There are many services provided and available to Town residents. For your convenience, this web page proves a listing and links to more detailed information.
For a listing of many Columbia County services please follow the link to the Community Resource Guide 2018.
Fire and EMS
Fire and Ambulance services are provided by the Joint Poynette-Dekorra Fire and EMS Protection District, which provides both firefighting and emergency medical services to the Village of Poynette, the Town of Dekorra, the Town of Lowville and to other communities by mutual aid agreements. It is located at 601 Water Town Road, Poynette. Call 9-1-1 to report a fire or other emergency. Fire and first responder services are provided by members of the volunteer department. They are backed up by other volunteer departments from other communities.
The Town of Dekorra is a member of the Poynette-Dekorra Fire Protection District. The District is governed by a Commission which has 7 members plus the Fire Chief who is a non-voting member. Dekorra is entitled to appoint 3 of the commissioners, selected by the Town Board and serving 2-year terms. The Fire Protection District and Commission is governed by the Restated Fire and Emergency Protection Agreement executed in 2011. The Commission generally meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Fire Station.
See the Ordinances, Agreement & Resolutions page of the website for more information on the Joint Fire Protection District Agreement.
Every home in the Town has an assigned fire number. It is on that red sign with white lettering (example: N2428) on the right side of your driveway as you enter. This number is crucial in locating your home in the event of a fire or other emergency. The sign is located in a standardized place where emergency responders can easily locate it day or night. Please do not move it. Tampering with this sign can place your family at risk. If you have removed the sign please replace it. The fire number is your address, but house numbers are often not visible especially at night. Having these signs in a consistent place is essential. If you do not have a posted fire number, please contact the Town Clerk immediately at (608) 635-2014.
Local Hospitals & Clinics
Most children of Dekorra residents attend elementary, middle and high school at the School District of Poynette, a few children attend the Portage or Lodi School. The school district office is at 108 N Cleveland Street, Poynette, WI 53955. Phone: (608) 635-4347.
There are numerous technical schools and colleges in nearby Madison, including Madison Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin and Edgewood College.
For a Town Ordinance enforcement related issue call the Town Constable, William Whittaker at (608) 235-8027.
Burning permits are required by the Wisconsin DNR in many parts of the state to conduct legal and responsible burning in the outdoors. Burning permits are free and easy to obtain. Visit the Wisconsin DNR website to obtain your burning permit and to check local burning restrictions.
Dekorra residents can use and check out materials from the Poynette Area Public Library located at 118 N. Main Street, Poynette, WI. 53955, (608) 635-7577. Hours: Monday–Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The library also has computers for public use and has access to other materials through the South Central Library System.
Town postal service generally comes from the US Post Office at 128 E Seward Street, Poynette, WI. Phone: (608) 635-2623. Business hours Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Sun – closed.
Some portions of the Town are served by the Pardeeville Post Office, 107 Industrial Drive Pardeeville, WI 53954, Phone: (608) 429-2782.
Road Construction & Repair
The town board has worked diligently over the past several years to meet the needs of our community by an aggressive roads maintenance and repair and replacement program for the Town’s 57 miles of roads. For town roads, emergencies call Adam Gazapian at (608) 225-8488 or (608) 697-3652. Columbia County is responsible for maintaining county roads.
Falk Trucking also does the snow plowing on most of our roads. Contact Greg Falk at (608) 843-6798 for snow emergencies. The Town uses private contractors on some shorter and narrower town roads.
During snow storms, roadways may close rapidly due to drifting snow. Some roads may remain closed longer than you are accustomed if you come from an urban area. It is essential to know the height and capability of your vehicle before entering drifts. Roads may also remain slippery much longer than in urban communities. Please be patient and exercise caution during any winter driving.
Mowing Town Property
The Town has contracted with Greg Falk to mow and clear brush from town road right of ways. Town parks are mowed by Turf Tamer – Kim Hinze. Contact the Town Clerk to report any issues.
There are 3 local newspapers that cover Town and County matters.