A.   Utilities


1.     Water Department


The Town of Menasha Utility District is divided into two departments – Water and Wastewater. The Water Department maintains over 110 miles of water mains and 1,100 fire hydrants. It pumped over 1.044 billion gallons in the year 2000 to serve its 7,100 customers in the Town of Menasha, City of Menasha, Town of Neenah, City of Neenah, City of Appleton, Town of Harrison, and the Town of Grand Chute. The Water Department consists of 8 full-time employees and one part-time employee.


Information on the Utility District is available at:




The Water Department operates two systems. The East Side System consists of a well, a treatment plant, a 1,000,000 gallon reservoir, one 300,000 gallon water tower and a metering station where water is purchased from Menasha Utilities. The well is producing 2.4 million gallons per day, near to its operating capacity of 3 million gallons per day. The ability to purchase water from the Menasha Utilities is nearly unlimited, however, and should provide an adequate supply well into the future.


The West Side System consists of three wells, two treatment plants, two 1,000,000 gallon reservoirs, and two 300,000 gallon water towers. The wells are operating at about 50% capacity. There is adequate ground and elevated water storage for both sides of the Town. Well capacity is estimated to be adequate for future development for many years to come.


Recent projects included the addition of water softening capacity at Water Plant #3 on Shady Lane. Because the stream adjacent to the plant is considered navigable, there was not room to expand the footprint of the building. Instead, the garage space at the plant was converted for use in softening. New space for maintenance and meter testing and to replace the garage from Shady Lane was constructed at the facility on American Drive. An on-going project is the replacement of water mains.



2.     Wastewater Department and Sewer Service Area


The Wastewater Department is responsible for maintaining over 100 miles of sanitary sewers, nine lift stations, and six miles of forcemains. The Wastewater Department employs three full-time employees and one part-time employee.


In Wisconsin, the sewer service area planning process, which is authorized and regulated under the auspices of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, serves as a useful mechanism for preparing development staging plans for urban areas. The Fox Cities Sewer Service Area Plan, prepared by the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, is consistent with the goals and recommendations of the Regional Land Use Plan also prepared by the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The Plan also complies with federal and state water quality management requirements.


The Fox Cities Sewer Service Area Plan serves as the basis for Department of Natural Resources approval of state and federal grants for the planning and construction of wastewater collection and treatment facilities, as well as for WISDNR approval of locally proposed sanitary sewer extensions and Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations (DILHR) approval of private sewer laterals. Further, environmentally sensitive areas that are identified in the planning process serve as a guide for environmental permit decisions by federal and state agencies.


Wastewater treatment services for the Town of Menasha are provided by two different regional sewage treatment facilities. The west side of the Town is served by the Grand Chute/Menasha West Sewer Service Area and the east side of the town is served by the Neenah-Menasha Sewer Service Area.


a.  Grand Chute/Menasha West Sewer Service Area


The Grand Chute/Menasha West Sewer Service Area encompasses 36 square miles and includes the Town of Menasha Utility District, the Town of Greenville Sanitary District, the Town of Grand Chute Sanitary District Number 2, and the Town of Neenah Sanitary District Number 3. The majority of development in the Grand Chute/Menasha West Sewer Service Area was initiated during the 1960's. By 1995, there were 864 acres of residential development, 434 acres of industrial development and 257 acres of commercial development in the Town of Menasha Utility District. A significant amount of new development has occurred in the Sanitary District since 1990, including about 90 acres of residential development and 227 acres of commercial development.


Within the Town of Menasha’s Utility District, most of the environmentally sensitive areas are located near Little Lake Butte des Morts. The Stroebe Island wetland complex, which is associated with the outlet of Mud Creek, is a significant environmental area. Areas of high bedrock in the Town of Menasha are located in the central and north central area. While high bedrock can increase the cost of construction, a number of subdivisions have been developed on lands that contain high bedrock. In general, high groundwater and floodplain problems are minor and are primarily located in the vicinity of Little Lake Butte des Morts.


The Town of Menasha’s Utility District sewerage system has three major interceptor sewers. Two large interceptors serve areas south of the regional sewerage treatment facility; one serves the area east of USH 41 and the other the area to the west.  The third interceptor transports flow directly from the area west of the treatment plant.  This sewer can also serve areas to the north, which are west of USH 41.  The Sanitary District operates one small lift station and forcemain which serves the Stroebe Island area.


The Grand Chute/Menasha West regional treatment facility was updated and improved in the mid 1990’s to a design flow capacity of 5.24 million gallons per day and a peak flow capacity of 7.44 million gallons per day. Currently the facility is treating 3.9 million gallons per day. Flowage from the Town makes up approximately 30% of the total flowage at this facility. The East Central Regional Planning Commission will be updating the Fox Cities Sewer Service Area Plan in 2004, at which time the capacity of the plant to accommodate the projected growth through 2020 will be evaluated.


a.     Neenah-Menasha Sewer Service Area


The east side of the Town of Menasha is in the Neenah-Menasha Sewer Service Area. Major interceptor sewers in the Town of Menasha east of Little Lake Butte des Morts are located from a point beginning at Stead Drive on the east then running due west to Airport Road and following Airport Road to the Town of Menasha East wastewater treatment plant; along Racine Street from Valley Road on the north to a point just north of Airport Road, then east to the treatment plant; and twin forcemains from the Brighton Beach lift station to the Airport Road Interceptor. This lift station pumps wastewater collected from the Waverly Sanitary District and portions of the Town of Menasha Utility District. As part of the upgrading of the Neenah-Menasha plant, a new major interceptor was built from the former Sanitary District Number 4 east side waster water treatment plant to the intersection on Ninth and Tayco Streets in Menasha.  From that point to the Neenah-Menasha plant, portions of the interceptor sewer system were rebuilt.


The Neenah-Menasha regional treatment facility was reconstructed in 1987. This plant is operating below capacity and has been performing well. While the Town’s portion of the sewer service area is almost fully developed, the Waverly Sanitary District and the City of Neenah are projecting the development of several hundred acres. Plant capacity will be evaluated in 2004 when the Fox Cities Sewer Service Area Plan will be updated.


The Town of Menasha Utility District did a total reconstruction of the lift station at Brighton Beach in 2001, including the addition of a new generator unit in the event of power outages. The District recently began a televising program of the sewer system to identify areas of stormwater infiltration that was a concern mentioned in the 1997 Fox Cities Sewer Service Area Plan.


b.     Storm Water and Drainage


McMahon and Associates, Inc. released two studies entitled “West Side Comprehensive Storm Water Drainage Study” and “East Side Comprehensive Storm Water Drainage Study” in January 1996. The reports discussed all drainage basins and sub-basins on the east and west sides of the Town of Menasha along with design methodology, analysis, and recommendations. The studies found that there are several areas in the Town of Menasha that have inadequate stormwater drainage that can lead to flooding. On the east side, the priority ranking of the proposed storm sewers was as follows:


1.     Baldwin Court/George Street

2.     Manitowoc Road/Plank Road/Brighton Beach Road (a new pumping station is also recommended in this area)

3.     Southwood Drive/Wilson Avenue/Forestview Court

4.     Valley Road

5.     Winwood Lane/Lakespur Drive/Omega Drive

6.     Gmeiner Road/George Street

7.     Anton Court


On the west side, areas recommended for improvement, in order of priority, were:


1.     K-C Research/Railroad culverts and detention pond

2.     CTH O detention pond

3.     STH 150 36-inch storm sewer

4.     O'Hauser Park detention pond


The studies indicated the need to ensure that developers are responsible for constructing adequate drainage facilities for future developments in accordance with an officially adopted comprehensive drainage plan that was outlined in the stormwater studies. The studies also recommended that periodic maintenance of existing ditches and culverts should be continued in order to restore them to their maximum operating capacity.


Stormwater management continues to be topic of discussion in the Town of Menasha. The concept of a stormwater drainage utility has been discussed the by the Town Board, including alternative funding sources and the possibility of implementing it in 2002.


One of the options for collecting a stormwater drainage fee is to include a stormwater drainage department within the Town’s general fund expenditures. The second option for revenue collection is based on Equivalent Residential Units or ERU’s. An ERU methodology would charge a fee that is closely associated with the amount of stormwater generated from each property.


Communities are looking at more actively managing stormwater and drainage. Recent periods of significant rainfall have shown that, when not properly managed, stormwater can cause significant property damage to residential, commercial and industrial structures. A second reason is the recognition of the negative impact unmanaged stormwater has on the quality of the streams, rivers and lakes in the watershed. The Town needs to continue to address the priorities from the 1996 studies and address future concerns at the time a development is initially proposed to, and reviewed by, the Town. Future development will increase both the amount of impervious surfaces and the need for a more aggressive approach to the management of storm water and drainage.


3.     Solid Waste Disposal


The Town of Menasha contracts with Superior Services for residential solid waste and recycling services. Recyclables are picked up every other week on the same day as solid waste collection. A special assessment is added to the property tax bill. Multi-family complexes have the option of being part of the Town’s contract or contracting on their own. All commercial and industrial property owners are responsible for their own solid waste and recycling services.


There are no landfills located in the Town of Menasha.



4.     Telecommunications


The Town of Menasha is one of the original members of the FOXNET Fiber Optic System, a consortium of public organizations that came together to provide high speed data and Internet access for their own use through a wide area network or WAN. The other members of FOXNET are the cities of Menasha and Neenah, the school districts of Menasha and Neenah, Winnebago County, Fox Valley Technical College and Menasha Utilities. FOXNET continues to explore options with this service including the expansion to other public and private sector organizations.


a.     Telephone voice


Local and long distance telephone services is available from a variety of providers. Service availability and quality are satisfactory.


b.     Wireless voice


As with land-line-based telephone providers, wireless voice service is available from several providers.  The Town of Menasha has worked successfully with the providers on the location of towers. The Town encourages the construction of cell towers on property owned by the Town. Oversight of the building of the towers occurs through the normal commercial construction permit process.


The Town of Menasha concurs with Winnebago County’s Telecommunication Tower Ordinance in that all towers provide access for more than one server and that each tower be totally occupied with potential antennas before another tower can be built.  While the Town acknowledges the need for communication towers, it also recognizes the importance of protecting the aesthetic value of the Town. The Town will further research the need to develop a local ordinance to accomplish this objective.


c.      Cable


Cable service is governed by a non-exclusive franchise agreement between the Town of Menasha and Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P (TWE). Time Warner will pay the Town five percent (5%) of the annual gross revenues. The franchise commenced on April 17, 2001, and will continue for a period of 15 years.




5.     Electrical


a.     Generation


Electrical service is provided by Wisconsin Energy from power generation plants located outside of the Town of Menasha. While Wisconsin Energy has in the past purchased power to meet demand in times of peak usage, the utility has requested permission from Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission for the construction of five new power plants. The two natural gas and three coal plants will generate 2,800 megawatts of power that should accommodate power needs in the area served by Wisconsin Energy for the next decade. More information on the plan is available at:




b.     Distribution


American Transmission was formed in 2001 to operate transmission facilities formerly operated by publicly owned and municipally owned utilities and cooperatives in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. A ten-year assessment was released in June of 2001 that identified improvements needed by the transmission systems.


A key system performance issue identified in the assessment that impacts the Town of Menasha is insufficient 345/138 kV transformer capability between the Fox River Valley and the Kewaunee power plant. Additional information on the assessment is available at:




6.     Natural Gas


Wisconsin Gas provides natural gas services to the Town of Menasha. Currently there are no service or distribution issues. Wisconsin Gas is currently in the process of preparing a long-range (five year) plan for the Fox River Valley area.


B.   Community Facilities


1.     Public Safety


a.     Police


The Town of Menasha Police Department was formed in 1972 and employs 23 sworn officers, 7 civilians and 4 crossing guards. Offices are located in the Town Municipal Complex on Shady Lane.


More information is available at:




The need for additional staff, equipment and facilities will be analyzed after a draft of the Land Use Map is prepared. The location and type of projected growth along with the population projections and trends will help determine potential needs for the Police Department.


b.     Fire and Emergency


The Town of Menasha Fire Department was organized in 1938 as a joint volunteer department with the Town of Neenah to provide fire emergency response to the citizens of both communities. The two departments separated in 1980. The Town of Menasha Board of Supervisors became the governing body of the Town of Menasha Fire Department and is responsible for maintaining the mission statement and all policies governing the department.


Fifty-five employees are members of the combination department (4 full-time, 1 part-time and 50 paid-on-call). The two fire stations are located at 1000 Valley Road and 1326 Cold Spring Road. Each fire station staffs 25 paid-on-call fire fighters (2 Captains, 2 Lieutenants & 21 Fire Fighters). There is a countywide mutual aid agreement with all neighboring jurisdictions. The Insurance Services Office has issued a Class 4 rating for the department. The far west end of Town is without hydrants.


More information is available at:




The need for additional staff, equipment and facilities will be analyzed after a draft of the Land Use Map is prepared. The location and type of projected growth along with the population projections and trends will help determine potential needs for the Fire and Emergency Department.


c.      Judicial


The Town of Menasha has a municipal court that has jurisdiction over traffic and non-traffic ordinances in the Town. Cases are heard on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Appeals from cases heard by the Town are filed with the Winnebago County Circuit Court.


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2.     Schools


The west side of the Town of Menasha is served by the Neenah School District. The east side is served by the Menasha Joint School District with the exception of a small portion of the northeastern portion of the Town that is serviced by the Appleton School District. Students in the Town of Menasha are bused to school. In many portions of the Town, a lack of sidewalks poses a possible hazard to pedestrian traffic to and from school.


a.     Neenah School District


In February 1995 a referendum was passed allowing the Neenah School District to spend $15 million on a program for expansion and renovation of existing schools. Spring Road Elementary School, which is the only school currently located within the Town of Menasha, has undergone some renovations under this program.


The Neenah School District owns two sites in the Town of Menasha for possible future construction of additional facilities. A 10-acre site is located west of Irish Road near to the proposed extension of Jacobsen Road west of Irish Road. A 55-acre site is located north of USH 10 and west of Irish Road. Because the enrollment projections prepared by the Neenah School District show a decline in the total enrollment in the district, the need for a school on either site in the near future is doubtful.


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b.     Menasha School District


The Menasha Joint School District currently has three building addition and remodeling projects underway. Additional classrooms, new physical education space, expanded office space and a community use space are being constructed at Maplewood Middle School. The projects at Gegan Elementary and Jefferson Elementary are a combination of new space and remodeling of existing classroom, administration, meeting, and learning materials center space. The total project cost is approximately $3.5 million.


A stable or, more likely, declining student population is projected for the Menasha Joint School District. While the projections do not indicate any urgency for the construction of new facilities, it is expected that the Menasha Joint School District might consider within the next five years the future of the current high school facility on 7th Street.


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c.      Appleton School District


There are less than a dozen homes located along CTH BB/Prospect Avenue east of USH 41 in the Town of Menasha that are served by the Appleton School District. There are no plans for any changes in the boundary.


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d.     Parochial Schools


Students in the Town can also elect to attend parochial schools that provide kindergarten through twelfth grade education (see Table 34). Saint Mary’s Central High School is the only parochial school physically located in the Town, at the intersection of Cold Spring and Jacobsen Roads.











Saint Gabriel

Preschool & K-5

Saint Margaret Mary


Saint Joseph's Catholic Middle School


Saint Mary's Central High School


Xavier High School


Source: Martenson & Eisele, Inc.


e.     Colleges and Universities


Colleges and universities in the vicinity of the Town of Menasha are the Fox Valley Technical College (1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton), Lawrence University (115 S. Drew St., Appleton), and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley (1478 Midway Road, Menasha).


More information is available at:






f.       School Bus Transportation


Lamers Bus Lines Inc. serves the area of the Town requiring bus service east of Highway 41 and Kobussen Buses Limited serves the area to the west of Highway 41.


3.     Libraries


The libraries in the cities of Appleton, Menasha and Neenah are the ones most commonly used by the people in the Town of Menasha.  There exists an inter-county agreement whereby patrons may use one library card to check out books from any library in the system. Patrons may also request books to be sent from one library in the system to another for convenience in obtaining materials.


4.     Parks


The Town of Menasha Park and Recreation Department is responsible for the development and maintenance of the town's parks and recreation programs. The Town of Menasha Community Development Department is responsible for updating the Town’s Parks and Open Space Plan every five years. The last major update of the plan occurred in 1996 for the 1997 – 2002 time period. A minor update was completed in 2001. The plan can be found at the following website:




The Town of Menasha Park and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs. More information is available at:




Progress continues to be made on the Fox River Heritage Corridor project. The planned re-opening of the locks from Lake Winnebago to Green Bay will potentially encourage more locations for boat ramps, especially for canoeing and kayaking. The Town currently has boat ramps at Fritse Park and Butte des Morts Park, and the Town’s Park Plan calls for the construction of a park on the west shoreline of Little Lake Butte des Morts.


5.     Historic Sites


There are no sites within the Town that are on the National or State Historic Register. There are, however, four houses listed on the Wisconsin Inventory of Historic Places. These houses are located at the following sites:


1.     South side of CTH BB, 0.7 miles west of USH 41 (Section 4, NW¼)

2.     E. side of North Clayton Avenue, 0.6 miles south of E. Shady Lane (Section 7, SW¼)

3.     On CTH AP, 0.6 miles NE of STH 114 (Section 12)

4.     West Side of USH 10, 0.5 miles south of CTH AP (Section 12, NE¼)


In the early 1900's, 19 archeological sites within the Town of Menasha were reported to tire State Historical Society of Wisconsin, but the record is unclear as to how many of these sites still exist since no recent inventories have been completed. These historic and archeologically important sites include sites of Native American villages, effigy and burial mounds and battlefield sites. While a list of these sites is available, the State Historical Society has indicated that these locations are strictly confidential and are not meant for publication.


6.     Administration


A new Municipal Complex was opened in 1997 at the intersection of Shady Lane and CTH CB on an old landfill site.  This facility includes space for the Town administrative offices, Town meetings, the Police Department, the Parks Department, Street Department and the Town Garage. The Town of Menasha has a Town Board/Town Administrator form of government.


Information on the Town Administrator’s office is available at:




Information on the Finance Department is available at:




Information on the Assessor’s Office is available at:




Information on the Community Development Department is available at:




Information on the Street Department is available at:




7.     Cemeteries


There are four cemeteries in the Town of Menasha (see Table 35).






Resthaven Cemetery

206 North Street

St. John’s Catholic Cemetery (also known as St. John’s Polish #1 Cemetery)

566 Midway Rd.

St. Mary’s

Racine Street

St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery (also known as St. Patrick’s Irish Cemetery)

350 Green Bay Rd.

Source: Town of Menasha


8.     Health Care


Hospitals that serve the Town are located in the cities of Appleton and Neenah. Appleton Medical Center and St. Elizabeth are located in Appleton and Theda Clark is located in Neenah. Outpatient surgery is performed at the Affinity Clinic on Midway Road in the City of Menasha. There are a number of doctors and dentists offices that are located either within the Town itself or in close proximity. In addition to these, there are two facilities in the Town of Menasha that provide housing and services for ambulatory elderly residents.


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C.   Utilities and Community Facilities Vision and Goals


The following will be discussed at the Town of Menasha Plan Commission meeting on February 20, 2002.


It is the year 2020. You are looking around the community and are pleased with the services including water and sewer, police and fire, parks and recreations and the range of administrative services. Describe it.


1.     What parts of the current public works system are the most important?

2.     What parts of the current system do you want to preserve?

3.     What parts of the current system do you want to change, expand or improve?

4.     What types of public works do you want to create?

5.     What types of public works will maximize the local quality of life?

6.     How will this vision for public works mesh with the community vision?

7.     How will those elements you want to preserve and want to create achieve your community’s future vision, especially in regard to desired future land use?


D.  Goals, Objectives and Policies


1.     Goals


a.     To provide sufficient, high quality public recreation and open space facilities to all residents of the Town of Menasha.


b.     To promote the provision of government services in an efficient, environmentally sound and socially responsible manner.


2.     Objectives


a.     Provide all area residents an opportunity to partake in a wide range of active and passive recreational activities on a year-round basis.


b.     Plan for the future open space and recreational needs of the urban area.


c.      Provide recreational opportunities in a cost-effective manner.


d.     Work closely with local school districts and other civic groups to provide adequate recreation facilities and programs and to avoid duplication of recreational facilities.


e.     Continue to require new subdivisions to provide land dedications when appropriate and fees for park and open space acquisition and facilities development.


f.       Ensure that the Town's Parks and Open Space Plan is kept updated and certified by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to enable the community to apply for various State and Federal grant programs.


g.     Provide efficient and economical public facilities and services to urban development.


h.     By October 1, 2003, develop a capital improvements program that is consistent with this Plan.


i.       Promote economy and equity in the delivery of urban services.


j.       Promote sanitary sewerage systems that will effectively and economically serve urban development.


k.     Coordinate the Town's Land Use Plan with Regional Sewer Service Area Plans.


l.       Develop urban service phasing plans that are coordinated with the Town's Land Use Plan and Transportation Plan.


3.     Policies







E.   Utilities and Community Facilities Plan