The Town of Black Earth is located approximately 20 miles west of Madison. The first Europeans to permanently settle here arrived in 1843. Five years later, the Wisconsin State Legislature created the Town of Farmersville, which was later renamed to Black Earth. Black Earth (population 449) is a rural farming community blessed with natural resources, including fertile soils and the popular Black Earth Creek.

New Meeting Location

Please note that, beginning on January 6, 2015,  Town Board and Planning Commission meetings will meet in the basement of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1030 Mills Street in Black Earth.

News and Notices

Plan Commission Meeting on January 27

Notice is hereby given for a Planning Commission meeting on
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 6:30 pm at 1030 Mills Street Black Earth WI.


Agenda for January 27

Town Caucus to be held on Monday, January 6

The Town Caucus for the Spring 2015 elections will be held on Monday, January 6 at 6:15pm, in the basement of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1030 Mills Street, Black Earth.

Official Caucus Notice (PDF)

What is a caucus?

According to the Wisconsin Caucus Manual, published by the General Accountability Board:

The caucus is a method that may be used by towns and villages for nominating candidates to be placed on the Spring Election ballot. The caucus is open to the public, but only qualified electors of the municipality may nominate and vote for candidates. A person is not required to be a registered voter in order to participate in the caucus. A caucus cannot be used for nominating candidates for the office of Town Sanitary District Commissioner. Nomination papers must be used by Town Sanitary Districts.

Any person who is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, who has resided within the municipality for at least 28 days before the caucus is a qualified elector. The voter list from a previous election may be used as an aid in determining if a person qualified as an elector in the municipality at the last election. Any person whose name does not appear on the voter list may be asked to provide some form of identification that lists the person’s name, current address, and if necessary, date of birth.

There is no spring primary for town or village offices when the caucus system is used. However, there may still be a February primary conducted within the town or village for state, county or school district candidates.

Town Board Meeting Agenda for January 6

Date: January 6, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. To immediately follow 6:15 Caucus
Location: 1030 Mills St. Black Earth WI 53515 **Please note new location

Agenda (PDF)

Plan Commission Meeting on December 15

The Planning Commission will meet on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:30pm at 1116 Mills Street, Black Earth.

Agenda for December 15 (PDF)

Agenda for December Monthly Town Board Meeting

Date: December 2, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 1116 Mills St, Black Earth, WI

Agenda for December 2

Notice Of Spring Election Town Of Black Earth April 7, 2015

Notice is hereby given that an election to be held in the Town of Black Earth, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. All terms are for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Town Board Chair
Incumbent: Vern Wendt

Town Board Supervisor 1
Incumbent: Don Ripp

Town Board Supervisor 2
Incumbent: Thomas Schlick

Town Clerk
Incumbent: Barb Parrell

Town Treasurer
Incumbent: Brenda Kahl

Notice is further given, that a town caucus for the purpose of nominating candidates to appear on the spring election ballot for the above listed offices will be scheduled during the month of December. The caucus will be held on a date not sooner than January 6, 2015 and not later than January 27, 2015. Notice of the scheduled date of the caucus will be given at least five days before the caucus.

Done in the Town of Black Earth on November 20, 2014

Barb Parrell, Clerk
Posted: 11/20/14

Town Board Agenda for Tuesday, November 11

Date: November 11, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 1116 Mills St (downstairs), Black Earth, WI

Use the rear entrance.

Agenda for November 11, 2014

Public Budget Hearing on November 11

A public Hearing on the proposed 2015 budget will be held on November 11, 2014, at 6:00 pm at 1116 Mills Street, Black Earth, WI.

Official notice and the proposed 2015 budget