Town of Vinland, WI
Winnebago County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Vinland as Title 2, Ch. 2, of the 2004 Code.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original§ 2-2-1, Town Meeting definitions, was moved to Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-1N, at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 128-1 Powers of Town meeting. [1]

The Town Meeting shall have the powers prescribed by § 60.10, Wis. Stats., which section is incorporated herein by reference.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 128-2 Annual Town Meeting.

A. 
Requirement. The Town of Vinland shall hold an Annual Town Meeting as provided in this section.
B. 
When held.[1]
(1) 
Except as provided in Subsection B(2) below, the Annual Town Meeting shall be held on the third Tuesday of April.
(2) 
The Annual Town Meeting may set a date different than provided under Subsection B(1) above for the next Annual Town Meeting if the date is within 10 days after the third Tuesday of April.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Where held.
(1) 
The Annual Town Meeting may be held in the Town or in any other town, village or city in the same county or in an adjoining county.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
The Annual Town Meeting shall be held at the location of the last Annual Town Meeting unless the location is changed by the Town Board. If the Town Board changes the location, it shall publish a Class 2 notice under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats., stating the location of the meeting, not more than 20 days nor less than 15 days before the date of the meeting.
D. 
Adjournment. The Annual Town Meeting may be recessed to a time and date certain if the resumed meeting is held within 30 days after the date of the meeting originally scheduled under Subsection B. Business not acted on at the annual meeting, or within the 30 days allowed for adjourning and reconvening the meeting, shall be left to the next annual meeting or taken up by a Special Town Meeting convened under § 60.12, Wis. Stats.
E. 
Notice. No public notice of the Annual Town Meeting is required if held as provided under Subsection B(1). If held as provided under Subsection B(2), notice of the time and date of the meeting shall be given under§ 60.12(3), Wis. Stats.
F. 
Jurisdiction. The Annual Town Meeting may transact any business over which the Town Meeting has jurisdiction.
G. 
Poll list. The Annual Town Meeting may require the Clerk of the Town Meeting to keep a poll list with the name and address of every elector voting at the meeting. If an elector of the Town obtains a confidential listing under § 6.47(2), Wis. Stats., and presents an identification card issued under § 6.47(3), Wis. Stats., the Clerk shall record the identification serial number of the elector in lieu of the elector's address.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 128-3 Special Town Meetings.

A. 
Who may convene. A Special Town Meeting may be convened if:
(1) 
Called by a Town Meeting.
(2) 
A written request, signed by a number of electors equal to not less than 10% of the votes cast in the Town for Governor at the last general election, is filed with the Town Clerk.
(3) 
Called by the Town Board.
B. 
Time, date and purpose to be stated. If a Special Town Meeting is requested or called under Subsection A, the time, date and purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the request or as part of the call.
C. 
Notice. The Town Clerk shall, not more than 20 nor less than 15 days before the date of a Special Town Meeting, publish a Class 2 notice of the meeting under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats. The notice shall state the purpose, date, time and location of the meeting. If the notice is posted instead of published, the same time and content requirements apply.
D. 
Location.
(1) 
A Special Town Meeting may be held in the Town or in any other town, village or city in the same county or in an adjoining county.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
A Special Town Meeting shall be held where the preceding Annual Town Meeting was held, unless the location is changed by the Town Board.
E. 
Adjournment. A Special Town Meeting may be recessed to a time and date certain if the resumed meeting is held within 30 days after the date of the originally scheduled meeting.
F. 
Jurisdiction. Any business which may be transacted at an Annual Town Meeting may be transacted at a Special Town Meeting.

§ 128-4 Presiding officer at Town Meetings.

A. 
Who presides.
(1) 
If present, the Town Board Chairperson shall chair the Town Meeting, as defined in § 128-1. If the Town Board Chairperson is absent, another Town Board Supervisor shall chair the Town Meeting. If no Town Board Supervisor is present, the Town Meeting shall elect the Chairperson of the Meeting.
(2) 
If the Annual Town Meeting is held in a year when the office of Town Board Chairperson is filled by election, the person holding the office on the day prior to the date of the election to fill the office shall preside at the Annual Town Meeting and is entitled to receive the per diem which is ordinarily paid to the presiding officer. If such person is absent or refuses to serve as the presiding officer, the presiding officer shall be chosen under Subsection A(1) above.
B. 
Duties. The Town Meeting Chairperson shall conduct the Meeting's proceedings in accordance with accepted parliamentary procedure.
C. 
Enforcement authority. The Town Meeting Chairperson shall maintain order and decorum and may order any person to leave a Town Meeting if the person has conducted himself or herself in a disorderly manner and is persistent in such conduct after being directed by the Chairperson to cease the conduct. If the person refuses the Chairperson's order to withdraw, the Town Meeting Chairperson may order a constable or other law enforcement officer to take the person into custody until the meeting is adjourned.

§ 128-5 Procedure at all Town Meetings.

A. 
Qualified voters. Any qualified elector of the Town, as defined under Ch. 6, Wis. Stats., may vote at a Town Meeting.
B. 
Definition. A "qualified elector," as defined under Ch. 6, Wis. Stats., means an individual who is a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, and who has been a resident of the Town for at least 10 days on the date a Town Meeting is held.
C. 
Method of action; necessary votes. All actions of a Town Meeting shall be by vote. All questions shall be decided by a majority of the electors voting.
D. 
Order of business. At the beginning of the Town Meeting, the Town Meeting Chairperson shall state the business to be transacted and the order in which the business will be considered. No proposal to levy a tax, except a tax for defraying necessary Town expenses, may be acted on out of the order stated by the Town Meeting Chairperson.
E. 
Reconsideration of actions.
(1) 
A vote of the Town Meeting may be reconsidered at the same Meeting at which the vote was taken if the Town Meeting votes to reconsider within one hour after the initial vote was taken. [1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
No action of a Town Meeting may be reconsidered at a subsequent Town Meeting held prior to the next Annual Town Meeting unless a Special Town Meeting is convened under§ 60.12(1)(b) or (c), Wis. Stats., and the written request or the call for the Meeting states that a purpose of the Meeting is reconsideration of the action.

§ 128-6 Clerk of Town Meetings.

The Town Clerk shall serve as a Clerk of the Town Meeting. If the Town Clerk is absent, the Deputy Town Clerk, if the Town has one, shall serve as the Town Meeting Clerk. If the Deputy Clerk is absent, the Town Meeting Chairperson shall appoint a Clerk of the Meeting. The Clerk of the Town Meeting shall keep a poll list if required by the Annual Town Meeting under§ 60.11(7), Wis. Stats. The Town Meeting minutes shall be signed by the Clerk of the Town Meeting and filed in the office of the Town Clerk within five days after the Meeting.