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Town of Vernon, WI
Waukesha County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Vernon 9-26-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 125.
Commercial and industrial development — See Ch. 144.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 160.
Land division and development control — See Ch. 200.
This Uniform Address Numbering Ordinance is hereby adopted by the Vernon Town Board, to provide a single system of displaying address numbers for all residential, commercial, industrial, and public assembly occupancies within the Town of Vernon. Such ordinance is intended to make addresses readily visible to emergency service responders during all times of the day, and thus decrease response times. Address numbers displayed shall be as assigned by the Town and as filed in the office of the Town Clerk. The Uniform Address System of the Town shall be based on and become a part of the Uniform Address System for Waukesha County, as recommended by the County Board on March 12, 1957, and shall conform to the Uniform System of Numbering recommended in the Report of the Special Committee of Waukesha County Board appointed to study developing a uniform address system.
A. 
General penalty. Except as otherwise provided, any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction of such violation, be subject to a penalty, which shall be as follows:
(1) 
First offense. Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $5 nor more than $500, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs shall be imprisoned in the County Jail until such forfeiture costs are paid, but not exceeding 90 days.
(2) 
Second offense. Any person found guilty of violating any provision of this chapter who had previously been convicted of a violation of the same provision within one year shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $10 no more than $500 for each such offense, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs shall be imprisoned in the County Jail until such forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding six months.
B. 
Continued violations. Each violation and each day a violation continues or occurs shall constitute a separate offense. Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the Town from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of any provision of this chapter.
The owners of all residential, commercial, industrial and public assembly occupancies shall have uniform address numbers installed that are assigned to the occupancy by the Town Building Inspector in the manner described herein. Within 30 days after the final approval of any new subdivision or other division of land, the Building Inspector shall assign an address to each parcel. In addition, whenever it appears to the Town Building Inspector that an existing parcel in the Town is not numbered in accordance with this section, the Town Building Inspector shall assign a new address that complies with this section to such existing parcel. Records shall be kept of the assignments and a copy shall be provided to the Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Town Assessor, Fire Department and owner.
A. 
Signs shall have a green reflective background with white reflective alphanumeric characters for the assigned address. Signs shall be eight inches by 20 inches.
B. 
Posts shall be 6 1/2 foot, galvanized steel channel post, not less than four feet and not more than five feet above the surface of the roadway.
C. 
Location.
(1) 
Primary location. Posts shall be installed approximately 10 feet from either side of the driveway and on the back edge of the road right-of-way (no greater than 15 feet from the edge of pavement).
(2) 
Alternate location. Alternative locations may be determined by the Department of Public Works Director if necessary due to foliage, lot line boundaries or other obstructions that would compromise the effectiveness of the sign if installed in the primary location, but do not include affixing the number sign to any building or other permanent structure.
D. 
The Town of Vernon shall employ a contractor of its choosing to perform the installation of the new address numbers. The cost of the new installations shall be paid by a one-time special charge. The special charge shall be established through a separate Town resolution and shall be paid to the Town Treasurer within 10 days of the date of installation of the signpost. In the event such special charge is not fully paid within 10 days of the installation of the signpost, the delinquent special charge shall become a lien on the property and shall be included in the current or next tax roll for collection as allowed by § 66.0627(4), Wis. Stats.
E. 
All new construction subsequent to adoption of this chapter shall pay a separate fee for the address number installation on said property, in conjunction with obtaining a building permit. This fee shall be established through a separate Town resolution.
F. 
Private roads shall be marked with Town-installed signs at the intersection of the private road and the Town road and at the primary location referenced in Subsection C of this section. In order to mark an individual property for emergency vehicles, property owners on private roads will purchase signs/posts from the Town for a certain fee. The special charge shall be established through a separate Town resolution and shall be paid to the Town Treasurer within 10 days of the date of installation of the signpost. In the event such special charge is not fully paid within 10 days of the installation of the signpost, the delinquent special charge shall become a lien on the property and shall be included in the current or next tax roll for collection as allowed by § 66.0627(4), Wis. Stats.
A. 
Property owners shall maintain the address numbers located on their properties in good and visible condition at all times. No property owner may change the placement location of a sign/post after installation without the express written consent of the Department of Public Works Director. Maintenance shall include keeping the address numbers clear of organic growth, debris, and other impediments to a direct line of sight from the roadway.
B. 
The Town shall install replacement address numbers for property owners, at that property owner's expense, and will be charged a fee in the event of loss or damage to any numbers that was not caused by the Town of Vernon. Such fee shall be paid within 10 days of the installation of the signpost. In the event such special charge is not fully paid within 10 days of the installation of the signpost, the delinquent special charge shall become a lien on the property and shall be included in the current or next tax roll for collection as allowed by § 66.0627(4), Wis. Stats. This fee shall be established through a separate Town resolution.
C. 
The Town shall install replacement address numbers for property owners, at the Town of Vernon's expense, in the event of loss or damage to any numbers that was caused by the Town of Vernon.
A. 
The Town Clerk, or other person(s) designated by the Town, shall be responsible for maintaining the numbering system.
B. 
The Town Clerk shall keep a record of all address numbers assigned. The Town Clerk shall maintain a plat book and/or map showing the proper addresses of all parcels in the Town.
C. 
Upon receipt of the proper address numbers from the Building Inspector, and payment of a fee for materials, which shall be established through a separate Town resolution, the Building Inspector shall instruct the designated Department of Public Works employee to erect the new post and sign at the designated location.
D. 
The Building Inspector, and any other designated personnel, shall monitor placement and condition of installed signs and posts, and advise the designated maintenance employee, when necessary, to replace damaged signs/post or correct unacceptable sign locations.