Town of Pittsfield, WI
Brown County
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[Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pittsfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-13-1997 as §§ 1.002, 1.004, 1.005 and 1.006 of the 1997 Code]

§ 1-1 Definitions.

A. 
General. Terms used in this Code, unless specifically defined in this Code, have the same meanings prescribed by the Wisconsin Statutes for the same terms, or if not defined in this Code or the statutes, then their usual and customary meanings.
B. 
Specific. Terms used in this Code have the following meanings:
ACT
Includes the failure or omission to do something which should have been done, or which was required to be done, under circumstances then existing.
BOARD
The Town Board of the Town of Pittsfield, and similarly the title of any other official, board or commission shall refer to that of the Town of Pittsfield unless otherwise stated.
CODE
The Town of Pittsfield (this Code).
COUNTY
Brown County.
ORDINANCE
An ordinance of the Town of Pittsfield and all amendments thereto included in this Code, and any ordinance passed and published but not yet included in this Code.
PERSON
Any natural individual, firm, partnership, trust, estate, club, association or corporation. As applied to partnerships or associations, the word includes the partners or members thereof, as officers, agents or employees thereof, who are responsible for the act referred to. The singular person includes the plural and the plural includes the singular. The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter genders, and vice versa.
STATE
State of Wisconsin.
TOWN
Town of Pittsfield, Brown County, Wisconsin.
WISCONSIN STATUTES
The latest publication thereof, and any and all amendments thereto as and when enacted.

§ 1-2 Jurisdiction.

Unless otherwise provided in this Code, this Code applies to acts performed within the Town of Pittsfield, Brown County, Wisconsin.

§ 1-3 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Standard penalty. Unless another penalty is expressly provided by the Code for any particular provision, section or chapter, any person violating any provision of this Code or any rule or regulation adopted or issued in pursuance thereof, or any provision of any code adopted here by reference, shall, upon conviction, be subject to forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and the cost of prosecution. In default of immediate payment of such forfeiture and cost, such person shall be committed to the Brown County Jail until such forfeiture and costs are paid. Every commitment shall limit the duration of such imprisonment to a definite term not exceeding 90 days.
[Amended 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1]
B. 
Each day a violation. Each act of violation, and every day upon which a violation occurs or continues, constitutes a separate offense.
C. 
Applicability. The penalty provided by this section and/or any section of this Code applies to the amendment of any section of this Code and any code adopted herein by reference to which the penalty relates, whether or not such penalty is reenacted in the amendatory ordinances, unless otherwise provided in the amendment.
D. 
Reference to sections. Reference to any section of this Code shall be understood also to refer to and include the penalty section relating thereto, unless otherwise expressly provided.
E. 
Failure of officers to perform duties. The failure of any officer or employee of the Town to perform any official duty imposed by this Code shall not subject such officer or employee to the penalty imposed for violation of this Code, unless a penalty is specifically provided.
F. 
Bond schedule for non-traffic violations. The bond schedule for non-traffic violations shall be as set forth in Chapter 55, Citations.

§ 1-4 Imposition of juvenile dispositions and sanctions.

[Added 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1]
A. 
This section is enacted under the authority of § 938.17(2)(cm), Wis. Stats.
B. 
For a juvenile adjudged to have violated an ordinance, a court is authorized to impose any of the dispositions listed in §§ 938.343 and 938.344, Wis. Stats., in accordance with the provisions of those statutes.
C. 
For a juvenile adjudged to have violated an ordinance who violates a condition of a dispositional order of the court under § 938.343 or 938.344, Wis. Stats., the court is authorized to impose any sanctions listed in § 938.355(6)(d), Wis. Stats., in accordance with the provisions of those statutes.

§ 1-5 Responsibility for acts.

Every person concerned in the commission of any act prohibited by this Code, whether he directly commits the act, or in any way directs, encourages, advises, aids, or abets its commission, may be prosecuted and on conviction thereof is subject to punishment the same as if he had directly committed such act.
[Adopted 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1]

§ 1-6 Adoption of Code.

Pursuant to § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., the ordinances of the Town of Pittsfield of a general and permanent nature adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pittsfield, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code, and consisting of Chapters 1 through 275, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Town of Pittsfield," hereinafter referred to as the "Code."

§ 1-7 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.

§ 1-8 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.

§ 1-9 Copy of Code on file.

A copy of the Code has been filed in the office of the Town 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 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.

§ 1-10 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 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 Pittsfield" 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.

§ 1-11 Publication; filing.

The Clerk of the Town of Pittsfield, 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.

§ 1-12 Code to be kept up-to-date.

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 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.

§ 1-13 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 Town Board. The Clerk may also arrange for procedures for the periodic supplementation of the Code.

§ 1-14 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 Town of Pittsfield to be misrepresented thereby. Anyone violating this section or any part of this ordinance shall be subject, upon conviction, to a forfeiture of not more than $500.

§ 1-15 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.

§ 1-16 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.

§ 1-17 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 Town of Pittsfield which is not in conflict with the provisions of the Code shall be deemed to remain in full force and effect.

§ 1-18 Ordinances saved from repeal.

The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 1-17 of this ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
A. 
Any ordinance adopted subsequent to February 19, 2014.
B. 
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.
C. 
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.
D. 
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.
E. 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred.
F. 
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.
G. 
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.
H. 
Ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract or obligation.
I. 
The levy or imposition of taxes, assessments or charges.
J. 
The annexation or dedication of property or approval of preliminary or final subdivision plats.
K. 
Ordinances providing for local improvements or assessing taxes or special assessments therefor.
L. 
All currently effective ordinances pertaining to the rate and manner of payment of salaries and compensation of officers and employees.
M. 
Any legislation relating to or establishing a pension plan or pension fund for municipal employees.
N. 
Any ordinances adopting or amending a zoning map or otherwise rezoning property.
O. 
Any charter ordinances.
P. 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing a specific fee amount for any license, permit or service obtained from the Town.
Q. 
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing or amending a deposit or bond schedule.

§ 1-19 Changes in previously adopted ordinances.

A. 
In compiling and preparing the ordinances for publication as the Code of the Town of Pittsfield, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances have been made, except as provided for in Subsection B 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 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.
B. 
The amendments and/or additions as set forth in Schedule A[1] 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]
Editor’s Note: In accordance with § 1-19B, the chapters, parts and sections which were added, amended, adopted or repealed by this ordinance are indicated throughout the Code by a footnote referring to Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II. During routine supplementation, footnotes indicating amendments, additions or deletions will be replaced with the following history: "Amended (added, repealed) 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1." Schedule A, which contains a complete description of all changes, is on file in the Town offices.
C. 
Sections 1.100 and 1.101 of the 1997 Code, Brown County Commission, are repealed.
D. 
The following changes are made throughout the Code:
(1) 
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.
(2) 
References to the "Department of Health and Social Services" and "Department of Health and Family Services" are amended to read "Department of Health Services."
(3) 
References to the "Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations" and "Department of Commerce" are amended to read "Department of Safety and Professional Services."
(4) 
Instances of "Chairperson" and "Chairman" are changed to "Chair."
(5) 
Instances of "Board of Appeals" are changed to "Zoning Board of Appeals."
(6) 
Chapter 21 is amended to change instances of "Dog Catcher" to "Animal Control/Humane Officer" and instances of "Health Officer" to "County Health Officer."
(7) 
Chapter 107, Article III, is amended to change instances of "solid-fuel-fired device," "burner" and "wood heating device" to "solid-fuel-fired heating device."
(8) 
Chapter 275 is amended to change instances of:
(a) 
"Manufactured home park" to "manufactured home community."
(b) 
"A-2" [District] to "AG-FP."
(c) 
"Telecommunication" to "communication."
(d) 
"Plan Commission" and "Zoning and Plan Commission" to "Planning Commission."
(e) 
"Exclusive Agriculture District," "Exclusive Agricultural District," and "Exclusive Agriculture Zone" to "AG-FP District."

§ 1-20 When effective.

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