City of Nekoosa, WI
Wood County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Nekoosa as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 2-9-1988 by Ord. No. 423]

§ 25.01 Rules of construction.

In the construction of this Code of general ordinances, the following rules shall be observed, unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the ordinances:
(1) 
Wisconsin Statutes. The term "Wisconsin Statutes" or "Wis. Stats.," wherever used in this Code, shall mean the Wisconsin Statutes as of the adoption of this Code, as amended or renumbered from time to time.
[Amended 7-10-2012 by Ord. No. 566]
(2) 
Gender; singular and plural. Every word in this Code and in any ordinance importing the masculine gender may extend and be applied to females as well as males, and every word importing the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons or things as well as to one person or thing, provided that these rules of construction shall not be applied to any provisions which shall contain any express language excluding such construction or when the subject matter or context of such provisions may be repugnant thereto.
(3) 
Person. The word "person" extends and applies to natural persons, firms, corporations, associations, partnerships or other bodies politic and all entities of any kind capable of being sued unless plainly inapplicable.
(4) 
Acts by agents. When a provision requires an act to be done which may by law as well be done by an agent as by the principal, such requisition shall be construed to include all such acts when done by an authorized agent.

§ 25.02 Conflict and severability.

(1) 
Conflict of Code provisions. If the provisions of the different chapters of this Code conflict with or contravene each other, the provisions of each chapter shall prevail as to all matters and questions arising out of the subject matter of such chapter.
(2) 
Severability of Code provisions. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this Code is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by reason of any decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of any other section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase, or portion thereof. The Mayor and the Council of the City of Nekoosa hereby declare that they would have passed this Code and each section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion thereof irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses, phrases or portions thereof may be declared invalid or unconstitutional.

§ 25.03 Documents incorporated by reference.

Whenever, in this Code, any standard, code, rule, regulation or other written or printed matter, other than the Wisconsin Statutes or other sections of this Code, are adopted by reference, they shall be deemed incorporated in this Code as if fully set forth herein, and the City Clerk is hereby directed and required to file, deposit and keep in his office a copy of the code, standard, rule, regulation or other written or printed matter as adopted. Materials so filed, deposited and kept shall be public records open for examination with proper care by any person during the City Clerk's office hours, subject to such orders or regulations which the City Clerk may prescribe for their preservation.

§ 25.04 Violations and penalties.

(1) 
General penalty. Except as provided in Subsection (2) below, whenever so provided in this Code, any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Code shall, upon conviction of such violation, be subject to a penalty, which shall be as follows:
[Amended by Ord. No. 535]
(a) 
First offense, penalty. Except as set forth in Subsection (1)(c) below, any person who shall violate any provision of this Code subject to a penalty 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 of prosecution, shall be imprisoned in the county jail until said forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding 90 days.
(b) 
Second offense, penalty. Any person found guilty of violating any ordinance or part of an ordinance of this Code who shall previously have been convicted of a violation of the same ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $5 nor more than $1,000 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 said forfeiture and costs of prosecution are paid, but not to exceed six months.
(c) 
Forfeiture for violation of moving traffic regulations. Forfeitures for violations of any moving traffic regulation set forth in the Wisconsin Statutes adopted by reference in Chapter 7 of this Code shall conform to the forfeiture penalty permitted to be imposed for violations of the comparable statutes, including any variations or increases for subsequent offenses.
[Amended 7-10-2012 by Ord. No. 566]
(2) 
Penalty for minors. In the event proceedings are commenced against children aged 16 or older for violations of Chapter 7 of this Code, or children 14 years of age or older for other violations of this Code, except Chapter 7, the provisions of §§ 938.17(2), 938.237, 938.37, 938.343 and 938.344, Wis. Stats., shall be applicable.
(3) 
Continued violations. Each violation and each day a violation continues or occurs shall constitute a separate offense. Nothing in this Code shall preclude the City from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of any provision of this Code.
(4) 
Execution against defendant's property. Whenever any person fails to pay any forfeiture and costs of prosecution upon the order of the court for violation of any ordinance of the City, the court may, in lieu of ordering imprisonment of the defendant, or after the defendant has been released from custody, issue an execution against the property of the defendant for said forfeiture and costs.

§ 25.05 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 25.05, Repeal of general ordinances, was repealed 7-10-2012 by Ord. No. 566.

§ 25.06 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 25.06, Effect of repeals, was repealed 7-10-2012 by Ord. No. 566.

§ 25.07 Title; when effective; citation.

These ordinances shall be known as the "Municipal Code of Nekoosa, Wisconsin," and shall take effect from and after passage and publication as provided in § 66.0103, Wis. Stats. All references thereto shall be cited by section number [example: § 8.04(1), Municipal Code of Nekoosa, Wisconsin].

§ 25.08 Incorporation of new legislation.

As each ordinance or resolution affecting this Code becomes effective, the City Clerk shall forward such ordinance or resolution to the Revisor, who shall incorporate the same into the Code. The Revisor shall make no substantive changes to such ordinances and resolutions, but may renumber, rearrange and edit them without first submitting them to the Council, and such rearranging, renumbering and editing shall not affect the validity of such ordinances and resolutions or the provisions of this Code affected thereby.
[Adopted 7-10-2012 by Ord. No. 566]

§ 25.09 Adoption of Code.

Pursuant to § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., the ordinances of the City of Nekoosa of a general and permanent nature adopted by the Common Council of the City of Nekoosa, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code, and consisting of Chapters 1 through 25, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the City of Nekoosa," hereinafter referred to as the "Code."

§ 25.10 Code supersedes prior ordinances.

This 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.

§ 25.11 Continuation of existing provisions.

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 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.

§ 25.12 Copy of Code on file.

A copy of the Code has been filed in the office of the City Clerk and shall remain there for use and examination by the public for at least two weeks, in accordance with § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., and until final action is taken on this ordinance, and, if this ordinance shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified to by the City Clerk, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of said City Clerk to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.

§ 25.13 Amendments to Code.

Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code, when adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Common Council to make them a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the "Code of the City of Nekoosa" 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 inserted in the Code as amendments and supplements thereto.

§ 25.14 Publication; filing.

The Clerk of the City of Nekoosa, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published, in the manner required by law, a notice of the adoption of this ordinance. 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 publication of notice of the enactment of this 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.

§ 25.15 Code to be kept up-to-date.

It shall be the duty of the City Clerk, or someone authorized and directed by the Clerk, to keep up-to-date the certified copy of 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 included as supplements to said Code book.

§ 25.16 Sale of Code.

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 the Common Council. The Clerk may also arrange for procedures for the periodic supplementation of the Code.

§ 25.17 Altering or tampering with Code; penalties for violation.

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 City of Nekoosa to be misrepresented thereby. Anyone violating this section or any part of this ordinance shall be subject, upon conviction, to a penalty as provided in § 25.04 of the Code.

§ 25.18 Severability of Code provisions.

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. If any provision of this Code or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Code and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

§ 25.19 Severability of ordinance provisions.

Each section of this 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.

§ 25.20 Repealer.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with the provisions contained in the Code adopted by this ordinance are hereby repealed; provided, however, that such repeal shall only be to the extent of such inconsistency, and any valid legislation of the City of Nekoosa which is not in conflict with the provisions of the Code shall be deemed to remain in full force and effect.

§ 25.21 Ordinances saved from repeal.

The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 25.20 of this ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
(1) 
Any ordinance adopted subsequent to February 14, 2012.
(2) 
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision prior to the effective date of this ordinance or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
(3) 
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this ordinance in violation of any legislative provision or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
(4) 
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this ordinance brought pursuant to any legislative provision.
(5) 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred.
(6) 
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.
(7) 
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 City's indebtedness.
(8) 
Ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract or obligation.
(9) 
The levy or imposition of taxes, assessments or charges.
(10) 
The annexation or dedication of property or approval of preliminary or final subdivision plats.
(11) 
Ordinances providing for local improvements or assessing taxes or special assessments therefor.
(12) 
All currently effective ordinances pertaining to the rate and manner of payment of salaries and compensation of officers and employees.
(13) 
Any legislation relating to or establishing a pension plan or pension fund for municipal employees.
(14) 
Any ordinances adopting or amending the Zoning Map or otherwise rezoning property.
(15) 
Any charter ordinances.
(16) 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing or amending a fee or fees.
(17) 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing or amending a deposit or bond schedule.
(18) 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing sewer or water rates or charges.

§ 25.22 Changes in previously adopted ordinances; new ordinances.

(1) 
In compiling and preparing the ordinances for publication as the Code of the City of Nekoosa, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances have been made, except as provided for in Subsection (4) hereof. 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 Common Council that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances had been previously formally amended to read as such.
(2) 
The adoption of the Code includes the adoption of the following new ordinances: Chapter 18, Shoreland-Wetland Zoning.
(3) 
The following changes are made throughout the Code:
(a) 
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.
(b) 
References to the "Department of Health and Social Services" and "Department of Health and Family Services" are amended to read "Department of Health Services."
(c) 
References to the "Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations," "Department of Regulation and Licensing" and "Department of Commerce" are amended to read "Department of Safety and Professional Services."
(d) 
References to "City Council" are amended to read "Common Council."
(e) 
References to "Chairman" are amended to read "Chairperson."
(f) 
References to "Board of Zoning Appeals" are amended to read "Zoning Board of Appeals."
(g) 
Throughout Chaper 19, references to the "Board of Adjustment/Appeals" are amended to read "Zoning Board of Appeals," and references to "zoning agency" are amended to read "Plan Commission."
(4) 
The amendments and/or additions as set forth in Schedule A attached hereto and made a part hereof are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this ordinance. (Chapter and section number references are to the ordinances as they have been renumbered and appear in the Code.)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: In accordance with § 25.22(4), the chapters, parts and sections that were added, amended, adopted or deleted by this ordinance are indicated throughout the Code by a footnote referring to Chapter 25, General Provisions, Article II. During routine supplementation, footnotes indicating amendments, additions or deletions will be replaced with the following history: [Amended (added, deleted) 7-10-2012 by Ord. No. 566]. Schedule A, which contains a complete description of all changes, is on file in the City offices.

§ 25.23 When effective.

This ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication as required by law.