Village of Dresser, WI
Polk County
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(1) 
Composition. The Village Board shall consist of the Village President and six Trustees who shall be elected for two year terms.
(2) 
Compensation. Compensation for Village Trustees elected in the spring general election in 2016 and thereafter shall be a maximum salary of $900 per year based on $75 per regularly scheduled monthly Village Board meeting attended. The compensation of the Village President elected in the spring general election in 2016 and thereafter shall be a maximum salary of $4,320 per year based on $85 per regularly scheduled monthly Village Board meeting attended plus $3,300.
[Amended by Ord. No. 188; Ord. No. 219; 10-5-2015 by Ord. No. 248-2015]
(1) 
Regular meetings. Regular meetings of the Village Board shall be held on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Office. Any regular meeting falling on a legal holiday shall be held on a day designated by the Village Board and at the same hour and place.
[Amended by Ord. No. 215]
(2) 
Special meetings. Special meetings of the Board may be called by two Trustees by filing a written request with the Clerk-Treasurer at least 24 hours prior to the time specified for such meeting. The Clerk-Treasurer shall immediately post a notice of the meeting, together with the agenda, and immediately notify each Village Board member of the time and purpose of such meeting. Emergency meetings may be called upon no less than two hours' notice, pursuant to § 19.84(3), Wis. Stats.
(3) 
Meetings to be public; public notice. Except as provided in § 19.85, Wis. Stats., all meetings of the Village Board, committees thereof, and Village boards and commissions shall be open to the public and public notice given as required by § 19.84, Wis. Stats.
(4) 
Quorum. Four Village Board members, including the Village President, shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may adjourn from time to time or compel the attendance of absent members.
(5) 
Call to order. The Village President shall, at the hour appointed, call the meeting to order.
(6) 
Adjournment. Any board member may move to adjourn a meeting. If any agenda item is not considered before a motion to adjourn is adopted, it shall automatically be referred to the Board's next regular meeting unless the motion provides for a specific date and hour.
The Village President shall, at the hour appointed, call the meeting to order.
If a Village Board member, for any reason, cannot attend a regularly scheduled meeting, he or she shall file with the Clerk-Treasurer, five days before the meeting in question, written explanation of his or her anticipated absence. The Board member's statement shall be entered in the Board's record. If circumstances render the filing of an advance notice impossible, the Board member shall file the written statement with the Clerk-Treasurer within one week of the absence. At the next regular meeting, the Clerk-Treasurer shall enter the late statement in the Board's record.
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Editor's Note: Former sec. 2.05, Order of business, amended by Ord. No. 140, was repealed 3-2-2014 by Ord. No. 243-2014.
(1) 
Requirements. All ordinances, resolutions, memorials or other communications shall be in writing, shall contain a brief statement of their contents, indicate the name of the presenting member, and, prior to their consideration by the Board, be delivered to the Clerk-Treasurer. At the first permitted opportunity, the Clerk-Treasurer shall read and record each by title at a meeting of the Board. Any Trustee may require, at any time, the reading in full of any matter while it is before the Board.
(2) 
Filing. Each proposed ordinance or resolution shall be filed in the office of the Clerk-Treasurer at least 10 days prior to that scheduled Board meeting at which the measure is to be introduced. If, for good cause, this prefiling is impossible or impractical, the Board may waive this requirement.
(3) 
Reintroduction restricted. Except as provided in sec. 2.09 of this chapter, no proposed ordinance or resolution, having once been defeated, may again be introduced in the same or in the substantially same form until 30 days after the date when that ordinance or resolution was defeated.
(1) 
Designation of. The Village President shall preside at all meetings of the Board. If the Village President is absent, the Clerk-Treasurer shall call the meeting to order and shall preside until the Board selects another Trustee to preside at the meeting.
(2) 
Function. The presiding officer shall preserve order, conduct the proceedings of the Board and be its parliamentarian. If a Trustee does not follow the Board's rules, the presiding officer may, on his own motion, or shall, at any member's request, call the offending member to order. The Board, if appealed to, shall decide the matter.
(3) 
Questions of order. Any Trustee may raise a question or point of order ("question of order"). The question of order must be raised at the time the alleged breach of order occurs. The presiding officer shall, in turn, immediately rule on the question of order, subject to an appeal to the Board. The appeal may be sustained by a majority vote of the members present, exclusive of the presiding officer.
(4) 
Motions and votes. The presiding officer may speak on any question, make any motion and vote on all matters submitted to the Board for its consideration.
(1) 
Mode of voting.
(a) 
Any Trustee may demand an aye and no vote on any matter.
(b) 
No Trustee may explain his vote during the calling of the ayes and noes. All aye and no votes shall be recorded in the journal of the proceedings by the Clerk-Treasurer.
(2) 
Majority vote required. 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 law. In all other cases, a majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for Board action, provided a quorum has voted.
(3) 
Abstentions.
(a) 
A Board member shall not vote on any proposed ordinance, order, resolution or proposition in which he has a direct pecuniary or personal interest not common to other members of the Board.
(b) 
A Board member who is required by law to abstain from voting on any particular matter shall not be counted for determining:
1. 
The number of "members present" if passage of that measure requires a favorable vote by a majority or other fractional vote, i.e., 2/3 or 3/4, of the Trustees present; or
2. 
The presence of a quorum for purposes of that particular vote.
(4) 
Vote change. A Board member may change his vote on a matter up to the time the result of the vote is announced.
Any member who voted with the prevailing side on any question may move for a reconsideration of the vote immediately after the vote or at the next succeeding regular meeting of the Board. If a motion to reconsider is defeated, it may not again be presented to the Board.
(1) 
Reading of ordinances.
(a) 
All proposed ordinances shall be read a total of three times before the Board may vote on any of them. Each ordinance shall be read:
1. 
At the time of its initial introduction (title only). See sec. 2.06(1) of this chapter.
2. 
At the time the report of the Committee to which the ordinance was referred is submitted to the Board for its consideration (in full). See sec. 2.12(5)(b) of this chapter.
3. 
Immediately prior to the Board's actual vote on it (title only).
(b) 
By adoption of a motion to suspend the rules, the Board may dispense with any or all of the required readings.
(2) 
Vote. The Board may not vote on an ordinance at the same meeting that it is introduced unless the Board suspends this rule by that affirmative vote required by sec. 2.19 of this chapter or for an appropriation ordinance required by sec. 2.14(2) of this chapter.
(3) 
Committee reports. If an ordinance is referred to a committee and the committee reports on the ordinance at a subsequent meeting, the report shall be the committee's final action on the ordinance. If the committee reports an amended or substitute ordinance, the report shall still be the committee's final action on the ordinance, provided the substitution or amendment is germane to the ordinance originally referred to the committee.
(1) 
Referral of resolutions. All resolutions shall be referred to an appropriate committee unless a Trustee moves for immediate consideration of the resolution.
(2) 
Immediate consideration of resolution. Upon a motion for immediate consideration, the presiding officer shall put the question, "Is there any objection to an immediate consideration of the resolution?" If an objection is voiced by a Trustee, a roll call vote on the motion for immediate consideration is required. If no objection is voiced, the Clerk-Treasurer shall record a unanimous consent to the motion for immediate consideration. The presiding officer shall then state the principal question.
(3) 
Resolutions providing for appropriation of money. A resolution providing for the appropriation of money shall not be granted immediate consideration unless the number of votes required by sec. 2.14(2) of this chapter are cast in favor of immediate consideration. Such resolution shall designate the particular fund from which the appropriation is to be made.
(1) 
Appointments. The Village President shall appoint a chairperson and two other members to each of the standing committees at the first regular meeting of the Board on or after the third Tuesday in April.
(2) 
Standing committees. The standing committees of the Board shall be:
(a) 
Finance Committee, including licenses and personnel.
(b) 
Public Works Committee, including streets, sewers, lighting, water and airport.
(c) 
Public Safety Committee, including police, fire and building regulations.
(d) 
Public Welfare Committee, including health, parks, recreation and nuisances.
(3) 
Committee of the whole. The presiding officer may declare the entire Board a committee of the whole for informal discussion on any matter at any meeting unless a Trustee objects at the meeting. If an objection is made, the entire Board may not convene as a committee of the whole unless a motion for that purpose is adopted. This motion shall not be debatable. A majority vote of the members present is required for approval of the motion. The presiding officer shall be the chairperson of the committee of the whole.
(4) 
Special committees. The Board may provide for special committees as it may from time to time deem necessary. Appointments to these special committees shall be made by the President.
(5) 
Committee reports.
(a) 
Each committee shall submit a written report to the Board on all matters referred to it. Each report shall be submitted at the next regular Board meeting after the date of referral unless the Board extends the time for submittal. Committee reports shall be signed by a majority of the committee, filed with the Clerk-Treasurer before each meeting and entered in the record of the proceedings. Minority reports may also be submitted to the Clerk-Treasurer.
(b) 
For each ordinance or resolution referred to it, the committee shall submit a separate written report and recommendation to the Board. Immediately following the submission of the report, the proposed ordinance or resolution shall be read in full once unless a motion to suspend the rules and dispense with the reading is adopted. In either case, the Board thereafter shall, at the same meeting, consider and vote on the separately reported ordinance or resolution. The Board, however, may defer action on the measure to its next regular meeting or other specified meeting.
(6) 
Notice of committee meetings. The committee chairperson shall file notice of each committee meeting with the Clerk-Treasurer. The notice shall comply with the notice requirements of § 19.84, Wis. Stats.
(7) 
Committee referrals. The presiding officer shall make all committee referrals, except as provided in sec. 2.14 of this chapter.
An aye and no vote shall be taken on each committee report immediately following its submission to the Board. Any Trustee, however, may require a separate vote on any matter in the report. Any two Trustees may request that action on a specific matter included in any committee report be deferred until the next regular Board meeting or other specified meeting.
(1) 
Bills and other financial claims. All bills and other financial claims against the Village shall be immediately referred by the Clerk-Treasurer to the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall itemize and audit all claims and shall report on them at the next Board meeting. Payment of wages and salaries shall be by payroll, verified by the Clerk-Treasurer and filed in time for payment on the regular pay days.
(2) 
Ordinances and resolutions. The Board shall act on all ordinances and resolutions appropriating money or creating any charge against the Village, other than the payment of claims for purchases or work previously authorized by the Board, at the next regular meeting after their introduction. This requirement may be suspended by a vote of 3/4 of all the members of the Board.
[Amended 4-7-2015 by Ord. No. 247-2015]
(1) 
Right declared. A citizen may address the Board under either or both of the following:
(a) 
During the public comment portion of the regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting agenda.
(b) 
During the preregistered portion of the regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting agenda, provided that the following conditions are met:
1. 
The citizen registers with the Clerk-Treasurer before the meeting agenda is posted and published and indicates an interest to address the Board.
2. 
The citizen's comments relate to a matter on the agenda for that meeting.
(2) 
Time limit. Except for informational and public hearings, speakers shall be limited to three-minute addresses unless the Board consents, by a 2/3 vote of the members present, to extend the time.
(3) 
Other restrictions. If the presiding officer decides that the comments are not relevant or are abusive, the presiding officer may:
(a) 
Order the citizen to modify the comments; or
(b) 
Order the citizen to refrain from speaking; or
(c) 
Order the citizen to leave the Board chambers; or
(d) 
Take such other steps as may be necessary to ensure the efficient conduct of the Board's business.
(1) 
Method. No Trustee shall address the Board until recognized by the presiding officer. The Trustee shall then address the presiding officer and shall keep all remarks to the question under discussion. The Trustee shall also avoid personal confrontations when speaking.
(2) 
Recognition of trustee. When two or more members simultaneously seek recognition, the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
(3) 
Motions. No motion shall be discussed or acted upon until it has been seconded unless these provisions specifically permit one Trustee to initiate action. No motion shall be withdrawn without the consent of those Trustees making and seconding the motion.
(4) 
Precedence of motions. When a question is under consideration, no motion shall be entertained, except a motion to:
(a) 
Adjourn.
(b) 
Recess.
(c) 
Lay on the table.
(d) 
Move the previous question.
(e) 
Postpone to a certain day.
(f) 
Refer to a committee.
(g) 
Amend.
(h) 
Postpone indefinitely.
These motions shall take precedence in the order listed.
(5) 
Termination of debate. Any member wishing to terminate the debate may move the previous question. The presiding officer shall then announce the question as, "Shall the question before the Board now be put?" If 2/3 of the members present vote in the affirmative, the question before the Board shall be taken without further debate. The Board then votes, first on any pending amendments and then on the main question.
(1) 
Clerk-Treasurer's responsibilities. The Clerk-Treasurer may create a subsection on any Board agenda entitled "consent agenda." In a consent agenda, the Clerk-Treasurer shall place matters that, in the Clerk-Treasurer's judgment, are routine and noncontroversial and do not require a special vote or specific action by the Board.
(2) 
Procedure. The following procedure shall apply when a consent agenda is used:
(a) 
No separate discussion or debate may be permitted on any matter listed on the consent agenda.
(b) 
A single motion, seconded and adopted by a majority vote of all members of the Board, shall be required to approve, adopt, enact or otherwise favorably resolve all matters listed on the consent agenda.
(c) 
Any Trustee may request removal of any item or part of an item included in the consent agenda. At the time the consent agenda is considered, that item, as requested by the Trustee, shall be removed without debate or vote.
(d) 
If an item or any part of the item has been removed from the consent agenda, in accordance with this section, the Board shall consider that item at an appropriate time during the Board's regular order of business.
In the absence of a standing rule, the Board shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised (1970), unless contrary to State law.
(1) 
The provisions of this chapter or any part hereof may be suspended in connection with any matter under consideration by a recorded vote of 2/3 of the members present.
By a recorded vote of 2/3 of all the members of the Board, the provisions of this chapter or any part hereof may be amended.