Village of Woodville, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Woodville 8-13-1996 (Secs. 8-1-1, 8-1-3 and 8-1-8 and Ch. 6 of Title 11 of the 1996 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Adult entertainment and public indecency — See Ch. 193.

Alarm systems — See Ch. 206.

Animals — See Ch. 212.

Smoking — See Ch. 244, Art. II.

Fires and fire prevention — See Ch. 285.

Fireworks — See Ch. 289.

Hazardous materials and pollutants — See Ch. 303.

Intoxicating liquor and fermented malt beverages — See Ch. 322.

Peace and good order — See Ch. 398.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 410.

Solid waste — See Ch. 438.

Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 491.

Water and sewers — See Ch. 510.

§ 381-1
Rules and regulations. 

§ 381-2
Deposit of deleterious substances. 

§ 381-3
Unhealthy, hazardous or unsightly materials on public or private property. 

§ 381-4
Public nuisances prohibited. 

§ 381-5
Public nuisance defined. 

§ 381-6
Public nuisances affecting health. 

§ 381-7
Public nuisances offending morals and decency. 

§ 381-8
Public nuisances affecting peace and safety. 

§ 381-9
Abatement of public nuisances. 

§ 381-10
Recovery of abatement costs. 

§ 381-11
Enforcement; violations and penalties. 

§ 381-1 Rules and regulations.

The Village Board, acting as Board of Health, may make reasonable and general rules for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter and for the prevention of the creation of health nuisances and the protection of the public health and welfare and may, where appropriate, require the issuance of licenses and permits. All such regulations shall have the same effect as ordinances, and any person violating any of such regulations and any lawful order of the Board shall be subject to § 1-4 of this Code.

§ 381-2 Deposit of deleterious substances.

No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited in any public street or on any public ground or on any private property not his own any refuse, garbage, litter, waste material or liquid or any other objectionable material or liquid. When any such material is placed on the person's own private property, it shall be properly enclosed and covered so as to prevent the same from becoming a public nuisance.

§ 381-3 Unhealthy, hazardous or unsightly materials on public or private property.

A. 

Inspections. Whenever the Building Inspector, Fire Inspector or other authorized Village official shall, upon inspection of any premises within the Village of Woodville, find that there is deposited, placed, stored or remaining on said premises any garbage, junk, rubbish, rubble, trash, abandoned, outmoded or nonsalable merchandise or parts, accumulation of grease or food wastes in a grease trap or other place or depository which presents a risk of clogging or blocking a sewer system, or any other unhealthy, hazardous or unsightly materials or things which create a fire or health hazard, or which are detrimental to the appearance, neatness and cleanliness of the immediate neighborhood or the Village of Woodville in general, such official shall issue his written order to the owner and/or occupant of the premises to remove said garbage, junk, rubbish, rubble or trash, abandoned, outmoded, or nonsalable merchandise or parts, accumulation of grease or food wastes in a grease trap or other place or depository which presents a risk of clogging or blocking a sewer system, or other unhealthy, hazardous or unsightly materials or things. Said written order shall provide that such removal shall be accomplished within seven days after service of said order upon the owner or occupant of the premises involved. Such written order, in addition to specifying and describing the materials or things to be removed, shall also set forth on the face thereof the provisions of Subsection B.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

B. 

Appeal. Any person feeling himself aggrieved by any order of a Village official under this section may, within seven days from the date of receipt of such order, appeal such order to the Village Board.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

C. 

Exceptions. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prohibit the depositing of rubbish, rubble, junk, trash, abandoned, outmoded or nonsalable merchandise or parts or unsightly materials or things which are:

(1) 

Lawfully sited pursuant to Chapter 525, Zoning, of this Code and operated in a manner not constituting a nuisance;

(2) 

Temporarily deposited due to an emergency;

(3) 

Materials during construction; or

(4) 

Collected and piled for immediate pickup and disposal by the Village or by private means.

D. 

Nonconforming uses. It shall not be a defense to the provisions of this section that the owner or occupant of the premises involved has a nonconforming use under the provisions of Chapter 525, Zoning, but the provisions of this section shall be complied with notwithstanding that the owner or occupant of any given premises is using or occupying such premises under a valid nonconforming use.

§ 381-4 Public nuisances prohibited.

No person shall erect, contrive, cause, continue, maintain or permit to exist any public nuisance within the Village of Woodville.

§ 381-5 Public nuisance defined.

A public nuisance is a thing, act, occupation, condition or use of property which shall continue for such length of time as to:

A. 

Substantially annoy, injure or endanger the comfort, health, repose or safety of the public;

B. 

In any way render the public insecure in life or in the use of property;

C. 

Greatly offend the public morals or decency; or

D. 

Unlawfully and substantially interfere with, obstruct or tend to obstruct or render dangerous for passage any street, alley, highway, navigable body of water or other public way or the use of public property.

§ 381-6 Public nuisances affecting health.

The following acts, omissions, places, conditions and things are hereby specifically declared to be public health nuisances, but such enumeration shall not be construed to exclude other health nuisances coming within the definition of § 381-5:

A. 

Adulterated food. All decayed, harmfully adulterated or unwholesome food or drink sold or offered for sale to the public.

B. 

Unburied carcasses. Carcasses of animals, birds or fowl not intended for human consumption or food which are not buried or otherwise disposed of in a sanitary manner within 24 hours after death.

C. 

Breeding places for vermin, etc. Accumulations of decayed animal or vegetable matter, trash, rubbish, rotting lumber, bedding, packing material, scrap metal or any material whatsoever in which flies, mosquitoes, disease-carrying insects, rodents or other vermin may breed.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

D. 

Stagnant water. All stagnant water in which mosquitoes, flies or other insects can multiply.

E. 

Garbage cans. Garbage cans which are not flytight.

F. 

Noxious weeds. All noxious weeds and other rank growth of vegetation.

G. 

Water pollution. The pollution of any public well or cistern, stream, lake, canal or other body of water by sewage, creamery or industrial wastes or other substances.

H. 

Noxious odors, etc. Any use of property, substances or things within the Village or within four miles thereof causing any foul, offensive, noisome, nauseous, noxious or disagreeable odors, gases, effluvia or stenches extremely repulsive to the physical senses of ordinary persons which annoy, discomfort, injure or inconvenience the health of any appreciable number of persons within the Village.

I. 

Street pollution. Any use of property which shall cause any nauseous or unwholesome liquid or substance to flow into or upon any street, gutter, alley, sidewalk or public place within the Village.

Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-6-3(j), Animals at large, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). See Ch. 212, Animals.

J. 

Accumulations of refuse. Accumulations of old cans, lumber, elm firewood and other refuse.

K. 

Air pollution. The escape of smoke, soot, cinders, noxious acids, fumes, gases, fly ash or industrial dust within the limits or within one mile therefrom in such quantities as to endanger the health of persons of ordinary sensibilities or to threaten or cause substantial injury to property.

§ 381-7 Public nuisances offending morals and decency.

The following acts, omissions, places, conditions and things are hereby specifically declared to be public nuisances offending public morals and decency, but such enumeration shall not be construed to exclude other nuisances offending public morals and decency coming within the definition of § 381-5:

A. 

Disorderly houses. All disorderly houses, bawdy houses, houses of ill fame, gambling houses and buildings or structures kept or resorted to for the purpose of prostitution, promiscuous sexual intercourse or gambling.

B. 

Gambling devices. All gambling devices and slot machines, except as permitted by state law.

C. 

Unlicensed sale of liquor and beer. All places where intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages are sold, possessed, stored, brewed, bottled, manufactured or rectified without a permit or license as provided for the ordinances of the Village.

D. 

Continuous violation of Village ordinances. Any place or premises within the Village where Village ordinances or state laws relating to public health, safety, peace, morals or welfare are openly, continuously, repeatedly and intentionally violated.

E. 

Illegal drinking. Any place or premises resorted to for the purpose of drinking intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages in violation of the laws of the State of Wisconsin or ordinances of the Village.

§ 381-8 Public nuisances affecting peace and safety.

The following acts, omissions, places, conditions and things are hereby declared to be public nuisances affecting peace and safety, but such enumeration shall not be construed to exclude other nuisances affecting public peace or safety coming within the definition of § 381-5:

A. 

Signs, billboards, etc. All signs and billboards, awnings and other similar structures over or near streets, sidewalks, public grounds or places frequented by the public so situated or constructed as to endanger the public safety.

B. 

Illegal buildings. All buildings erected, repaired or altered in violation of the provisions of the ordinances of the Village relating to materials and manner of construction of buildings and structures within the Village.

C. 

Unauthorized traffic signs. All unauthorized signs, signals, markings or devices placed or maintained upon or in view of any public highway or railway crossing which purport to be or may be mistaken as an official traffic control device, railroad sign or signal or which, because of its color, location, brilliance or manner of operation, interferes with the effectiveness of any such device, sign or signal.

D. 

Obstruction of intersections. All trees, hedges, billboards or other obstructions which prevent persons driving vehicles on public streets, alleys or highways from obtaining a clear view of traffic when approaching an intersection or pedestrian crosswalk.

E. 

Tree limbs. All limbs of trees which project over a public sidewalk less than 10 feet above the surface thereof and all limbs which project over a public street less than 14 feet above the surface thereof.

F. 

Dangerous trees. All trees which are a menace to public safety or are the cause of substantial annoyance to the general public.

Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-6-5(g), Fireworks, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). See Ch. 289, Fireworks.

G. 

Dilapidated buildings. All buildings or structures so old, dilapidated or out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unfit for human use.

H. 

Wires over streets. All wires over streets, alleys or public grounds which are strung less than 15 feet above the surface thereof.

Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-6-5(j), Noisy animals or fowl, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). See Ch. 212, Animals.

I. 

Obstructions of streets; excavations. All obstructions of streets, alleys, sidewalks or crosswalks and all excavations in or under the same, except as permitted by the ordinances of the Village, or which, although made in accordance with such ordinances, are kept or maintained for an unreasonable or illegal length of time after the purpose thereof has been accomplished, or which do not conform to the permit.

J. 

Open excavations. All open and unguarded pits, wells, excavations or unused basements accessible from any public street, alley or sidewalk.

Editor's Note: Original Sec. 11-6-5(m), Abandoned refrigerators, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). See Ch. 398, Peace and Good Order, § 398-20.

K. 

Flammable liquids. Repeated or continuous violations of the ordinances of the Village or laws of the state relating to the storage of flammable liquids.

L. 

Unremoved snow. All snow and ice not removed or sprinkled with ashes, sawdust, sand or other chemical removers, as provided in this Code.

Editor's Note: See Ch. 455, Streets and Sidewalks, § 455-11.

§ 381-9 Abatement of public nuisances.

A. 

Summary abatement.

(1) 

Notice to owner. If the inspecting officer determines that a public nuisance exists within the Village and that there is a danger to public health, safety, peace, morals or decency, notice may be served by the inspecting officer or an authorized deputy on the person causing, maintaining or permitting such nuisance or on the owner or occupant of the premises where such nuisance is caused, maintained or permitted, and a copy of such notice shall be posted on the premises. Such notice shall direct the person causing, maintaining or permitting such nuisance, or the owner or occupant of the premises, to abate or remove such nuisance within a period not less than 24 hours nor greater than seven days and shall state that, unless such nuisance is so abated, the Village will cause the same to be abated and will charge the cost thereof to the owner, occupant or person causing, maintaining or permitting the nuisance, as the case may be.

(2) 

Abatement by Village. If the nuisance is not abated within the time provided or if the owner, occupant or person causing the nuisance cannot be found, the officer having the duty of enforcement shall cause the abatement or removal of such public nuisance.

B. 

Abatement by court action. If the inspecting officer determines that a public nuisance exists on private premises but that the nature of such nuisance is not such as to threaten great and immediate danger to the public health, safety, peace, morals or decency, the inspecting officer shall file a written report of such findings with the Village President, who, upon direction of the Village Board, shall cause an action to abate such nuisance to be commenced in the name of the Village in St. Croix County Circuit Court in accordance with the provisions of Ch. 823, Wis. Stats.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

C. 

Court order. Except where necessary under Subsection A, an officer hereunder shall not use force to obtain access to private property to abate a public nuisance but shall request permission to enter upon private property if such premises is occupied and, if such permission is denied, shall apply to any court having jurisdiction for an order assisting the abatement of the public nuisance.

D. 

Other methods not excluded. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting the abatement of public nuisances by the Village or its officials in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin.

§ 381-10 Recovery of abatement costs.

In addition to any other penalty imposed by this chapter for the erection, contrivance, creation, continuance or maintenance of a public nuisance, the cost of abating a public nuisance by the Village shall be collected as a debt from the owner, occupant or person causing, permitting or maintaining the nuisance. Such cost shall be assessed against the real estate as a special charge.

§ 381-11 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

A. 

Enforcement. The Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works and Building Inspector shall enforce those provisions of this chapter that come within the jurisdiction of their offices, and they shall make periodic inspections and inspections upon complaint to ensure that such provisions are not violated. No action shall be taken under § 381-9 to abate a public nuisance unless the officer has inspected or caused to be inspected the premises where the nuisance is alleged to exist and is satisfied that a nuisance does in fact exist.

B. 

General penalty. Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4.