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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.

Town of Ottawa

Proclamation of State of Emergency


WHEREAS, the World Health Organization designated the 2019 novel Coronavirus outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern; the United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a Public Health Emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to the 2019 novel Coronavirus “COVID-19.” COVID-19 is a contagious, and at times fatal, respiratory disease; the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the effects of its extreme risk of person-to-person transmission throughout the United States, significantly affect the lives and health of our people, as well as the economy, and is a disaster that impacts the health, security and safety of the public; and


WHEREAS, on or about March 13, 2020, the State of Wisconsin and the federal government declared a State of Emergency, due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and


WHEREAS, the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted, or is expected to impact the Municipality, Wisconsin; and


WHEREAS, because of emergency conditions, the Governing Body is unable to meet with promptness; and


WHEREAS, pursuant to sections 323.11 and 323.14(4)(b) of the Wisconsin Statutes it is necessary and expedient for the health, safety, welfare and good order of the municipality to proclaim that emergency conditions exist; and


WHEREAS, the emergency has caused the municipality to extend, commit and exhaust its pertinent available resources; and


WHEREAS, the Municipality requests State assistance and advises the State of Wisconsin of our emergency conditions:


NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Sections 323.11 and 323.14(4)(b) of the Wisconsin Statutes, as Chairman, the chief executive officer, of the Municipality of the Town of Ottawa, Wisconsin, I hereby proclaim a State of Emergency, and  hereby


  1. Authorize emergency purchases of goods and materials

  2. Authorize emergency purchases of services

  3. Authorize emergency costs to the labor force

  4. Authorize use of ability to hold meetings virtually


    This Proclamation shall take effect immediately and shall continue in effect until June 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. or such earlier time as a quorum of the Governing Body convenes and rescinds the Proclamation.




    Dated this 12th day of January, 2021


    Cheryl D. Rupp, Chairman





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                                                                     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:

For the Waukesha County Zoning Code -


For the Waukesha County Shoreland and Floodland Protection Ordinance -


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—
Ottawa/Dousman Border agreement 
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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