[Adopted 3-16-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-05]
Pursuant to § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., the ordinances of the Town of Vernon of a general and permanent nature adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Vernon, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code Publishers Corp., and consisting of Chapters 1 through 290, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Town of Vernon," hereinafter referred to as the "Code."
This Adoption Ordinance and the Code shall supersede all other general and permanent ordinances enacted prior to the enactment of this Code, except such ordinances as are hereinafter expressly saved from repeal or continued in force.
The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those of the ordinances in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this Adoption Ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinances.
A copy of the Code, in loose-leaf form, has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk and has remained there for use and inspection by the public for not less than two weeks prior to the adoption of this Adoption Ordinance as required by Wis. Stat. § 66.1103. Upon adoption of this Adoption Ordinance, the copy of the Code on file with the Town Clerk shall be certified to by the Town Clerk, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of said Town Clerk to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.
Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code, when adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Town Board to make them a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the "Code of the Town of Vernon" shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code as amendments and supplements thereto.
The Clerk of the Town of Vernon, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published, in the manner required by law, a copy of this Adoption Ordinance in lieu of publication of the entire Code as provided for in Wis. Stat. § 66.0103. Sufficient copies of the Code shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The enactment and publication of this Adoption Ordinance, coupled with the availability of a copy of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.
It shall be the duty of the Town Clerk, or someone authorized and directed by the Clerk, to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code required to be filed in the Clerk's office for use by the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances adopted subsequent to the effective date of this codification which shall be adopted specifically as part of the Code shall, when finally adopted, be included therein by reference until such changes or new ordinances are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.
[Amended 12-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-11]
Copies of the Code, or any chapter or portion of it, may be purchased from the Clerk or an authorized agent of the Clerk upon the payment of a fee to be set by Town Board resolution. The Clerk may also arrange for procedures for the periodic supplementation of the Code.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to improperly change or amend, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the Town of Vernon to be misrepresented thereby. Anyone violating this section or any part of this Adoption Ordinance shall be subject, upon conviction, to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, of the Code.
Each section of the Code and every part of each section is an independent section or part of a section, and the holding of any section or a part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.
Each section of this Adoption Ordinance is an independent section, and the holding of any section or part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances of a general and permanent nature adopted and in force on the date of the adoption of this Adoption Ordinance and not contained in the Code are hereby repealed as of the effective date of this Adoption Ordinance, except as hereinafter provided.
The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 1-22 of this Adoption Ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
Any ordinance adopted subsequent to November 3, 2005.
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision prior to the effective date of this Adoption Ordinance or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this Adoption Ordinance in violation of any legislative provision or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this Adoption Ordinance brought pursuant to any legislative provision.
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred.
Any ordinance providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing grade, changing name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place or any portion thereof.
Any ordinance appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond or other instruments or evidence of the Town's indebtedness.
Ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract or obligation.
The levy or imposition of taxes, assessments or charges.
The dedication of property or approval of preliminary or final subdivision plats.
Ordinances providing for local improvements or assessing taxes or special assessments therefore.
All currently effective ordinances pertaining to the rate and manner of payment of salaries and compensation of officers and employees.
Any legislation relating to or establishing a pension plan or pension fund for municipal employees.
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing a specific fee amount for any license, permit or service obtained from the Town.
In compiling and preparing the ordinances for publication as the Code of the Town of Vernon, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances have been made, except as provided for in Subsection B hereof. In addition, certain grammatical changes and other minor nonsubstantive changes were made in one or more of said pieces of legislation. It is the intention of the Town Board that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances had been previously formally amended to read as such.
The following changes are made throughout the Code:
References to specific chapters and sections of the Wisconsin Statutes and Wisconsin Administrative Code are revised to reflect the numbering of the statutes and Administrative Code as of the publication of this Code.
References to the "Department of Health and Social Services" are amended to read "Department of Health and Family Services."
References to the "Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations" are amended to read "Department of Commerce."
References to the "Highway Superintendent" and "Superintendent of Highways" are amended to read "Director of Public Works."
This ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication as required by law.