Public Works & Utilities

The City of Ashland Public Works Department will close to the public on March 19, 2020, there will be someone available by phone 715.682.7061 during regular business hours M-F 7:00am-3:30pm.  Staff will continue normal functions on-site and available to address your concerns by telephone or e-mail exchange;  however, will not be available for face-to-face contacts.  Essential personal contacts will be by scheduled appointment only.  All deliveries can be left in the parcel drop box or the mail box, these will be checked on a regular basis during business hours.

Operations at the Water and Waste Water utility will continue as normal, fully staffed with emergency call-out after hours.  The Waste Water Lab will not be accepting water samples until further notice.       

We understand that this may be a hardship for some, and an inconvenience for all – hopefully short term.  These decisions are made to help ensure the safety and health of all in our community, and continue the services that are critical in that regard.

The Department of Public Works is a multi-division department charged with the responsibility of providing a variety of services to the public as well as maintaining the City of Ashland’s infrastructure.


It houses the Engineering Department, Streets Division, Parks Division, Water and Wastewater Division.


Services provided by the Department of Public Works include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain, repair and improve city streets, alleys, sidewalks and bridges
  • Snow removal and ice control
  • Street sweeping and roadway striping
  • Refuse and recyclables collection and disposal by contracted services agreements
  • Tree maintenance and removal in public areas
  • Provide safe and sufficient drinking water and water for fire protection
  • Clean, repair, reconstruct and maintain sanitary sewers and lift stations
  • Maintain, repair, and improve city storm water infrastructure
  • Survey, design, and oversight of local road and utility construction projects
  • GIS mapping and locates of buried infrastructure

2020 Projects

  • Vaughn Ave & 7th Street W Reconstruction and Utility Project

**The City of Ashland would like to thank the residents of Vaughn Ave and 7th St W for their patience during the 2020 construction season.  

 The project is nearly complete and is awaiting the final “layer” of asphalt on the roadway.  This work was scheduled for Fall 2020 but has been rescheduled due to the recent changes in weather and will instead be completed in Spring 2021.  

Vaughn Ave and 7th St W have been reopened to local traffic and residents may use the roadway, subject to normal winter parking regulations.  The City of Ashland looks forward to completion of the project.  


The City of Ashland had obtained funds in 2017 from the State of Wisconsin DNR to assist homeowners in replacing lead water service lines (LSL) on private property for projects that result in full LSL replacements.

Continued funding has allowed the City to continue this project into 2018. The City will provide grants to cover 100% of the replacement costs. The following grant guidelines have been developed to prioritize funding:

  • Properties must not be used for commercial use.
  • The water service line must be comprised of lead and replacement of the private lateral must result in full LSL replacement on both the public and private side.
  • Funding is available for those residential properties that do not have lead on the public side.
  • 100% grant and rebate to homeowner to replace private lead laterals giving priority to individuals most susceptible to lead related effects.


The City’s goal is to assist in eliminating health hazards associated with private lead service lines. For the purposes of the SDWLP program, private lead water service line replacement means, "the replacement of the existing lead water service line between the curb stop and the water meter within the structure."





For questions regarding this program contact:
City Hall
601 Main Street W
Ashland, WI 54806
Phone: 715-682-7071