City of New Lisbon, WI
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§ 387-22 Damage to property.

A. 
Destruction of property. No person shall willfully injure or intentionally deface, destroy, or unlawfully remove or interfere with any property belonging to the City of New Lisbon, the New Lisbon School District, or to any private person without the consent of the owner or proper authority, nor shall any person or organization place or permit to be placed any sign, poster, advertisement, notice, or other writing upon any utility ornamental light pole belonging to the City without the consent of proper authority. Any signs, posters, advertisements, notices, or other writings so placed shall be removed by law enforcement authorities and the placing person or organization cited for violation of this section.
B. 
Parental liability. Pursuant to § 895.035, Wis. Stats., the parents of an unemancipated minor shall be liable for the damage of property caused by the willful, malicious or wanton act of such child; such liability shall not exceed $2,500.
C. 
Penalty provisions.
(1) 
Any person 18 years of age or over who violates this section is subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code, restitution to the injured party, and the costs of prosecution.
(2) 
Any person 12 years of age to 17 years of age shall be subject to a forfeiture not to exceed $25 and any other applicable penalty provided by § 938.344, Wis. Stats., as that section may exist or be amended or changed.
D. 
Victim remedies. Any person or entity injured by a violation of this section by a minor child shall be advised of the rights and remedies available under § 895.035, Wis. Stats.

§ 387-23 Littering; deposit of materials; handbills.

A. 
Littering prohibited. No person or persons shall, or shall permit or allow any other person to, deposit, discharge, release or abandon any solid waste, as that term is defined at § 289.01(33), Wis. Stats., on any City street, alley, park or other municipal or governmental property, nor on property owned by another person, nor in or upon the surface of any body of water in the City of New Lisbon.
B. 
Litter from conduct of commercial enterprise.
(1) 
Scope. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all sales, promotions and other commercial ventures that result in litter being deposited on any street, alley or other public way.
(2) 
Litter to be cleaned up. Any person, firm, corporation or association carrying on an enterprise that results in litter being deposited on any street, alley or other public way shall clean up the same within 12 hours of the time the same is deposited. If any such litter is subject to being blown about, it shall be picked up immediately. If any such litter is likely to attract animals or vermin, such litter shall be picked up immediately.
(3) 
Litter picked up at litterer's expense. If any person, firm, corporation or association fails to pick up any litter as required by Subsection B(2) within the time specified, the City shall arrange to have the same picked up by City crews or by private enterprise. The entire expense of picking up such litter, together with an additional charge of 20% for administrative expenses, shall be charged to the person, firm, corporation or association that did the littering. If such sum is not promptly paid, steps shall be taken, with the advice of the City Attorney's office, to collect the same. This charge shall be in addition to any forfeiture or other penalty for violation of this section.
C. 
Depositing of materials prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause or permit to be deposited, placed or parked any vegetation, grass, leaves, foliage, earth, sand, gravel, water, snow, ice, debris, waste material, foreign substance, construction materials, equipment or object upon any street, sidewalk or public property without authorization of the Common Council, a law enforcement officer, the Building Inspector or the Director of Public Works pursuant to the provisions of this Code of Ordinances or upon any private property without the consent of the owner or lessee of the property. Any person who deposits or causes or permits to be deposited, placed or parked any such materials, equipment or objects upon any street, sidewalk or property shall be responsible to properly mark or barricade the area so as to prevent a safety hazard.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
D. 
Handbills.
(1) 
Scattering prohibited. It shall be unlawful to deliver any handbills or advertising material to any premises in the City except by being handed to the recipient, placed on the porch, stoop or entranceway of the building or firmly affixed to a building so as to prevent any such articles from being blown about, becoming scattered or in any way causing litter.
(2) 
Papers in public places prohibited. It shall be unlawful to leave any handbills, advertising material or newspapers unattended in any street, alley, public building or other public place, provided that this subsection shall not prohibit the sale of newspapers in vending machines.
E. 
Transport standards. Any person, individual or licensed carrier hauling refuse, garbage, rubbish, ashes, etc., through or upon the streets of the City en route to an authorized landfill or recycling center must have all refuse covered or enclosed in plastic bags or covered containers or in a covered vehicle so as not to litter the streets.

§ 387-24 Abandoned refrigerators.

No person shall leave or permit to remain outside of any dwelling, building or other structure or within any unoccupied or abandoned building, dwelling or other structure under his/her control in a place accessible to children any abandoned, unattended or discarded icebox, refrigerator or other container which has an airtight door or lid, snap lock or other locking device which may not be released from the inside without first removing said door or lid, snap lock or other locking device from said icebox, refrigerator or container, unless such container is displayed for sale on the premises of the owner or his/her agent and is securely locked or fastened.

§ 387-25 Theft of library material.

A. 
Definitions. For the purposes of this section, certain words and terms are defined as follows:
ARCHIVES
A place in which public or institutional records are systematically preserved.
LIBRARY
Any public library, library of an educational or historical organization or society or museum, and specifically the public libraries within the City of New Lisbon and school libraries.
LIBRARY MATERIAL
Includes any book, plate, picture, photograph, engraving, painting, drawing, map, newspaper, magazine, pamphlet, broadside, manuscript, document, letter, public record, microform, sound recording, audiovisual materials in any format, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data processing records, or other tapes, artifacts or other documents or written or printed materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, belonging to, on loan to or otherwise in the custody of a library.
B. 
Possession without consent prohibited. Whoever intentionally takes and carries away, transfers, conceals or retains possession of any library material without the consent of a library official, agent or employee and with intent to deprive the library of possession of the material may be subject to a forfeiture as provided by the general penalty provisions of § 1-4 of this Code. The failure to return library material after its proper return date, after written notice from the library and City Attorney, shall be deemed to be theft. Notice shall be considered given when written notice is mailed to the last known address of the person with the overdue material; the notice date shall be the date of mailing.
C. 
Concealment. The concealment of library material beyond the last station for borrowing library material in a library is evidence of intent to deprive the library of possession of the material. The discovery of library material which has not been borrowed in accordance with the library's procedures or taken with consent of a library official, agent or employee and which is concealed upon the person or among the belongings of another is evidence of intentional concealment on the part of the person so concealing the material.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-3-4(d), Detention based on probable cause, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
D. 
Damaging material prohibited. No person shall mar, deface or in any other way damage or mutilate any book, periodical, pamphlet, picture or other article or property belonging to or in charge of the library. Any person convicted of violating this subsection shall be subject to the penalties as set forth in § 1-4 of this Code.
E. 
Return demanded. No person shall fail, on demand, to return any book, periodical, pamphlet, picture or other articles or property belonging to or in charge of the public library according to the rules or regulations duly made and adopted by the Library Board,[2] and no person shall remove from the library any book, periodical, pamphlet, picture or other articles or property without first having it charged as provided by such rules and regulations. Any person convicted of violating any provision of this subsection shall be subject to the penalties as set forth in § 1-4.
[2]:
Editor's Note: See § 20-2, Library Board.

§ 387-26 Damage to public property.

A. 
Damaging public property. No person shall climb any tree or pluck any flowers or fruit, wild or cultivated, or break, cut down, trample upon, remove, or in any manner injure or deface, write upon, defile or ill use any tree, shrub, flower, flowerbed, turf, fountain, ornament, statue, building, fence, apparatus, bench, table, official notice, sign, bridge, structure or other property within any park or parkway or in any way injure, damage or deface any public building, sidewalk or other public property in the City of New Lisbon.
B. 
Breaking of streetlamps or windows. No person shall break glass in any streetlamps or windows of any building owned or occupied by the City.
C. 
Damaging fire hydrants and water mains. No person shall, without the authority of City authorities, operate any valve connected with the street or water supply mains or open any fire hydrant connected to the water distribution system, except for the purpose of extinguishing a fire. No person shall injure or impair the use of any water main or fire hydrant.

§ 387-27 Retail theft.

A. 
Whoever intentionally alters indicia of price or value of merchandise or takes and carries away, transfers, conceals or retains possession of merchandise held for resale by a merchant without consent and with intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession or the full purchase price may be penalized as provided in Subsection C.
B. 
The intentional concealment of unpurchased merchandise which continues from one floor to another or beyond the last station for receiving payments in a merchant's store is evidence of intent to deprive the merchant permanently of possession of such merchandise without paying the purchase price thereof. The discovery of unpurchased merchandise concealed upon the person or among the belongings of another is evidence of intentional concealment on the part of the person so concealing such goods.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-3-6(c), which immediately followed this subsection and provided for detention based on probable cause, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
If the value of the merchandise does not exceed $100, any person violating this section shall forfeit not more than $1,000. If the value of the merchandise exceeds $100, this section shall not apply and the matter shall be referred to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution.

§ 387-28 Issuance of worthless checks.

A. 
Violations. Whoever issues any check or other order for the payment of money less than $1,000 which, at the time of issuance, he or she intends shall not be paid is guilty of a violation of this section.
B. 
Prima facie evidence. Any of the following is prima facie evidence that the person at the time he or she issued the check or other order for payment of money intended it should not be paid:
(1) 
Proof that, at the time of issuance, the person did not have an account with the drawee;
(2) 
Proof that, at the time of issuance, the person did not have sufficient funds or credit with the drawee and that the person failed within five days after receiving notice of nonpayment or dishonor to pay the check or other order; or
(3) 
Proof that, when presentment was made within a reasonable time, the person did not have sufficient funds or credit with the drawee and the person failed within five days after receiving notice of nonpayment or dishonor to pay the check or other order.
C. 
Exceptions. This section does not apply to a postdated check or to a check given in past consideration, except a payroll check.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-3-7(d), Returned check fee, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). See § 63-1, Returned check fee.
D. 
Penalties.
(1) 
In addition to any other penalties provided for under § 1-4 of this Code, a judge may order a violator of this section to pay restitution to a victim. In determining the method of payment the court shall consider the financial resources and future ability of the violator to pay. The court shall provide for payment of an amount equal to the pecuniary loss caused by the offense. Upon the application of an interested party, the court shall schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing to determine the value of the victim's pecuniary loss resulting from the offense. A victim may not be compensated under this section and under § 943.245, Wis. Stats.
(2) 
In this section, "pecuniary loss" means:
(a) 
All special damages, but not general damages, substantiated by evidence in the record, which a person could recover against the violator in a civil action arising out of the facts or events constituting the violator's criminal activities, including, without limitation because of enumeration, the money equivalent of loss resulting from property taken, destroyed, broken or otherwise harmed and out-of-pocket losses, such as medical expenses; and
(b) 
Reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the victim resulting from the filing of charges or cooperating in the investigation and prosecution of the offense.

§ 387-29 Trespass.

A. 
Prohibitions. A person commits a trespass when he or she unlawfully enters or remains in or upon the premises identified below. It shall be unlawful for any person:
(1) 
To trespass intentionally on the land or buildings of another, and intentionally and without regard for the rights of the owner or lawful occupant to use or occupy such premises without authority to do so from the owner or lawful occupant thereof.
(2) 
To trespass intentionally on the land or buildings of another, when a sign or other device forbidding entry has been posted upon such premises, and intentionally and without regard for the rights of the owner or lawful occupant to use, occupy or cross such premises without authority to do so from the owner or lawful occupant thereof. Wherever feasible, notice shall be posted at the main entrance to said premises or at any other point of approach or entry.
(3) 
To enter into or upon any vehicle, mobile home, aircraft or watercraft without the consent of the person having the right to possession or control thereof, or fail or refuse to leave any such vehicle, aircraft or watercraft after being requested to leave by the person having such right.
(4) 
Being lawfully upon the land or buildings of another, intentionally or willfully and without regard for the rights of the owner or lawful occupant, to remain upon or refuse to leave such premises within a reasonable time after being requested to leave by the person having such right.
B. 
Signage. A sign forbidding entry, for the purposes of this section, shall be sufficient when the same is legible, contains the words "No Trespassing" or other express statement forbidding entry, and is posted in a place where it is plainly visible, as set forth in Subsection A(2).

§ 387-30 Business parking lot trespassing.

A. 
Definition. As used in this section, "business parking lot" means any privately owned parking lot adjacent to any store, office building, commercial building or industrial building for the convenience of employees and customers or patrons or for the storage of items for sale by the business.
B. 
Trespassing after hours. No person shall enter or remain on any business parking lot at any time that staying or entering the lot is prohibited by the owner, as shown by a sign(s) at the business parking lot.
C. 
Signs. The prohibition set forth in this section shall be in effect at any business parking lot where the owner or person lawfully in charge has posted a sign or signs clearly stating the prohibition and the times thereof. Signs must be placed so that they can be seen at all entrances to the lot. Each sign must contain substantially the following language "No trespassing between __________ a.m./p.m. and __________ a.m./p.m." and shall exceed 216 square inches in size. The hours should be determined by each property owner. The sign shall consist of black or red lettering on a white background.
D. 
Exceptions. The following uses of a business parking lot shall not be violations of this section:
(1) 
Temporary entrance to a business parking lot in an emergency or to avoid an accident.
(2) 
Entrance by a police officer(s) in the course of duty.
(3) 
Entrance by fire, ambulance, and other emergency personnel and equipment in the course of duty.
(4) 
Entrance by an owner, tenant, or employee of any owner or tenant of any establishment served by the business parking lot.
(5) 
Entrance by any City inspector in the course of duty.
(6) 
Entrance by any person for purposes of making a delivery or deposit or retrieving personal property of such person, provided that permission for such entrance has been previously granted by the owner.
E. 
Special events. The owner or person in charge of any business parking lot may grant temporary permission to use the lot during any specified hours when trespassing is normally prohibited by posting temporary signs or posters to that effect. The owner or person in charge shall notify the Police Department of any such temporary permission.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-3-10, Regulation of smoking, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). See now § 387-21, Smoking.

§ 387-31 Theft.

A. 
Acts. Whoever does any of the following may be penalized as provided in § 1-4 of this Code of Ordinances:
(1) 
Intentionally takes and carries away, uses, transfers, conceals or retains possession of movable property of another without his/her consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of such property.
(2) 
By virtue of his/her office, business or employment, or as trustee or bailee, having possession or custody of money or of a negotiable security, instrument, paper or other negotiable writing of another, intentionally uses, transfers, conceals or retains possession of such money, security, instrument, paper or writing without the owner's consent, contrary to his/her authority, and with intent to convert to his/her own use or to the use of any other person except the owner. A refusal to deliver any money or a negotiable security, instrument, paper or other negotiable writing which is in his/her possession or custody by virtue of his/her office, business or employment, or as trustee or bailee, upon demand of the person entitled to receive it, or as required by law, is prima facie evidence of an intent to convert to his/her own use within the meaning of this subsection.
(3) 
Having a legal interest in movable property, intentionally and without consent, takes such property out of the possession of the pledgee or such other person having a superior right of possession with intent thereby to deprive the pledgee or other person permanently of the possession of such property.
(4) 
Obtains title to property of another by intentionally deceiving him/her with a false representation which is known to be false, made with intent to defraud, and which does defraud the person to whom it is made. "False representation" includes a promise made with intent not to perform it if it is a part of a false and fraudulent scheme.
(5) 
Intentionally fails to return any personal property which is in his/her possession or under his/her control by virtue of a written lease or written rental agreement within 10 days after the lease or rental agreement has expired.
B. 
Definitions. The following definitions shall be applicable in this section:
MOVABLE PROPERTY
Property whose physical location can be changed, without limitation including electricity and gas, documents which represent or embody intangible rights, and things growing on or affixed to or found in land.
PROPERTY
All forms of tangible property, whether real or personal, without limitation including electricity, gas and documents which represent or embody a chose in action or other intangible rights.
PROPERTY OF ANOTHER
Includes property in which the actor is a co-owner and property of a partnership of which the actor is a member unless the actor and the victim are husband and wife.
VALUE
The market value at the time of the theft or the cost to the victim of replacing the property within a reasonable time after the theft, whichever is less. If the property stolen is a document evidencing a chose in action or other intangible right, "value" means either the market value of the chose in action or other right or the intrinsic value of the document, whichever is greater. If the thief gave consideration for or had a legal interest in the stolen property, the amount of such consideration or value of such interest shall be deducted from the total value of the property.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-3-12, Fraud on residential landlords prohibited, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 387-32 Graffiti.

A. 
Definition. "Graffiti" is any drawing, figure, inscription, symbol, or other marking which is scratched, painted, drawn in pen or marker, or placed by some other permanent or semipermanent means upon sidewalks, streets, public or private structures or any other place in public view without the express permission or consent of the property owner.
B. 
Public nuisance. Graffiti is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, as defined under Chapter 375, Nuisances, of this Code, affecting peace and safety.
C. 
Prohibitions. No person shall write, spray, scratch or otherwise affix graffiti upon any property, whether private or public, without the consent of the owner or owners of said property. Any person who shall affix graffiti to any property without the consent of the owner shall be liable for the costs or removing or covering such graffiti in addition to any fines imposed for violating this section. The parents of any unemancipated minor child who affixed graffiti shall be held liable for the cost of removing or covering said graffiti in accordance with § 895.035, Wis. Stats.
D. 
Removal by property owner.
(1) 
Every owner of a structure or property defaced by graffiti shall cover or remove the graffiti within 15 days in compliance with written notice served upon the owner by the Police Department to remove or cover such graffiti.
(2) 
In the event that any owner fails to comply with the above-mentioned notice, the Police Department may have the graffiti covered or removed, and in such event, all costs, fees and expenses will be assessed to said owners real estate taxes pursuant to § 66.0627, Wis. Stats.

§ 387-33 Cemetery regulations.

A. 
Purpose and definition. In order to protect cemetery areas within the City from injury, damage or desecration, these regulations are enacted. The term "cemetery" as hereinafter used in this section shall include all cemetery property, grounds, equipment and structures, both privately and publicly owned, which are located within the City of New Lisbon.
B. 
Authority to establish rules and regulations. The cemetery property owner shall have the authority to establish reasonable rules and regulations to regulate and govern the operation of any cemetery in accordance with state law and this Code of Ordinances. The cemetery property owner shall reserve the right to prohibit and regulate the planting or placement of any flowers, plants, vines, shrubs, trees, flowerpots, urns or other objects on cemetery property. Placement of any such plantings, containers or objects shall be in accordance with established regulations of the cemetery property owner.
C. 
Specific regulations.
(1) 
Disturbing cemetery property. No person shall cut, remove, damage or carry away any flowers, plants, vines, shrubs or trees from any cemetery lot or property except the owner of the cemetery lot or a person with the cemetery lot owner's consent or any cemetery employee or representative engaged in official cemetery duties for the cemetery owner; nor shall any person without proper authority remove, deface, mark or damage in any manner any cemetery markers, headstones, monuments, fences or structures; nor shall any person without proper authority remove, damage or destroy any vases, flowerpots, urns or other objects which have been placed on any cemetery lot; nor shall any person move or remove any cemetery equipment without the owner's consent.
(2) 
Protection of cemetery property. No person shall trap in any cemetery without specific written authorization of the owner; nor shall any person kill, injure or disturb or attempt to injure or disturb any animals, birds or waterfowl, wild or domestic, within any cemetery in any matter except as provided by this Code of Ordinances; nor shall any person climb any tree or break, cut down, trample upon, remove or in any manner injure, deface, write upon or in any manner damage any tree, shrub, flower, flowerbed, turf, grassy area, soil, building, structure, equipment, official notice, sign or other property within any cemetery. No picnics, parties, or similar gatherings are permitted.
(3) 
Motor vehicles. Motor vehicles are restricted to the roads and drives and parking areas. Except for authorized maintenance vehicles, no person shall operate an unlicensed or licensed motorized vehicle on any cemetery property outside of areas specifically designated as parking areas or areas where the operation of such vehicles is specifically permitted. It shall be unlawful for a person to engage in any off-roadway operation of a motorized vehicle on cemetery property without the owner's consent.
(4) 
Speed limit. No person shall operate any motorized vehicle in any cemetery in excess of 15 miles per hour unless otherwise posted.
(5) 
Parking. No person, without the owner's consent, shall park any motor vehicle in any cemetery on any grassy or seeded area or upon any location except a designated parking area, nor shall any person park a motor vehicle on cemetery property for any purpose except engaging in official cemetery business. Any unlawfully parked motor vehicle may be towed or removed by the cemetery property owner at the vehicle owner's expense.
(6) 
Littering prohibited. No person shall litter, dump or deposit any rubbish, refuse, earth or other material in any cemetery without the owner's consent.
(7) 
Pets. Pets, including animals of any species, and horses are prohibited in any cemetery. Every dog specially trained to lead blind persons shall be exempt from this subsection.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(8) 
Sound devices. No person shall operate or play any amplifying system or sound device in any cemetery without the owner's consent.
(9) 
Authorized notices. No person shall post, paste, fasten, paint or attach any placard, bill, notice, sign or advertising matter upon any structure, tree or other natural object in any cemetery, except cemetery regulations and other signs authorized by the owner. No person shall remove, deface or damage in any manner any official sign or notice posted in any cemetery.
(10) 
Loitering prohibited. No person shall loiter or cause a nuisance or engage in any sport or exercise on any cemetery property without the owner's consent.
(11) 
Alcohol beverages prohibited. No person shall consume or have in his/her possession any open container containing an alcohol beverage upon any cemetery property within the City unless the property is specifically named as being part of a licensed premises.
(12) 
Play vehicles prohibited. No person shall operate or make use of a play vehicle upon any cemetery property without the owner's consent. As used in this subsection, "play vehicle" shall mean any coaster, skateboard, roller skates, sled, toboggan, unicycle or toy vehicle upon which a person may ride.
(13) 
Presence after hours prohibited. No person shall be present upon any cemetery property without the owner's consent during posted hours when the cemetery is not open to the public.

§ 387-34 Damaging or tampering with coin machines.

A. 
No person shall, without lawful authority, open, remove or damage any coin machine, coin telephone or other vending machine dispensing goods or services, or a part thereof, or possess a key or device specifically designed to open or break any coin machine, coin telephone or other vending machine dispensing goods or services, or possess a drawing, print or mold of a key or device specifically designed to open or break any coin machine, coin telephone or other vending machine dispensing goods or services within the limits of the City of New Lisbon.
B. 
In this section, "coin machine" means any device or receptacle designed to receive money or anything of value. The term includes a depository box, parking meter, vending machine, pay telephone, money-changing machine, coin-operated phonograph and amusement machine if they are designed to receive money or other thing of value.

§ 387-35 Tampering with cable equipment.

A person who willfully or maliciously damages, or causes to be damaged, any wire, cable, conduit, apparatus or equipment of the grantee, or who commits any act with intent to cause damage to any wire, cable, conduit, apparatus or equipment of the grantee, or who taps, tampers with, or connects any wire or device to a wire, cable, conduit or equipment of the grantee with intent to obtain a signal or impulse therefrom without authorization of the grantee, shall be subject to a forfeiture as prescribed by § 1-4 of this Code as determined by the court and shall be liable in a civil action for three times the actual amount of damages sustained thereby, but this section shall not prevent a public utility from removing, disconnecting or otherwise rendering inoperable any of the grantee's apparatus or equipment attached or in any way connected to such public utility's facilities, if done for reasonable cause.