Welcome to the Town of Sevastopol web site!
NEXT TOWN BOARD MEETING: Monday, September 28th 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (note change in start time). Agenda will be posted under "Town Board & Committees" tab above when available.
The Town Hall office/community room is located at 4528 State Highway 57 in Institute, approximately 5 miles north of Sturgeon Bay. Office hours are normally Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm (note, Tuesday mornings by appointment) If the clerk should be away from the office for an extended period, such absence will be indicated on the answering machine and noted at the office entrance. Best to call first as the clerk may be out for meetings, training, vacation, etc. 746-1230, home 743-6884.
The Town of Sevastopol is located in central Door County, Wisconsin. The town hall is located at 4528 State Highway 57 (Institute), Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. The City of Sturgeon Bay and Town of Sturgeon Bay are at ts southern boundary (County T) and the Towns of Jacksonport and Egg Harbor to the north (Town Line Road). Our eastern boundary is beautiful Lake Michigan and on the west the peaceful Bay of Green Bay. We have a mixture of family farm operations, rural residential, undeveloped natural areas, and State and County parks. Our nearly 50 square miles is home to approximately 2,680 year-around residents--plus a substantial number of seasonals, and more than 80 local business offerings.
How did we get our Name??
When the Town founders met and petitioned for a town to the Door County Board in November 1859, they requested the new town be named “Lauriesville” in honor of the Laurie brothers who were leading businessmen in lumber, fishing, stone, etc. They were granted their petition but at the first election of the town, the name of Lauriesville was rejected. Peter Joseph Simon, who had taken a deep interest in the Crimean (Cremean) war which had ended a few years earlier, suggested Sevastopol. Some records indicate the Germans on the eastern part of town were not consulted on the Lauriesville naming. So Sebastopol (apparently b is written as a v in Russian) in southern Russia was the seat of the war in 1855—it took nearly a year for the French and English to capture during the Crimean War. Simon and his group felt it quite honorable that the little Russian seaport had such fortitude to fend off the British and the French for such a long time. They had the majority and on March 17, 1860 Door County recorded the official name change from “Lauriesville” to “Sevastopol.” There is some confusion as to whether it should have been a “b” or a “v.” There is city and town of Sebastopol in California---with some similarities to us--as in dairy and fruit crops.
Town Board & Committee Meetings: Click on the "Town Board" tab above for agenda and approved minutes. Agenda for Committees are also listed for upcoming meetings. Click on "Calendar" tab to left for upcoming meetings and events.
What's To Do? For all sorts of things to do, places to dine and other community events, check out the Door County Visitor Bureau at http://doorcounty.com/ or call them at 743-4456.
Click on "Notices and Events" above or the "Calendar" link to see what's happening in and about the community. And to see what's happening in all of Door County, go to the Door CountyVisitor
And a little more about our Town........
Most of our food establishments, pubs, businesses and lodging providers are open year-around. You're invited to visit any time of year. If you become really passionate about Sevastopol, it is a great place to live and the Sevastopol School District is committed to high education standards, "Pioneering the Next Generation."
If you are wondering about the origin of "Sevastopol," it is the namesake of a feisty Southern Russian port on the Black Sea, originally "Sebastopol" which in 1855 withstood and was victorious in a tussle with the British and French. Through a slip of the pen, "v" was substituted for the "b."
At this site, you will find our Town Board and Committee members, "go to" information, agenda for Board and Committee meetings, approved minutes, budget info, facilities rental and other useful information. The website is updated regularly, as information and forms develop.
Also check out Sevastopol's very own award-winning cable station available on Charter Channel 986. Click the "PEG Cable TV" link to the left for more information. Please be aware that Charter is not available in all parts of the Town.
ELECTIONS FOR 2015
Click on "Election Information" to the right for election details. There are currently no more elections scheduled for 2015. If you need an absentee ballot, please contact the clerk at 746-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin has uniform polling hours, opening at 7:00 am until closing of polls at 8:00 pm. Town of Sevastopol residents vote at the Town Hall located at 4528 State Highway 57, Sturgeon Bay.
ATTENTION NEW REGISTERS: If you have been a resident for at least 28 days, you can register at the town office anytime. Although Wisconsin does allow same-day registration and voting, you can avoid waiting time by registering prior to election day!
Sevastopol is home to several State and County Parks!
Whitefish Dunes State Park (between Clark Lake Rd & Town Line Rd, on Lake Michigan) has lots of events throughout every season--hiking, XC skiing, programs, swimming--even a dog beach. Feeling artsy? Watch for the Sand Sculpture Contest at the end of July, candlelight beach walks and other events at the park. Call the Park office at (920) 823-2400 for more information on happenings.
Cave Point County Park (at the end of Clark Lake Rd and Cave Point Drive, on Lake Michigan). A "park within a park." Breath-taking and spectacular views from rocky cliffs no matter the season! Book the gazebo for your Cave Point wedding.
Olde Stone Quarry/George Pinney County Park (on Bay Shore Dr/Cty B on Green Bay). Plenty of launching lanes and parking, plus covered pavilion, fishing from the breakwall, safe harbor. This park was recently refurbished and is truly a fisherman's (or fisherwoman's) paradise!
Clark Lake offers swimming at the beach access (Clark Lake Rd/South Lake Road) and launching at the end of Town Line Road.
Institute Town Park has a covered pavilion with picnic tables, 2 softball fields, one regulation baseball field, playground equipment, tennis/basketball court and we are in the process of building horseshoe pits. Plenty of green space and parking. Available for your family reunion or party---see "Forms and Permits" link to the left.
Door County Coastal Byway
Highways 42 and 57 just north of Sturgeon Bay now comprise the newest Wisconsin Scenic Byway! The 60+ mile loop begins in the Town of Sevastopol at the highway "split" at the traffic lights and travels to the northern tip of Door County. Highway 57 runs along the east side of the peninsula and Highway 42 along the west side, beckoning visitors to stop at friendly hamlets and enjoy the natural beauty, due in major part to the Niagara Escarpment. Sevastopol's kiosk is located at the intersection of Highway 57 and Forest Road, near Grandma Tommy's market. Check out the entire Door County Coastal Byway website under "Links" to your left.
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And, remember the Conference Room and our Community Room at the Town Hall are available for rent (see link on "Forms & Permits").
Regular hours at the town office are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm (Tuesday morning by appointment only), and other appointments outside regular office hours to accommodate our residents. Any lengthy office closure or deviation rom the regular schedule will be included on our telephone message or noted at the office, as the clerk may be away for meetings, educational sessions, vacation, etc.
If you have any questions on any of the information posted here or any other concerns, you are always welcome to call the Town office (920-746-1230), fax at 746-1245, or email at email@example.com
Linda Wait, Clerk/Treasurer (office 920-746-1230 / email firstname.lastname@example.org / home 920-743-6884).
Town Board of Supervisors: Chairman Leo Zipperer, Vice Chairman/Supervisor Dan Woelfel, Supervisor Chuck Tice, Supervisor John Staveness and Supervisor Tony Haen (contact information available under "About Us" or click "Town Board" above.