The City of Portage is a full-service municipality providing a range of excellent public services, such as street maintenance, refuse and recycling, library, water, public safety and recreation. Municipal government for the City of Portage consists of a Mayor, City Administrator, Director of Business Development & Planning and nine elected alderpersons.
Portage City Hall is located at 115 West Pleasant Street and is home to all municipal services including Municipal Court, Portage Police and Fire Department. The Police department has 22 sworn officers comprising a staff of 30. The Portage Fire Department service is staffed with a full-time Administrative Chief, a full-time Administrative Secretary, four full-time Engineers, a full-time Inspector/Engineer and 30 paid-on-call firefighters.
Just a few blocks from City Hall is the Portage Public Library, located at 253 West Edgewater Street. The facility has a large public meeting room, additional internet access, electronic resources and a book drop.
City Hall is also home to many daily activities for older adults in Portage with a Lunch Bunch, where older adults can enjoy a nutritious and complete meal with others in a group while playing cards or bingo. Seniors and Law Enforcement are working together through TRIAD to enhance their quality of life, and to see that their needs are met in their community.
Citizens have further access to information regarding City projects, “green” initiatives, City services and programs, meeting minutes, community events and much more by visiting the City of Portage online at www.portagewi.gov or contact one of the departments listed to learn more.
Portage is also the seat for Columbia County. Columbia County is represented by 28 elected County Board Supervisors. From the Board, a County Board Chairman is elected. The Chairman of Columbia County serves on a part-time basis.
County Board Supervisors are appointed, by the County Board Chairman, to serve as members of committees and commissions for specific programs and for departments of county government. The Columbia County Administration Building is located at 112 E. Edgewater Street and the Sheriff’s Department is at 711 East Cook Street.
115 W. Pleasant St.
Portage Fire Department
119 W. Pleasant St.
Portage Police Department
117 W. Pleasant St.
Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department
806 Silver Lake Dr.
115 W. Pleasant St.
Portage Public Library
253 W. Edgewater St.
Portage Municipal Airport
1011 Spring Lake Dr.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Department
711 East Cook St.
Columbia County Courthouse
(Temporarily located at 111 E. Mullet St., future home of Health & Human Services)