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Founded in 1843 upon settlement by Talbot C. Dousman and three others, Ottawa Wisconsin was recognized then as a superb place in which to live.  It remains so today! 

The Town covers 36 square miles and has a population of 3,897.

Explore this site to find information about town government, services, recreation and other activities.


Ottawa Town Hall is located at W360 S3337 State Road 67, Dousman WI  53118. 


Town Hall hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:  May through August Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Fridays 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 

With COVID 19, and it's ever changing impact on each day, the Town of Ottawa will respond with WHO and CDC recommendations as much as possible. 

Please note that the Town Hall could close and that a notice will be placed on the door in that event.


    In an effort to limit contact as much as we can,

    We Strongly recommend requesting a Ballot by Mail if at all possible




    Or call us at


    For Registration information


    To request an absentee ballot by mail





    2020 is a Presidential Election year, which means you will soon be finding voter registration forms and

    Absentee Ballot request forms in your mailbox.  These mailings are not from your municipal Clerk, even though

    they may appear to be.  They are sent by special interest groups and the prefilled voter information on the forms is often outrageously inaccurate.

      To ensure you are properly registered to vote or to apply for an absentee ballot, please or contact Melissa Klein@ (262) 965-3228, or email 

                                                                         For information on recycling events:     


                                                                                  M - F  8 am - 4:30 pm
                                                                                 (262) 896-8300 (office)  

                                                                                 (262) 996-8298 (fax)

    WI Uniform building permit (copy & paste in address line):

    Town of Ottawa Building Permit

    FOR TOWN PLAN COMMISSION ITEMS:  For an item to be scheduled or placed on a Town of Ottawa Plan Commission agenda, twenty (20) copies of the materials for all agenda items must be submitted to the Town Hall, in addition to the copy submitted to the Town Planner at her office in Waukesha.  In addition, for all agenda items the PROFESSIONAL SERVICES REIMBURSEMENT FORM must be completed and submitted, and for some items, a meeting with the Town Planner is required.  For items that require application with the Waukesha County Planning and Zoning Division, please contact the Planner of the Day at (262)548-7790 or email  or visit the Planning and Zoning Division website  

    Reimbursement Form:

    Summary document of the proposed Zoning Code amendments.:


    Draft of general Zoning Code:  Link


    Job Title:

    Lead  Technician

    Job Category:

    Town Services



    Town of Ottawa

    Job Code/ Req#:

    Lead Technician



    Ottawa Town Hall

    Travel Required:



    Level/Salary Range:


    Based on experience

    Position Type:

    Part time


    Town Contact:

    Melissa Klein/Lori Geyman

    Date Posted:



    Will Train Applicant(s):

    Some training provided

    Posting Expires:

    Until filled


    Applications Accepted By:

    Fax or Email:

    FAX:  262-965-5131 or

    Subject Line: Lead Technician


    Ottawa Town Hall
    W360 S3337 State Road 67
    Dousman, WI  53118

    Job Description

    Role and Responsibilities

    Assume newly created role of Lead Technician for the town and manage additional town employees

             Create scheduling/daily assignments during recycling and garbage drop off hours (Saturdays 8am-11am)

             Create structure and role clarity for other employees

             Manage garbage and recycling drop off days for the town every Saturday per town guidelines

             Ensure only town residents utilize service and only acceptable items are allowed

             Work with existing employees to build yearly task list (Calendar of events) and contact information database for items including maintenance on machines and contacts for outside contractors

             Operate town equipment per town guidelines (front end loader/backhoe/etc.)

             Report weekly to the town on results of garbage/recycling drop off and other relevant information

             Any other duties assigned by town board


    -          Self Starter / Organizational skills / Communication Skills / Motivated to hold people accountable / Ability to create scheduling / Ability to create database of contact information for relevant organizations / Comfortable speaking with people of all ages in person and on the phone

    Preferred Skills

     Leadership experience / experience operating machinery such as backhoes and front end loaders or similar

    Additional Notes

    MUST be willing to work Saturdays throughout the year from approximately 730 am 1200 pm

    Town of Ottawa

    Position Statement regarding citizen complaints.

    The Town of Ottawa does not respond to anonymous complaints.  If you would like to make a complaint, we would like to know your name, address, telephone number, and what the complaint is regarding.  You can call the Town Hall with that information, at (262) 965-3228, or you can email that information to and someone from the Town Board or Town staff will respond to you within one week.

    —Quick Links—
    Cemetery Map and Burials 
    Election Information--WEC 
    Paradise Valley & State Park info  
    Property Tax Information for Ottawa/Waukesha Co. 
    Southeastern WI Regional Planning Commission 
    State of Wisconsin 
    Waukesha County Home Page 
    Waukesha County Recycling & Hazardous Waste 
    Wisconsin State Legislature 


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