Village of Balsam Lake, WI
Polk County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Balsam Lake 11-5-1990 as Ch. 2 of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Elections — See Ch. 25.
Emergency management — See Ch. 30.
Code of Ethics — See Ch. 36.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 70.

§ 95-1 Meetings.

A. 
Regular meetings. The Village Board shall hold its regular meeting on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall, provided if such day is a legal holiday the regular meeting shall be held on a date determined at the previous month's Board meeting and posted in the Village Hall.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Open Meeting Law. Except as provided in Subsection D, all meetings of the Village Board, committees, boards and commissions are open to the public and shall be preceded by public notice as provided in § 19.84, Wis. Stats.
C. 
Special meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President or two Trustees by filing a written request with the Clerk-Treasurer at least 48 hours prior to the time specified for such meeting. The Clerk-Treasurer shall immediately notify the President and each Trustee of the time and purpose of such meeting. The notice shall be delivered to each Trustee personally or left at his usual place of abode. The Clerk-Treasurer shall cause an affidavit of service of such notice to be filed in his office prior to the time fixed for such special meeting. Public notice of such special meeting shall be posted 24 hours in advance of such meeting. No business shall be transacted at a special meeting, except for the purpose stated in the notice thereof.
D. 
Executive or closed sessions. Executive or closed sessions of the Village Board or any other board or committee of the Village may be called only for the purposes and in the manner prescribed in the Wisconsin Open Meeting Law, § 19.81 et seq., Wis. Stats.
E. 
Quorum. Four Trustees shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may adjourn from time to time or compel the attendance of absent members. A call of the house may be ordered by majority vote if three Trustees are present.

§ 95-2 Order of business.

The business of the Village Board shall be conducted in the following order:
A. 
Call to order by presiding officer.
B. 
Roll call. If a quorum is not present, the meeting shall thereupon adjourn, which may be to a specified date.
C. 
Correction and approval of minutes of previous meeting.
D. 
Committee reports.
E. 
Unfinished business from previous meeting.
F. 
New business, including introduction of ordinances and resolutions.
G. 
Reports of Village officers.
H. 
Communications and miscellaneous business.

§ 95-3 Presiding officer.

A. 
Control of meeting. The Village President shall preserve order and conduct the proceedings of the meeting. A member may appeal the decision of the presiding officer. Such appeal is not debatable and must be sustained by a majority of the members present, exclusive of the presiding officer.
B. 
Absence of President. If the President is absent at any meeting, the Clerk-Treasurer shall call the meeting to order and preside until the Board selects a Trustee to preside for that meeting.

§ 95-4 Rules of order.

A. 
General rules. The deliberations of the Board shall be conducted in accordance with the parliamentary rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, current edition, except as otherwise provided herein.
B. 
Discussion and withdrawal of motions. No ordinance, resolution or other motion shall be discussed unless it has been seconded. No motion shall be withdrawn without consent of the person making the same and the person seconding it.

§ 95-5 Standing committees.

[Amended 4-3-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-2; 5-5-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-02]
The Village Board shall have the following standing committees, each consisting of three Trustees, appointed by the President:
A. 
Finance/Labor Committee.
B. 
Public Works Committee.
C. 
Public Protection Committee.
D. 
Parks and Recreation Committee.

§ 95-6 Suspension of rules.

These rules or any part thereof may be temporarily suspended in connection with any matter under consideration by a recorded vote of 3/4 of the members present.

§ 95-7 Official newspaper.

The official newspaper of the Village for the publication of legal and official notices and documents shall be the Polk County Ledger/Luck Enterprise.