Town of Koshkonong, WI
Jefferson County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Koshkonong as Title 2, Ch. 3, and Sec. 6-1-1 of the 1996 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boards, commissions and committees — See Ch. 17.
Ethics Code — See Ch. 46.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 102.
Town meetings — See Ch. 154.
A. 
Membership. The Town Board consists of four Supervisors of the Town of Koshkonong and the Chairperson.
B. 
Elections.
(1) 
There shall be elected one Supervisor from the Town at large who shall be designated as the "Chairperson" and whose term shall be for a period of two years.
(2) 
Biennially in odd-numbered years, at the annual spring election, there shall be elected three members to the Koshkonong Town Board, one of whom shall be designated on the ballots as Chairperson and the other two elected as Supervisors, designated Supervisor 1 and Supervisor 2 respectively.
(3) 
Biennially in even-numbered years, at the annual spring election, there shall be elected two Supervisors, designated Supervisor 3 and Supervisor 4 respectively.
The Town Board of the Town of Koshkonong has the specific authority, powers and duties, pursuant to §§ 60.10, 60.20, 60.22 and 60.23, Wis. Stats., and has, with authorization of the Town meeting, additional statutory authority, powers and duties to manage and direct certain affairs of the Town of Koshkonong. In addition, the Town Board of the Town of Koshkonong has additional general and specific statutory authority, powers and duties established beyond Ch. 60, Wis. Stats., and as prescribed by this Code of Ordinances.
A. 
Charge of Town affairs. The Town Board shall have charge of all affairs of the Town not committed by law to another body or officer or to Town employee(s).
B. 
Charge of actions. The Town Board has charge of any action or legal proceeding to which the Town is a party.
C. 
Village powers. As authorized under § 60.10(2)(c), Wis. Stats., and § 73-2 of this Code, the Town Board shall exercise powers relating to villages and conferred on Village Boards under Ch. 61, Wis. Stats., except those powers which conflict with statutes relating to towns and Town boards.
D. 
Jurisdiction of constable. Pursuant to the Wisconsin Statutes, the Town Board shall determine the jurisdiction and duties of the Town Constable.
E. 
Pursue certain claims of Town. The Town Board shall demand payment of penalties and forfeitures recoverable by the Town and damages incurred by the Town due to breach of official bond, injury to property or other injury. If, following demand, payment is not made, the Board shall pursue appropriate legal action to recover the penalty, forfeiture or damages.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
The Town Board shall have the powers enumerated in § 60.23, Wis. Stats.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
The Town Board Chairperson shall have the powers and duties prescribed in § 60.24, Wis. Stats.
The Town Board has power to preserve order at its meetings, compel attendance of Supervisors and punish nonattendance.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
Regular meetings of the Town Board of the Town of Koshkonong will be held at the Town Hall located at W5609 Star School Road, Fort Atkinson, at the time posted on the second Wednesday of each month. Any regular meeting of the Town Board falling upon a legal holiday shall be held on the day designated by the Town Board. Any meeting of the Town Board, including any special or adjourned meetings that are not held at the Town Hall but at any other substitute location, shall be designated by the Town Chairperson or his or her designee, in compliance with the Open Meetings Law, by posting a proper written notice of the substituted location at the three usual and customary posting locations likely to give notice. This notice shall occur at least 24 hours prior to the meeting of the Town Board, unless in an emergency wherein the proper notice posting shall occur at least two hours prior to the meeting of the Town Board.
A. 
Any special meeting of the Town Board may be called by the Chairperson or two members of the Town Board of the Town of Koshkonong, with the call for the special meeting of the Town Board filed with the Town Clerk at least 24 hours prior to the proposed special meeting of the Town Board with the time specified in the call for the special meeting.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
B. 
No special meeting of the Town Board shall be held unless the notice requirement of the State Open Meetings Law, pursuant to § 19.81 et seq., Wis. Stats., have been complied with by the person or persons requesting the public meeting.
C. 
The Town Clerk, upon receipt of the written call for the special meeting of the Town Board, shall immediately notify each member of the Town Board in a reasonable form of notification with the receipt of notice to the Clerk.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
D. 
The Town Clerk shall file proof of service of such special meeting notice by filing an affidavit noting the time, place and location of authorized service of the special meeting notice upon the Town Board. If personal service upon any member of the Town Board was not completed, then the Town Clerk shall so state in the affidavit the type of service or written notice completed.
E. 
Special meetings of the Town Board may be held without such service and notice when all members of the Town Board are present in person or consent, to holding of any special meeting of the Town Board. Any consent by any member of the Town Board shall be filed by the Town Clerk prior to the beginning of any special meeting of the Town Board.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
F. 
Special meetings of the Town Board attended by a quorum of the members shall be considered a regular meeting of the Town Board for the transaction of any Town of Koshkonong business that may come before the Town Board if such regular Town business was so noted in the written notice to the public as required by the State Open Meetings Law, § 19.82, Wis. Stats.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
All Town Board and official Town committee and commission meetings shall be open to the public and be in compliance with Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may adjourn if a majority is not present. The Chairperson shall be counted in determining whether a quorum exists. If no legal quorum is present at the time of the initial roll call, no action can be taken. Discussion may still occur.
A. 
Chairperson to preside. The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Town Board when present.
B. 
Absence of chairperson at call to order of meeting.
(1) 
If the Town Chairperson is not present at the time for the call to order, the senior member of the Town Board present, based on date of original election as a member of the Town Board, shall call the meeting of the Town Board to order, call the initial roll call and shall preside until the Town Chairperson is able to preside at the meeting of the Town Board.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
(2) 
If the Town Chairperson will not be able to, at anytime, preside at the meeting, the Town Board shall make this determination after the initial roll call and then by motion elect an acting Town Chairperson for the meeting of the Town Board until the Town Chairperson is able to preside at the meeting.
C. 
Absence of Town Clerk at meeting. If the Town Clerk is not present at the time of the initial roll call of the meeting of the Town Board, the Town Chairperson shall appoint the Deputy Clerk or any other person present at the meeting to be the Town Clerk pro tem. The Town Clerk pro tem shall prepare and maintain minutes of the meeting of the Town Board. The Town Clerk pro tem shall deliver these minutes to the Town Clerk after the end of the meeting of the Town Board or when the Town Clerk pro tem is replaced during the meeting of the Town Board by the Town Clerk.
A. 
Order of business. At all meetings, the following order may be observed in conducting the business of the Town Board:
(1) 
Call to order by presiding officer;
(2) 
Roll call;
(3) 
Reading and correcting the financial report and the minutes of the last preceding meeting or meetings;
(4) 
Reports from officials of the Town;
(5) 
Reports from committees;
(6) 
Unfinished business remaining from preceding sessions in the order in which it was introduced;
(7) 
New business; ordinances and resolutions may be introduced and considered;
(8) 
Business as may be presented by the Chairperson and Supervisors;
(9) 
Presentation of petitions, memorials, remonstrances, and communications;
(10) 
Miscellaneous;
(11) 
Adjournment.
B. 
Agenda preparation.
(1) 
The Town Clerk shall prepare an agenda incorporating the matters comprising the order of business; and
(2) 
There be included on said agenda a time for hearing citizens wishing to address the Board; and
(3) 
No matter requiring research, investigation or decision shall be placed on the agenda of the Town Board unless a request to do so is made to the Town Clerk at least nine business days prior to the meeting, (except in emergency situations as determined by the Chairperson or Town Clerk), nor shall the agenda be amended to include said matter, either prior to ordering the meeting, except when the members of the Board unanimously agree to the agenda addition.
C. 
Order to be followed; citizen comments.
(1) 
Any member of the Town Board may take up any business on the agenda in an order other than as described in the agenda unless there is an objection by any other member of the Town Board.
(2) 
Addressing the Board.
(a) 
At meetings of the Town Board no person, other than the members of this Board, shall address the Town Board or any member of the Town Board. This provision shall not apply to:
[1] 
The Town Clerk.
[2] 
The Town Treasurer.
[3] 
The Town Constable.
[4] 
Any member of the Town Board.
[5] 
Town Engineer or Town Attorney.
(b) 
This provision shall also not apply under the specific orders of business established to recognize residents of the Town or other persons, under the specific order of business to recognize members of any Town office, Town committee, Town agency, Town commission or a special board or other Town officers or except if the person has specifically requested the right to address the Town Board and then only after the approval of the presiding officer.
(c) 
The Chairperson or presiding officer may impose a time limit on the length of time citizens may address the Board, following the guidelines in § 147-14.
D. 
Roll call; procedure when quorum not in attendance. As soon as the Board shall be called to order, the Clerk shall proceed to call the names of the members of alphabetical order, noting who are present and who are absent and record the same in the proceedings of the Board. If it shall appear that there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered on the journal and the Board may adjourn.
A. 
Ordinances to be in writing. All ordinances submitted to the Board shall be in writing and shall include at the outset a brief statement of the subject matter and a title. All written material introduced shall be read and then discussed and acted upon as the Board deems appropriate.
B. 
Subject and numbering of ordinances. Each ordinance shall be related to no more than one subject. Amendment or repeal of ordinances shall only be accomplished if the amending or repealing ordinance contains the number and title of the ordinance to be amended or repealed, and title of amending and repealing ordinances shall reflect their purpose to amend or repeal.
C. 
Notice.
(1) 
The Town Board may take action on an ordinance only if it appears on the written agenda for meeting at which action is requested in order to provide proper legal notice.
(2) 
Ordinances will be placed on the agenda for Board action only if they are submitted to the Town Clerk in written form a minimum of nine business days prior to the meeting at which action is requested (except in emergency situations as determined by the Chairperson or Town Clerk).
D. 
Disposition of petitions, communication, etc. Every petition or other writing of any kind, addressed to the Board, Clerk or other Town officer for reference to the Town Board, shall be delivered by the Clerk or such other Town officer to the Chairperson or to the presiding officer of the Board as soon as convenient after receipt of same and, in any event, prior to or at the opening of the next meeting of the Board following the receipt of same.
A. 
A roll call shall not be necessary on any questions or motions except as follows:
(1) 
When the ayes and noes are requested by any member.
(2) 
On confirmation and on the adoption of any measure assessing or levying taxes, appropriations or disbursing money, or creating any liability or charge against the Town or any fund thereof.
(3) 
When required by law.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
B. 
All aye and nay votes shall be recorded in the official minutes.
C. 
Except as provided below, the Town Board shall, in all other respects, determine the rules of its procedure, which shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, which is hereby incorporated by reference, unless otherwise provided by ordinance or statute, except when otherwise limited or modified by this Code of Ordinances:
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
(1) 
No Supervisor shall address the Board until he/she has been recognized by the presiding officer. He shall thereupon address himself to the Chairman and confine his/her remarks to the question under discussion and avoid all personalities.
(2) 
When two or more members simultaneously seek recognition, the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
A. 
The Chairperson shall then call on those persons who wish to speak for the proposition. Each person wishing to speak for the proposition shall give his or her name and address.
B. 
Each person speaking on behalf of the proposition may be limited in time as determined by the Chairperson.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
C. 
The Chairperson shall then call on those persons who wish to oppose the proposition.
D. 
Each person wishing to speak in opposition to the proposition shall give his or her name and address and shall be subject to the same time limitation.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
E. 
Any person wishing to speak in rebuttal to any statements made may, with the permission of the Chairperson, do so; provided, however, such rebuttal statement shall be limited as determined by the Chairperson.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
F. 
When the Chairperson in his discretion is satisfied that the proposition has been heard, he/she shall announce the fact that the hearing is concluded.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
A. 
Motions stated. Prior to any debate on a matter, the members of the Town Board shall be entitled to a clear understanding of the motion before the Town Board. The person making the motion shall clearly state the motion. There shall be a second to any motion prior to any debate or discussion of the motion if required under Robert's Rules of Order. Motions made, in writing, by a member of the Town Board and provided to the Town Clerk prior to the meeting shall be provided priority in the appropriate order of business. The Town Chairperson may, if felt necessary, restate the motion prior to any debate and discussion. Any member of the Town Board, prior to a vote on the motion, may request that the motion and any amendments adopted to the motion be reduced to writing and submitted, in writing, to the members of the Town Board prior to the final vote on the matter.
B. 
Change of vote. No member of the Town Board may change his or her vote on any action item, business item, motion or question after the final result has been announced, except for reconsideration of motion.
C. 
Public directory votes. No member of the Town Board shall request, at a meeting of the Town Board, a vote from the general public unless the proposed vote of the general public is so noted by the Town Chair or the presiding officer of the meeting as strictly an advisory vote to the Board. Any vote taken by the general public at a meeting of the Town Board shall be considered by this Board only as an advisory vote and shall not be considered as a directory vote. Directory votes to require certain actions to be taken by the Town Board may occur at an annual or special Town meeting.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
It shall be in order for any member if, in the majority, to move for the reconsideration of any vote in question at the same meeting or at the next succeeding regular meeting. A motion to reconsider being put and lost shall not be renewed.
A. 
General requirement. The Town Clerk shall publish as a Class 1 notice under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats., or post in at least three places in the Town likely to give notice to the public, the following, within 30 days after passage or adoption:
(1) 
Resolutions, motions and other actions adopted by the Town meeting, or in the exercise of powers, under § 60.10, Wis. Stats.
(2) 
Ordinances adopted by the Town Board.
(3) 
Resolutions of general application adopted by the Town Board and having the effect of law.
B. 
Requirement for forfeitures. If an ordinance imposes a forfeiture, posting may not be used in lieu of publication under Subsection A.
C. 
Effective upon publication. An ordinance, resolution, motion or other action required to be published or posted under this section shall take effect the day after its publication or posting, or at a later date if expressly provided in the ordinance, resolution, motion or action.
D. 
Affidavit of posting. If an ordinance, resolution, motion or other action is posted under this section, the Clerk shall sign an affidavit attesting that the item was posted as required by this section and stating the date and place of posting. The affidavit shall be filed with other records under the jurisdiction of the Clerk.
The rules of this chapter shall not be rescinded or amended unless the proposed ordinance amendment or motion to rescind has laid over from a regular meeting, and then it shall require a vote of 2/3 of all the members of the Board.
Any of the provisions of §§ 147-13 through 147-16, inclusive, of this Code may be suspended temporarily by a majority of the Board members present at any meeting.
Without limitation because of enumeration, the Town Board may:
A. 
Acquire lands. Notwithstanding § 60.10(2)(e), Wis. Stats., acquire lands to lay, construct, alter, extend or repair any highway, street or alley in the Town of Koshkonong.
B. 
Streets, sewers and water mains. Provide for laying, constructing, altering, extending, replacing, removing or repairing any highway, street, alley, sanitary sewer, storm sewer or water main in the Town.
C. 
Sidewalks. Provide for construction, removal, replacement or repair of sidewalks under § 66.0907, Wis. Stats.
D. 
Lighting highways. Provide for lighting for highways, as defined under §  340.01(22), Wis. Stats., located in the Town.
E. 
Lake improvement. Provide for making improvements in any lake or waterway located in the Town.