Village of Maple Bluff, WI
Dane County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Maple Bluff as §§ 1.25 to 1.27, 1.29 and 11.01 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Urban Forestry Committee — See Ch. 202.

§ 6-1 Board of Review.

[Amended 5-13-2003; 5-8-2012[1]]
A. 
Composition of Board of Review. The Board of Review shall consist of the Village President, the Clerk-Treasurer and all Village Board members. The term of office of the members of the Board of Review shall coincide with the term of office as President, Clerk-Treasurer or Village Board member, as the case may be.
B. 
Officers. The Village President shall be the presiding officer at all meetings of the Board of Review, and the Clerk-Treasurer shall be the secretary who shall keep an accurate record of all its proceedings and give the necessary notices of meetings and adjournments as provided by law.
C. 
Compensation. The members of the Board of Review shall receive a per-diem stipend for each day, or fraction thereof, that the Board of Review is in session for the purpose of hearing and considering testimony or making their report and determination. Such per diem shall be established annually by duly adopted resolution of the Village Board.
D. 
Objections to valuations.
(1) 
Objections to property assessments are subject to the following:
(a) 
The Board of Review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the Board's first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the Board's secretary written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that, upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a written objection, the Board shall waive that requirement during the first two hours of the Board's first scheduled meeting. The Board may waive that requirement up to the end of the fifth day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than five days, with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the forty-eight-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the Board of Review during the first two hours of the first scheduled meeting.
(b) 
Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the secretary of the Board of Review within the first two hours of the Board's first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the Board may waive that requirement up to the end of the fifth day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than five days. The Board may require such objections to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the Board shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question.
(c) 
No person shall be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless such written objection has been filed and such person in good faith presents evidence to the Board in support of such objections and has made full disclosure to the Board, under oath, of all of that person's property liable to assessment in the Village and the value thereof. The requirement that it be in writing may be waived by express action of the Board.
(2) 
No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of' Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request of the Assessor to view such property.
(3) 
For the purpose of this § 6-1, the managing entity, as defined in § 707.02(15), Wis. Stats., or its designees may be considered the taxpayer as an agent for the time-share owner, as defined in § 707.02(31), Wis. Stats., and may file one objection and make one appearance before the Board of Review concerning all objections relating to a particular real property improvement and the associated land. A time-share owner may file one objection and make one appearance before the Board of Review concerning the assessment of the building unit in which he or she owns a time-share.
(4) 
After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board's final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact or provide information to a member of the Board about that person's objection, except at an open session of the Board.
(5) 
When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person's estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person's objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.
(a) 
No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the Assessor or the objector using the income method, unless the person has supplied to the Assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under § 73.03(2a), Wis. Stats., that the Assessor has requested.
(b) 
Whenever the Assessor, in the performance of his or her duties, requests and obtains income and expense information pursuant to § 70.47(7)(af), Wis. Stats., or any successor statute thereto, such income and expense information that is provided to the Assessor shall be held confidential by the Assessor; except, however, that such information may be disclosed to and used by persons in the discharge of duties imposed by law, or in the discharge of duties imposed on such office, including, but not limited to, use by the Assessor in performance of official duties of the Assessor's office and use by the Board of Assessors and Board of Review in performance of their official duties, or pursuant to order of a court. Income and expense information provided to the Assessor under § 70.47(7)(af), Wis. Stats., unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is, pursuant to § 70.47(7)(af), Wis. Stats., not subject to the right of inspection and copying under § 19.35(1), Wis. Stats.
(6) 
In those cases where a current member of the Board of Review or a member of the Assessor's office files an objection to an assessment on property in which the individual has an interest, such objection shall not be acted upon by the Board of Assessors but shall be referred to the Board of Review for hearing.
(7) 
In any hearing or determination in which a current member of the Board of Review has an interest in the assessment being protested, that member shall not be counted in determining a quorum and shall not participate as a Board member in the hearing or vote concerning the determination.
(8) 
A person filing an objection pursuant to § 6-1D above may request an extension of time for a hearing thereon. Such request shall be in writing, filed at the same time as the objection, and accompanied by a filing fee of $100 payable to the Village. If such request is so made, there shall be granted a sixty-day extension for the hearing. A further extension may be granted only if the person shows good cause.
(9) 
Each person filing an objection pursuant to § 6-1D above, and the Assessor, shall present to the Board of Review all evidence, as specified in the manual under § 73.03(2a), Wis. Stats., on which they rely to support their respective positions and any additional evidence that the person or Assessor believes is relevant to determining the assessment. Where the person has received an extension under § 6-1D(8) above, the person and the Assessor shall each simultaneously exchange all reports, documents and exhibits that the person and Assessor will present at the hearing, which exchange shall occur not less than 10 days before the scheduled hearing. If the person or Assessor shall fail to perform the aforesaid exchange, then any reports, documents or exhibits not so exchanged shall not be received into evidence and shall receive no consideration by the Board of Review.
(10) 
At least 60 days prior to the first day on which the Board of Review hears objections, the Village shall publish on its Internet site the last day on which a person may submit an objection under this subsection. If the Village has no such site, it shall be posted within the Village. At least 15 days prior to the first day on which the Board of Review hears objections, the Village shall include with the notice required under § 70.365, Wis. Stats., information on the last day on which the person may submit an objection under this subsection.
(11) 
All proceedings before the Board of Review shall be conducted as provided for in § 70.47, Wis. Stats.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also stated that it would become effective for all assessments of property located in the Village, beginning on and after 1-1-2012.

§ 6-2 Plan Commission.

A. 
Composition. Pursuant to § 62.23(1), Wis. Stats., the Plan Commission shall consist of seven members. All members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Village President, who shall also choose the presiding officer. The Village President may appoint himself or herself to the Commission and may appoint other Village elected or appointed officials, except that the Commission shall always have a least three citizen members who are not Village officials. Citizen members shall be persons of recognized experience and qualification. The members of the Commission shall be appointed to hold office for a period of three years, except that of those first appointed, two shall serve one year, two for two years, and three for three years. Appointments shall be made by the Village President during the month of April for terms that expire in April or at any other time that a vacancy occurs during the middle of a term.
[Amended 6-10-2003]
B. 
Duties. The Commission shall make and adopt a Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the Village. The Comprehensive Plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts and descriptive and explanatory matter, shall show the Commission's recommendations for such physical development and may include the general location, character and extent of streets, highways, freeways, street grades, roadways, walks, bridges, viaducts, parking areas, tunnels, public places and areas, parks, parkways, playgrounds, sites for public buildings and structures, pierhead and bulkhead lines, waterways, routes for railroads, street railways and buses and the general location and extent of sewers, water conduits and other public utilities, whether privately or publicly owned; the acceptance, widening, narrowing, extension, relocation, removal, vacation, abandonment or change of use of any of the foregoing public ways, grounds, places, spaces, buildings, properties, utilities, routes or terminals; the general location, character and extent of community centers and neighborhood units; the general character, extent and layout of the replanning of blighted districts and slum areas; and a comprehensive zoning plan. The Commission may from time to time amend, extend or add to the Comprehensive Plan or carry any part or subject matter into greater detail. The Commission may adopt rules for the transaction of business and shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations, which record shall be a public record.
C. 
The Comprehensive Plan.
(1) 
The Comprehensive Plan shall be made with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, adjusted and harmonious development of the Village which shall, in accordance with existing and future needs, best promote public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity or the general welfare, as well as efficiency and economy in the process of development.
(2) 
The Commission may adopt the Comprehensive Plan as a whole by a single resolution or, as the work of making the whole Comprehensive Plan progresses, may from time to time by resolution adopt a part or parts thereof, any such part to correspond generally with one or more of the functional subdivisions of the subject matter of the plan. The adoption of the plan or any part, amendment or addition shall be by resolution carried by the affirmative votes of not less than a majority of all the members of the Plan Commission. The resolutions shall refer expressly to the maps, descriptive matter and other matters intended by the Commission to form the whole or any part of the plan, and the action taken shall be recorded on the adopted plan or part thereof by the identifying signature of the Secretary of the Commission, and a copy of the plan or part thereof shall be certified to the Village Board. The purpose and effect of the adoption and certifying of the Comprehensive Plan or part thereof shall be to aid the Plan Commission and the Board in the performance of their duties.
D. 
Other powers of the Commission. The Commission may make reports and recommendations relating to the plan and development of the Village to public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional and other organizations and citizens. It may recommend to the Village President or Village Board programs for public improvements and the financing thereof. All public officials shall, upon request, furnish to the Commission, within a reasonable time, such available information as it may require for its work. The Commission, its members and employees, in the performance of its functions, may enter upon any land, make examinations and surveys and place and maintain necessary monuments and marks thereon. In general, the Commission shall have such powers as may be necessary to enable it to perform its functions and promote municipal planning.
E. 
Matters referred to Plan Commission. The Plan Commission shall report on all matters referred to it as provided in Chapter 225, Zoning, § 225-82.
[Amended 3-8-2005]

§ 6-3 Board of Health.

A. 
Duties. The Board of Health shall assume the general administration of health and sanitation laws and regulations in the Village, supervise the work of the Health Officer and attend to the administration and enforcement of the health laws of the state and the rules and regulations prescribed by the State Department of Health and Family Services and the ordinances of the Village. The Board shall consist of the Village President, the Health Officer and the Clerk-Treasurer.
B. 
Powers. The Board may take such measures and make such rules and regulations as are necessary and effectual for the preservation and promotion of the public health in the Village. All orders and regulations of the Board shall be published in the official newspaper and, after publication, shall have the force and effect of ordinances, including penalty for violation.

§ 6-4 Personnel Committee.

[Added 4-9-1992; amended 6-10-2003]
The Personnel Committee shall consist of not fewer than three Trustee members and such other citizen members as the Village President sees fit to appoint annually and confirmed by the Village Board. The Personnel Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending applicants for supervisory management positions to the Village Board. Additionally, the Personnel Committee shall carry out special assignments relating to personnel issues on an as needed basis.

§ 6-5 Parks, Recreation and Board of Harbor Commissioners.

[Added 8-8-2000]
A. 
Creation. The Parks, Recreation and Board of Harbor Commissioners is hereby created. The Board is to be comprised of three or more members. The term of one or more will expire in one year, one or more in two years, and one or more in three years.
[Amended 3-8-2005]
B. 
Appointments, terms, qualification and compensation of members.
(1) 
The President of the Village shall appoint the members of the Board and designate the length of the term of each member thereof. Thereafter, at the expiration of the term of any member, he or she shall appoint a successor for a three-year term. All appointments are subject to confirmation by the Village Board.
(2) 
A person appointed to the Board shall be a qualified elector of the Village and a resident of the Village for at least three years. Not more than one member of the Village Board is eligible for appointment to the Board. A person appointed to the Board shall serve until a successor has been appointed and qualifies.
[Amended 3-8-2005]
(3) 
Members of the Board shall receive no compensation for their services but they shall be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.
C. 
Organization; meetings; officers. As soon as possible after the appointment and confirmation of the members of the Board, they shall meet and organize by electing from among their members a President and a Vice President. The Board shall hold meetings at such times and places as it determines and may adopt such bylaws consistent with law as seem practicable for its government. The Board shall appoint a Secretary, not a member of the Board.
D. 
Powers and duties. The Board shall have the same powers and duties as set out in § 30.38, Wis. Stats.

§ 6-6 Standing and special committees.

[Amended 3-8-2005; 3-8-2011]
A. 
Standing committees. The following standing committees shall be appointed by the Village President, subject to the approval of a majority of the members of the Village Board, at the first regular meeting in May of each year:
(1) 
Committee on Ordinances. The Committee on Ordinances shall make recommendations to the Village Board on the adoption, amendment, modification or alteration of ordinances of the Village.
(2) 
Public Works Committee. The Public Works Committee shall have the general management and supervision of the Village Water Utility and all matters connected therewith and shall have the general power and authority to make rules and regulations for the management of said Utility as it shall from time to time find necessary for the safe, economical and efficient management and protection of the Water Utility. The Public Works Committee shall issue an annual report which shall be made available to the Village Board.
(3) 
Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall review the financial affairs of the Village, assist in the preparation of appropriate budgets for the Village and any department or utility thereof, and make appropriate recommendations thereon to the Village Board for its consideration. The Finance Committee acts as advisory to the Village Board.
(4) 
Police Committee. The Police Committee shall review public protection services being provided to residents within the Village; develop criteria for the evaluation as to the quality of such services; make recommendations as to the improvements and/or additions/deletions relative to such services; and make other recommendations associated therewith. The Police Committee acts as advisory to the Village Board; and has no authority as provided for in § 62.13, Wis. Stats., as amended from time to time.
(5) 
Fire and EMS Committee. The Fire and EMS Committee shall review the public fire and EMS services being provided to residents within the Village; develop criteria for the evaluation as to the quality of such services; make recommendations as to the improvement and/or additions/deletions relative to such services; and make any other recommendations associated therewith. The Fire and EMS Committee acts as advisory to the Village Board; and shall have no authority to supervise or otherwise direct fire and EMS services being provided by the Village.
B. 
Special committees. The President may refer any proposal requiring action by the Village Board to one of the standing committees or, with the consent of the Board, immediately create a special committee for any purpose to which he may refer such proposal. Special committees may be augmented in number by the addition of any resident of the Village appointed by the President, but such appointee shall have no power to vote on any matter coming before the committee.
C. 
Composition of Committees. Each committee shall consist of no more than three members, or such larger number as the Board may authorize. The chairmen of the committees shall be designated by the Village President. Each member shall serve as appointed unless excused by a majority of the members of the Board. Additional offices may be appointed by action of the committee.
D. 
Organization and term. The term of office of each committee member shall be for one year, unless the Village Board authorizes a longer term or the staggering of terms. Each committee may adopt such rules of organization and operation as it may determine to be appropriate.