City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 1-5-1 Council, mayor and alderpersons.

[8-4-1981; 5-15-2007; 8-16-2011; 2016 Code; 4-6-2016; 9-6-2016]
(A) 
Council. The council shall consist of the mayor and nine alderpersons.
(B) 
Beginning date of terms. The regular terms of the mayor and alderpersons shall begin on the third Tuesday of April succeeding their election.
(C) 
Mayor. The mayor shall be elected for a two-year term in the annual spring election of even-numbered years.
(D) 
Election of Alderpersons.
(1) 
Charter ordinance. Pursuant to Section 66.0101 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the city adopts the method of choosing alderpersons as set forth herein and hereby elects to not be governed by Sections 62.08 and 62.09(1)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes with respect to the number and method of choosing of alderpersons. Existing alderpersons shall hold their respective offices as of the effective date hereof for the balance of their terms.
(2) 
Elected at large. Alderpersons shall be elected at large for a two-year term in the annual spring election. Four alderpersons shall be elected in each of the odd-numbered years and five in each of the even-numbered years.
(3) 
First year implementation of charter ordinance. For proper implementation of this charter ordinance, the alderpersons receiving the top four most at large votes shall have a two-year term with successor elections held in odd-numbered years. The alderperson finishing with the fifth most at large votes will have a one-year term with successor elections being a two-year term and held in even-numbered years.

§ 1-5-2 Salaries of mayor and alderpersons.

[1-21-1997; 2016 Code]
The mayor and each alderperson shall receive the following salaries payable monthly:
(A) 
Mayor. The salary of the mayor shall be in an amount set from time to time by resolution of the council.
(B) 
Alderpersons. The salary of each alderperson shall be in an amount set from time to time by resolution of the council.

§ 1-5-3 Meetings.

[1969 Code; 1977 Code; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Regular meetings. The council shall meet annually on the third Tuesday of April to organize and elect a council president. Regular meetings shall be held on the first and third Tuesdays in each month at 7:30 PM, except if the first or third Tuesday falls on an officially recognized holiday or a regular or special election day the meeting shall be at 7:30 PM on first day following such holiday or election day.
(B) 
Special meetings. Special meetings may be called by the mayor, or president of the council when mayor is not available. At such meetings of the council no business shall be transacted but that for which the meeting shall have been called, unless by unanimous consent of the council.
(C) 
Meetings public. Meetings shall be open to the public, and the council may punish by forfeiture, members or other persons for disorderly behavior.

§ 1-5-4 Mayor presiding officer of council.

[1969 Code; 2016 Code]
(A) 
The mayor shall be the presiding officer at all regular and special council meetings, and as such he or she shall take the chair at the hour appointed for the council to meet, and shall immediately call the members to order, and may, at the insistence of any two members, order the attendance of absentees. In the absence of the mayor, the president of the council shall take his or her place or any member may call the council to order.
(B) 
The presiding officer shall maintain decorum and decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to the council.

§ 1-5-5 Quorum; voting requirements.

[1969 Code; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Two-thirds of all the alderpersons must be present to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The mayor shall not be counted in computing a quorum, majority or minimum number or proportion of votes of the council required for passage of a measure and shall not vote except in case of a tie. No member is to leave the council or committee of the whole without leave of absence.
(B) 
All bylaws and ordinances and all resolutions and orders for the appropriation or payment of money shall require, for their passage or adoption, the concurrence of a majority of all the alderpersons.

§ 1-5-6 Committees, boards and commissions.

[4-2-2012; 4-8-2015; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Standing committees. The standing committees of the council shall be as follows:
(1) 
Board of public works.
(2) 
Finance and taxation committee.
(3) 
Public safety committee.
(4) 
Judiciary and ordinance review committee.
(5) 
License committee.
(6) 
Salary and personnel committee.
(B) 
Appointment of standing committees. Unless otherwise expressly provided in this code or by law, standing committees shall be appointed, and the chairperson thereof designated, by the mayor annually at the time of the organization of the council, and such appointments and chair designations shall not require confirmation by the council.
(C) 
Reports of standing committees. All standing committees to whom any matter shall be referred shall report thereon in the manner directed by the council, or if no manner of reporting is directed, in the manner determined by the committee.
(D) 
Special boards, committees and commissions. Special boards, committees and commissions of the city shall be as follows:
(1) 
Board of review.
(2) 
Board of police and fire commissioners.
(3) 
City plan commission.
(4) 
Zoning board of appeals.
(5) 
Board of park and recreation commissioners.
(6) 
Senior citizens board.
(7) 
Airport board of management.
(8) 
Visitors and promotion commission.
(9) 
Ethics board.
(10) 
Historic preservation commission.
(11) 
Housing authority.
(12) 
Information technology committee.
(13) 
Monroe municipal park fund committee.
(14) 
Monroe redevelopment authority.
(15) 
Revolving loan fund committee.
(16) 
Business improvement district board.
(E) 
Appointment of special boards, committees and commissions. Unless otherwise expressly provided in this code or by law, special committees shall be appointed, and the chairperson thereof designated, by the mayor annually at the time of the organization of the council, and such appointments and chair designations shall require confirmation by the council.
(F) 
Other appointments. Appointments to any committee, board or other body not enumerated in this code shall be made in the manner required by law or specified by the body for whom such appointment is made. If no manner of appointment is required by law or specified by the body for whom such appointment is made then the appointment shall be made by the mayor, and such appointment shall require confirmation by the council.

§ 1-5-7 Order of business.

[1969 Code; 9-7-1993; 2016 Code]
At all stated meetings the following order shall be observed for disposing of business before the council:
(A) 
Correction of minutes. The presiding officer shall inquire if any member of the council wishes to offer a correction to the minutes of the last meeting. If no member offers a motion to correct the minutes, or if a motion is made and seconded but not adopted by the council, the minutes shall be deemed approved as drafted;
(B) 
Petitions, memorials, communications. Presentation of petitions, memorials and communications;
(C) 
Accounts and claims. Presentation of accounts and other claims against the city;
(D) 
Business presented by mayor. Business may be presented by the mayor;
(E) 
Appearance. Appearance by citizens;
(F) 
Reports. Reports of officers and committees and introduction and consideration of all ordinances, resolutions and motions;
(G) 
Other business. Consideration of other business pending before the council;
(H) 
Miscellaneous.

§ 1-5-8 Rules of procedure.

[1969 Code; 4-18-2006; 2016 Code; 2-7-2017]
(A) 
Resolutions reduced to writing. All resolutions shall be in writing.
(B) 
Petitions referred to committee. Each petition shall be presented by the presiding officer or the city clerk, who shall briefly state the substance, and shall then be referred to a committee.
(C) 
Questions, when before council. When a question is before the council, no motion shall be received unless to adjourn, lay on the table the previous question, to commit, or to amend, which several questions shall have precedence in the order in which they are inserted.
(D) 
Voting procedure.
(1) 
Form of questions for voting. Where a roll call vote is taken the question shall be stated by the presiding officers as follows: "As many as are in favor answer 'yes', those opposed will answer 'no' and the clerk will call the roll."; and in doubtful cases, the presiding officer may direct or any member may call for a division.
(2) 
Order of voting for recorded votes. Commencing with the first meeting of the council after the regular election and qualification of new members, the city clerk shall determine the order of roll call voting based on the seniority of unbroken service of the alderpersons. The alderperson with the longest seniority of unbroken service on the council as an alderperson shall be the first alderperson called to cast his or her vote on a question for which a roll call vote has been called. If two or more alderpersons share the same seniority of unbroken service, then the alderperson with the total service on the council shall be deemed to have the higher priority and if there is still a tie, then it shall be determined alphabetically based on the alderperson whose last name starts closest to the letter "A." The alderpersons shall vote in descending order of seniority. Thereafter, for each subsequent roll call vote, the alderperson who voted second in the previous roll call vote shall be the first to cast his or her vote and the alderperson who voted first in the previous roll call vote shall cast his or her vote last.
(3) 
Recording votes. The ayes and nos shall be taken and recorded upon any question before the council upon the call of any two members.
(4) 
Votes. Every person present when a question is put shall vote, unless the presiding officer shall excuse him or her for good cause.
(5) 
Tie votes. The presiding officer shall, in all cases, be entitled to vote in case of a tie. It shall be in order for any member who voted in the majority on any question or for any member who voted in the negative when the council was equally divided, to move a reconsideration vote on the same or next succeeding regular meeting of the council. A motion to reconsider, having been put and lost, shall not again be in order.
(E) 
Motions. When a motion is made, it shall be in possession of the council and shall be stated by the presiding officer, or being in writing shall be delivered to the clerk to be read previous to debate. After a motion is stated by the presiding officer, it shall not be withdrawn except by consent of the council. When a member is about to speak to a question or make a motion, he or she shall rise and address the presiding officer, and the presiding officer shall pronounce the name of the member entitled to the floor, and the member shall confine himself to the question under consideration. No member shall speak more than twice on any question nor more than 10 minutes at any one time without leave of three-fourths of the members present.
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, unless the council is engaged in voting, and shall be decided without debate.
(F) 
Division of the question. Any member may call for a division of the question, as such is allowed.
(G) 
Rules of order. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the proceedings of the council shall be governed by the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order.

§ 1-5-9 Ordinance procedure.

[1969 Code; 5-21-1991; 4-15-1997; 7-9-1997; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Title of proposed ordinances. The style of all ordinances shall be: "The council of the city of Monroe do ordain as follows." No bylaw or ordinances shall contain more than one subject which shall be clearly explained in its title.
(B) 
Consideration by council. An ordinance may be proposed by an alderperson at a regular or special meeting of the council by submitting a written copy thereof to the clerk and to each alderperson present. An ordinance shall be deemed to be introduced when a public hearing has been scheduled. After an ordinance has been introduced it shall be considered by the council as a whole.
(1) 
Public hearing. If the proposed ordinance has been recommended for passage by the judiciary and ordinance review committee, the presiding officer shall set a date and time for public hearing. If the proposed ordinance has not been recommended for passage by the judiciary and ordinance review committee, a public hearing shall be scheduled only upon passage of a motion suspending the rules and directing the presiding officer to schedule the proposed ordinance for a public hearing.
(2) 
Reading. No reading shall be required when an ordinance is proposed or introduced.
(3) 
Final passage. No ordinance shall be put on for final passage on the same day on which it was introduced unless by a suspension of the rules.
(C) 
Availability of copies. After introduction, copies of the proposed ordinance shall be available to the public at the office of the city clerk. Any person may receive a copy of such proposed ordinance upon request made to the city clerk.
(D) 
Public hearing procedure. At the public hearing, the chairperson of the judiciary and ordinance review committee, or any other member of such committee, may read the proposed ordinance, but no reading shall be required. If the proposed ordinance is not read, the member of the council who introduced the proposed ordinance shall orally summarize the content and purpose of the proposed ordinance. The presiding officer shall open the meeting for a public hearing and recognize separately those persons wishing to speak in favor of and opposed to the proposed ordinance. The presiding officer shall have authority to limit the amount of time allotted to each speaker. Upon closing the public hearing, the presiding officer shall state the ordinance is ready for adoption. Thereupon, upon motion made and seconded, the council shall act upon the ordinance.
(E) 
Time of going into effect. Every ordinance which does not expressly prescribe the time when it shall go into effect shall take effect and be enforced on the day following its passage and publication.
(F) 
Recording ordinances. All ordinances passed by the council shall be recorded by the city clerk in the book kept for that purpose, and shall be published in the official newspaper of the city. The clerk shall procure a copy of such publication, verified by the affidavit of the printer or publisher, and file the same in his or her office.

§ 1-5-10 Appointment of officers.

[2016 Code]
The appointment of all officers by the council shall be by ballot and shall be annually made, or more often, if necessary to fill vacancies. Except as expressly provided in this code, all appointments made by the mayor shall be subject to the approval of the council.

§ 1-5-11 Suspension of rules.

[7-9-1997; 2016 Code]
The assent of two-thirds of all the members of the council shall be required to suspend or modify the rules contained in section 1-5-8, subsection 1-5-9(B) or subsection 1-5-9(C) of this chapter.