Village of Kronenwetter, WI
Marathon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Kronenwetter as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Art. I, Public Access, adopted 3-23-1998 (Ch. 2, Art. VII, of the 2004 Code) was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 153-1 through § 153-9. (Reserved)

[Adopted 6-27-2011 by Ord. No. 11-10]

§ 153-10 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTHORITY
The Kronenwetter Village Board as the authority responsible for Village governmental records.
CUSTODIAN
That officer, department head or employee of the Village designated under § 153-12 hereof or otherwise responsible by law to file, deposit, keep and preserve any Village records in his or her office; or who is lawfully in possession or entitled to possession of such public records and who is required by this article to respond to requests for access to such records.
RECORD
Any material on which written, drawn, printed, spoken, visual or electromagnetic information is recorded or preserved, regardless of physical form or characteristics, which has been created or is being kept by an authority. "Record" includes, but is not limited to, handwritten, typed or printed pages, e-mail, maps, charts, photographs, films, recordings, tapes, all electronic media (including removable computer storage devices), and computer printouts. "Record" does not include drafts, notes, preliminary computations and like materials prepared for the originator's personal use or prepared by the originator in the name of a person for whom the originator is working; materials which are purely the personal property of the custodian and have no relation to his or her office; materials to which access is limited by copyright, patent or bequest; and published materials in the possession of an authority other than a public library which are available for sale, or which are available for inspection at a public library.
REQUESTER
Any person who requests inspection or copies of a record.

§ 153-11 Duty to maintain public records.

A. 
Except as provided under the definition of "custodian" in § 153-10, each officer and employee of the Village shall safely keep and preserve all records received from his or her predecessor or other persons and required by law to be filed, deposited or kept in his or her office or which records are in the lawful possession or control of the officer or employee or his or her deputies or to the possession or control of which he or she or they may be lawfully entitled as such officers or employees.
B. 
Upon the expiration of an officer's term of office, or an employee's term of employment, or whenever the office or position of employment becomes vacant, each such officer or employee shall, on demand, deliver to his or her successor all records then in his or her custody and the successor shall receipt therefor to the officer or employee, who shall file said receipt with the Village Clerk. If a vacancy occurs before a successor is qualified, such records shall be delivered to and receipted for by the Clerk on behalf of the successor, to be delivered to such successor upon the latter's receipt.
C. 
General provisions.
(1) 
Historical records notifications to State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Under § 19.21(4)(a), Wis. Stats., villages must notify the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (SHSW) 60 days prior to destroying records. The SHSW has waived the required sixty-day notice for any record designated "waived" (notification requirement waived) in the retention schedule. The SHSW must be notified 60 days prior to destruction of any record designated with "notify" (notification required). "N/A" indicates not applicable and applies to any record designated for permanent retention with the original custodian.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Notice to SHSW is also required prior to the destruction of any record not listed in this schedule.

§ 153-12 Legal custodians.

A. 
The Village Assessor shall have the custody and control of all property appraisal files and the contents thereof as well as all other documents, records and notes relating to the performance of the Assessor's files.
B. 
The Finance Director/Treasurer shall have the custody and control of all financial records of the Village as well as all bank and financial accounts of the Village.
C. 
The Building Inspector and Community Development/Zoning Administrator shall have the custody and control of all files concerning building permits issued by the Village and all contents of such files.
D. 
The Public Works Director shall have the custody and control of all public works, parks and utility records of the Village.
E. 
The Fire Chief shall have the custody and control of all Fire Department records.
F. 
The Police Chief shall have the custody and control of all Police Department records.
G. 
The Court Clerk shall have the custody and control of all court records of the Kronenwetter/Rothschild Joint Municipal Court.
H. 
The Village Clerk shall have the custody and control of all Village records except those records that are under the custody and control of the Village Assessor, Village Finance Director/Treasurer, Village Police Chief, Village Fire Chief, Joint Municipal Court Clerk, Village Director of Public Works, Community Development/Zoning Administrator and Village Building Inspector.
I. 
The legal custodian shall have authority to render decisions and to carry out the duties of an authority under Subch. II of Ch. 19, Wis. Stats., and under this article. The designation of a legal custodian does not affect the powers and duties of an authority under this article.

§ 153-13 Destruction of records.

A. 
Scope of authority. As provided by Wis. Stats. § 19.21(4) the following provides direction for the destruction of obsolete public records:[1]
Records Retention Schedule
WHS=WI Historical Society; W=Waived; N=Notify; N/A=Nonapplicable
Retention Time Table
WHS Notification
Accounting
Purchase invoices
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Vouchers
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Check stubs
7 years and destroy
W
Accounts receivable invoices
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Receipts
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
General journal
15 years and destroy
W
General ledger
15 years and notify State Historical Society
N
Receipts journal
15 years and destroy
W
Assessment Records
Assessment property records and supporting documentation
Until superseded
W
Assessment workroll
2 years
W
Final assessment roll
Permanent
NA
Personal property blotters
7 years
W
Board of Review
Objection to property assessment and supporting documentation
7 years after the final action of the Board of Review or the completion of appeal and destroy
W
Minutes of Board of Review
7 years and then notify the State Historical Society
N
Notice of determinations
7 years after the final action of the Board of Review or the completion of appeal and destroy
W
Proceedings of the Board of Review on audio files or as stenographic notes including any transcriptions thereof
7 years after the final action of the Board of Review or the completion of appeal and destroy
W
Budgets and Audits
Audit reports
Permanent
NA
Budget work sheets
3 years and destroy
W
Final budget
Permanent
NA
Annual reports
Permanent
NA
Building Permits and Inspections
Applications and permits
For life of structure
W
State permit applications (SPS)
Permanent
NA
Certificates of occupancy
Retain until superseded and destroyed
W
Inspection reports
For life of structure
W
Energy calculation worksheets
3 years and destroy
W
Permit ledger
7 years and destroy
W
State-approved commercial building plans
4 years and notify the State Historical Society
N
Court (Municipal)
Court records
7 years
W
Audio files of trial
10 years
W
Payments made to the court
7 years
W
Council, Committee and Board Records
Affidavits of notice publication
Retain 3 years and destroy
W
Audio and video recordings
Retain five years and destroy or erase file, 90 days if made only for the purpose of writing the minutes
W
General correspondence, including e-mail, petitions, reports of officers, staff notes
Minimum period is not established; however, some of these things should be retained permanently like petitions and lists of citizens serving. Other things like reports and staff notes go a long way toward providing background to decisions. General correspondence is especially difficult to quantify; it definitely depends on what it refers to. To be safe keep everything except obvious advertising materials at least three years
W
Minutes of any kind
Retain permanently
NA
Agendas/meeting notices of any kind
Retain permanently
NA
Ordinances w/affidavits of publication (when appropriate)
Retain permanently
NA
Resolutions
Retain permanently
NA
Engineering and Public Works
Annexation plats
Permanent
NA
Assessor's plats
Permanent
NA
Village map
Permanent
NA
Final subdivision plats
Permanent
NA
House number and address change file
Permanent
NA
Utility permits
3 years and destroy
W
Petitions for street and sewer systems
2 years and destroy
W
Preliminary subdivision plats
Permanent
W
State highway aids program records
7 years and destroy provided the record has been audited
W
Street vacations and dedications, copies
Permanent
NA
Structure plans for municipal buildings and bridges
Retain for life of the structure and notify the State Historical Society
N
Water, storm, and sanitary sewer main maps
Permanent
NA
Fidelity Bond
Fidelity bond
5 years after bond expires and destroy
W
Fidelity bond book
5 years after last bond entered expires and destroy
W
Oath of office
5 years after the term of service covered by the oath has ended and destroy
W
Fire Department
Fire call reports
7 years
W
First responder call reports
7 years
W
Fleet maintenance records
Life of unit
W
Fire personnel records
7 years after employee termination
W
Legal Opinions
Legal opinions
Permanent
NA
Licenses and Permits
Applications accepted and rejected — zoning
Permanent
W
All liquor and beer related license and applications
4 years and destroy
W
Cat and dog licenses monthly reported to County Clerk (by Treasurer)
3 years and destroy
W
License stubs
All liquor and beer related license stubs 4 years. All other stubs 3 years and destroy
W
Receipts
7 years and destroy
W
Municipal Borrowing
Bond payment register
7 years after bond issue expires or following payment of all outstanding matured bonds/notes/coupons, whichever is later, and destroy
W
Bond procedure record
7 years after bond issue expires and destroy
W
Bond register
7 years after bond issue expires and destroy
W
Cancelled bonds, coupons, and promissory notes
Until audited and destroy
W
Certificates of destruction
7 years after bond issue expires or following payment of all outstanding matured bonds/notes/coupons, whichever is later, and destroy
W
Parks
Aerial photographs
Permanent
NA
Master park plan
Permanent
NA
Master reservation book
2 years and destroy
W
Plats
Permanent
NA
Records of the Board of Park, commissioners (includes minutes of the meetings of the Board and supporting documents submitted to the Board)
Permanent
NA
Reservation requests
90 days and destroy. If payment receipts are attached, retain 7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Payroll
Annual report of federal income tax withheld
7 years and destroy
W
Employee earning records
7 years and destroy
W
Employee enrollment and waiver cards
7 years after being superseded or terminated and destroy
W
Employee's Wisconsin withholding exemption certificate
7 years after being superseded and destroy
W
Employee's withholding allowance certificate
7 years after being superseded and destroy
W
Employer's annual reconciliation of Wisconsin income tax withheld from wages
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Federal deposit records
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Payroll check register
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Payroll distribution record
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Payroll support records
7 years and destroy provided the record has been audited
W
Payroll voucher
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Quarterly report of federal income tax withheld
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Quarterly report, payroll summary
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Report of Wisconsin income tax withheld
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
State's quarterly report of wages paid
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Wage and tax statement
7 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Police Department
Accident reports
Permanent
W
Annual report
7 years
W
Audio/video recordings
Dependant on case type minimum 120 days
W
Bond receipts
7 years
W
Citations/warning/ equipment violations
7 years
W
Citizen complaints
7 years
W
Department job applications
10 years
W
Department reports, data and graphs
7 years
W
Fleet maintenance records
Life of unit
W
Homicide or suspicious death
Permanent; includes all associated notes, audio/video files, statements, documents or any other item associated with the incident reported
NA
Incident reports (closed felonies or lower)
45 years, includes all associated notes, audio/video files, statements, documents or any other item associated with the incident reported
W
Incident reports (open felony and/or missing persons)
30 years; includes all associated notes, audio/video files, statements, documents or any other item associated with the incident reported
W
Pay, vacation, compensatory time records
7 years after employee termination
W
Photographs (case related)
Time assigned to incident type
W
Police disciplinary record
Permanent
W
Police personnel records
7 years after employee termination
W
Property records (case related)
Time assigned to incident type
W
Property records (disposed property)
7 years
W
Request for open records
7 years
W
Time and criminal history logs
2 years
W
Training and recertification records
Length of employment, plus 1 year
W
Video — in squad (if required for court)
Until conviction and appeal or release from prosecuting attorney
W
Video — in squad
120 days from last event recorded (VHS tapes only) Digital actual date of incident
W
Video — interrogation room
Dependent on case type
W
Village complex security/files
120 days
W
Work schedules — squad assignments
5 years (calendar year)
W
Public Works Projects and Contracts
Affidavit of organization and authority
Retain in the contract file 7 years after completion of the project and destroy. For unsuccessful bidders, retain 2 years and destroy
W
As-built tracings
Retain for the life of the project or structure and notify the State Historical Society
N
Bid bond
Retain in the contract file 7 years after completion of the project and destroy. For unsuccessful bidders, retain 2 years and destroy
W
Bid tabulations
2 years and destroy
W
Bidder's proof of responsibility
Retain in the contract file 7 years after completion of the project and destroy. For unsuccessful bidders, retain 2 years and destroy
W
Bids
Retain in the contract file 7 years after completion of the project and destroy. For unsuccessful bidders, retain 2 years and destroy
W
Blue prints (includes residential blue prints in your possession)
Retain until superseded by the as-built tracings and destroy; if no as-built tracings are forthcoming retain for the life of the building or project and notify the State Historical society
N
Certified check
Retain until the contract has been signed and return to bidder
W
Contract
Retain in the contract file 7 years after completion of the project and destroy
W
Master project files
20 years after the life of the structure and notify the State Historical Society
N
Notice to contractors
Retain in the contract file 7 years after completion of the project and destroy. For unsuccessful bidders, retain 2 years and destroy
W
Performance bond
Retain in the contract file 7 years after completion of the project and destroy
W
Purchasing
Bids, successful
7 years after the contract has expired and destroy
W
Bids, unsuccessful
1 year after purchase order issued
W
Inventory of property
Retain until superseded and destroy
W
Receiving report
7 years and destroy
W
Real Property Records
Abstracts and certificates of title
Permanent
NA
Deeds
Permanent
NA
Easements
Permanent
NA
Leases
7 years after termination of lease and destroy
W
Plats
Permanent
NA
Vacation or alteration of plat
Permanent
NA
Sanitation and Consumer Protection
Complaints and follow-up reports
5 years from the date the complaint was resolved and destroy
W
Open air burning permits
6 months and destroy
W
Public swimming pool survey reports, campgrounds and camping survey reports, mobile home park survey reports, recreational and education camp survey reports restaurant and tavern survey reports, hotels, motels, tourists rooms, and rooming houses survey reports, retain dairy case and milk products reports, retail and wholesale food establishment reports, nursing home survey reports, and vending machines survey reports
5 years and destroy
W
Septic tank permits
Permanent
NA
Special Assessments
Certified special assessment roll
7 years after collection is completed
W
Final resolution
Permanent
NA
Preliminary resolution
2 years and destroy provided a copy of the report is on file with the public works project records
W
Report on special assessment notice and hearing
2 years and destroy provided a copy of the report is on file with the public works project records
W
Special assessment payment register
7 years after collection is completed
W
Statement of new special assessments
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Waiver of special assessment notice and hearing
1 year after the final audit resolution is approved and destroy
W
Streets and Highways
Fuel usage reports
2 years after created or superseded and destroy
W
Heavy equipment and vehicle inventory ledger
Retain for the life of the equipment and/or vehicle or until the inventory ledger is superseded and destroy
W
Street and sidewalk maintenance and repair records
25 years and destroy
W
Tree planting, inspection, trimming and removal records
25 years and destroy
W
Complaint ledger
2 years and destroy
W
Street operations file
2 years after created or superseded and destroy
W
Vehicle maintenance histories
Retain for the life of the vehicle and destroy
W
Tax Calculation
Certificates of apportionment
3 years and destroy provided the record has been audited
W
Explanation of property tax credit certification
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Final work sheet for determining allowable levy
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
General property tax credit certification
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Personal property tax roll
Retain 15 years and destroy
W
Real property tax roll
This record is transferred to the county treasurer
NA
State shared aid payment notices, any and all
Retain 6 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Statement of new special assessments
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Statement of sewer service charges
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Statement of taxes
Retain final copy permanently
NA
Tax levy certification of the school district Clerk
3 years and destroy provided the record has been audited
W
Tax Collection
Escrow account list
Retain until superseded and destroy
W
Municipal Treasurer's settlement
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Personal property tax roll
15 years and destroy
W
Receipts
For cities and villages, retain 7 years and destroy provided record has been audited; for towns, retain 15 years and destroy
W
Statement of taxes remaining unpaid
Retain with the tax roll (county treasurer)
W
Tax settlement receipt
5 years and destroy provided record has been audited
W
Treasurer's Records
All receipts
7 years
W
Bank credit/debit notices
7 years after audit and destroy
W
Bank reconciliation
7 years and destroy
W
Bank statements
7 years and destroy
W
Cancelled order checks
7 years and destroy
W
Cashbook
15 years and destroy
W
Check register
7 years and destroy
W
Duplicate deposit tickets
7 years after audit and destroy
W
Investment records
7 years and destroy
W
Lists of outstanding checks
7 years and destroy
W
Utility Records (Water and Sewer)
Collection reports, summaries, bill stubs bill copies, customer account adjustments, high bill complaints
3 years
W
Customer applications, contracts, deposit records, interest receipts
3 years
W
Customer ledgers, bill summaries, trial balances, account indices
3 years
W
Meter reading records
2 years
W
Records of inventory, inventory disposition and scrap
3 years
W
Revenue summaries
7 years
W
Water quality laboratory tests (deep well and landfill well water analyses detail and summary reports; chemical and bacteriological analyses of municipal drinking water detail and summary reports; municipal drinking water fluoride analyses; swimming pool water bacteriological analyses; public bathing beach water bacteriological analyses; and water quality control readings
Retain individual sample records 5 years; if information has been transferred to a permanent test site location file, retain for one year and destroy
W
Schematics of private water and sewer lines from house connection to street main connection (provided by inspector)
Permanent
NA
Voters, Campaign and Election Records
Active registration cards
Retain the active file as long as current
W
Applications for absentee ballots
90 days after the election and destroy provided applications for federal elections are retained 22 months and destroyed
W
Ballots, voting machine records, tally sheets, inspector statement of defective and challenged ballots — federal elections
Retain for 22 months and destroy
W
Campaign financial reports (EB-2)
6 years and destroy
W
Campaign registration statements (EB-1)
6 years and destroy
W
Cancelled registration cards
4 years after cancellation and destroy
W
Election notices in Villages
1 year after the date of the election and destroy
W
Inspectors statement of defective and challenged ballots — local elections
90 days after the election and destroy
W
Nomination papers
90 days after the election and destroy
W
Paper ballots and voting machine recorders — local elections
90 days after the election and destroy. Voting machine recorders may be reactivated 14 days following a primary or 60 days following a spring or general election
W
Poll list and registry list
2 years after a nonpartisan primary or election, 4 years after partisan primary or election
W
Tally sheets — local elections
90 days after the election and destroy
W
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
No records may be destroyed:
(1) 
After a request for inspection or copying a record has been received under § 153-4 and until the request is granted or until at least 90 days after the request is denied; or
(2) 
After written notice has been received that an action relating to a record has been commenced under Wis. Stats. § 19.37 and until all litigation and appeals regarding that action have concluded. If the court orders the production of any record and the order is not appealed, the record may not be destroyed until after the request for inspection or copying is granted.

§ 153-14 Preservation through electronic media.

The Village custodian, subject to the approval of the Village Board, may keep and preserve public records in his or her possession by means of electronic media or other photographic reproduction method. Such records shall meet the standards for photographic set forth in § 16.61(7)(a) and (b), Wis. Stats., and shall be considered original records for all purposes. Such records shall be preserved along with other files of the department or division and shall be open to public inspection and copying according to the provisions of state law and of §§ 153-4 and 153-5 of this chapter.