Village of Mount Pleasant, WI
Racine County
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[Code 1993, § 9.02]
(a) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
PERMITTED WEAPON
A shotgun with a load not to exceed BB shot, and any bow and arrow, but not including crossbows.
WEAPON
Any gun, pistol, rifle, airgun or other device used to propel a missile in the form of a ball, bullet, slug, BB shot or pellet, whether the propelling force is gunpowder, an explosive, compressed air, mechanical action or any other force.
(b) 
Discharge.
(1) 
Prohibited area. No person shall discharge a weapon within the area in the Village described as follows:
Commencing at the most southeasterly point of the Village, at Lake Michigan, proceed westerly on CTH KR, as extended, to its intersection with STH 31; thence north on STH 31 to its intersection with Braun Road; thence west on Braun Road to its intersection with 90th Street; thence following the westerly boundary line of the Village of Sturtevant to its intersection with CTH H, north of STH 11; thence north on CTH H to its intersection with Fancher Road; thence north on Fancher Road to its intersection with Gittings Road; thence east on Gittings Road to its intersection with Airline Road; thence south on Airline Road to its intersection with CTH C; thence east on CTH C to its intersection with Emmertsen Road; thence north on Emmertsen Road to its intersection with STH 38; thence east on STH 38 to the easternmost Village limits.
(2) 
Farmers. The prohibition set forth in Subsection (b)(1) of this section shall not apply to a farmer owning not less than 10 acres who may use a weapon for rodent control on his own premises, provided the missile discharged will stop on or over such farmer's land.
(3) 
Use of permitted weapons.
a. 
Permit required. No person shall discharge a permitted weapon or use a bow and arrow at any time within the prohibited area described in Subsection (b)(1) of this section, except the owner of any land within such area may apply to the Police Department for a yearly permit to discharge a permitted weapon or use a bow and arrow on such owner's land. Such owner shall then certify to the Chief of Police that any discharge of a permitted weapon or use of a bow and arrow can occur without danger to any other resident of the Village and, in any event, that any discharge of a permitted weapon or use of a bow and arrow can occur not less than 500 feet from any public or private street, alley, highway, park, picnic ground, playground, railroad right-of-way, dwelling, industrial business, professional or mercantile establishment or any school, hospital or other institution. If the Chief of Police or his designee is satisfied that such land can be so used, he shall grant a permit, which shall contain a description of the owner and his land, together with a statement that such permit may be revoked upon conviction of a violation of any ordinance relating to such issuance, or county ordinance or law which relates to illegal weapons discharge. A permit may be denied or revoked if conditions of the land or surrounding lands change so as to no longer be in compliance with this section. If the Chief of Police or his designee declines to issue such permit, the affected owner may appeal such decision to the Village Board for review.
b. 
Guests of permittees. A person who is a guest of the owner who has been issued a permit under Subsection (b)(3)a of this section may discharge a permitted weapon or use a bow and arrow on the land of the permittee, provided such guest has the owner's written permission on his person at the time.
(4) 
Possession of weapons. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no person shall have any weapon, whether a permitted weapon or otherwise, in the prohibited area described in Subsection (b)(1) of this section where a permit to discharge a permitted weapon or use a bow and arrow has not been issued, unless such weapon, whether a permitted weapon or otherwise, is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case or other suitable container or is unslung in the case of a bow and arrow.
(5) 
Exceptions.
a. 
A person may discharge a weapon within the Village only in the following specific cases:
1. 
As permitted by Subsection (b)(2) of this section.
2. 
A public official while in the lawful discharge of official duty.
3. 
A member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the state while in the lawful discharge of his official duty.
4. 
Any person while in the lawful defense of his person or property.
5. 
Any person while on a clearly defined target range or shooting gallery, provided the missile discharged will stop on or over the target range or shooting gallery.
6. 
Any person outside the prohibited area described in Subsection (b)(1) of this section, if he is the owner of such land or a guest of the owner of such land who has written permission of the owner on his person at the time; is at least 500 feet from any public or private street, alley, highway, park, picnic ground, playground, railroad, right-of-way, dwelling, industrial business, professional or mercantile establishment, or any school, hospital or institution; and the missile discharged will stop on or over such land.
b. 
Crossbows may be permitted by the Chief of Police or his designee beyond the prohibited area described in Subsection (b)(1) of this section. Any person desiring to use a crossbow shall be properly licensed under law and the Chief of Police shall issue permits in accordance with Subsection (b)(3) of this section.
(6) 
This section shall not apply to the legal use of a bow and arrow or crossbow while engaged in hunting during the legally established seasons set forth by the State of Wisconsin, provided:
a. 
No person engaged in archery hunting activity may discharge a bow and arrow or crossbow within 300 feet of a building devoted to human occupancy unless the property owner who owns the property on which the building is located on permits the hunter to hunt within 300 feet of the building.
b. 
All persons engaged in archery hunting activity are required to fire all projectiles toward the ground.
[Code 1993, § 9.03]
(a) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
FIREWORKS
Any firecracker, blank, cartridge, toy pistol or cannon, or cane in which explosives are used, contrivances using nonpaper caps or cartridges, sparklers, display wheels, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, torpedoes, sky rockets, Roman candles, aerial salutes, American or Chinese bombs, or other devices of similar construction and any similar device containing any explosive or flammable compound, nitrate, chlorate, exalate, sulphide of lead, barium, antimony, arsenic, mercury, nitroglycerine, phosphorous or any compound of thereof and commonly known as fireworks.
(b) 
Prohibited; exemptions. No person shall sell, expose or offer for sale, use, keep, discharge or explode any fireworks in the Village.
(1) 
Such ban shall not apply to any of the following, as may be commonly found in permanent retail outlets, such as department stores and supermarkets:
a. 
Toy pistols, canes, guns or other devices using paper caps made in accordance with U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission regulations. Paper caps are also permitted.
b. 
Gold star producing sparklers on wires which contain no magnesium, chlorate or perchlorate.
c. 
Toy snakes which contain no mercury.
d. 
Smoke and party novelties which contain less than 1/4 gram of explosive mixtures.
(2) 
The list of fireworks set forth in Subsection (b)(1) of this section may only be used on private property and shall not be permitted on public property. Streets, alleys, parks and parkways are considered public property where fireworks are banned.
(c) 
Exceptions. Nothing contained in this section shall prohibit the use of fireworks in the following circumstances:
(1) 
Pyrotechnic displays given by public authorities, fair associations, amusement parks, park boards, civic organizations or groups of individuals when a permit to do so has been issued by the Fire Chief or his designee. The Fire Chief may issue such permits as he deems advisable under the circumstances of each case, but the issuance of any such permit shall not be deemed a guarantee by the Fire Department or the Village that the use of any fireworks shall be safe. In addition, the Fire Chief or his designee may specify in such permit the days when the permit is valid and may further limit the times of the day when the pyrotechnic display may be held. If the Fire Chief denies a request for a permit, the applicant may appeal to the Village Board to review the Fire Chief's decision.
(2) 
The use or sale of blank cartridges for circus or theatrical purposes, signal purposes in athletic contests or sports events, or the use by militia, police or military organizations, and the use or sale of colored flares or torpedoes for railway, aircraft or highway signal purposes.
(3) 
Sale by a resident wholesaler, dealer or jobber at wholesale, but only when the fireworks are shipped or delivered directly outside the state or to an organization or group permitted to use the fireworks under the provisions of Subsection (c)(1) of this section or statute.
[Code 1993, § 9.04]
No person shall intentionally enter upon any land of another, for any purpose whatsoever, without the express or implied consent of the owner or occupant thereof. Consent shall be implied only when the person entering the lands of another does so for business or social reasons and confines his entrance to established driveways or sidewalks.
[Code 1993, § 9.05]
No person shall remain in or on any private property, land, dwelling or business establishment after consent to remain has been expressly withdrawn by the owner of such private property, land, dwelling or business establishment or by his agent or representative.
[Code 1993, § 9.06; Ord. No. 8-02, 8-12-2002; Ord. No. 10-2004, § 9.06, 11-8-2004]
(a) 
No person, firm, or corporation shall engage in any activity on public or private property, regardless of its zoning classification, that tends to annoy, disturb or otherwise irritate any neighboring tenant, land owner, or person legally entitled to possession thereof, except for the reasonable noise which occurs in the normal course of reasonable human activities.
(1) 
The operation of heavy equipment, construction equipment, lawn mowers and other residential garden tools shall take place only between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. This provision shall not apply to the operation of agricultural equipment on land zoned for agricultural purposes.
(2) 
No activity in any zoning district other than M-1 Industrial, which has its own standards, shall produce a sound level outside the property boundary that exceeds the following sound level measured by a sound level meter and associated octave ban filter:
Octave Band Frequency
(Cycles Per Second)
Sound Level Decibels
0 to 75
72
75 to 150
67
150 to 300
59
300 to 600
52
600 to 1,200
46
1,200 to 2,400
40
2,400 to 4,800
34
Above 4,800
32
(3) 
Variance permits may be obtained upon application to the Village Board for special circumstances such as, but not limited to:
a. 
Work which is necessary to promote public health and/or welfare including road construction and reasonable steps are taken to keep such noise at the lowest possible practical level.
b. 
Special community events, such as circuses, 4th of July Celebrations and other similar community events.
c. 
Existing business operations and equipment which produce excessive noise if it is found that it is not technically or economically feasible to alter such operation to reduce noise to the standard prescribed by this section. Such variance permit may be of a duration set by the Village Board after considering all existing circumstances.
(b) 
No person shall operate any motor vehicle or any other recreational vehicle such as a dirt bike, trail bike, ATV or snowmobile without a functioning muffler or in such a manner as to create unreasonable or excessive noise.
(c) 
The Village Board acting through the Village Administrator shall administer the provisions of this section. Citations as to violations of this section may be issued on complaint of the Village Board by the Village Administrator or Police Department. Violations of this section shall be penalized by a fine not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for any occurrence. Each day of unabated or continuing violations shall be deemed a separate offense and fined accordingly.
[Code 1993, § 9.07]
(a) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM
Has the meaning specified in Wis. Stats. § 146.70(1)(i).
(b) 
Regulated use.
(1) 
No person shall use the 911 emergency telephone system for regular business or nonemergency telephone calls. If the identity of such caller is not, or cannot, be determined, the person or entity to whom the 911 service is billed shall be deemed to be in violation of this section.
(2) 
No person shall intentionally dial the telephone number 911 to report an emergency knowing that the situation which he reports does not exist.
(c) 
Violations; penalties. Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall forfeit not less than $25, nor more than $300, plus costs and penalty assessments, for the first offense, and not less than $50, nor more than $750, plus costs and penalty assessments, for the second and subsequent offenses, and in default of payment thereof, may be confined in the county jail for not more than 30 days.
(d) 
Forfeiture in lieu of court appearance. Any person charged with the offenses listed under this section may, in lieu of a court appearance, pay the following amounts at the Police Department:
(1) 
Nonemergency use of 911:
a. 
First offense: $30.
b. 
Second and subsequent offenses: $60.
(2) 
Intentional violation of 911:
a. 
First offense: $150.
b. 
Second and subsequent offenses: $300.
[Code 1993, § 9.10]
(a) 
Any person who is concerned in the commission of an ordinance violation is a principal and may be charged with, and found guilty of, the commission of the ordinance violation although he did not directly commit the violation, and although the person who directly committed the violation has not been found guilty or has been found guilty of some other ordinance violation based on the same act.
(b) 
A person is concerned in the commission of an ordinance violation if he:
(1) 
Directly commits the ordinance violation;
(2) 
Intentionally aids and abets the commission of the ordinance violation; or
(3) 
Is a party to a conspiracy with another to commit, or advises, hires, counsels or otherwise procures another to commit, the violation. Such a party is also concerned in the commission of any other ordinance violation which is committed in the pursuance of the intended ordinance violation. This subsection does not apply to a person who voluntarily changes his mind and no longer desires that the ordinance violation be committed and notifies the other parties concerned of his withdrawal within a reasonable time before the commission of the ordinance violation so as to allow the others also to withdraw.
(c) 
Any person who violates the provisions of Subsection (a) of this section shall forfeit such sum not exceeding the maximum forfeiture permitted for the violation of the ordinance in question, nor less than the minimum forfeiture so permitted, and in default of payment, by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than the term permitted for such violation of an ordinance.
[Code 1993, § 9.11]
(a) 
Selling, serving or giving to another in public. No person shall sell, serve or give to another person, or offer to sell, serve or give to another person, any fermented malt beverage or intoxicating liquor while upon any public street or sidewalk, or within a parked motor vehicle located on any street or upon any parking lot open to the public, whether privately owned or not, within the Village.
(b) 
Consumption or possession in public. No person shall consume or possess an open container containing any fermented malt beverage or intoxicating liquor while upon any public street or sidewalk, or within a parked vehicle located on any street or upon any parking lot open to the public, whether privately owned or not, within the Village.
[Code 1993, § 9.12]
(a) 
No person shall loiter in a place, at a time or in a manner not usual for law abiding individuals under circumstances that warrant alarm for the safety of persons or property in the vicinity. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such alarm is warranted is the fact that such person takes flight upon appearance of a police officer, refuses to identify himself or manifestly endeavors to conceal himself or any object.
(b) 
Unless flight by the person or other circumstances makes it practicable, a police officer shall, prior to any arrest for an offense under this section, afford the person an opportunity to dispel any alarm which would otherwise be warranted by requesting the person to identify himself and explain his presence and conduct. No person shall be convicted of an offense under this section if the police officer did not comply with the such requirement or, if it appears at trial that the explanation given by the person was true and, if believed by the police officer at the time, would have dispelled the alarm.
(c) 
No person shall stand, assemble or loiter upon any sidewalk, street, public ground or public way in the Village so as to obstruct, hinder or impede free passage upon or along such sidewalk, street, public ground or public way, or obstruct, hinder or impede free ingress or egress to and from any place of business, institution, public building or property. No person so assembled shall refuse or neglect to move or depart, or give free passage after being requested to do so by the owner, lessee, tenant, manager or occupant of such obstructed premises or upon order of any police officer in the Village.
(d) 
No person shall hide, wait or otherwise loiter in the vicinity of any private dwelling, house, apartment building or any other place of residence with the intent to watch, gaze or look upon the occupants therein in a clandestine manner.
(e) 
No person shall loiter in or about any toilet open to the public for the purpose of engaging in or soliciting any lewd, lascivious or unlawful act.
(f) 
No person shall lodge in any building, structure or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person in possession or control thereof.
(g) 
No person shall loiter in or about a restaurant, tavern or other public building. As used in this subsection, the term "loiter" means to, without just cause, remain in a restaurant, tavern or public building, or remain upon the property immediately adjacent thereto, after being asked to leave by the owner or person entitled to possession or in control thereof or by any police officer.
[Code 1993, § 9.13]
No person shall throw, place or deposit, or allow to be thrown, placed or deposited, any type of handbill, circular, debris, foodstuff or waste material upon any street, alley, vehicle, waterway, beach, park, sidewalk or other public or private place within the Village, or allow the accumulation of debris or waste material upon any premises other than in designated trash receptacles.
[Code 1993, § 9.14]
(a) 
Imposed. No minor person under the age of 18 years shall loiter, idle, wander, play or otherwise be upon the streets, alleys, highways, roads, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, public grounds or vacant lots, either on foot or in or on a vehicle of any nature, in the Village between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Sunday — Thursday, and between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, unless such minor is accompanied by either of his parents, his guardian or other person having the legal custody of such minor, is engaged in interstate travel or on the sidewalk in front of the residence of the minor as allowed by law.
(b) 
Exceptions.
(1) 
The curfew imposed in Subsection (a) of this section does not apply to minors who are returning home from functions authorized by schools, churches or other civic organizations, provided such minors take the shortest and most direct route and as fast as reasonably possible under the circumstances.
(2) 
This section does not apply to minors whose employment makes it necessary to be upon such public streets, alleys, highways, roads, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds or other public places in the time restricted, but in such event, such minors must carry a pass issued by the superintendent of police and they must use the shortest and most direct route going to the place of employment from the minor's home and returning home from such place of employment.
(c) 
Parental responsibility. No parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of any minor person under the age of 18 years shall knowingly permit such minor to loiter, idle, wander, play or otherwise be, either on foot or on or in a vehicle of any nature, upon the streets, alleys, highways, roads, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, public grounds or vacant lots between the hours and days specified in Subsection (a) of this section, unless such minor is:
(1) 
Accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult person having the legal custody of such minor;
(2) 
Returning home from functions authorized by schools, churches or otherwise recognized civic organizations; or
(3) 
Going to or returning home from work as specified in this section.
(d) 
Violations; penalties. Any minor under the age of 18 years who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall be dealt with in accordance with Wis. Stats. Ch. 48.
[Code 1993, § 4.15; Ord. No. 13-2004, § 9.15, 12-13-2004]
The owner of any property within the Village which is not zoned commercial, pursuant to Chapter 90 of this Code, may conduct no more than three rummage or garage sales, during any calendar year, on premises owned by the seller, and any such sale shall be limited to a period of not more than 72 consecutive hours within any one week. A week shall be deemed to commence on any Monday.
[Code 1993, § 9.17]
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
OBSCENITY
As defined in Wis. Stats. § 944.21, is adopted by reference in this section as if fully set forth in this section, and shall apply to this section.
[Code 1993, § 9.18]
No person shall set up for operation, maintain, keep, permit or engage in any race or contest of speed in the Village which race or contest employs therein any vehicle or animal, other than human beings.
[Code 1993, § 9.19]
(a) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
CLAIRVOYANT
Any person who shall assume preternatural knowledge in a trance or similar unconsciousness and thereby pretend to foretell the future of others.
FAKERS, OTHER
All other readers or interpreters, by whatever name called, who pretend or purport to reveal the past or foretell the future or destiny of others or any person giving, or offering to give, personal advice because of any pretended skill, power or ability based upon any of the practices set forth in this section.
FORTUNE TELLER
Any person who pretends to reveal the past or future of others.
PALMIST
Any person who attempts to foretell the future of others by purporting to read the marks or other appearances of the hand or arm.
PHRENOLOGIST
Any person who attempts to give information to others to the effect that the faculties of the mind or of character are manifested through special organs or formations of the body, or are in separate portions of the head, brain or other parts of the body, whether or not such person attempts to foretell the future of others.
READER, CHARACTER
(See the definition of the term Reader, spiritual.)
READER, MYSTIC
Any person who professes direct or indirect divine or similar illumination or relies chiefly upon meditation in acquiring pretended facts as to the past or future of others.
READER, SPIRITUAL
Any person who pretends to read the character of others or foretell their future by pretending to read or understand the soul or spirit of others.
(b) 
Purpose. This section and the provisions contained in this section are made necessary by the fraudulent schemes and practices employed by the persons particularly named in this section upon the people of the Village, and regulation of such businesses by license or permit would not prevent such fraud; therefore, such businesses are prohibited in the Village.
(c) 
Prohibited. No person shall engage in the practice or business, or pretended business, of fortune teller, palmist, mystic reader, spiritual and character reader, clairvoyant, phrenologist or other faker, or in any other pretended science by which such person accepts or obtains any fee or other consideration from the patron.
(d) 
Advertising. No person shall advertise any of the businesses or pretended businesses set forth in Subsection (a) of this section.
[Code 1993, § 9.22]
(a) 
The owner of any residentially zoned property in the Village, pursuant to Chapter 90 of this Code, may permit no more than a total of three motor vehicles to be offered or exposed for sale on such property during any calendar year.
(b) 
No person shall offer or expose for sale a motor vehicle on residentially zoned property without the written permission of the owner of such property.
(c) 
No person shall, during any calendar year, offer or expose for sale a motor vehicle on residentially zoned property on which three motor vehicles have been offered or exposed for sale during that calendar year.
(d) 
The owner of any residentially zoned property in the Village, pursuant to Chapter 90 of this Code, may permit no more than four motor vehicles to be repaired on such property during any calendar year.
(e) 
No person shall repair a motor vehicle on residentially zoned property without the written permission of the owner of such property.
(f) 
No person shall, during any calendar year, repair a motor vehicle on residentially zoned property on which four motor vehicles have been repaired during that calendar year.
(g) 
For the purposes of this section, the term "motor vehicle" shall have the definition given by Wis. Stats. § 340.01(35).
[Code 1993, § 9.23]
(a) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
HABITUAL TRUANT
A pupil who is absent from school, without an acceptable excuse under Wis. Stats. § 118.16(1)(a), for either part or all of five or more days out of 10 consecutive days on which school is held during the school semester, or part or all of 10 or more days on which school is held during a school semester.
(b) 
If a person is found guilty of habitual truancy under this section, the municipal court may impose any one or more of the dispositions provided for in Wis. Stats. § 118.163(2).
[Code 1993, § 9.25]
Except as otherwise provided, any person found to be in violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a forfeiture as provided in § 1-15.
[Code 1993, § 9.29.288 — 9.961.575(2)]
The following statutes defining offenses against the peace and good order of the state are adopted by reference to define offenses against the peace and good order of the Village, provided the penalty for commission of such offenses hereunder shall be limited to a forfeiture imposed under § 1-15 of this Code of Ordinances. The offenses include, but are not limited to, the following:
125.07(4)(a)
Underage Drinking Violations-Procedures or Attempts to Procure
125.07(4)(b)
Underage Drinking Violations-Possesses or Consumes
125.085(3)(b)
Identification Card Violations
125.09(2)
School Related Possession of Alcohol Beverages
134.71(1)
Violations by Secondhand Dealers
167.32
Body Passing, Object Passing or Bringing Alcohol into a Sports Facility
175.25
Illegal Storage of Junked Vehicles
285.30(6)
Pollution by Motor Vehicle/Tampering with Pollution Control System
939.05
Parties to Crime
939.22
Words and Phrases Defined
939.32
Attempt
940.19(1)
Battery
941.01
Negligent Operation of Vehicle (Off Roadway)
941.10
Negligent Handling of Burning Material
941.12(2), (3)
Interfering with Fire Fighting
941.13
False Alarms
941.20(1)
Reckless Use of Weapons
941.23
Carrying Concealed Weapon
941.24
Possession of Switchblade Knife
942.10
Privacy Protected
943.01(1)
Criminal Damage to Property (Less Than $1,000)
943.07(1)(3)
Criminal Damage to Railroad
943.07(4)
Intentionally Depositing Debris on Railroad
943.11
Entry Into Locked Vehicle
943.125
Entry Into Locked Coin Box
943.13
Trespass to Land
943.14
Criminal Trespass to Dwelling
943.20
Theft ($2,500 or Less)
943.21
Fraud on Hotel or Restaurant Keeper ($2,500 or Less)
943.22
Use of Cheating Tokens
943.23(2)
Operate Auto Without Owner's Consent
943.24
Issue of Worthless Checks (Less Than $2,500)
943.34(1)
Receiving Stolen Property, Value Less Than $2,500
943.37
Alteration of Property Identification Marks
943.41(2), (3)(a) — (d), or (4)(b)
Credit Card Crimes Value Less than $2,500
943.50
Retail Theft (Shoplifting)
944.15
Fornication
944.17
Sexual Gratification
944.20
Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
944.30
Prostitution
944.31
Patronizing Prostitutes
944.33(1)
Pandering
944.36
Solicitations Prohibited
945.01
Definitions Relating to Gambling
945.02
Gambling
945.04
Permitting Promises to be Used for Commercial Gambling
946.06
Improper Use of Flag
946.32
False Swearing
946.40
Refusing to Aid Officer
946.41
Resisting or Obstructing Officer
946.42(1)
Escape
946.69
Falsely Assuming to Act as a Public Officer
946.70
Inpersonating Peace Officer
946.72(2)
Tampering with Public Records and Notices
947.01
Disorderly Conduct
947.012
Unlawful Use of Telephone
947.013
Harass or Intimidate Another Person Intentionally
947.06
Unlawful Assemblies
948.51
Hazing
951.01 — 951.15
Crimes Against Animals
961.41(2d)
Unlawful Manufacture/Delivery of controlled Substance
961.41(3g)
Possession of Marijuana
961.41(4)
Imitation Controlled Substance
961.573(2)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
961.574(2)
Manufacture/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia
961.575(2)
Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia to a Minor
[Amended 1-13-2014 by Ord. No. 02-2014; 7-31-2017 by Ord. No. 06-2017]
(a) 
Findings and intent.
(1) 
Findings. Sex offenders, including sex offenders who use physical violence or the threat thereof and sex offenders who prey on children are sex predators who present a serious threat to the public safety. It is further believed that such persons present an alarmingly high risk of re-offending once released. Sex offenders are extremely likely to use physical violence when they offend; and most sex offenders commit multiple offenses, have more victims that are never reported, and are prosecuted for only a fraction of their crimes. This makes the cost of sex offender victimization to society great, and justifies efforts to protect the public from it. Because reducing both opportunity and temptation will minimize the risk of re-offense for those Sex Offenders who will re-commit sex offenses against children, there is a compelling need to separate Sex Offenders from places where children congregate or play in public places.
(2) 
Intent. This Ordinance is a regulatory measure aimed at protecting the health and safety of children in the Village from the risk that convicted sex offenders may reoffend in locations close to their residence. The Village establishes these regulations in order to provide protection to children in the Village by minimizing immediate access and proximity to children and thereby reducing opportunity and temptation for recidivism. It is the intent of the Village Board to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens by creating zones around places where children regularly gather, in which certain Sex Offenders are prohibited from establishing Residency. It is expressly not the intent of the Village Board to impose additional punishment on Sex Offenders.
(b) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Ordinance, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except when the context clearly indicates a different meaning.
(1) 
CHILD or CHILDREN — A person who has not attained the age of 18 years, for purposes of this Ordinance.
(2) 
SEX OFFENDER — Any person who is or was required to register under § 301.45, Wisconsin Statutes, for any sexual offense against a child, or any person who is or was required to register under § 301.45, Wisconsin Statutes, and who has been designated a Special Bulletin (SBN) sex offender pursuant to § 301.46(2) and (2m), Wisconsin Statutes.
(3) 
MINOR — A person under the age of 18 years.
(4) 
RESIDENCE — A place where a person resides or dwells, or is used by a person as the primary location for basic life functions such as sleeping or eating; whether short- or long-term but for an aggregate of 14 or more days in any one-year period.
(5) 
CHILD SAFETY ZONE — An area within 1,250 feet of any private or public school, recreational trail, playground, park having a children's playground, park having athletic facilities used by persons younger than 18 years of age, child care center licensed pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 48.65, or group home as defined in Wis. Stats. § 48.02(7), within the Village of Mount Pleasant.
(c) 
Residence restriction, exceptions. No Sex Offender shall establish or maintain a Residence within a Child Safety Zone, except under the following circumstance:
(1) 
It is specifically ordered that the Sex Offender reside within a Child Safety Zone by a circuit court having competent jurisdiction.
(2) 
The Sex Offender established the Residence within 1,250 feet of a private or public school, recreational trail, playground, park having a children's playground, park having athletic facilities used by persons younger than 18 years of age, licensed day care as defined in Wis. Stats. § 48.02(7); reported and registered the Residence pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 301.45 before the effective date of this ordinance, that being January 23, 2014.
(3) 
The person is excepted from sex-offender registration pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 301.45(1m).
(4) 
The private or public school, recreational trail, playground, park having a children's playground, park having athletic facilities used by persons younger than 18 years of age, child care center, or group home around which a Child Safety Zone exists first existed after the Sex Offender established Residence and reported and registered the Residence pursuant to Wis. Stats. § 301.45.
(5) 
The Sex Offender's Residence is within a jail, juvenile facility or other correctional facility at which the Sex Offender is serving a court-ordered sentence.
(6) 
The Sex Offender is a Minor or ward under guardianship and is residing with his or her parent or guardian. In such cases involving a Minor or ward placed in accordance with this exception, when the Minor or ward turns 18 years of age, the Minor or ward shall be allowed to continue to reside at the already established residence.
(d) 
Measurement of distances. The boundaries of the Child Safety Zone shall be determined by measuring from the outer property boundary of private or public schools, recreational trails, playgrounds, parks having a children's playground, parks having athletic facilities used by persons younger than 18 years of age, child care centers, or group homes as defined in (b)(5), along the shortest line to the outer property boundary of a Sex Offender's Residence. If any portion of a property is within a Child Safety Zone, then the entire property shall be deemed within the Child Safety Zone.
(e) 
Maps. A map depicting the above-enumerated uses and the resulting residency restriction distances shall be adopted by Resolution of the Village Board, and which map may be amended from time to time, is on file in the Office of the Village Clerk for public inspection.
(f) 
Notification. A Sex Offender must notify the Police Department a minimum of 28 days prior to establishing a Residence within the Village of Mount Pleasant.
(g) 
Property owners prohibited from renting real property to certain sexual offenders and sexual predators. It shall be unlawful for any property owner to lease or rent any place, structure, mobile home, trailer or any part thereof, with the knowledge that it will be used as a Residence by any person prohibited from establishing a Residence therein pursuant to this Ordinance, if such place, structure, or mobile home, trailer or any part thereof, is located within a Child Safety Zone as defined in § 54-20(b)(5).
(h) 
Public nuisance. Any violation of this Chapter shall be deemed a public nuisance affecting peace and safety, and the Village may proceed under Chapter 62 of the Code of Ordinances and/or Chapter 823 of the Wisconsin Statutes to abate the nuisance.
(i) 
Injunction for violation of residence restrictions. If an offender establishes a Residence in violation of Subsection (c) above, the Chief of Police may refer the matter to the Village Attorney. The referral shall include a written determination by the Chief of Police that, upon all of the facts and circumstances and the purpose and intent of this Ordinance, such violation interferes substantially with the comfortable enjoyment of life, health, and safety of another or others. Upon such referral, the Village Attorney shall bring an action in the name of the Village in Circuit Court to permanently enjoin such residence as a public nuisance.
(j) 
Severability. Should any section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this section be declared unconstitutional or invalid, or be repealed, it shall not affect the validity of this Ordinance as a whole, or any part thereof, other than the part so declared to be invalid or repealed.
(k) 
Appeal for an exemption.
(1) 
A Sex Offender may seek an exemption from this § 54-20 by appealing to the sex offender residency board (the "Appeals Board").
(2) 
The Appeals Board shall consist of three citizens and one alternate who are residents of the Village. For the initial appointments to the Appeals Board, the Village President shall appoint three members to staggered terms of one, two or three years, subject to confirmation by the Village Board and one alternate to a term of three years. After the initial appointment of members to a term of one, two and three years respectively, the Village President shall annually, between the last Monday of April and the first Monday of May, appoint one member for a term of three years and one alternate for a term of three years every third year, subject to confirmation by the Village Board. At the first meeting held of the Appeals Board after the first Monday of May of each year, the members of the Appeals Board shall vote by majority to select a chair for its meetings and appeal that come before it.
(3) 
The Appeals Board shall approve of an official appeal form, establish filing procedures, a hearing schedule and deadlines for filing an appeal. A Sex Offender seeking an exemption shall complete this official form and submit it to the Village Clerk, who shall forward it to the Appeals Board Notice in the form of an agenda shall be posted and/or published as required by law and provided to the Appeals Board.
(4) 
The Village elects not to be bound by Chapter 68 of Wisconsin Statutes with respect to administrative procedure in the appeal process. The Appeals Board shall hold a hearing on each appeal to conduct an individual risk assessment in each case, during which the Appeals Board may review any pertinent information and may accept oral and written statements from any person. The Sex Offender that filed the appeal shall appear at any hearing held, unless otherwise approved by the Appeals Board. The Appeals Board shall consider the public interest as well as the applicant's presentation and concerns, giving the applicant a reasonable opportunity to be heard. The Appeals Board shall also consider any oral, e-mailed, and written statements from any person at the hearing or received in advance of the hearing. The Appeals Board shall consider the specific facts and circumstances of each applicant and determine whether the Sex Offender presents a threat to public safety if he or she resides at that proposed location. The Appeals Board shall consider factors which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. 
Circumstances surrounding the offense.
b. 
Relationship of offender and victim.
c. 
Presence or use of force.
d. 
Presence of enticement.
e. 
Need to protect victim or similarly situated individuals.
f. 
Current dangerousness of the offender.
g. 
Proximity in time from original offense.
h. 
Any criminal offenses, ordinance or rule violations committed since original offense including failures to register or comply with restrictions set by a bond, parole or probation.
i. 
Time out of incarceration.
j. 
Current supervision status by the Department of Corrections.
k. 
Counseling and treatment history.
l. 
Credibility of offender.
m. 
Remorse.
n. 
Proximity of proposed residence to a child safety zone.
o. 
Support network of offender near proposed residence.
p. 
Alternative options for housing.
(5) 
The Appeals Board shall decide by majority vote whether to grant or deny an exemption. An exemption may be unconditional or be conditional to a certain address or period of time. In the case of an approval or denial, the Appeals Board shall provide a written copy of the decision containing the reasons therein for its decision to the Village Prosecutor and to the Sex Offender. The decision of the Appeals Board may be appealed to the Racine County Circuit Court by any aggrieved party within 30 days of filing of the final decision in the Village Clerk's office, a copy of which shall be mailed to the Sex Offender who appealed. The review shall be a review by certiorari and the Circuit Court may affirm or reverse the final decision, or remand to the decision maker for further proceedings consistent with the court's decision.
(l) 
Penalties. Any Person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a forfeiture not to exceed $500, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof, shall be committed to the County Jail for a period not to exceed 90 days. Each violation and each day such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense. Neither the issuance of a citation nor the imposition of forfeiture hereunder shall preclude the Village from seeking or obtaining any or all other legal and equitable remedies to prevent or remove a violation of this Chapter.
[Amended 1-13-2014 by Ord. No. 02-2014; 7-31-2017 by Ord. No. 06-2017]
(a) 
Findings and Intent.
(1) 
Findings. Repeat sex offenders, sex offenders who use physical violence or the threat thereof, and sex offenders who prey on children are sex predators who present a serious threat to the public safety. Sex offenders are extremely likely to use physical violence when they offend, and most sex offenders commit multiple offenses, have more victims that are never reported and are prosecuted for only a fraction of their crimes. This makes the cost of sex offender victimization to society great, and justifies efforts to protect the public from it.
Because reducing both opportunity and temptation will minimize the risk of re-offense for those Sex Offenders who will re-commit sex offenses against children, there is a compelling need to separate Sex Offenders from places where children congregate or play in public places.
(2) 
Intent. It is the intent of the Village Board to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens by creating zones around places where children regularly gather, in which certain Sex Offenders are prohibited from establishing Residency. It is not the intent of the Village Board to impose additional punishment on Sex Offenders.
(b) 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Ordinance, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except when the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
SEX OFFENDER
Shall have the same meaning as specified in § 54-20(b)(2) of this Code of Ordinances.
(c) 
Prohibited activity. It is unlawful for any Sex Offender to participate in a holiday event involving children under 18 years of age. Holiday events in which the offender is the parent or guardian of the children involved, and no non-familial children are present, are exempt from this section. Participation is defined as actively taking part in the event and shall include, but is not limited to, distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween, wearing a Santa Claus costume on or preceding Christmas, or wearing an Easter Bunny costume on or preceding Easter.
(d) 
Severability. Should any section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this section be declared unconstitutional or invalid, or be repealed, it shall not affect the validity of this Ordinance as a whole, or any part thereof, other than the part so declared to be invalid or repealed.
(e) 
Penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a forfeiture not to exceed $500, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof, shall be committed to the County Jail for a period not to exceed 90 days. Each violation and each day such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense.