City of Lancaster, WI
Grant County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Lancaster as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Mayor and Council — See Ch. 67.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 80.
[Adopted 8-15-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-06 as §§1.20 to 1.28 of the 2005 Code]

§ 8-1 Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Zoning Board of Appeals shall be constituted and have the duties as provided for in § 455-85 of Chapter 455, Zoning, of this Code.

§ 8-2 Parks and Recreation Committee.

A. 
How constituted. The Parks and Recreation Committee shall consist of five members, of which one shall be a member of the Council to be elected annually by the Council for a term of one year beginning on May 1. The remaining four members shall be citizens of the City appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Council, for a term of four years, each beginning on the first of May, appointed in such a manner so as to have one member appointed each year.
B. 
Organization and rules. The Committee shall fix the time and place of its meetings, elect a Chairperson and Secretary and keep a written record of its proceedings and all actions taken, a copy of which shall be filed with the Clerk/Treasurer. Three members shall constitute a quorum.
C. 
Duties. The Parks and Recreation Committee shall advise the Common Council in all matters pertaining to City parks and recreation facilities, programs and policies.

§ 8-3 Library Board.

[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05; 4-18-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-06]
A. 
How constituted. The Library Board shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Council, for a term of three years, in such manner as to effect the appointment of two members each year. Each term shall commence July 1 in the year of appointment. One member shall be appointed by the Mayor, representing the Potosi Library Branch. The Mayor shall appoint, as one of the members, the Lancaster School District Administrator or the Administrator's representative to represent the Lancaster School District. Not more than one member of the Council shall, at any one time, be a member of the Board. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
B. 
Powers and duties. The Library Board shall have the powers and duties prescribed by § 43.58, Wis. Stats. The library custodians shall be supervised by the Library Board.

§ 8-4 Plan Commission.

A. 
How constituted. The Plan Commission shall consist of seven members as follows: the Mayor, who shall be the presiding officer, one Alderperson and five citizens. Citizen members shall be persons of recognized experience and qualifications. The Alderperson shall be elected by a majority vote of the Council during April of each year for a term of one year. Citizen members shall be appointed by the Mayor to three-year terms in such manner as to have one member appointed each year. Such appointments shall be made during the Common Council organizational meeting to take effect on the succeeding first day of May.
[Amended 3-19-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-02; 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
B. 
Organization.
(1) 
Meetings and officers. The Commission shall fix the time and place of its meetings and elect a Vice Chairperson, Secretary and such other officers as the Commission may deem necessary.
[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
(2) 
Records and quorum. The Commission shall keep a written record of its proceedings and all actions taken, a copy of which shall be filed with the Clerk/Treasurer. Four members shall constitute a quorum.
(3) 
May employ experts. The Plan Commission may employ experts and such staff as it may deem necessary and pay for their services and expenses, as may be necessary, within the limits of the budget established by the Council or placed at its disposal through gift, and subject to any ordinance or resolution of the Council. As far as possible, the Plan Commission shall utilize the services of existing officials and employees.
C. 
Powers and duties. The Plan Commission shall have the powers and duties prescribed in § 62.23, Wis. Stats., and such other powers and duties as shall be vested in it from time to time by the Council.

§ 8-5 Board of Review.

[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
The Board of Review shall consist of the Mayor, Clerk/Treasurer and three Alderpersons who shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Council, for a term of one year. Such appointments shall be made as of the Common Council organizational meeting of each year.

§ 8-6 Police and Fire Commission.

[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
A. 
Established. There is hereby established a Police and Fire Commission having the duties, powers and responsibilities set forth in § 62.13, Wis. Stats.
B. 
How appointed. The number of Commissioners and manner of appointment shall be as prescribed in § 62.13, Wis. Stats.
C. 
Organization. The Clerk/Treasurer shall, within three days of their appointment, notify each Commissioner in writing of their appointment and cause them to file an oath of office prior to the first meeting of the Commission. The Clerk/Treasurer shall establish the time and place for the first meeting of the Commission. At such meeting, the Commission shall elect a Secretary, who shall keep minutes of all Commission proceedings; a Chairperson, who shall preside over the meetings; and a Vice Chairperson, who shall preside over the meetings in the absence of the Chairperson. All officers shall hold office for a term of five years.
D. 
Meetings. The Commissioners shall meet as a Commission as needed with appropriate notice of such meeting to be given.
E. 
Quorum. The Commission may take any authorized action by a majority vote of the members present.

§ 8-7 Housing Authority.

A. 
Appointment, qualifications and tenure of Commissioners.
(1) 
The Mayor shall, with the confirmation of the Council, appoint five persons as Commissioners of the Authority. No Commissioner may be connected in any official capacity with any political party nor shall more than two be officers of the City. The powers of such Authority shall be vested in the Commissioners thereof in office from time to time.
(2) 
The term of office shall be five years. A Commissioner shall hold office until his successor has been appointed and has qualified. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as other appointments. Three Commissioners shall constitute a quorum. The Mayor shall file with the City Clerk/Treasurer a certificate of the appointment or reappointment of any Commissioner and such certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the due and proper appointment of such Commissioner if such Commissioner has been duly confirmed as herein provided and has duly taken and filed the official oath before entering upon his office. A Commissioner shall receive no compensation for his services, but he shall be entitled to the necessary expenses including traveling expenses incurred in the discharge of his duties.
(3) 
When the office of the first Chairperson of the Authority becomes vacant, the Authority shall select a Chairperson from among its members. The Authority shall select from among its members a Vice Chairperson, and it may employ a secretary (who shall be executive director), technical experts and such other officers, agents and employees, permanent and temporary, as it may require, and shall determine their qualifications, duties and compensation. The Authority may call upon the City Attorney for such legal services as it may require. The Authority may delegate to one or more of its agents or employees such powers or duties as it may deem proper.
[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
B. 
Duty of the Authority and its Commissioners. The Authority and its Commissioners shall be under a statutory duty to comply or to cause compliance strictly with all provisions of §§ 66.1201 to 66.1213, Wis. Stats., and the laws of the state and, in addition thereto, with each and every term, provision and covenant in any contract of the Authority on its part to be kept or performed.

§ 8-8 Joint Fire Committee.

A. 
How constituted. The Joint Fire Committee shall consist of 10 members. Three of the members shall be members of the Common Council, two of the members shall be nominated by the towns that are served by the Lancaster Fire Department, four members shall be members of the Lancaster Fire Department, and one member shall be a member of the Rescue Squad. The towns and rescue squad shall be entitled to decide upon how their members shall be nominated and appointed. The Chief of the Fire Department shall appoint the members of the Fire Department. Only the members appointed by the Common Council and the towns shall be entitled to vote on issues which come before the Committee.
B. 
Organization and rules. Such Committee shall fix the time and place of its meetings, elect a Chairperson and Secretary and shall keep a written record of its proceedings and actions taken.
C. 
Duties. The Fire Committee shall have oversight of the City of Lancaster Fire Department. The Committee shall make recommendations to the Common Council from time to time for its efficient public use, maintenance, improvement and operation. The Committee shall also make recommendations concerning the Fire Department's budget, including acquisition of equipment and the assessment to be made to each town for fire protection service.

§ 8-9 Golf Course Committee.

A. 
How constituted. The Golf Course Committee shall consist of five members of which one shall be a member of the Council to be elected annually by the Council for a term of one year beginning May 1. The remaining four members shall be citizens of the City appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Council, for a term of four years, each beginning on the first of May, appointed in such a manner so as to have one member appointed each year.
[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
B. 
Organization and rules. The Committee shall fix the time and place for its meetings, elect a Chairperson and Secretary and keep a written record of its proceedings and all actions taken.
[Amended 11-17-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05]
C. 
Duties. The Golf Course Committee shall advise the Common Council in all policy matters pertaining to the City golf course and/or courses, their facilities, operation and programs.
[Adopted 6-20-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-09]

§ 8-10 Attendance by board, commission, and committee members.

A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this article is to create guidelines for appointed board, commission, and committee members regarding their attendance at meetings and other official proceedings related to their office. It is of great importance that the appointed members are present at meetings in order to adequately govern the City.
B. 
Persons affected. This policy applies to all individuals who hold an appointed position of any type on any board, commission, and committee set forth in Chapter 8 of the Code of the City of Lancaster.
C. 
Policy. It is the policy of the City of Lancaster to enforce all guidelines created in this article and to enforce all applicable provisions of state statutes and local ordinances regarding attendance at scheduled meetings and other official proceedings.
D. 
Attendance requirements. Holding an appointed public office of any type requires a degree of responsibility. Part of that responsibility, besides making important decisions on the behalf of taxpayers, is regular appearance at scheduled meetings. While each board, commission, and committee varies in the amount of meetings required and how often meetings occur, the responsibility applies to all.
E. 
Absences. Board, commission, and committee members who miss more than three meetings during a twelve-month period may be considered by the Common Council for removal from office. Any removal action shall be in accordance with §§ 17.14 and 17.16, Wis. Stats., unless the state statutes dictate an alternate method of removal for a particular board, commission or committee.