Annual Meeting on September 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

The Annual Meeting will be held on September 1, 2020, at 8 p.m., an hour after the regularly scheduled town board meeting.  The meeting was postponed from its normal date because of the COVID 19 public health emergency. We wll mail or e-mail the treasurer’s report to anyone who requests it (requests to the clerk at the town hall, or 608-424-3848). 

There will be no refreshments, masks are required, and we will maintain social distancing for the meeting.  

Posted August 7, 2020

Voting update August 4, 2020

As of this morning, there have been 196 absentee ballots issued to Town of Montrose voters – a hair more than 25% of our 765 registered voters.  Already an impressive turnout.

You can still request a mailed absentee ballot (until Thursday, August 6, at 5 p.m.).  For all voters with Belleville or Verona addresses, ballots will go the next day to the local post office for inclusion with the local mail.  For voters with Oregon & New Glarus addresses, at this point you may want to consider in person absentee voting at the Town Hall – which is available through Friday August 7, from 10 to noon and from 2 to 4.  You can also call the clerk to make an appointment outside of those hours.

You can apply any time for a mailed absentee ballot for the general election in November, and please, please do so.  Just go to, or call, email or text the clerk.  Call/text:  608-424-3848.  E-mail:

In person absentee voting hours – Partisan Primary

In person absentee voting will be available at the Town Hall on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. through noon; and 2 p.m. through 4 p.m. starting Monday, July 27 and continuing until Friday August 7, except for the morning of July 31.  No appointment is needed.  Masks are required. Voting will be in the large room at the hall to protect the health of staff and voters alike.  Doors will be kept locked, and voters admitted one household at a time at the front door.

There is still time to have absentee ballots mailed; we urge voters to consider this option.

Posted 24 July 2020.

Election updates – get one of these!

If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to go on to request that an absentee ballot be sent to you both for the partisan primary on August 11, and for the general election in November. 

If you have any trouble at all with the system, call or text the town clerk at 608-424-3848 for help or an alternate method of making the request.  It is much easier to issue ballots efficiently if requests are made earlier rather than later. Months ahead of time is great; at least 5 or 6 weeks ahead of time is very good. We have made a great start.  As of today 22% (165) of our registered voters (766) have requested and been mailed ballots for the August primary.  The more of us who get mailed ballots, the safer election day will be for our intrepid election inspectors, and for all in person voters, so please keep those absentee requests coming.

Open Book and Board of Review – 2020

2020.docxOpen Book will be held at the town hall on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. 

Board of Review will be held at the town hall on Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

If you have any questions about your assessment, our assessor, Bruce Gardiner, encourages you to call him before Open Book.  You can reach him at 608-943-8009.  


Absentee voting

Now would be a good time to double check on your absentee voting application.  The easiest way is to look yourself up on  If you have no application on file for the upcoming elections this year (August 11 partisan primary; November 3 presidential), you can go ahead and apply there. Many people who voted absentee in April requested absentee ballots only for that election, and may be unaware that they may need to submit another application for the rest of the elections this year.

Paper applications are also available at the town hall.  There is a supply on the main door, so if you have a friend or neighbor who is not at ease with the online process, you can swing by the town hall and pick up a application.   Any questions at all, call or text the town hall (608-424-3848) or email the clerk at  We hope to continue our record of excellent voter turnout it Montrose!

Special Town Board Meeting time change

The Special Town Board meeting which was scheduled for July 3, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. is changed to July 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.   

Bookmobile returning to Paoli

The bookmobile is returning to Paoli, although with shorter hours and only to pick up holds.  It will be here Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3.  You can get more information from the Friends of the Bookmobile website – Friends of the Bookmobile <>.

Fire/EMS District Meeting

The Fire and EMS District Meeting will be held at the Belleville EMS building on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.