Community Info

The village may be small but it has a very BIG HEART.

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We hope you find this information helpful if you are new to the community or have lived here your whole life.

The Military Ridge State Trail runs right through the center of town, walk or ride your bike in the warm weather. When there is enough snow -take your snowmobile!  On one side you will find the Village Park – enjoy the Zip Crooz, swings, slides and baseball fields. The Shelter is available to rent. On the other side discover the Historic Ridgeway Train Depot, right on the trail and open on scheduled dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is the ONLY remaining railroad depot along the trail and is a museum of railroad artifacts and history accompanied by a striking mural and pictures.  Visit the Friends of Military Ridge website for more information.

The Village does have ordinances; it is recommended that you always check with the Village Clerk before starting a project. Ordinances are available to look at in the Clerk’s office or here.

Certain projects require the issuance of a “Building Permit” by the Village Building Inspector. Anything involving structural changes, garages, additions, etc. – or simply re-roofing, may require such a permit.  The first step is to have the project reviewed by the building inspector. The project may require submission of a plan. A permit fee may apply depending on your project.  Always contact the Village clerk before proceeding with any project.

Dog Licenses are required by Wisconsin State Statute.  Licenses must be purchased from the Village clerk by April 1 every year for that year.  There is a $10.00 penalty fee for licenses purchased after April 1stMaximum number of pets (dogs & cats) allowed per household is 3.  Vet paperwork showing date of rabies vaccine and whether the dog is spayed or neutered must be presented at time of license application. $8 for spay/neutered dogs & $18 for unaltered.

A combined Water, Sewer and Garbage/Recycling bill is mailed out monthly. The first and final bill may be pro-rated, depending on occupancy date.  Bills are payable to the Village of Ridgeway and can be paid in person in the Village office, mailed, or left in the drop box outside the fire station/village hall entry door.

Garbage & Recycling pickup by Faherty Inc. is every Wednesday. Recycling bins can be picked up at the Village of Ridgeway clerk’s office in the fire station. In addition to regularly scheduled pickups – Faherty Inc. has a spring & a fall clean-up for appliances, furniture, etc. Surcharges apply to some of the items.  The dates for these clean-ups are always posted on the Village website. Detailed information will also be mailed with the December or January water/sewer utility bill or the property tax bill.

Village of Ridgeway Board Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held in the Village Hall/Fire Station; 113 Dougherty Ct. (entrance on HHH)–starting at 7 p.m.  All meetings held by the Board are posted at the Village Office, Farmers Savings Bank, & the village website at

Voting – is held in the Fire Station/Village Hall; polling hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voter registration can be done online or in the office of the Village clerk up to 5 p.m. the Friday before the election – or even at the polling place on Election Day.  You must be a village resident for at least 10 days in order to vote here.  Vote Absentee.

The Post Office is located next to Farmers Savings Bank; post office box rental is available. Please make sure you register with the post office so you will receive mail delivery. Post office window hours are Mon-Fri 3p-5p and Sat. 8a-10:30a.

Ridgeway Pine Relict State Natural Area – Over 500 acres of breathtaking scenery just north of the village. Friends Brochure and Map  Link to the DNR: Ridgeway Pine Relict (No. 326)

4Th of July FestivitiesThe Village is consistently growing its 4th of July celebration – enjoy the day watching our local Cardinal’s Home Talent baseball, followed by some live music for the late afternoon and evening. You definitely won’t be disappointed in the fireworks on the ball field at dusk.

Fire Department and First Responders– We have a volunteer department in the Village of Ridgeway. We are always looking for more good volunteers. If you are interested in becoming part of our fire department please contact the Fire Department at 608-924-2027 or any of the current members. As always in case of an emergency please call 911.

The Village Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please call, email, or stop in with any questions you may have.

See the Helpful Links page for county information and links to area groups.