City of Lancaster, WI
Grant County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Lancaster as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-15-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-06 as §§ 31.01, 31.02(1), 31.03, 31.04, 31.08 and 31.09 of the 2005 Code; amended 8-25-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-04]

§ 1-1 Rules of construction.

In the construction of this Municipal Code, the following rules shall be observed unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the ordinance:
A. 
Wisconsin Statutes. All references to "Wisconsin Statutes," "Wis. Stats." or "Stats." shall mean the Wisconsin Statutes as of the adoption of this Code, as amended or renumbered from time to time, and shall include all revisions and amendments thereto.
[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
B. 
Gender; singular and plural. Every word in this Code and in any ordinance imparting the masculine gender may extend and be applied to females as well as males, and every word imparting the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons or things as well as to one person or thing, provided these rules of construction shall not be applied to any provision which contains any express language excluding such construction or when the subject matter or context of such provision may be repugnant thereto.
C. 
Person. The word "person" extends and applies to natural persons, firms, corporations, associations, partnerships or other bodies politic and to all entities capable of being sued, unless plainly inapplicable.
D. 
Acts of agents. When a provision requires an act to be done which may by law as well be done by an agent as by the principal, such requirement shall be construed to include all such acts when done by an authorized agent.

§ 1-2 Conflicting provisions.

If the provisions of the different chapters of this Code conflict with or contravene each other, the provisions of each chapter shall prevail as to all matters and questions arising out of the subject matter of such chapter.

§ 1-3 Documents incorporated by reference.

Whenever in this Code any standard, code, rule, regulation or other written or printed matter is adopted by reference, it shall be deemed incorporated in this Code as if fully set forth herein and the Clerk/Treasurer shall file, deposit and keep in his office a copy of the code, standard, rule, regulation or other written or printed matter as adopted. Materials so filed, deposited and kept shall be public records open for examination with proper care by any person during the Clerk/Treasurer's office hours, subject to such orders or regulations which the Clerk/Treasurer may prescribe for their preservation.

§ 1-4 Violations and penalties.

A. 
General penalty. Except as otherwise provided, any person who shall violate any provision of this Code shall, upon conviction of such violation, be subject to a penalty, which shall be as follows:
(1) 
First offense. Any person who shall violate any provision of this Code shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $25 nor more than $500, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs of prosecution shall be imprisoned in the county jail until such forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding 90 days.
(2) 
Second offense. Any person found guilty of violating any ordinance or part of an ordinance of this Code who has previously been convicted of a violation of the same ordinance within one year shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $50 nor more than $500 for each such offense, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs shall be imprisoned in the county jail until such forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding six months.
B. 
Continued violations. Each violation and each day a violation continues or occurs shall constitute a separate offense. Nothing in this Code shall preclude the City from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of any provision of this Code.
C. 
Execution against defendant's property. Whenever any person fails to pay any forfeiture and costs of prosecution upon the order of any court for violation of any ordinance of the City, the court may, in lieu of ordering imprisonment of the defendant, or after the defendant has been released from custody, issue an execution against the property of the defendant for such forfeiture and costs.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 31.04(4), regarding suspension or revocation of a motor vehicle operator's license, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05.

§ 1-5 Code updates.

As each ordinance or resolution affecting the Municipal Code becomes effective, the City Clerk/Treasurer shall forward such ordinance or resolution to the Revisor, who shall incorporate it into the Municipal Code. The Revisor shall make no substantive changes to such ordinances and resolutions but may renumber, rearrange and edit them without first submitting them to the Common Council, and such rearranging, renumbering and editing shall not affect the validity of such ordinances and resolutions or the provisions of this Municipal Code affected thereby.

§ 1-6 Use of uniform citation.

A. 
An action to collect a forfeiture for a violation of any ordinance of the City of Lancaster may be commenced by the issuance of a citation.
B. 
A citation issued pursuant to this section shall be in the form provided by § 66.0113, Wis. Stats., unless a different form is specifically prescribed for such violation by these ordinances and/or by statute.
[Adopted 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]

§ 1-7 Code adoption.

Pursuant to § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., the ordinances of the City of Lancaster of a general and permanent nature adopted by the Common Council of the City of Lancaster, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code, and consisting of Chapters 1 through 455, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the City of Lancaster," hereinafter referred to as the "Code."

§ 1-8 Code supersedes prior ordinances.

This ordinance and the Code shall supersede all other general and permanent ordinances enacted prior to the enactment of this Code, except such ordinances as are hereinafter expressly saved from repeal or continued in force.

§ 1-9 Continuation of existing provisions.

The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those of the ordinances in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinances.

§ 1-10 Copy of Code on file.

A copy of the Code has been filed in the office of the City Clerk/Treasurer and shall remain there for use and examination by the public for at least two weeks, in accordance with § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., and until final action is taken on this ordinance, and, if this ordinance shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified to by the City Clerk/Treasurer, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of said City Clerk/Treasurer to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.

§ 1-11 Amendments to Code.

Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code, when adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Common Council to make them a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the "Code of the City of Lancaster" shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be adopted, they shall thereafter be inserted in the Code as amendments and supplements thereto.

§ 1-12 Publication; filing.

The Clerk/Treasurer of the City of Lancaster, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published, in the manner required by law, a notice of the adoption of this ordinance. Sufficient copies of the Code shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk/Treasurer for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The publication of notice of the enactment of this ordinance, coupled with the availability of a copy of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.

§ 1-13 Code to be kept up-to-date.

It shall be the duty of the City Clerk/Treasurer, or someone authorized and directed by the Clerk/Treasurer, to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the Code required to be filed in the Clerk/Treasurer's office for use by the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances adopted subsequent to the effective date of this codification which shall be adopted specifically as part of the Code shall, when finally adopted, be included therein by reference until such changes or new ordinances are included as supplements to said Code.

§ 1-14 Sale of Code.

Copies of the Code, or any chapter or portion of it, may be purchased from the Clerk/Treasurer or an authorized agent of the Clerk/Treasurer upon the payment of a fee to be set by the Common Council. The Clerk/Treasurer may also arrange for procedures for the periodic supplementation of the Code.

§ 1-15 Altering or tampering with Code; penalties for violation.

It shall be unlawful for anyone to improperly change or amend, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the City of Lancaster to be misrepresented thereby. Anyone violating this section or any part of this ordinance shall be subject, upon conviction, to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of the Code.

§ 1-16 Severability of Code provisions.

Each section of the Code and every part of each section is an independent section or part of a section, and the holding of any section or a part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof. If any provision of this Code or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Code and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

§ 1-17 Severability of ordinance provisions.

Each section of this ordinance is an independent section, and the holding of any section or part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.

§ 1-18 Repealer.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with the provisions contained in the Code adopted by this ordinance are hereby repealed; provided, however, that such repeal shall only be to the extent of such inconsistency, and any valid legislation of the City of Lancaster which is not in conflict with the provisions of the Code shall be deemed to remain in full force and effect. The following portions of the 2005 Code of Ordinances are specifically repealed: § 11.01, Board of Health, § 12.01, Licenses Required, and Chapter 22, Cable Television.

§ 1-19 Ordinances saved from repeal.

The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 1-18 of this ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
A. 
Any ordinance adopted subsequent to February 17, 2014.
B. 
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision prior to the effective date of this ordinance or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
C. 
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this ordinance in violation of any legislative provision or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
D. 
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this ordinance brought pursuant to any legislative provision.
E. 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred.
F. 
Any ordinance providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing grade, changing name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place or any portion thereof.
G. 
Any ordinance appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond or other instruments or evidence of the City's indebtedness.
H. 
Ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract or obligation.
I. 
The levy or imposition of taxes, assessments or charges.
J. 
The annexation or dedication of property or approval of preliminary or final subdivision plats.
K. 
Ordinances providing for local improvements or assessing taxes or special assessments therefor.
L. 
All currently effective ordinances pertaining to the rate and manner of payment of salaries and compensation of officers and employees.
M. 
Any legislation relating to or establishing a pension plan or pension fund for municipal employees.
N. 
Any ordinances adopting or amending the Zoning Map or otherwise rezoning property.
O. 
The establishment of Aldermanic districts, ward boundaries and election precincts.
P. 
Any charter ordinances.
Q. 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing or amending a fee or fees.
R. 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing or amending a deposit or bond schedule.
S. 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing sewer, water or electric rates or charges or providing for construction of sewer and water mains or other public works.
T. 
Budget ordinances.

§ 1-20 Changes in previously adopted ordinances; new ordinances.

A. 
In compiling and preparing the ordinances for publication as the Code of the City of Lancaster, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances have been made, except as provided for in Subsection C hereof. Certain grammatical changes and other minor nonsubstantive changes were made in one or more of said pieces of legislation. It is the intention of the Common Council that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances had been previously formally amended to read as such.
B. 
The adoption of the Code includes the adoption of the following new ordinances:
(1) 
Chapter 104, Records, Article II, Public Access to Records.
(2) 
Chapter 154, Animals, Article IV, Exotic or Wild Animals.
(3) 
Chapter 166, Brush, Grass and Weeds, Article II, Yard Waste and Debris in Storm Drainage System.
(4) 
Chapter 219, Erosion Control, Article I, Construction Site Erosion Control.
(5) 
Chapter 316, Nuisances.
(6) 
Chapter 320, Parades, Processions and Assemblies.
(7) 
Chapter 380, Tobacco Products, Article I, Sale of Tobacco Products.
C. 
The amendments and/or additions as set forth in Schedule A attached hereto and made a part hereof are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this ordinance. (Chapter and section number references are to the ordinances as they have been renumbered and appear in the Code.)[1]
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Editor's Note: Schedule A is on file at the office of the City Clerk/Treasurer.

§ 1-21 When effective.

This ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication as required by law.