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Here is some local information that could help you finalize your decision to relocate to our quaint historic City. Click on any of the following links: Utility Set-up, Area Realtors, Area Schools, Area Information,

Water, Sewer & Garbage Service:
All new residents of Waitsburg must come into City Hall and fill out an application for services for water, sewer and garbage, and pay the applicable water deposit. Utilities are charged for the month of service rather than the month in advance (e.g., January's bill is not received until February and is for use in January).

Our garbage service is through Basin Disposal, Inc. Garbage is picked up every Tuesday, regardless of holidays.

Area Realtors:
All area Realtor information, including listings, can be obtained by clicking their individual websites on the Real Estate page.

Area Schools:
Appropriately, in 1865, a school was the very first public building in Waitsburg. The early emphasis on education is more evident as the town approaches the 21st century with two new educational buildings in addition to the high school.

The Elementary School was torn down and rebuilt in 1995, and the High School was extensively remodeled in 2001. Preston Hall, which was built in 1913 and is listed on the National Historic Register, was also recently restored. This building is now used as the Middle School (Grades 6-8). Waitsburg Elementary (Grades K-5) and Waitsburg High (Grades 9-12) are located on one large parcel and are all within walking distance.

The Waitsburg School District has long had a reputation of being one of the best school districts in the areaWith continued support by the Waitsburg School board towards its staff along with upgrades to its facilities and infrastructure, the Waitsburg School District continues to put its students first in order to ensure for student the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and ability to learn which are fundamental to effective citizenship and personal fulfillment.

Dropout rates are extremely low, and the percentage of high school graduates who attend college is well above average. College selection is diverse and accessible. Twenty miles to the south, Walla Walla University and Whitman College offer four-year degree programs. Walla Walla Community College provides vocational/technical training, college credits and continuing education.

Other Area Information:
The town has five churches and approximately two dozen clubs and lodges offering a wide variety of involvement opportunities. Social activities involving residents and area visitors are equally prevalent. The Waitsburg Junior Livestock Show is held each year in April. Formerly known as "Days of Real Sport," Waitsburg Celebration Days has been celebrated in town each May since 1896. Every September, the Bruce Mansion, a restored Victorian home, provides the atmosphere for the Pioneer Fall Festival, and the Saturday before the Pioneer Fall Festival, the local Lions Club puts on a Salmon Barbecue. Waitsburg's location in southeastern Washington, near the Blue Mountains and Snake River, presents residents with an outdoor paradise. Hunting, hiking, fishing and water sports are moments away. A downhill ski basin is a scenic 30 miles from town.

Waitsburg has a leash law for your dogs. Licenses are issued annually at City Hall. The cost for licenses is $10 for altered dogs and $30 for unaltered dogs. It is against the law to let your dog run loose. If you have a problem with stray dogs, call City Hall at 337-6371.

In case of fire, call 911 or 382-2518. Our fire department is dispatched through Dayton, so 382-2518 is generally the fastest contact number.

Waitsburg also has a private volunteer ambulance service, which is backed up by Walla Walla County ALS units. For emergencies, call 911, and for non -life-threatening events, call 382-2518 for ambulance service. For questions, call the local ambulance office at 337-6149.

All building permit applications can be obtained at City Hall or by printing them off the Forms/Permits page.

If we can be of any assistance, please feel free to come into City Hall at 147 Main St., or call 337-6371.

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