[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Winneconne 10-20-1994 as Ch. 2 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board shall consist of five Supervisors, one of whom shall be designated Town Chairman.
Two Supervisors shall be elected in even-numbered years and three, including the Chairman, shall be elected in odd-numbered years.
The terms of office for any elected officers in the Town of Winneconne will commence on the third Tuesday in April.
Annual Town Meeting and special Town elections. The Annual Town Meeting and special Town elections shall be held at the Town Hall.
Regular meetings. Regular meetings of the Town Board shall be held on the third Thursday of each month at a time determined by Town Board action.
[Amended 1-21-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-1]
Special meetings of the Town Board may be called by the Chairman or any two members of the Town Board upon written notice of the time, purpose and place thereof to each member of the Board delivered to him personally or left at his usual place of abode at least six hours before the meeting.
A special meeting may be held without notice when all members of the Board consent in writing to the holding of such meeting. Such consents must be filed with the Town Clerk prior to the meeting. Attendance at a meeting and participation therein without objection to the holding of the meeting shall constitute waiver of notice.
At a special meeting no business shall be transacted other than that for which the meeting was called, except by unanimous consent of all members of the Board.
Place of meetings. Unless otherwise specified in the notice of the meeting, all meetings of the Town Board shall be held at the Town Hall. If specified in the notice of the meeting, Town Board meetings may be held at another location in the Town or in any town, city or village within or adjoining the Town.
Open Meeting Law. All meetings of the Town Board, its committees, boards and commissions shall be open to the public and preceded by public notice as provided in § 19.84, Wis. Stats.
Adjournments. The Board may, by a majority vote of those present, but not fewer than three affirmative votes, adjourn from time to time to a specific date and hour.
The business of the Board is to be conducted as determined by the Town Board.
Designated. The Chairman, at the stated hour, shall call the meeting to order. If the Chairman is absent at the designated time of any meeting, the Clerk or, in his absence, the senior Supervisor present, based on date of original election, shall call the meeting to order and the Supervisors present shall elect one of their number Acting Chairman for that meeting.
Duties. The presiding officer shall preserve order and decorum, decide all questions of order and conduct the proceedings of the meeting. The presiding officer shall not vacate the Chair to speak on any question or make any motion.
Three members of the Town Board shall constitute a quorum.
Deliberations of the Town Board shall be conducted in the following manner:
No Supervisor shall address the Board until he has been recognized by the presiding officer. He shall then address himself to the Chairman and confine his remarks to the question under discussion and avoid all personalities.
When two or more members simultaneously seek recognition, the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
No person other than a member shall address the Board, unless recognized by the Chairman.
No motion shall be discussed or acted upon until it has been seconded, unless the rules permit one Supervisor to initiate action. No motion shall be withdrawn without the consent of the person making the same and the person seconding it.
When a question is under discussion, no action shall be in order except the following motions, which shall have precedence in the order listed:
Any Supervisor may demand an aye and nay vote on any matter, and such vote shall be entered in the proceedings. A majority vote of all members of the Board in favor of any proposed ordinance, resolution or appointment shall be necessary for passage or approval unless a larger number is required by statute. Except as otherwise provided by these rules, a majority vote of those present shall prevail in other cases.
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and a motion to adjourn or to lay on the table and a call for the previous question shall be decided without debate.
All ordinances or resolutions appropriating money or creating any charge against the Town, other than the payment of claims for purchases or work previously authorized by the Board, shall only be acted upon by the Board at the next regular meeting. This provision may be suspended by affirmative vote of two members of the Board. A roll call vote shall be taken and recorded on all appropriations.
Any member voting with the majority may move for a reconsideration of the vote on any question at that meeting. A motion to reconsider being put and lost shall not be renewed. A Supervisor may not change his vote on any question after the result has been announced.
No Board member shall leave any meeting of the Town Board while in session without first asking permission of the presiding officer.
All ordinances and bylaws shall be signed by the Town Board and countersigned by the Clerk and, if any penalty or forfeiture is thereby imposed, shall be published as a Class 1 notice under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats., and shall take effect on the day after their publication or a later date if expressly prescribed. If there is no newspaper published in the Town, the Town Board may, in lieu of newspaper publication, have copies of ordinances and bylaws posted in at least three public places in the Town and proof thereof filed and recorded by the Town Clerk, and the same shall take effect the day after the proof of posting has been filed and recorded, or at a later date if expressly provided in the ordinance or bylaw.
These rules shall not be rescinded or amended unless the proposed amendment or motion to rescind has laid over from a regular meeting, and then it shall require a vote of three members of the Board.
These rules, or any part thereof, may be temporarily suspended in connection with any matter under consideration by affirmative vote of three members of the Board.