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County Surveyor
Sam Wenz
swenz@co.chippewa.wi.us
715.726.7931

 

Responsibilities

The Chippewa County Surveyor is responsible for carrying out the requirements of the County Surveyor’s office as specified in Chapter 59 of the Wisconsin statutes and the Chippewa County ordinance.

The responsibilities include preserving the Public Land Survey System, which is the basis for all legal descriptions in the County.  The County Surveyor is responsible for the remonumentation, maintenance, and protection of the 3246 PLSS corners within the 1,041 square miles of Chippewa County and to execute all surveys that are required by the county or by a court, index and maintain copies of all surveys in the county, maintain the county’s geodetic control network and the county-wide parcel mapping system.

 

Additional Duties:

  • Assist private surveyors with research
  • Assist the public with land related questions
  • Review survey maps for compliance with State Statutes & Local Ordinances

FAQs

  • Can the County Surveyor find my lot lines? The County Surveyor cannot survey for private parties. He only does field work for County projects. A list of private land surveyors can be found in your local yellow pages.
  • Doesn't every lot have to be surveyed? Historically, a great number of parcels in the county were created by written legal description and not by field survey.  Therefore it is likely that there are no physical markers in the ground to show lot corners.  Surveys are now required for certain new land divisions as determined by municipal or county rules/ordinances.
  • What marks the corners of my lot? If your parcel has indeed been surveyed (see above), it is likely that the lot corners are marked with an iron rebar or iron pipe. However, many other different objects have been used. The drawing on your survey map should indicate the type of monument set.  Most often the monument will be set below the surface to help avoid disturbance.
  • What are those signs that say 'County Survey Monument Nearby' on them? Small rectangular white signs are placed on metal posts near ties to government section corners. They are not marking the corner itself, but are placed around the corner in order to preserve its location. Please do not disturb or remove these markers!
  • Who is surveying at my neighbor's house? What if I don't agree with the surveyor's work? There are many private licensed land surveyors who work in the county.  They are independent, do not work for the county, and are not supervised/approved by the county. The county cannot determine 'who is right' in a property line dispute.
  • I have a GPS. Can't I just go find my lot corners with that? County parcel mapping and/or coordinates obtained from it are not to be used for surveying. Land Surveyors follow specific rules and use legal descriptions and known points for their work.