[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Grand Chute 1-7-1997 as §§ 9.09 and 9.12 of the 1997 Code; amended 12-19-2006. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall hold any public dance or hold classes in dancing within the limits of the Town until the dance hall in which the same may be held shall first have been licensed for such purposes. Application for each public dance shall be in writing and shall be filed with the Town Clerk at least 48 hours before the proposed date for holding the same.
There shall be two types of licenses issued, a one-day license and an annual license. The fee for each type of license shall be as prescribed in the Town Fee Schedule. Annual licenses shall expire June 30 of each year, and the license fee shall not be prorated for licenses issued during the year.
Issuance of licenses shall be as follows:
The Clerk shall withhold the issuing of such license until 24 hours before the holding of said dance or public ball. If no objection to the issuance of such license shall be made, the Clerk shall issue a license to the applicant permitting him to hold such dance.
Applications for annual licenses shall be made at least 15 days before issued. If no objection to the issuance of such license shall be made, the Clerk shall issue a license to the applicant.
If written objections are made to the issuance of either type of license, they shall be filed with the Town Clerk at any time before the issuance of a license. The Clerk shall forthwith present the entire matter to the Town Board at a special or regular meeting for its consideration, and no license shall be issued unless authorized by the Town Board. In case the Town Board shall refuse to order the issuance of a license, the license fee shall be returned to the applicant by the Town Clerk. However, nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the Town Board, for cause, from revoking such license at any time prior to the holding of said dance or public ball.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC DANCE or PUBLIC DANCE HALL
- Any dance hall to which the public generally may gain admission with or without payment of a fee. "Public dance hall" as used herein means any room, place or space in which a public dance may be held or hall in which classes in dancing are held and instruction in dancing is given for hire.
No license for a public dance hall shall be issued until it shall be found that such hall complies with and conforms to all ordinances and health and fire regulations of the Town and that it is properly ventilated and supplied with a sufficient toilet convenience and is a safe and proper place for the purpose for which it is to be used.
All public dance halls shall be kept at all times in a clean, healthful and sanitary condition, and all stairways and outer passages and all rooms connected with the dance hall shall be kept open and well lighted. Any police or fire official shall cause the place, hall or room where any dance is held or given to be vacated whenever any provision of any ordinance with regard to public dances and public halls is being violated or whenever any indecent act shall be committed or when any disorder of a gross, violent or vulgar character shall take place.
No person, proprietor or association of persons shall give, conduct, permit or allow in any dance hall in the Town any obscene, immoral, indecent or lewd act, dance or conduct. Indecent act, disorderly conduct (disorder of a gross, violent or vulgar character), obscenity, lewdness, and obscene, immoral, indecent or lewd act, dance or conduct shall be as defined in Chapter 335, Article II, and Chapter 415 of this Code.
The Chief of Police or any member of his Department may enter or cause to be entered any dance hall in which a dance is being held or conducted and arrest any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, and no person shall obstruct, resist, or interfere with the police in the performance of any act authorized by this chapter.
A first violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punished by a fine as prescribed in the Uniform Forfeiture and Bond Schedules, together with the costs of prosecution, and on default of the payment of any such fine and/or costs of prosecution such person shall be committed to the county jail of Outagamie County until such fine and costs are paid, but not to exceed 90 days.
Any person violating this chapter who shall previously have been convicted of a violation of this chapter shall, upon proof and conviction thereof, forfeit an amount as prescribed in the Uniform Forfeiture and Bond Schedules, together with the costs of prosecution, and on default of the payment of any such fine and costs of prosecution, or either of them, such convicted person shall be committed to and confined within the county jail of Outagamie County, Wisconsin, until such fine and costs of prosecution are paid, but not to exceed six months.
Each day of violation under this chapter shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.