[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Koshkonong as Title 12, Ch. 1, of the 1996 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Purpose and definition. In order to protect the parks, parkways, recreational facilities and public conservancy areas within the Town of Koshkonong from injury, damage or desecration, these regulations are enacted. The term "park," as hereinafter used in this chapter, shall include all grounds, structures and watercourses which are or may be located within any area dedicated to the public use as a park, parkway, public boat landings, public lake accesses, recreation facility or conservancy district in the Town of Koshkonong.
Littering prohibited. No person shall litter, dump or deposit any rubbish, refuse, earth or other material in any park, except by placing such material in receptacles provided for such purpose.
Sound devices. No person shall operate or play any amplifying system unless specific authority is first obtained from the Town Board, or its authorized designee.
Pets. No person shall permit any dog, cat or other pet owned by him to run at large in any park or to allow pets to enter any public buildings, bathing beaches, picnic grounds or playgrounds within any park. Dogs shall, at all times, be restrained on a leash.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
Bill posting. No person shall post, paste, fasten, paint or attach any placard, bill, notice, sign or advertising matter upon any structure, tree or other natural object in any park, except park regulations and other signs authorized by the Town Board.
Trapping. No person shall trap in any Town park unless specific written authority is first obtained from the Town Board.
Making of fires. No person shall start, tend or maintain a fire except in personal grills or designated fireplaces. Personal grills shall be used only in designated picnic areas. The use of personal grills is permitted, provided lawns and vegetation are not endangered. Unburned fuel and ashes shall be disposed of in such a manner as to prevent fire or damage to any park property.
Protection of park property. No person shall kill, injure or disturb or attempt to injure or disturb waterfowl, birds or animals, wild or domestic, within any park. No person shall climb any tree or remove flowers or fruit, wild or cultivated, or break, cut down, trample upon, remove or in any manner injure, deface, write upon or ill use any tree, shrub, flower, flower bed, turf, soil, sand, fountain, ornament, building, structure, apparatus, bench, table, official notice, sign or other property within any park, without prior authorization of the Town Board or designee.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
Motorized vehicles. No person shall operate an unlicensed or licensed motorized vehicle outside of areas specifically designated as parking areas, except areas where the operation of such vehicles is specifically permitted.
Reckless driving in parks prohibited. No person shall operate a motor vehicle in a reckless manner in any of the public parks of the Town.
Parking in parks. No person shall park any motor vehicle in any park in the Town except in a designated parking area.
Illegal entry. It shall be unlawful for any person to enter in any way any park building, installation or area after the posted closing time or before the posted opening time, or contrary to posted notices.
Throwing stones and missiles prohibited. No person shall throw stones or other missiles in or into any park.
Removal of park equipment prohibited. No person shall remove benches, seats, tables, or other park equipment from any park, unless authorized by the Town Board or its designee.
Closing hours. It shall be unlawful for any person to be or remain in any Town park in the Town of Koshkonong, including bathing beaches contiguous or adjacent to public parks, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., provided, however, that this subsection shall not prohibit passing through a park area either in a vehicle or on foot without stopping during such hours, nor shall this subsection apply to those parks which have regularly scheduled recreational activities which conclude after 10:00 p.m. The Town Board may be resolution permit specific parks to be open after 10:00 p.m. for designated events.
Speed limit. No other person shall operate any vehicle in a Town park in excess of 15 miles per hour unless otherwise posted.
Firearms. Within a Town park it shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession or under his control:
Any firearm or airgun as defined in the Wisconsin Statutes, unless the same is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case.
Any bow, unless the same is unstrung or enclosed in a carrying case or unless written permission has first been granted by the Town Board to use a bow in a specific, supervised sport or activity, and then only within a designated area, provided, however, that it shall be unlawful to engage in any sport or activity involving a strung bow that constitutes a safety hazard in the judgment of any law officer or Town Board personnel. Hunting is prohibited in all Town parks and recreational areas, unless authorized by the Town Board or designee.
Vending. Vending is prohibited in Town parks unless authorized by the Town Board.
Plant materials. No unauthorized removal of any plant materials or plants from any park.
Structures. No temporary or permanent structures are to be erected in a park without specific approval of the Town Board.
No person shall fly a radio-controlled model airplane in any park in the Town of Koshkonong except in areas specifically designated and posted for such purpose.
Absent authorization by the Town Board, the use of metal detectors and digging for buried objects on Town property, except beaches where no vegetation is present, is prohibited.
Additional rules. Rules and regulations may be made from time to time by the Town Board governing the further use of and enjoyment of Town parks, parkways, playgrounds, beaches, boat landings, campgrounds, lakes, streams, and the facilities thereof. Any person who shall violate such rules or regulations may be excluded from the use of such facility.
Permits. Any person to whom a permit shall have been issued by the Town Board or agent thereof shall be bound by the provisions of all ordinances and rules of the Town of Koshkonong as fully as though the laws were inserted in each permit.
Public utilities - location. The location of all sewers and receivers, gas pipes, water pipes, stopcock boxes, hydrants, lamp posts, telegraph, telephone and electric power posts and lines, manholes, conduits, and pumps within any Town park or parkway shall be subject to the jurisdiction and control of the Town Board, and their construction, repair or relocation shall be undertaken only after written permission is received from the Town Board.
No curb, whether stone, concrete, or gas, shall be cut for the purpose of constructing a private driveway across any parkway border, nor for any other purpose, without the written permission of the Town Board.
The location, width, grade, and construction of all paths, driveways, and roadways across any sidewalk bordering along any parkway shall be subject to the approval of the Town Board and constructed only after written permission is obtained from the Town Board.
Intent. The intent of this section is to protect frequenters and users of the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong within the territorial borders of the Township, and provides for their safety, health and welfare during periods of high water.
Slow-no-wake area. No person shall operate a power driven boat on the Rock River where posted by buoys for its entire length of Rock River and within 300 feet of the shore of Lake Koshkonong lying in Koshkonong Township, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, faster than a "Slow-No-Wake" speed. The captain of the Rock River Boat Patrol shall be authorized to declare a high-water emergency and to post notices and buoys.
Definition. For the purpose of this section, the term "Slow-No-Wake" shall mean operating a boat at the slowest speed at which said boat can be operated and still maintain forward motion and steering control.
Penalties. Any person or persons in violation of this section shall be fined per duly authorized agencies, and the costs of prosecution thereof. This section may be enforced by the Sheriff's Department, Town Constable, and any duly authorized agency.
[Amended 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 1]
State boating and safety laws adopted. All provisions of Chapter 30, specifically including Sections 30.50 through 30.71, Wis. Stats., including all changes and amendments hereafter made thereto, are adopted and incorporated herein by reference.
Definitions. The following terms shall have the following meanings, to-wit:
- BOAT or VESSEL
- Every description of water craft used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on navigable waters.
- A person who is engaged in the operation of a boat, vessel or personal water craft, who is responsible for the operation of a boat, vessel or personal motor craft, or who is supervising the operation of a boat or personal water craft.
- PERSONAL WATER CRAFT
- A motorboat that uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump or a caged propeller as its primary source of mode of power and is designed to be operated by a person standing on, kneeling on, or sitting astride the water craft.
- That speed at which a boat or personal water craft moves as slowly as possible while still maintaining forward motion and steering control.
Slow — no-wake areas. The Town Board hereby determines that it is a well recognized principle of maritime rules that every operator of a boat, vessel or personal water craft is responsible for his or her wake. "Wake" is defined as that action of the hull moving through the water and the resultant wave formation. It is also recognized that every boat, vessel and personal water craft has a speed below which essentially no significant wake or wave action is produced. It is hereby determined that, for the safety of all boats, vessels and personal water craft, no person shall operate a motorboat in excess of "Slow — No-Wake" on that portion of the Rock River located within the areas from north end of Klement Parkway and the intersection of the Rock and Bark Rivers, Town of Koshkonong, Jefferson County.
Enforcement. This section may be enforced by the Sheriff's Department, Town Constable and any duly authorized agency of the State of Wisconsin.
Penalties. Any person or persons in violation of this section shall pay the boating penalties hereinafter described in addition to the costs of prosecution thereof. Wisconsin state boating penalties as found in § 30.80, Wis. Stats., and deposits as established in the Uniform Deposit and Bail Schedule established by the Wisconsin Judicial Conference, are hereby adopted by reference with all references to the fines amended to forfeitures and all references to imprisonment deleted.
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Violations of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty provided in § 1-3, General penalty.