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 491) is a rural farming community blessed with natural resources, including fertile soils and the popular Black Earth Creek.    

Town of Black Earth
April 6, 2021 – Spring Election 

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, for the Spring Election may request to vote an absentee ballot.  A qualified elector is any U.S. Citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 days before the election.  The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.  Proof of identification must be provided before an absentee ballot may be issued.

To request an absentee ballot, please contact your municipal clerk:

* Your absentee ballot request must be in writing, whether it be by email, letter, filling out the absentee ballot request form, or online at MyVote.wi.gov.  Your written request must list your name, voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and the date of the election(s) you are requesting your ballot for.  You must also provide your photo ID.


The deadline for making an application to vote absentee by mail is 5:00 PM on the fifth day before the election:  Thursday, April 1, 2021.    


You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office during the specified hours or by appointment.  You must also provide your Photo ID.

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is 8:00 AM, TUES., MARCH 23, 2021.

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is 5:00 PM, FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021.

No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election.

The municipal clerk will deliver all voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place before the polls close on April 6, 2021Any ballots received after the polls close at 8:00 PM will not be counted.

To obtain an absentee ballot send a written request to:

Town of Black Earth
Stephanie Zwettler, Clerk
PO Box 426
Black Earth, WI  53515

Office hours:  Tuesdays 8:00 AM -12:00 PM – in the lower level of 1116 Mills Steet.   

In-person Absentee Voting by Appointment:
Tel:  608-444-6425 / Email:  townofblackearthclerk@gmail.com

Town of Black Earth

The Town of Black Earth will accept bids for asphalt paving on the following Town roads in 2021.

Please bid each item/project separately, giving a guaranteed maximum price, with unit prices stated for equipment, labor, and materials. Contractors interested in bidding should contact Patrolman Al Schroeder at 608-206-2003 for more information.

Mahocker Road
Pulverize and Fine Grade 5,491 linear ft
2.0” Hot Mix Asphalt Binder – 18 ft wide x 5,491 ft
1.5” Hot Mix Asphalt Finish – 18 ft wide x 5,491 ft
2.0 ft shoulder on each side, ¾” limestone with fines

Lefty Lane
Pulverize and Fine Grade 1,584 linear ft
2.0” Hot Mix Asphalt Binder – 18 ft wide x 1,584 ft
1.5” Hot Mix Asphalt Finish – 18 ft wide x 1,584 ft
1.5 ft shoulder on each side, ¾” limestone with fines

Sealed bids are due to the Town Clerk Stephanie Zwettler by 5:00 pm Monday, March 22, 2021.  

Bids will be opened on March 23 at 9:00 AM in the lower level of the Breunig Accounting building at 1116 Mills St, Black Earth, WI 53515. 

The Town of Black Earth reserves the right to award projects by individual roads to separate bidders, or to one bidder, or any combination thereof.  The Town also reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and/or reject the low bid for cause.  Accepted bids will be awarded at the Thursday, April 8th Town Board meeting.      

Address bid envelope to:
PO BOX 426
BLACK EARTH, WI  53515       

Stephanie Zwettler, Clerk
Published Notice

Black Earth Township Approaches 175 Years

What is now the town of Black Earth incorporated with part of the town of Farmersville (along with present-day Berry & the southern half of Mazomanie townships) on August 2, 1848, just months after Wisconsin became a state.  The present-day northern half of Mazomanie township was added to Farmersville days later.  Two years later in 1850, Berry was removed to become its own town.  The population for Farmersville was 206 people, according to the 1850 census. 

In the year 2023, the town of Black Earth will be 175 years old if referring back to the original Farmersville incorporation from 1848.  For more Black Earth history, please visit blackearthwihistory.org 

Public Health Madison & Dane County Notice
New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Released

Public Health Madison & Dane County has released a new COVID-19 data dashboard that contains more than sixty data elements, including trends in age, race and ethnicity, hospitalizations, and vaccinations, specific to Dane County.

The dashboard is available at https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/dashboard.

Free Flu Shots!
Free Drive-Through Flu Clinic at Alliant Energy Center

Open to all Dane County adults and children 6 months and older,
regardless of health insurance status.

Flu Shot Clinic Information

For additional information, please see the press release on the
Public Health Madison & Dane County website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Public Health Madison & Dane County

  • Find info on testing, the current order, and the latest data, visit the Public Health Madison & Dane County website.
  • Currently, about 35% of cases do not know where they could’ve gotten COVID-19. Watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor or visit our testing page for information on how to get tested.
  • Wear masks. Masks are required indoors, and we strongly recommend them outdoors anytime you are near others.