[Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pittsfield 5-13-1997 as Ch. 13 of the 1997 Code; amended July 2007. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to § 66.0113, Wis. Stats., the Town Board hereby elects to use the citation method of enforcement of Town ordinances described herein, or in a separate ordinance, including those for which a statutory counterpart exists.
The citation shall contain the following:
The name and address of the alleged violator.
The factual allegations describing the alleged violation.
The time and place of the offense.
The section of the ordinance violated.
A designation of the offense in such manner as can readily be understood by a person making a reasonable effort to do so.
The time at which the alleged violator may appear in court.
A statement which in essence informs the alleged violator:
That a cash deposit based on the schedule established by this chapter or other Town ordinance may be made, which shall be delivered or mailed to the Clerk of the Municipal Court prior to the time of the scheduled court appearance.
That if a deposit is made, no appearance in court is necessary unless the defendant is subsequently summoned.
That, if the alleged violator makes a cash deposit and does not appear in court, he or she either will be deemed to have tendered a plea of no contest and submitted to a forfeiture, plus costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under Ch. 814, Wis. Stats., not to exceed the amount of the deposit or will be summoned into court to answer the complaint if the court does not accept the plea of no contest.
That, if the alleged violator does not make a cash deposit and does not appear in court at the time specified, the court may issue a summons or a warrant for the defendant's arrest or consider the nonappearance to be a plea of no contest and enter judgment under § 66.0113(3)(d), Wis. Stats., or the municipality may commence an action against the alleged violator to collect the forfeiture, plus costs, fees, and surcharges imposed under Ch. 814, Wis. Stats.
That if the court finds that the violation involves an ordinance that prohibits conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct prohibited by state statute punishable by fine or imprisonment or both, and that the violation resulted in damage to the property of or physical injury to a person other than the alleged violator, the court may summon the alleged violator into court to determine if restitution shall be ordered under § 800.093, Wis. Stats.
A direction that if the alleged violator elects to make a cash deposit, the statement which accompanies the citation shall be signed to indicate that the statement required under Subsection G above has been read. Such statement shall be sent or brought with the cash deposit.
Such other information as the Town deems necessary.
The following officials may issue citations with respect to those specified ordinances which are directly related to their official responsibilities:
Section 66.0113(3), Wis. Stats., relating to violator's options and procedures on default, is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference.
Other ordinance. Adoption of this chapter does not preclude the Town Board from adopting any other ordinance or providing for the enforcement of any other law or ordinance relating to the same or other matter.
Other remedies. The issuance of a citation hereunder shall not preclude the Town Board or any authorized office from proceeding under any other ordinance or law or by any other enforcement method to enforce any ordinance, regulation or order.