City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 10-2-1 State traffic laws adopted.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Wisconsin statute. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the provisions in chapters 340 to 348 of the Wisconsin statutes, describing and defining regulations with respect to vehicles and traffic, exclusive of any provisions relating to penalties to be imposed and exclusive of any regulations for which the statutory penalty is a fine or term of imprisonment, are hereby adopted by reference made a part of this chapter.
(B) 
Wisconsin administrative code. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the provisions in the following chapters of the Wisconsin administrative code are hereby adopted by reference made a part of this chapter
TRANS 146: Reciprocity - nonresident motor carriers.
TRANS 300: Transportation of school children
TRANS 302: Lettering on vehicles, display of evidence of registration and dual permit.
TRANS 305: Standards for motor vehicle equipment.
TRANS 308: Requirements for trailer and semi-trailer brake, hitch and coupling, safety chains, cables and leveling bars.
TRANS 326: Transportation of explosives by motor vehicles.
(C) 
Any act required to be performed, or prohibited, by any statute or administrative code incorporated by reference is required or prohibited by this chapter. Any future amendments, revisions or modifications of statute or administrative code sections incorporated by reference are intended to be made part of this chapter.

§ 10-2-2 Speed limits.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
The council hereby finds that the speed limits that would apply on the following streets, or portions thereof, under the statutes adopted by reference, are unreasonable, unsafe and imprudent and such speed limits shall be as follows:
(A) 
15 miles per hour. The speed limit shall be 15 miles per hour on the following streets:
10th street: from 15th avenue to 18th avenue.
11th street: from 15th avenue to 18th avenue.
16th avenue: from 9th street to 12th street.
17th avenue: from 9th street to 12th street.
(B) 
25 miles per hour. The speed limit shall be 25 miles per hour on the following streets:
West 2nd street: from 6th avenue west to 4th avenue west.
4th street: from 18th avenue to 22nd avenue.
6th street: from 1st avenue to 10th avenue.
West 7th street: entire length
8th street: from 1st avenue to 10th avenue west.
11th street: from STH 69 to 17th street.
17th street: from STH 69 west to the city limits.
21st street: from 4th avenue to the west city limits.
1st avenue: from 3rd street to 8th street.
3rd avenue: from 2nd street to 8th street.
4th avenue west: from west 21st street to north city limits.
6th avenue west: from west 8th street to west 2nd street.
8th avenue: from 2nd street to 8th street.
9th avenue west: entire length
17th avenue: from 26th street south to the city limits.
18th avenue: from 6th street to the badger state recreational trail crossing.
27th avenue: from 18th street south to the city limits.
(C) 
35 miles per hour. The speed limit shall be 35 miles per hour on the following streets:
STH 69: between the south city limits and its intersection with state highways 11 and 81.
18th avenue: from the state highway 11 overpass to the badger state recreational trail crossing.
county trunk k: from 13th street to 18th street.
(D) 
45 miles per hour. The speed limit shall be 45 miles per hour on the following streets:
STH 69: from the state highway 11 overpass of 18th avenue to the north city limits.
Aebly road: from north city limits to state highway 69.
(E) 
55 miles per hour. The speed limit shall be 55 miles per hour on those segments of state highways 11, 69 and 81 lying within the city between the highway 59 overpass and a point where the roadbed would intersect with 10th avenue west if 10th avenue west were projected across such roadbed.

§ 10-2-3 General parking regulations.

[2-2-2010; 5-25-2012; 2-17-2015; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Parking restrictions.
(1) 
48 hour vehicle parking. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of a vehicle to cause or permit such vehicle to be parked on any street, alley or public parking lot in the city for more than 48 consecutive hours. This subsection shall not preclude placement of a vehicle that has been expressly authorized in a permit issued by the city.
(2) 
City-wide large vehicle and semitrailer parking restrictions. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating of 16,000 pounds or more, or a semitrailer, to cause or permit such vehicle or semitrailer to be parked on any street, alley or public parking lot within the city during the period commencing at 12:00 midnight and ending at 7:00 AM, Sunday through Saturday, inclusive, except to comply with official traffic signs or signals, directions of a traffic officer or for such limited time as is reasonably necessary for the loading, unloading or emergency repairs of such vehicle or semitrailer. This subsection shall not preclude placement of a vehicle that has been expressly authorized in a permit issued by the city.
(3) 
Residence district parking restrictions. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating of 16,000 pounds or more, or a trailer, to park or leave standing such vehicle or trailer within a residence district with engines or auxiliary motors operating, except to comply with official traffic signs or signals, directions of a traffic officer, or for such limited time as is reasonably necessary for the loading or unloading or emergency repairs of such vehicle or trailer.
(4) 
Size and weight limitations. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of a vehicle to cause or permit such vehicle to be parked upon any city parking lot if such vehicle does not comply with size and weight limits established for such location if appropriate signage stating the applicable size and weight limits has been posted. Size and weight limitations shall be established from time to time by resolution of the council.
(5) 
Mailboxes. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of a vehicle to park or leave parked any vehicle on that portion of any street in the city that lies within 15 feet of a mailbox used for rural delivery of U.S. mail or otherwise park in the vicinity of such mailbox in such a manner as to prevent a mail carrier from driving up to and placing mail in such mailbox from his or her vehicle.
(6) 
Parking in terrace. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any vehicle or other object to cause or permit such vehicle or object to be parked or placed within the terrace or area between curb line and property line along any public street, except for purposes of temporary loading or unloading not to exceed eight hours. This subsection shall not be interpreted to preclude temporary placing for pick up of proper containers for garbage or rubbish if such placing is not contrary to any other provision of law, nor shall this subsection preclude parking in such area where a permit has been obtained under this chapter.
(7) 
Handicapped parking. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any vehicle to park, stop or leave standing such vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon any portion of a street or public or private parking facility reserved by official signs or markings for those vehicles used by physically disabled persons, or to cause any vehicle to obstruct, block or otherwise limit the use of those areas, unless the vehicle is displaying special registration plates, a special registration card, emblem or other visible permit of whatever type or nature, issued by the state of Wisconsin department of transportation, or another jurisdiction with the lawful authority to issue such permits, which allows the person to use such restricted parking areas.
(8) 
Parking on state highway. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any vehicle to park or to leave parked such vehicle on any state highway within corporate limits of the city during the period commencing at 2:00 AM and ending at 5:30 AM on any day during the months December, January, February and March if appropriate signs have been posted under section 349.13 of the Wisconsin statutes.
(9) 
Restricted parking zones. The council, by resolution, may prohibit or restrict vehicle parking in any location. Upon passage of such resolution so designating a location where vehicle parking is prohibited or restricted, the board of public works shall procure, erect and maintain appropriate, standard, traffic signs, signals and markings conforming to the rules of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation giving notice of the particular restrictions applicable to such location and said signs, signals or markings shall be erected in such locations and areas in such a manner as to give adequate warning to the users of said location and area of the restriction placed thereon. Signs shall be placed designating such areas under section 349.13 of the Wisconsin statutes.
(10) 
Vehicle to be entirely in parking stall. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any vehicle to park or to leave parked any such vehicle in a city owned or managed parking stall unless such vehicle is positioned entirely within a single parking stall.
(11) 
Timed parking. The council may by resolution establish timed limits applicable to vehicles parked in parking stalls located in rows of parking stalls designated in such resolution.
A) 
Expired time. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any vehicle leave such vehicle parked in the same parking stall after the timed limit has expired.
B) 
Vehicle to be moved. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any vehicle to move such vehicle after the timed limit has expired directly to another parking stall in the same row of parking stalls containing the parking stall for which the timed limit has expired, unless a period of time equal to the maximum amount of time a vehicle is allowed to remain in the original parking stall has elapsed between the time the vehicle was removed from the original parking stall and the time the vehicle was parked in another parking stall in the same row of parking stalls.
C) 
Enforcement. The times during which timed parking limits are enforced shall be set from time to time by resolution of the council.
(12) 
Winter parking restrictions.
A) 
It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any street in the city during the period commencing at 12:00 midnight and ending at 7:00 AM on any day between November 15 of any year and March 31 of the succeeding year, except as provided in this chapter.
B) 
Between November 15 of any year and March 31 of the succeeding year, parking on city streets shall be allowed on the even-numbered side of the street on the even-numbered days of the month and on the odd-numbered side of the street on the odd-numbered days of the month.
C) 
Sides of streets are hereby defined as odd or even based upon the last digit of the house or building number of the buildings on that side of the street.
D) 
The following shall be exempted from the winter parking regulations contained in this subsection:
1) 
The following streets, and any segments of alleys which intersect with any two of the following streets:
9th street: from 15th avenue to 18th avenue.
10th street: from 14th avenue to 19th avenue.
11th street: from 14th avenue to 19th avenue.
12th street: from 13th avenue to 20th avenue.
17th street: from 13th avenue to 15th avenue.
14th avenue: from 12th street to 13th street.
15th avenue: from 9th street to 12th street.
16th avenue: from 8th street to 13th street.
17th avenue: from 8th street to 13th street.
18th avenue: from 9th street to 12th street.
2) 
The opposite side of a street where one side of that street is designated "no parking this side of street."
3) 
Those areas where 30 minute parking is permitted, during the hours in which such 30 minute parking is permitted.
E) 
Any vehicle that is parked in violation of the winter parking regulations contained in this subsection may be towed away by the city at the owner's risk and the cost of towing and storage charged to the registered owner of the vehicle.
(B) 
Traffic officer may move vehicles. Whenever any traffic officer shall find a vehicle standing upon a street or alley in violation of the provisions of this section, he or she may move such vehicle or require the operator in charge thereof to move such vehicle to a position where parking is not prohibited.

§ 10-2-4 Parking permits.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, a permit may be issued authorizing the parking of a vehicle, as follows:
(A) 
Terrace parking. The board of public works may grant a permit authorizing parking of a vehicle in the terrace of any street in an area where such parking does not constitute a traffic hazard if the area is surfaced with crushed rock, blacktop, or concrete, and outlined with one or more parking stalls.
(B) 
Temporary parking permit. The chief of police, or his or her designee, may grant and issue a temporary parking permit authorizing the owner or operator of a vehicle to park such vehicle on a street for a specific purpose, and for a limited time, subject to the following:
(1) 
Fee. The fee for issuance of a temporary parking permit under this subsection shall be established from time to time by resolution of the council.
(2) 
Conditions or limitations. The temporary parking permit may contain reasonable restrictions on the time and manner of use if such restrictions are designed to promote public safety or avoid traffic congestion.
(3) 
Use for other than stated purpose prohibited. Use of a temporary parking permit for a purpose other than the purpose stated in the permit is prohibited.
(C) 
Exempt parking permit. The chief of police, or his or her designee, may grant and issue an exempt parking permit authorizing the parking of a vehicle in any parking stall that is located in a row of parking stalls for which the council has by resolution authorized issuance of exempt parking permits, except a parking stall for which a reserved parking permit has been issued.
(1) 
Fee. The fee for issuance of an exempt parking permit under this subsection shall be established from time to time by resolution of the council.
(2) 
Conditions or limitations. The exempt parking permit may contain reasonable restrictions on the time and manner of use if such restrictions are designed to promote public safety or avoid traffic congestion.
(3) 
Term. An exempt parking permit shall be issued for a term not exceeding one year from the date of issuance.
(4) 
Exemption of holder of exempt parking permit from time-based parking restrictions. The holder of an exempt parking permit shall be exempt from time-based parking restrictions applicable to any parking stall in any row of parking stalls for which the exempt parking permit has been issued.
(5) 
Display of exempt parking permit. A vehicle parked in a row of parking stalls for which time-based parking restrictions are in effect shall not be exempt from such time-based parking restrictions unless the exempt parking permit is displayed in a manner that is clearly visible through the windshield from the driver's side of the vehicle.
(D) 
Reserved parking permit. The chief of police, or his or her designee, may grant and issue a reserved parking permit authorizing the parking of a vehicle in any parking stall that is located in a row of parking stalls for which the council has by resolution authorized issuance of reserved parking permits, subject to the following:
(1) 
Fee. The fee for issuance of a reserved parking permit under this subsection shall be established from time to time by resolution of the Council.
(2) 
Conditions or limitations. The reserved parking permit may contain reasonable restrictions on the time and manner of use if such restrictions are designed to promote public safety or avoid traffic congestion. A reserved parking permit authorizes the person to whom such permit is issued to park a vehicle only in the parking stall designated in the reserved parking permit.
(3) 
Term. A reserved parking permit shall be issued for a term not exceeding one year from the date of issuance.
(4) 
Exemption of holder of reserved parking permit from time-based parking restrictions. The holder of a reserved parking permit shall be exempt from time-based parking restrictions applicable to the Parking Stall for which the reserved parking permit is issued.
(5) 
Display of reserved parking permit. A vehicle parked in a parking stall for which a reserved parking permit has been issued shall not be lawfully parked in such parking stall unless the reserved parking permit issued for such parking stall is displayed in a manner that is clearly visible through the windshield from the driver's side of the vehicle.

§ 10-2-5 Parking during snow removal.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
(A) 
Parking during snow removal operations. It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of a vehicle to park or leave parked such vehicle on that portion of any street in the city where the street department is in the process of removing snow, when the street is posted with signs to that effect.
(B) 
Impound of vehicles hampering snow removal. The street superintendent or his or her employees, or officers of the police department, are hereby authorized to remove any vehicle parked in violation of this section to a public lot or an impound area, or have the same removed thereto.
(C) 
Notice to move vehicle. It shall be unlawful to leave any vehicle on any city street in a manner that would hamper snow removal for more than one hour after being notified by an authorized representative of the city that such vehicle is to be moved to another location.
(D) 
Liability for towing charges. The owner or operator of a vehicle removed pursuant to the authority granted by this section shall be liable for towing charges.
(E) 
Designation of snow removal routes. The following streets, and any segments of alleys which intersect with any two of the following streets, are designated snow routes, from which accumulated snowfalls of two inches or more shall be both plowed and removed:
9th street: from 15th avenue to 18th avenue.
10th street: from 14th avenue to 19th avenue.
11th street: from 14th avenue to 19th avenue.
12th street: from 13th avenue to 20th avenue.
17th street: from 13th avenue to 15th avenue.
14th avenue: from 12th street to 13th street.
15th avenue: from 9th street to 12th street.
16th avenue: from 8th street to 13th street.
17th avenue: from 8th street to 13th street.
18th avenue: from 9th street to 12th street.
(F) 
Removal of vehicles parked on snow removal route. A motor vehicle parked on or in the right-of-way of the street or alley designated as a snow removal route by this section, may be removed at the owner's expense on order of the street supervisor or his or her assistant, after an accumulation of two inches or more of snowfall. The one hour notice required by subsection (C) of this section shall not apply to any vehicle parked in violation of this subsection.
(G) 
Warning signs. The superintendent of streets shall post signs along the sections of the streets affected by this section. The signs shall be conspicuous in size and color, and shall read: "Snow Route.-No parking after two inch snowfall or more until removal is complete. Vehicles will be towed."

§ 10-2-6 Pedestrian safety.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
(A) 
School bus lights. A school bus operator shall use flashing red warning lights when loading or unloading passengers at any location not controlled by a traffic signal, where the passengers must cross the street before being loaded or after being unloaded and a sidewalk and curb is laid on both sides of the street.
(B) 
Pedestrian safety zones. The council, by resolution, may authorize the establishment of and location of crosswalks, safety zones, loading zones, bus stops and taxi stands. Upon passage of such resolution so designating an area as one of the such classifications, the board of public works shall procure, erect and maintain appropriate, standard, traffic signs, signals and markings conforming to the rules of the Wisconsin department of transportation giving notice of the particular designation of such area and the signs shall be erected in such locations and areas in such a manner as to give adequate warning to the users of such location and area of the restriction placed thereon. Signs shall be placed designating such areas under section 349.13 of the Wisconsin statutes.

§ 10-2-7 Unmuffled engine braking prohibited.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
No person shall use an unmuffled engine brake within the city.
(A) 
Affirmative defense. It shall be an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that an unmuffled engine brake was applied in an emergency and the use of such brake was necessary for the protection of persons or property.
(B) 
Authorized emergency vehicles. The operator of an authorized emergency vehicle shall be exempt from the prohibition in this section.

§ 10-2-8 Penalties.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
The penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be as follows:
(A) 
Violation of statute or administrative code provisions adopted by reference. The forfeiture for a violation of any provision of the Wisconsin statutes or the Wisconsin administrative code adopted by reference in this chapter shall be the same as the forfeiture for such violation if it were charged under the corresponding section of the Wisconsin statutes or Wisconsin administrative code, including any permitted suspension or revocation of driving privilege, demerit points, and any variations or increases for a second or subsequent offense.
(B) 
Other violations. The forfeiture for a violation of this chapter, other than any provision of the Wisconsin statutes or the Wisconsin administrative code adopted by reference in this chapter, shall be as follows:
(1) 
Violations of parking regulations. Forfeiture amounts for violations of parking regulations shall be established by resolution of the council.
A) 
Except as provided in subparagraph (b) hereof, each day that a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.
B) 
A separate violation of the timed parking restrictions established under section 10-2-3(A) 11 of this chapter shall exist if following issuance of a citation for a violation of such timed parking restrictions the vehicle originally cited has not been moved to a location that is not in violation of such timed parking restrictions within a period of time that is equal to the amount of time parking is permitted at such location.
(2) 
Compounded penalty for parking violations. A forfeiture amount for any violation of the parking regulations of this chapter shall double if not paid within 14 days following the date the parking citation was issued.
(3) 
Violations of unmuffled braking regulations. Upon conviction for a violation of section 10-2-7 of this chapter the following penalties shall apply:
A) 
A class 4 forfeiture upon conviction for the first offense within a 12 month period.
B) 
A class 3 forfeiture upon conviction for the second offense within a 12 month period.
C) 
A class 2 forfeiture upon conviction for the third or subsequent offense within a 12 month period.
(4) 
Revocation or suspension. In addition to any forfeiture, any permitted suspension or revocation of driving privilege or other license or permit, may be imposed as provided in state statutes and this chapter.
(C) 
Costs of prosecution. In addition to the forfeiture, a person violating any provision of this Chapter shall pay the costs of prosecution.
(D) 
Failure to pay. Any person who fails to pay a penalty imposed by this chapter shall be subject to the alternate sentencing provisions set forth in sections 345.47 and 800.09 of the Wisconsin statutes.

§ 10-2-9 Enforcement.

[2-2-2010; 2016 Code]
This chapter shall be enforced under the provisions of sections 345.20 to 345.52 and section 66.0114 of the Wisconsin statutes, and any acts supplementary or amendatory thereto.
(A) 
Stipulation of guilt or no contest. Stipulations of guilt or no contest may be made by persons charged with violations of this chapter whenever the provisions of section 345.27 are inapplicable to such violations. Stipulations shall conform to the form contained on the uniform traffic citation and complaint under section 345.11 of the Wisconsin statutes.
(B) 
Deposit for parking violations. Any person stipulating guilt or no contest to a parking violation may make a deposit in an amount established from time to time by the chief of police and approved by the council. Deposits may be brought or mailed to the police department. If the deposit is received by the police department within seven days following issuance of the parking citation, the deposit shall constitute the entire penalty and the matter shall not be prosecuted in the circuit court and court costs and assessments shall not be added to the penalty.
(C) 
Deposit for other than parking violations. Any person stipulating guilt or no contest may make a deposit under section 345.26, Wisconsin statutes, or, if the deposit is not established under such statute, shall deposit a penalty as provided in the schedule established by the chief of police and approved by the council. Deposits may be brought or mailed to the police department or the office of the clerk of circuit court.
(D) 
Receipt. Every officer accepting a deposit under this chapter shall prepare a receipt as provided in section 345.26(3)(b) of the Wisconsin statutes.
(E) 
Forfeitures in treasury. The police department shall forward deposits or forfeited penalties to the city treasurer or clerk of courts within 20 days of receipt.