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Sec. 98-79. - Winter Parking Regulations.

(a) It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street or alley in the downtown area of the city between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. after the accumulation of two inches or more of snow (as measured by the weather station at the city wastewater treatment plant), until the street has been completely plowed from curb to curb. For purposes of this paragraph, “downtown area” is defined as follows:

(1) James Street from Dickason Boulevard to Water Street;

(2) Ludington Street from Mill Street to Harrison Street; and

(3) Dickason Boulevard from James Street to Mill Street.

(b) Except as provided for in paragraph (a) above, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street or alley in the city at any time after the accumulation of two inches or more of snow (as measured by the weather station at the city wastewater treatment plant) until after the street has been completely plowed from curb to curb. This provision applies to all angle parking spaces within the corporate limits of the City.

(c) For all parking lots owned by the City, beginning on midnight of November 30 of each year through midnight of March 31 of each year, alternate side parking rules shall apply in that on odd days vehicles are to be parked in odd rows and on even days vehicles are to be parked in even rows. The date after midnight shall determine if parking should be in odd or even rows. The City shall install signage in all municipal parking lots indicating odd rows and even rows.

(d) Whenever any police officer shall find an unattended vehicle violating the terms of this section, such officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle, at owner's expense, to the nearest garage or other place of safety.

(e) The city shall erect signage at all entryways to the city, and in all municipal parking lots, notifying the public of the provisions of this section. Further, on or before November 1 of each year, the public works manager shall publish notice of winter parking regulations in the official city newspaper.

(f) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this code, any person violating provisions of this section regarding winter parking regulation shall forfeit not more than $25.00.


​Columbus schools are back in session for the 2017/2018 year. With that in mind, we remind drivers that some students will be walking or biking to school. Our crossing guards will be at their corners to assist our younger students with safely crossing the busier highways.

​Be on the lookout for our student pedestrians and crossing guards. State law requires that motorists yield to pedestrians who are entering or about to enter a crosswalk. Motorists are also required to obey any signs/signals given by our crossing guards.

​We would also point out the 15MPH SCHOOL SPEED LIMIT which is posted in certain areas near the schools.

​Thanks for driving safely and lets have a great and safe school year!
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Ordinance change means buses can now use red flashing lights to merge into traffic in Columbus school zones...

The Common Council of the City of Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin do hereby ordain as follows:

​ 1. Article XI – School Bus Regulations is hereby created.
​ 2. Section 98-315 is hereby created as part of Article XI to now read as follows:

​ Section 98-315
​Use of Flashing Red or Amber Warning Lights. As authorized by Section 349.21(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes, all school bus operators may use flashing red or amber warning lights in all residential or business districts when pupils or other authorized passengers are to be loaded or unloaded at a location in which there are no traffic signals, and if activated, shall keep the warning lights activated until the bus is safely back in the flow of traffic. This provision applies if pupils or other authorized passengers must cross the street or highway before being loaded or after being unloaded, and when pupils or other authorized passengers are loaded or unloaded where the curb and sidewalk are laid on the same side of the road as the passengers are being picked up or let out.

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New Law Banning Cell Phone Use in Work Zones...

Starting Oct. 1, 2016, it will be illegal to talk on a handheld mobile device while driving in a Wisconsin road work zone.

​Click here for more information.


Officers Test Prototype Police Bicycle...

Between June 30 and July 18, 2016 the Columbus Police Department was able to test a prototype Trek Police Edition E-Bicycle. Trek offered us the bike on loan to assist them with testing a prototype design which they are currently designing for law enforcement. Several other departments in the Madison area were also assisting with the project including UW Police, Madison Police, and Monona Police.

Officer’s Ben Ziegler and Matt Schultz are members of our department’s police bicycle unit and both had an opportunity to use the prototype bicycle. Officer Ziegler used the bike during the July 4th festivities.

​ The prototype bike featured a Bosch performance speed system battery pack which was rechargeable and could last between 25-55 miles on a single charge (This depended on what speed setting the operator chose). The speed settings included eco, tour, sport and turbo modes and would allow the operator to achieve speeds up to approximately 27 mph depending on the amount of input the operator put into pedaling. The bike was equipped with flashing red/blue lights, siren, white headlight and numerous other features offered by Trek for law enforcement.

​ Overall the officer’s experience with the bike was very positive. They were approached by several members of the community who asked questions about the bike.

​The bike was also used during regular patrol assignments in which Officer Ziegler was able to respond to calls for service in a timely manner due to the Bosch performance speed system battery back.

​Currently, the department has two Trek, Four Series police mountain bicycles that were obtained through several generous donations back in 2011.


Police Auxiliary Volunteers Needed!

​The city of Columbus Police Department is seeking volunteers to serve on the Auxiliary Police unit.​​

​Auxiliary Officers (AO’s) are volunteers who work with our sworn police officers on a variety of assignments. They assist with traffic and crowd control at various special events in the city throughout the year. AO’s also participate in training with our officers and go on ride alongs from time-to-time.

This is an opportunity to serve your community and help us in our mission of enhancing the quality of life in Columbus.​​ Below is a description of the position and the minimum qualifications.​​

Interested applicants should contact Lieutenant Roger Witthun or Officer Kelly Towne.​

Click here for the link to the position description.


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