Open Book and Board of Review update

We currently expect that Open Book will be held in late August, and Board of Review in September this year.  If you are awaiting notices, please be aware that they won’t be coming for a month or so, and do not worry that you may have missed them.  You are always welcome to e-mail the town at for further information.  If you believe that you may have an issue this year, it is best, as always, to start by talking with the town assessor, Bruce Gardiner.  You can reach him at or at 608-943-8009.

Fitchburg Festival of Speed

On July 13, 2019 the Fitchburg Festival of Speed will be sponsoring a bike race, part of which will take place in the Town of Montrose, looping from Purcell Road to Storytown, then west along Sun Valley Parkway through Paoli, and then north out of the Township on Range Trail.  Further information is available at

Bike for Boys and Girls Clubs

On July 20, 2019 the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County will be sponsoring a bike ride in support of their mission.  They expect to have about 1200 participants.  The expected route through Montrose winds north from Verona, and then eastward into the Town of Oregon.  The Sheriff’s Office will be involved in providing traffic control.  Further information can be obtained from the event website,


Informational meeting – Hwy 69 resurfacing from the county line to Gehin St, SW of Belleville

 Here’s what the DOT has to say:

 The rehabilitation project is intended to address deteriorating pavement and extend the service life on approximately 3.89 miles of roadway. This project will consist of removing 4-inches of existing pavement for the entire width of roadway and placing 4-inches of new asphaltic pavement. The work is expected to utilize flagging operations and remain open to traffic, so a detour will not be necessary. Construction is currently scheduled for 2022 but could be constructed in 2021 if funding is available. This meeting is intended to provide information about the project. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project in detail, gather feedback, and address any questions or concerns the public may have.


Persons with any questions or concerns pertaining to this project or the meeting are encouraged to contact Jim Simpson, Project Manager at the WisDOT Southwest Region at 2101 Wright Street, Madison, WI  53704, email:, or phone: (608) 246-5628.

Highway 69 – information on the reconstruction project

On May 30, 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation held public information meetings regarding the new construction on Highway 69.  DOT representatives provided maps and detailed information, which can be viewed in depth at this web address:  The DOT currently expects the schedule of activities to be:

           Appraisals and plans to utilities:  June 2019

           Draft plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E):  November 2020

           Final PS&E:   May 2021

           Construction from Paoli to Valley Road:  Spring to Fall 2022.  Includes constructioni of roundabout at the intersection of PB and Hwy 69.  Diane Avenue intersection to remain open.

            Construction from County D in Belleville to Paoli. Spring to Fall 2023. Diane Avenue intersection closed, intersection of PB and Hwy 69 to remain open.



Informational meeting regarding Highway 69 – focus on real estate acquisition

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has scheduled a Public Involvement Meeting at the Town Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, with a presentation to start at 6:00 p.m.  The notice received by the town states that “WisDOT representatives will give a brief presentation…regarding the proposed reconstruction with an enhanced focus on the real estate process which is about to begin.”  They state that construction iw currently scheduled to begin in 2022.

Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin

On June 9, 2019, the Ironmen and Ironwomen will again be speeding through our area. It is expected that there will be about 2300 participants in this year’s event. Among the local roads being used are Tipperary, Frenchtown, Cates, Observatory, CTH “A”, Sun Valley Parkway, and Paoli Road.  Further information is available at the event website,, or from contact person Ryan Richards, at




Rob’s Sugar River Ramble – June 2, 2109

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association is sponsoring Rob’s Sugar River Ramble, a bike ride through the beautiful Sugar River watershed area, on June 2, 2019. The event expects to have about 200 participants, and to conduct some of its ride on Fritz Road. If you are interested in further information, the contact person is Wade Moder, reachable at  The event website is