Benton, WI

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Officials and Elections

Benton has an elected Village Board consisting of the Village President and a six-member Board of Trustees. The Village Board sets local governmental policy, determines types and levels of service to be provided, hires village employees, establishes village codes and ordinances, and approves the budget and subsequent expenditures for the fiscal year. Each member of the Board—including the President—is elected to a two-year term. To ensure that the Board is always comprised of at least three experienced members, elections for trustee positions are held on an every-other-year basis, with three positions being elected one year and four positions being elected the next.

Village Board Members

Gary McCrea, President
Term: April 2015
Phone: 608.759.3983

Chuck Wartner, Trustee
Term: April 2014
Phone: 608.759.2025

 

Cal Robbins, Trustee
Term: April 2013
Phone: 608.759.2038

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Polfer, Trustee
Term: April 2014
Phone: 608.778.5789

 

Terry Sheffer, Trustee
Term: April 2014
Phone: 608.732.4824

Rose Walton, Trustee
Term: April 2015
Phone: 608.778.6549

Committees and Assignments

  • Finance
    • Chuck Wartner, Chair (608) 759-2025
    • Gary McCrea
    • Jessica Polfer
  • Police
    • Gary McCrea, Chair (608) 759-3983
    • Terry Sheffer
    • Jessica Polfer
  • Streets
    • Terry Sheffer, Chair (608) 732-4824
    • Gary McCrea
    • Cal Robbins
  • Electric
    • Cal Robins, Chair (608) 759-2038
    • Gary McCrea
    • Terry Sheffer
  • Sewer / Water
    • Cal Robbins, Chair (608) 759-2038
    • Terry Sheffer
  • Public Nuisance
    • Chuck Wartner, Chair (608) 759-2025
    • Gary McCrea
  • Parks / Building
    • , Chair (608) 759-4791
    • Rose Walton
    • Jessica Polfer
  • Personnel / Disposal
    • Gary McCrea, Chair (608) 759-3983
    • Chuck Wartner
  • Ordinance
    • Rose Walton, Chair (608) 778-6549
    • Chuck Wartner
  • Lafayette Development Corporation
    • Terry Sheffer (608) 732-4824
    • Gary McCrea (608) 759-3983
  • Weed Commissioner
    • Terry Sheffer (608) 732-4824
  • Planning & Zoning Commission
    • Rose Walton, Chair (608) 778-6549
    • Katey Neis
    • Terry Sheffer
    • Chuck Wartner
    • Doris Pulvermacher
    • Philip Vaughn
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
    • Alfred Kluge
    • Robert Dixon
    • Dave Halloran
    • Jeff Savatski

Board Meeting Dates and Times

All meetings are open to the public and comply with the state’s open meeting laws (Wis. Stat. § 19.81—19.98).

Time:
6:30 P.M.
Date:
3rd Wednesday of every month
Location:
Benton Business Incubator conference room at 244 Ridge Avenue

Agenda Requests

Citizens or other persons with items or concerns they would like to have placed on the agenda may do so by calling the Village Clerk’s office one week prior to the scheduled meeting. (Village Office: 608.759.3721)

Subcommittee Meetings

In addition to regular board meetings, the Village also has a number of subcommittees that meet on an as-needed basis to determine a variety of issues related to the operation of the Village and its services. Village Board members, as well as various members of the community, serve on the subcommittees. Meetings are posted and are open to the public.

Village Office Hours and Contacts

  • Open Office Hours

  • 8:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
  • 12:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday thru Friday
  • Contacts

  • 608.759.3721
  • Fax: 608.759.3212
  • Email: info@bentonwi.us
  • Village Office Location

  • Benton Business Incubator
  • 244 Ridge Avenue
  • Benton, WI 53803

Clerk’s Office

Beverly Hitz is Benton’s Village Clerk / Treasurer. She is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations and administrative matters of the Village of Benton. Sonya Silvers serves as the Assistant Village Clerk/Treasurer.

Employee Directory

  • Carver, Ryan
    Water / Wastewater / General Maintenance
    608.759.3721

    Ryan Carver has been employed with the Village since March 1997. He is responsible for maintenance of the Village’s wastewater utility and water treatment plant, ensuring that our water is clean and safe to drink. Ryan also assists other Village employees with many other facets of general Village maintenance.

  • Jean ChristiansonChristensen, Jean
    Public Librarian
    608.759.BOOK (2665)

    Jean Christensen has been the Benton Public Librarian since April 2014. Jean manages the day-to-day operations of the library and assists library patrons with material selections and with research and information needs. She is responsible for implementing budget and policy directives of the Library Board.

  • Goffinet, Jim
    Parks / Streets / General Maintenance
    608.759.3721

    Jim Goffinet has been employed with the Village since October 1998. His primary responsibilities include maintaining buildings, parks, streets, and vehicles. He also provides assistance to other Village employees with the electric, water, and sewer utility maintenance.

 

  • Hitz, Beverly

Bev Hitz

   Village Clerk / Treasurer
608.759.3721
 

   Beverly Hitz has been employed with the Village since April 2013. Beverly oversees daily operations of the Village. She is responsible for implementing budget and policy directives of the Village Board.

 

 

 

 

  • Silvers, Sonya        

 Assistant Village Clerk / Treasurer

608-759-3721

Sonya Silvers has been employed with the Village since May 2015.

As Assistant Clerk/Treasurer, she provides support to the village

clerk/treasurer, as well as to other village employees. She is
primarily responsible for the electric, water, and sewer utility
billing and is the first source of information when contacting the
Village Office. 

          

 

                                                                                    
 

Mowry, Eric

Electric / General Maintenance
608.759.3721

Eric Mowry has been employed with the Village since  July 2015.
His primary responsibilities include maintaining buildings, parks,

streets, and vehicles. He also provides assistance to other Village employees

with the electric, water, and sewer utility maintenance.

 

 

Voting and Elections

Voting Locations

  • Residents of the Village of Benton
    Benton Business Incubator
    244 Ridge Avenue
  • Residents of Benton Township
    Benton Township Garage
    455 Railroad Avenue
  • Residents of New Diggings Township
    Leadmine Town Hall
    Leadmine, WI
  • Residents of Hazel Green Township
    Hazel Green Township Garage
    3910 North Percival
    Hazel Green, WI

Voter Registration

All voters in Wisconsin must be registered to vote. To check your registration or obtain the registration form you can search on the website  https://myvote.wi.gov/.

What do I need to register?

1.  WI Driver’s License Number

If you have been issued a WI driver license and it is current and valid, you must provide the number and expiration date. If you have not been issued a WI driver license you must provide either your WI DOT-issued ID number OR the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

2.  Proof of Residence

You must provide a Proof of Residence Document when registering to vote in Wisconsin. A Proof of Residence Document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin.

How and when may I register to vote?

  1. By MailTo register by mail, download the Application for Voter Registration, or start your voter registration form online at https://myvote.wi.gov/. Complete the form, and mail it along with proof of residence to the address below.  If you are a first time voter in the State of Wisconsin, you can use any of the forms of proof of residence except a residential lease. The application must be postmarked no later than the 20th day (3rd Wednesday) before the election. Mail the completed form and proof of residence to:Beverly Hitz, Village Clerk
    244 Ridge Avenue
    Benton, WI 53803PLEASE NOTE: State and federal law now requires that all voters submitting a registration application by mail provide a copy of an acceptable identifying document that provides proof of residence. Acceptable forms of proof of residence are outlined in number 3 below and on the second page of the Application for Voter Registration form. The copy of the form of proof of residence must be included when submitting the registration application. If a copy of proof of residence is not included, the elector will be required to supply it before being issued a ballot at the polling place or before being issued an absentee ballot in the municipal clerk’s office.*Forms with an expiration date must be valid on Election Day.
  2. In PersonRegister in the Village Clerk’s office up to 5:00 P.M. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before the election. You must always provide proof of residence.
  3. At the Polling Place on Election DayIf you wish to register at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for at least 28 days preceding the election. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence must include:
    1. A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
    2. A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address if there is one, and the name of a municipality.

Village Board and
School Board Candidates

Information regarding candidates running for the Village Board or for the Benton School Board will be posted on the “Keep Informed” tab of the website. Persons wishing to run for either board must take out papers during the month of December, prior to the April election. Nomination papers for the Village Board are available at the Village Office at 244 Ridge Avenue. Nomination papers for the School Board are available at the school’s office at 41 Alma Street.

Additional Voting and
Election Information

Additional voting and election information may be found at the following online sources. (Please note: Information on these websites supersedes that found on the Village of Benton website.)