Andy Schatschneider | I Want to Know
What is an unincorporated community?
A couple of weeks ago, more than 90 Town of Merton residents sent letters to the Town Board protesting the fact that the town's new decorative banners welcomed people to the Town of Merton instead of to the unincorporated communities of North Lake, Stone Bank and Monches.
But just what is an unincorporated community?
According to Carol Nawrocki, senior legal counsel for the Wisconsin Towns Association, unincorporated communities like the three listed above are small "hamlets" that are not separate legal entities. They are located within larger municipalities, but by themselves have no authority to tax, no elections and no municipal budget, in short, none of the trappings that come along with being a town, village or city.
These communities are really more of a historical or traditional crossroads area, Nawrocki said, and are often referred to as a "village," although they aren't villages in the true legal sense. While the areas have no legally recognized borders, people who live in them usually have a good feel for what's part of their "village" and what's not.
Unincorporated communities like the ones in the Town of Merton are all over the State of Wisconsin, Nawrocki said. While they can occasionally be found within the borders of cities or villages, they are almost always located within the more rural confines of towns.
The term "unincorporated community" can also refer to towns, as the only municipalities that are by definition incorporated in Wisconsin are cities and villages.
What do you want to know? E-mail your questions to iwanttok email@example.com.
- Did David Hyde Pierce skinny dip in the Lunt-Fontanne pool?
- How fast can the Pedal Tavern go?
- How far can the 'Bike Doc' throw a bike?
- Are plastic bottle caps really recyclable?
- What on earth is a 'Mac-and-Cheese Wurst'?
- How much trash did Adopt-A-Highway program pick up in 2013?
- How do you get rid of Eurasian water-milfoil?
- Who designs the annual state park stickers?
- Is there a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Waukesha County?
- Where are Lunt and Fontanne laid to rest?
- Is professional wrestling for real?
- Where can I get my motorcycle blessed?
- Why is this tree smiling at me?
- Exactly how fast is 'freaky fast' at Jimmy John's?
- What do the "Throttle Down in Town" signs in Delafield mean?
- What was the first book shelved at the Delafield Public Library?
- What does Starbucks do with its used coffee grounds?
- How do you saw someone in half?
- How can hardwood floors be protected from winter salt damage?
- How much did SummerStage raise with Winter Gala?
Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
Celebrate Lake Country
communities with stories
Do you have news or a nonprofit event that you would like to share with the community? Whether it's a community organization, a business, a local school, or a notable neighbor, we'd love to hear about it.
- soothe your soul in door county, wi - blissfull yoga retreat with soul on yoga
- Enjoy Fun Activities at the Schauer Center Open House
- UW-Waukesha Fall Classes - Come Grow with Us!
- Shop 'til you drop to benefit HPHC
- 2nd Annual charity GMMO to be held at Senic View Golf Course
- Lake Country Martial Arts Ninja Camp
- Local Chiropractors Discuss: Which Type of Yoga is Right for You?
- 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour Features Twin Lakes WI Home.
Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.
LivingLakeCountry.com features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!
View All Blogs
Do you want to become a Community Blogger? LivingLakeCountry.com welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog