City of New Lisbon, WI
Juneau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of New Lisbon 4-2-2001 as Sec. 2-1-1 and Title 2, Ch. 2, of the 2001 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Elections — See Ch. 47.
Ethics — See Ch. 52.

§ 110-1 City government.

A. 
Mayor-Council government. The City of New Lisbon is a body corporate and politic with the powers of a municipality at common law and governed by the provisions of Chs. 62 and 66, Wis. Stats., laws amending those chapters, other acts of the Legislature and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin. The City of New Lisbon operates under the Mayor-Council form of government under Ch. 62, Wis. Stats.
B. 
Division of responsibilities.
(1) 
Legislative branch. The Common Council is the legislative branch of City government. Its primary business is the passage of laws in the form of ordinances or resolutions which shall prescribe what the law shall be, not only in relation to the particular facts existing at the time but as to all future cases arising under it. The Common Council shall establish the salaries of all officers and employees of the City and be charged with the official management of the City's financial affairs, its budget, its revenues and the raising of funds necessary for the operation of the City.
(2) 
Executive branch. The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer. The Mayor shall take care that all City ordinances and state laws are observed and enforced and that all City officers, boards, committees and commissions discharge their duties. When present, he/she shall preside at the meetings of the Common Council. The Mayor shall from time to time give the Council such information and recommend such measures as he/she may deem advantageous to the City.

§ 110-2 Common Council.

The Alderpersons of the City of New Lisbon shall constitute the Common Council. The Common Council shall be vested with all the powers of the City not specifically given some other officer, as well as those powers set forth elsewhere throughout this Code.

§ 110-3 Alderpersons.

A. 
There shall be four Alderpersons elected to the Common Council, with one Alderperson coming from Wards 1 and 6, one from Ward 2, one from Ward 3 and one from Wards 4 and 5.
[Amended 12-12-2001]
B. 
Election is hereby made that the first two sentences of § 62.09(5)(b), Wis. Stats., are inapplicable to the City of New Lisbon to the extent that this section is in any way inconsistent therewith. The Alderpersons receiving the highest number of votes in the wards as assigned in Subsection A shall be elected and hold office for terms of two years each, commencing on the third Tuesday of April in the year of their election.
[Amended 12-12-2001]
C. 
The provisions of the Wisconsin Statutes with reference to primaries and municipal elections are hereby incorporated herein by reference and shall apply.

§ 110-4 Mayor.

A. 
Election. The Mayor shall be elected in even-numbered years for a term of two years.
B. 
Duties.
(1) 
The Mayor shall be the Chief Executive officer of the City. The Mayor shall take care that City ordinances and the state statutes are observed and enforced.
(2) 
The Mayor shall, from time to time, provide the Council such information and recommend such measures as he/she may deem advantageous to the City. When present, he/she shall preside at the meetings of the Council.
(3) 
The Mayor shall have such other duties and responsibilities as are prescribed in the Wisconsin Statutes.
C. 
Veto power. The Mayor shall have veto power as to all acts of the Council except such as to which it is expressly or by necessary implication otherwise provided. All such acts shall be submitted to him/her by the City Clerk-Treasurer and shall be enforced upon his/her approval, evidenced by his/her signature, or upon his/her failing to approve or disapprove within five days, which fact shall be certified thereon by the City Clerk-Treasurer. If the Mayor disapproves, he/she shall file his/her objection with the City Clerk-Treasurer, who shall present it to the Council at its next regular meeting. A two-thirds vote of all the members of the Council shall be necessary to make the act effective, notwithstanding the objection of the Mayor.
D. 
Mayoral appointments.
(1) 
Wherever in this Code of Ordinances the Mayor is required to appoint citizens to committees, commissions and/or boards, the Mayor shall give written notice naming the appointees to be nominated by executive letter to the Common Council at least three days prior to the Council's organizational meeting or the Council meeting at which such appointment shall be made. In the event that the Common Council rejects a Mayor's appointment, the same name may not be submitted for the same job for a period of 12 months after the refusal of such appointment.
(2) 
In the event that a vacancy occurs in any committee, board or commission requiring the appointment of a citizen member and the Mayor does not nominate a successor thereof for a period of 60 days after the vacancy occurs, the Common Council may then nominate an appointee to such position, subject to the approval of the Mayor.
(3) 
In the event that the Council, by parliamentary practice, tables an appointment by the Mayor, such tabling action shall be effective for that meeting, but at the next regular meeting of the Common Council such appointment shall be on the meeting agenda for further consideration, and the particular appointment involved may not be tabled a second time.

§ 110-5 Council President.

The Common Council at its first meeting subsequent to the regular election and qualification of new members shall, after organization, annually choose from its members a President who, in the absence of the Mayor, shall preside at meetings of the Council and, during the absence or inability of the Mayor, shall have the powers and duties of the Mayor, except that he/she shall not have power to approve an act of the Council which the Mayor has disapproved by filing objections with the City Clerk-Treasurer. He/she shall, when so officiating, be styled "Acting Mayor." The President of the Council shall be elected for a one-year term of office.

§ 110-6 Standing committees; action on committee reports.

A. 
Standing committees. At the annual organizational meeting of the Common Council, the Mayor shall appoint all standing committees, with the entire Council serving as a committee of the whole for transacting business properly delegated to that committee.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Committee appointments.
(1) 
Committee appointments shall be made pursuant to § 110-4D. The Chairperson of each committee shall be designated by the Mayor. Each member shall serve as appointed unless excused by a majority of the members of the Council. All Alderpersons shall serve on at least one standing committee. The Mayor shall be an ex officio member of each standing committee.
(2) 
The Mayor may declare the entire Council a committee of the whole for informal discussion at any meeting or for any other purpose and shall ex officio be Chairperson of the same.
(3) 
The Mayor may, from time to time, appoint such special committee or committees as he/she may deem advisable or as provided for by motion or resolution stating the number of members and object thereof to perform such duties as may be assigned to them.
C. 
Reference and reports.
(1) 
The Mayor shall refer new business coming before the Common Council to the appropriate committee, unless otherwise referred or disposed of by motion of the Council.
(2) 
The committee to which any matter is referred shall report its recommendation thereon, in writing, at the first regular meeting after such reference, unless there is no objection by the Council to further time being taken. Action on the report of a committee shall be deferred until the next regular meeting by the request of three Alderpersons present. Members dissenting from a report of a committee shall be so reported when they request it.
(3) 
The Chairperson of the committee shall report verbally to the Council at the meeting at which the report of the committee is to be made. Adoption of the committee report shall comprise final Council action on any ordinance, resolution or other matter recommended for adoption by the committee report.
(4) 
Formal committee recommendations will be placed on the agenda for Council action only if they are submitted to the City Clerk-Treasurer in written form by 12:00 noon of the Friday prior to the meeting at which action is requested.
D. 
Cooperation of City officers. All City officers shall, upon request of the Chairperson of the committee, confer with the committee and supply to it such information as may be requested in connection with any matter pending before the committee.

§ 110-7 Council powers.

A. 
General. The Common Council shall be vested with all the powers of the City not specifically given some other officer. Except as otherwise provided by law, the Common Council shall have the management and control of the City property, finances, highways, streets, navigable waters and the public service and shall have the power to act for the government and good order of the City, for its commercial benefit and for the health, safety, welfare and convenience of the public and may carry its powers into effect by license, regulation, suppression, borrowing, taxation, special assessment, appropriation, fine, imprisonment and other necessary or convenient means. The powers hereby conferred shall be in addition to all other grants and shall be limited only by express language.
B. 
Acquisition and disposal of property. The Common Council may acquire property, real or personal, within or without the City, for parks, libraries, historic places, recreation, beautification, streets, waterworks, sewage or waste disposal, harbors, improvement of watercourses, public grounds, vehicle parking areas and for any other public purpose; may acquire real property within or contiguous to the City, by means other than condemnation, for industrial sites; may improve and beautify the same; may construct, own, lease and maintain buildings on such property for instruction, recreation, amusement and other public purposes; and may sell and convey such City-owned property, except dedicated, platted parks.
C. 
Acquisition of easements and property rights. Confirming all powers granted to the Common Council and in furtherance thereof, the Council is expressly authorized to acquire by gift, purchase or condemnation under Ch. 32, Wis. Stats., any and all property rights in lands or waters, including rights of access and use, negative or positive easements, restrictive covenants, covenants running with land, scenic easements and any rights for use of property of any nature whatsoever, however denominated, which may be lawfully acquired for the benefit of the public or for any public purpose, including the exercise of powers granted under § 62.23, Wis. Stats., and may sell and convey such easements or property rights when no longer needed for public use or protection.
D. 
City finances. The Common Council may levy and provide for the collection of taxes and special assessments, may refund any tax or special assessment paid, or any part thereof, when satisfied that the same was unjust or illegal, and generally may manage the City finances.
E. 
Construction of powers. Consistent with the purpose of giving to cities the largest measure of self-government in accordance with the spirit of the home rule amendment to the Constitution, the grants of power to the Common Council in this section and throughout this Code of Ordinances shall be liberally construed in favor of the rights, powers and privileges of cities to promote the general welfare, peace, good order and prosperity of the city and its inhabitants.
F. 
Vacancies. Pursuant to § 62.09(5), Wis. Stats., if any officer is incapacitated or absent for any cause, the Common Council may appoint some person to discharge his/her duties until he/she returns or such disability has ended.

§ 110-8 Cooperation with other municipalities.

The Common Council, on behalf of the City, may join with other villages, towns, or cities or other governmental entities in a cooperative arrangement for executing any power or duty in order to attain greater economy or efficiency, including joint employment of appointive officers and employees and joint purchasing programs.

§ 110-9 Order at meetings; attendance; election and qualification of Council members.

The Common Council has the power to preserve order at its meetings, compel attendance of Alderpersons and punish nonattendance. The Common Council shall be judge of the election and qualification of its members.

§ 110-10 Salaries and compensation.

The Mayor and Alderpersons who make up the Common Council, whether operating under general or special law, may, by majority vote of all the members of the Common Council, determine that an annual salary or per diem compensation be paid the Mayor and Alderpersons.

§ 110-11 Organization meeting; regular meetings.

A. 
Annual organization meeting. Following a regular City election, the Common Council shall meet on the third Tuesday of April or at the next Council meeting after that date for the purpose of organization.
B. 
Meetings. Regular meetings of the Common Council shall be set by resolution at the annual organizational meeting. Any regular meeting falling on a legal holiday shall be rescheduled or cancelled by a majority vote of those present at the meeting immediately prior to the meeting falling on a legal holiday. All meetings of the Common Council, including special and adjourned meetings, shall be held in the New Lisbon City Hall, unless otherwise noticed.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 110-12 Special meetings.

A. 
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor upon written notice of the time and purpose thereof to each member of the Council delivered to him/her personally or left at his/her usual place of abode at least six hours before the meeting. The City Clerk-Treasurer shall cause an affidavit of service of such notice to be filed in his/her office prior to the time fixed for such special meetings. Special meetings shall comply with the notice provisions of the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law.[1] In addition, a special meeting may be called by a written request signed by two Alderpersons, which written notice for said special meeting shall be delivered to every member of the Council and the Mayor personally or left at or mailed to his/her abode at least 24 hours before said meeting being called. If written consent is obtained, it shall be filed with the City Clerk-Treasurer prior to the beginning of the meeting.
[1]:
Editor's Note: See §§ 19.81 to 19.98, Wis. Stats.
B. 
Nongovernmental parties requesting a special meeting of the Council or committees thereof shall pay a fee equivalent to the Council's actual expenses for such meeting.

§ 110-13 Open meetings.

Except as provided in § 19.85, Wis. Stats., all meetings of the Common Council, committees thereof, and City boards, committees and commissions shall be open to the public.

§ 110-14 Quorum.

A. 
Three members or more of the Common Council shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may adjourn if a majority is not present or compel the attendance of absent members. The Mayor shall not be counted in computing a quorum. No action shall be taken unless a quorum is present.
B. 
The Council may, by a majority vote of those present, adjourn from time to time to a specific date and hour.

§ 110-15 Presiding officer.

A. 
Designation. The Mayor shall preside over all meetings of the Common Council. In the absence of the Mayor, the President of the Council shall preside.
B. 
Duties. The Mayor, President of the Council, or the presiding officer shall:
(1) 
Open the session at the time fixed for the meeting by taking the Chair and calling the members to order.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Announce, at the conclusion of the roll call, the fact of the presence of a quorum, or not, as the case may be.
(3) 
Announce the business before the Council in the order in which it is to be acted upon.
(4) 
Receive and submit, in proper manner, all motions and propositions presented by members.
(5) 
Put to vote the questions which are regularly moved or which necessarily arise in the course of the proceedings and announce the result.
(6) 
Restrain the members while engaged in debate within the rules of order.
(7) 
Enforce on all occasions the observance of order and decorum among the members.
(8) 
Inform the Council when necessary, or when referred to for that purpose, on any point of order or practice.
(9) 
Authenticate, by his/her signature, when necessary, all ordinances, resolutions, orders and proceedings of the meetings of the Council over which he/she presides.
(10) 
Preserve order and decorum; speak to points of order in preference to others, rising from his/her seat for that purpose; and decide questions of order, subject to an appeal by any member.
(11) 
Call a member to the Chair, but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
C. 
Temporary absence of presiding officer. In the absence of the Mayor and President of the Council, one of its members shall be elected to preside temporarily until the return of the Mayor or President.

§ 110-16 Order of business.

A. 
Agenda. At all regular meetings, the order of business shall be according to the tentative agenda prepared by the City Clerk-Treasurer. All matters to be considered at a regular or special Council meeting shall be submitted to the City Clerk-Treasurer at least by 12:00 noon of the Friday prior to the meeting. Copies of the agenda shall be forwarded by the City Clerk-Treasurer to the representatives of the media have requested meeting agendas under the Open Meetings Law[1] as part of his/her notice of such public meeting and to members of the Council.[2]
[1]:
Editor's Note: See §§ 19.81 to 19.98, Wis. Stats.
[2]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Order to be followed. No business shall be taken up out of order unless by unanimous consent of all Alderpersons and in the absence of any debate whatsoever.
C. 
Citizen comments. The Mayor or presiding officer shall determine at what point in a meeting citizens will be called upon to speak and may impose a limit on the length of time a citizen may address the Council. A written form may be provided by the City Clerk-Treasurer on which citizens may register to speak at a Council meeting. The subject to be addressed and/or agenda item shall be indicated.

§ 110-17 Introduction of ordinances.

A. 
Ordinances to be in writing. All ordinances submitted to the Council shall be in writing and be titled. Upon passage by the Council, the City Clerk-Treasurer shall superintend the publication of the same. Any written material introduced may be referred to the appropriate committee pursuant to § 110-6. Any member of the Council may require the reading in full of any ordinance or resolution at any time it is before the Council.
B. 
Subject and numbering of ordinances. Each ordinance shall be related to no more than one subject. Amendment or repeal of ordinances shall only be accomplished if the amending or repealing ordinance contains the number and title of the ordinance to be amended or repealed, and the title of amending and repealing ordinances shall reflect their purpose to amend or repeal.
C. 
Notice.
(1) 
The Common Council may take action on an ordinance only if it appears on the written agenda for the meeting at which action is requested.
(2) 
Ordinances will be placed on the agenda for Council action only if they are submitted to the City Clerk-Treasurer in written form not later than 12:00 noon on the Friday prior to the regular or special Council meeting at which action is requested.

§ 110-18 Publication and effect of ordinances.

A. 
All general ordinances of the City and all regulations imposing any penalty shall be published in the official paper of the City either in their entirety, as a Class 1 notice, under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats., or as a notice as described under § 62.11(4)(c)2, Wis. Stats., within 15 days of passage and shall be immediately recorded, with the affidavit of publication, by the City Clerk-Treasurer in a book kept for that purpose. A printed copy of such ordinance or regulation in any book, pamphlet or newspaper and published or purporting to be published therein by direction of the Common Council shall be prima facie proof of due passage, publication and recording thereof.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
All ordinances shall take effect and be in force from and after passage and publication, unless otherwise provided, and published copies thereof shall have appended the date of first publication.
C. 
The City Code of Ordinances shall be kept currently to date, and upon passage of any ordinance the Clerk-Treasurer shall provide for incorporation of the same into the Code.

§ 110-19 Conduct of deliberations.

A. 
Roll call. When the presiding officer shall have called the members to order, the City Clerk-Treasurer shall proceed to call the roll in rotating order, noting who is present and who is absent. If, after having gone through the call, it shall appear that a quorum is not present, that fact shall be entered in the minutes, and the members present may adjourn to a later date in the month. If they do not, the Council shall stand adjourned to the time appointed for the next regular meeting unless a special meeting is called sooner as provided by the Wisconsin Statutes or §§ 110-11 and 110-12.
B. 
Meeting attendance. All members of the Common Council shall attend all Council meetings, meetings of committees to which members have been appointed, and special or adjourned meetings when duly notified thereof. A member who does not appear in answer to his/her name when the roll is called at any regular meeting or any special or adjourned meeting when notified thereof shall be marked absent. Any member seeking to be excused from attending any regular or special meeting must notify the Mayor or City Clerk-Treasurer in advance of such meeting, explaining the reason for his/her absence, and, upon complying with this requirement, such members shall be duly excused from attending said meeting. An Alderperson shall be physically present at the meeting in order to vote at such meeting.
C. 
Recognition for debate.
(1) 
When a member is to speak in debate, or deliver any matter to the Council, he/she shall respectfully address himself/herself to the presiding officer and confine his/her remarks to the question under debate and avoid personalities.
(2) 
When two or more members address the presiding officer at the same time, the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
D. 
Roll call vote procedure. The ayes and nays shall be ordered upon any question at the request of any member of the Council or the Mayor, and the City Clerk-Treasurer shall call the roll starting with the Alderperson according to seating order; on the next call of the roll, at the same or any subsequent meeting, the Clerk-Treasurer shall start with the Alderperson whose name appears next on said seating order, and each subsequent call of the roll shall begin with the name of the Alderperson next in seating order.
E. 
Reconsideration. When a motion has been decided, it shall be in order for any member who voted in the majority to move a reconsideration thereof at the same or next succeeding meeting, and the Mayor shall call for a roll call of the Alderpersons. If a majority of the members present shall be in favor of a reconsideration, the subject shall be before the Council for further action.
F. 
Motions with preference. During any meeting of the Common Council certain motions will have preference. In order of precedence they are:
(1) 
Motion to adjourn. This motion can be made at any time and has first precedence. This is a nondebatable motion.
(2) 
Motion to lay on the table. This motion may be made when the subject matter appropriate for tabling is to be debated or discussed. This motion is a nondebatable motion.
(3) 
Motion to call previous question. This motion may be made at any time after the debate or discussion commences related to an action item, business item, motion or question that is properly before the Common Council. This motion is a nondebatable motion. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question. The motion, if adopted, brings the Common Council to a direct vote with the first vote on amendments, if any, and then the main action item, business item, motion or question.
(4) 
Motion to postpone to a date certain. This motion may be made at any time after the debate and discussion commences on an action item, business item, motion or question that is properly before the Common Council. This motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question. This motion must establish a date and time certain when the debate and discussion before the Common Council will continue. The date and time established must be on a date and time for a regularly scheduled or special meeting of the Common Council.
(5) 
Motion to a committee. This motion may be made at any time after the debate and discussion commences on an action item, business item, motion or question that is properly before the Common Council. The motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question. This motion, if adopted, forwards the action item, business item, motion or question to a committee for further review and discussion. The committee must be a committee of the Common Council.
(6) 
Motion to amend or divide the question. This motion may be made at any time after debate and discussion commences on the action item, business item, motion or question properly before the Common Council. The motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, divides the main action item, main business item, main motion or main question pursuant to the method described and adopted in the motion to divide.
(7) 
Motion to postpone indefinitely. This motion may be made at any time after debate and discussion commences on the action item, business item, motion or question properly before the Common Council. This motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question.
(8) 
Motion to introduce a matter related to the action item, business item, motion or question. This motion may be made at any time after the debate and discussion commences on the action item, business item, motion or question properly before the Common Council. This motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, expands or adds to the debate and discussion new items related to the main action item, main business item, main motion or main question pursuant to the method described and approved in the motion to introduce a matter related.
G. 
Public directory votes. No member of the Common Council shall request, at a meeting of the Common Council, a vote from the general public unless the proposed vote of the general public is so noted by the presiding officer of the meeting as strictly an advisory vote to the Council. Any vote taken by the general public at a meeting of the Common Council shall be considered by the Council only as an advisory vote and shall not be considered as a directory vote.
H. 
Rules of parliamentary procedure. The rules of parliamentary practice in Robert's Rules of Order, which is hereby incorporated by reference, shall govern the proceedings of the Council in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these rules or with the laws of the State of Wisconsin.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
I. 
Reconsideration of questions. It shall be in order for any member, if in the majority, to move for the reconsideration of any vote in question at the same meeting or at the next succeeding regular adjourned meeting. A motion to reconsider being put and lost shall not be renewed.
J. 
Call for the previous question. Any member desirous of terminating the debate may call the previous question when the question announced by the Mayor shall be "call the main question." If a majority of the members present vote in the affirmative, the main question shall be put to a vote without further debate, and its effect shall be to put an end to all debate and bring the Council to a direct vote, first upon the pending amendment and then upon the main question.
K. 
Amendment of rules. The rules of this section shall not be rescinded or amended unless the proposed amendment or motion to rescind has laid over from a regular meeting, and then it shall require a vote of 2/3 of all the members of the Council.
L. 
Suspension of rules. Any of the provisions of this section may be suspended temporarily by a recorded vote of 2/3 of the Council members present at any meeting.

§ 110-20 Procedure at public hearings.

The following procedures shall be followed at public hearings and may also be followed when citizen input is necessary during regular items of business before the Common Council:
A. 
The presiding officer shall generally call on those persons who wish to speak on the matter or call initially on those persons who wish to speak for the proposition. Each person wishing to speak for the proposition shall give his or her name and address.
B. 
Each person speaking initially on the matter or specifically on behalf of the proposition shall be limited in time to five minutes.
C. 
The presiding officer shall then call on those persons who wish to oppose the proposition if the presiding officer has first asked for only those favoring the proposition to speak.
D. 
Each such person speaking in opposition to the proposition shall give his or her name and address and shall also be limited to five minutes.
E. 
Any person wishing to speak in rebuttal to any statements made may, with the permission of the presiding officer, do so; provided, however, that such rebuttal statement shall be limited to three minutes by any one individual.
F. 
When the presiding officer in his/her discretion is satisfied that the proposition has been heard, he/she shall announce the fact that the hearing is concluded.