its Leadership Day on Friday, May 3 and would like to invite community members to see the exciting things happening in our school. 

As the first Leader in Me school in Wisconsin, Lincoln Elementary wants to share what Leader in Me is all about.  Also, come to see the beautiful renovations in the building. 

The agenda for the day is: 7:30 – 8:00 Parent Presentation “Connecting the 7 Habits Between School and Home” (any adults may attend), 8:15 – 9:00 – All School Leadership Assembly, 9:00 – 10:30 – Leadership Stations led by student leaders. 

Anyone who would like to join will be assigned a student escort to take you through the day.  If you would like to attend, you can either call or email Lincoln School Administrative Assistant Emily Holle at 262-472-8500 or eholle@wwusd.org.

Public Notice:

Notice of Initiation of the Section 106 Process-Public Participation in accordance with the FCC’s Nationwide Programmatic Agreement. U.S. Cellular intends to modify equipment on an existing communications facility at 230 N. Prairie St., Whitewater, Walworth County, WI (Latitude: N42 50 17.28 and Longitude: W88 44 27.91) to increase network capacity. U.S. Cellular is publishing this notice in accordance with Federal Communications Commission regulations (47 CFR § 1.1307) for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We respectfully request that parties interested in commenting on this Federal undertaking relative to potential effects on cultural or historic properties or with questions on the proposed facility should contact GSS, Inc., 3311 109th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322; Ph. (515) 331-2103 within 30 days of the posting of this notice. (GSS #W18390)

UW-Whitewater to serve as a Summer Food Service Program site

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program at the following camps: Upward Bound, Success in Math and Science, STEER, CAP I, CAP II, CAP III, ACT Prep-Residential, and ACT Prep-Commuter.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled children who are 18 years of age and under and to persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and are also participating in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year.

The amount of reimbursement received by a Summer Food Service Program sponsor is based upon the household incomes of the enrolled children. Children who are members of households receiving Foodshare, FDPIR, W-2 (Wisconsin Works – Cash Benefits Only) benefits are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits at eligible program sites.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

City of Whitewater Requests Assistance from Clay Street Residents

The City of Whitewater requests responses to an income survey from residents along Clay Street, between Dann Street and the round-a-bout, in order to apply for a sanitary sewer and water grant.

The Clay Street project scheduled for 2020 has multiple steps, one of which is replacing old sanitary sewer and water piping. With the assistance of residents living on Clay Street, the city may be able to apply for a grant to help lower costs of the project and avoid additional utility fees.

Residents are encouraged to fill out the income survey that was sent to them in March. This needs to be returned by April 17, 2019. The City wishes to thank the vast majority of individuals who have already taken the time to complete and return the survey.

Contact Public Works Director, Brad Marquardt at (262) 473-0139 or BMarquardt@whitewater-wi.gov to obtain an income survey if needed.

Whitewater Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Action Grants

The Whitewater Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring Community Action Grants.

For the past three years, the WCF has awarded grants that encourage and support our local civic partners who create opportunities in Whitewater that will benefit all who live, work and play here.  Projects submitted should be for educational, cultural, charitable or benevolent purposes that address the needs of the community. Projects are expected to be accomplished within a specific period of time, generally not more than one year.

If your organization has a new project you need help with, we encourage you to apply.  Interested organizations can find more information and our application at http://www.whitewatercommunityfoundation.org/grants/

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2019.

Spring Leaf & Yard Waste Collection scheduled for April 15 – 18 and April 22-26

The City of Whitewater ~ Department of Public Works will conduct a leaf and yard waste collection the week of Monday, April 15 – Thursday, April 18, and Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26, 2019. Please place your bagged yard waste on the curb by Monday, April 15.

Yard waste must be bagged in the Bio-Bags given out in the fall by the City, or clear, transparent bags only. Yard waste will not be collected if not bagged properly or placed in nontransparent or black bags. In addition, the City does not have free bags for residents this time of year.

Brush will not be collected as part of the yard waste collection. Brush is chipped as a service to all City residents every Tuesday throughout the year. Residents requesting brush collection may call 473-0560 (before 7 a.m.) on the Tuesday morning you wish your brush to be chipped. Chipping is done free of charge for the first 10 minutes. After that, a fee of $30.00 is charged to the homeowner for each additional 10 minutes.

Yard Waste Ordinance

Notice: It is against city ordinance to deposit any yard waste debris on city streets or right of ways other than City of Whitewater designated days.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Streets/Parks/Forestry Dept. at 262-473-0560.