Verona Community

Recollection Wisconsin  
The Verona Public Library’s Local History digitization project is a growing selection of digital materials culled from the physical archives of our Local History Collection."

More Resources

Badger Prairie Needs Network - Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger and addressing the root causes of generational poverty in the communities we serve.

City of Verona - City departmental resources, news, and events

Digital Public Library of America - Discover 45,130,539 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.

Ice Age Trail Alliance - “The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile-long footpath located entirely within Wisconsin.” A segment of the trail runs through the Verona area.

Tenant Resource Center - A nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to promoting positive relations between rental housing consumers (tenants) and providers (landlords) throughout Wisconsin.

Verona Area School District - Resources, events, and news for students, families, and community

Verona Chamber of Commerce - “Proactively promotes, supports, and enhances economic growth and community well-being.”

Verona Press - Weekly community newspaper

Verona Senior Center - News, upcoming events, and resources for area seniors

Wisconsin Historical Society - Repository for documents that detail the history of the state.

City of Verona Water Informational Videos

Native Plant Selection


Rick Eilertson and Mercedez Kennedy from AECOM (Verona's City Engineering Consultant) describe the benefits of incorporating native plants into your yard and discuss options for grading and landscaping (e.g. downspout gardens, rain gardens, pollinator gardens, etc.) They include tips for selecting native plants that would work best for specific soil, sun, and moisture conditions you might find for your site. Suggestions for various native plant sales (e.g. Plant Dane, etc.) are also covered.


Smart Residential Salt Use: Water Softeners and Winter De-Icing


Luke Melotik from AECOM (Verona's City Engineering Consultant) covers tips for using salt on your property to safely remove ice during the winter and to soften water year-round, preventing the costs of excess salt being transported to aquatic ecosystems. Melotik also describes some of the initiatives that local municipalities have been implementing to save money and reduce the harmful impacts of salt while striving to keep our transportation surfaces safe for travelers.


Rain Barrel and Yard Care Basics


AECOM, Verona's City Engineering Consultant shares tips and tricks for proper rain barrel installation, maintenance and discusses the $30 reimbursement provided by Dane County and the additional $30 rebate provided by the Verona's Stormwater Utility for City of Verona residents yard care strategies for maintaining a healthy yard including turf lawns, downspout gardens, and rain gardens.


Storm Water Basin Vegetation Burns


The City of Verona Storm Water Utility has scheduled vegetation burns at ten storm water basins in Verona and one in the town of Middleton during the spring of 2022. These basins are:

  • 02 Gateway West (west side of Cohiba Court)
  • 05 West Park (west side of Maple Rd just north of Basswood Ave)
  • 24 Harmony Hills (west of Enterprise Dr, south of Lucerne Dr)
  • 32 Meister Addition West (between Breckenridge Rd & Northern Lights Rd south of Meister Park)
  • 38 Whalen Pond (off Whalen Rd in the 600 block)
  • 39 American Way (in the Verona Tech Park (bordered by American Way, Thousand Oaks Trail & Kettle Moraine Trail)
  • 50 West Verona Avenue (between W Verona Ave and Half Mile Rd)
  • 52 Verona Public Library
  • 57 Hometown Circle West (between McDonalds at Horizon & E Verona Ave and Hometown Circle)
  • 68 Cathedral Point (northeast of Cathedral Point Park between E Chapel Royal & Westminster Way)
  • Sauk Point Basin - Town of Middleton (Mineral Point Rd & Welcome Dr) (Credit Trade Site)

Marten J. Cieslik, P.E. will describe why these burns are scheduled, the approximate timing, and what to expect during the burns. These burns are part of the vegetation maintenance program the City has for its storm water basins.


Planning Storm Water Maintenance Projects


Each year for the last five years, the City of Verona has completed at least one significant storm water basic maintenance project. Marty Cieslik, construction manager for the City of Verona Public Works Department, will review what has been done and present an approach for planning future projects. Cieslik will describe key factors for prioritizing future work. These key factors include the age of the basin, where the basin discharges, and whether or not there are up or down stream storm water facilities.


Storm Water Quality in Verona


In order to provide information for future planning, the City of Verona collected water quality data from seven storm water ponds in 2021. Marty Cieslik, construction manager for the City of Verona Public Works Department, summarizes the sampling results, as well as compare results with the sampling effort conducted during 2020. This is the third program in a series of four that focus on the storm water in the City of Verona.


Storm Water Basics - How Is Storm Water Different From Our Drinking Water and Wastewater?


Marty Cieslik, construction manager for the City of Verona Public Works Department, provides information on the nature of storm water including how it is different from our water supply and our sanitary water (wastewater). Cieslik provides background information to prepare video viewers to more fully appreciate the subsequent presentations on storm water quality in January and planning maintenance projects in February 2022.


City of Verona Water Resources: Where Does Verona's Water Come From and Where Does It Go?


We often take our water for granted, but there's more to our water supply than just turning on the tap. Marty Cieslik, construction manager for the City of Verona Public Works Department, will discuss the Sugar River watershed, where our water comes from, and where it goes after we use it. This presentation is an updated version of the same topic presented in January 2021. There will be updated information due to the completion of some projects during 2021. This presentation will provide some background for three subsequent presentations on storm water scheduled for December 2021, January, and February 2022.


Using Alum Flocculents to Treat Storm Water Ponds to Control Phosphorus


The Verona Storm Water Utility has been testing the use of flocculants to treat storm water ponds in Verona. The American Way Pond has been treated twice, once in 2019 & once in 2021. The Silent Street Pond and the Meister Pond were both treated in 2021. The City has used two different aluminum flocculants, Alum (Aluminum Sulfate) and Aluminum Chlorhydrate (ACH). While both are effective at reducing phosphorus levels in storm water ponds, they have different longevities and advantages. Marty Ciesclik, construction manager for the City of Verona Public Works Department, reports on what has been learned so far and where the program is going in the near future in this video.


Lincoln Street Storm Water Facility


Located near City Hall, the Lincoln Street Storm Water Facility will be constructed in 2021. In this video Marty Cieslik covers how the basin will provide storm water treatment for a significant portion of the older part of Verona, which was built before storm water management was identified as a need. He also covers how the basin was awarded a major storm water quality grant from Dane County to help pay for the construction costs.