Village of Woodville, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Woodville 8-13-1996 (Secs. 5-2-2 to 5-2-5, 5-2-7 to 5-2-10 and 5-3-1 of the 1996 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire and Rescue District — See Ch. 71.
Alarm systems — See Ch. 206.
Building construction — See Ch. 231.
Fireworks — See Ch. 289.
Hazardous materials and pollutants — See Ch. 303.
Nuisances — See Ch. 381.
No person shall impede the progress of a fire engine, fire truck or other fire apparatus of the United Fire and Rescue District along the streets or alleys of such Village at the time of a fire or when the United Fire and Rescue District is using such streets or alleys in response to a fire alarm or for practice.
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Editor's Note: Throughout this chapter, references to the Fire Chief were amended to refer to the incident commander 10-11-2011.
A. 
Police authority at fires.
(1) 
The incident commander and assistants or officers in command at any fire are hereby vested with full and complete police authority at fires. Any officer of the United Fire and Rescue District may cause the arrest of any person failing to give the right-of-way to the United Fire and Rescue District in responding to a fire.
(2) 
The incident commander may prescribe certain limits in the vicinity of any fire within which no persons, excepting fire fighters and police officers and those admitted by order of any officer of the United Fire and Rescue District, shall be permitted to come.
(3) 
The incident commander shall have the power to cause the removal of any property whenever it shall become necessary for the preservation of such property from fire or to prevent the spreading of fire or to protect the adjoining property, and during the progress of any fire he shall have the power to cause the removal of all wires or other facilities and the turning off of all electricity or other services where the same impedes the work of the United Fire and Rescue District during the progress of a fire.
B. 
Fire inspection duties.
[Amended 10-11-2011]
(1) 
The incident commander, or his designee, shall be the Fire Inspector of the Village of Woodville and shall have the power to appoint one or more Deputy Fire Inspectors and shall perform all duties required of fire inspectors by the laws of the state and rules of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly the Department of Commerce), particularly § 101.14, Wis. Stats.
(2) 
While acting as Fire Inspector pursuant to § 101.14(2), Wis. Stats., the incident commander, or any officer of the United Fire and Rescue District designated by the Village Board, shall have the right and authority to enter any building or upon any premises in the Village of Woodville at all reasonable hours for the purpose of making inspections or investigations which, under the provisions of this Code, he may deem necessary. Should the Fire Inspector find that any provisions of this Code relating to fire hazards and prevention of fires are being violated or that a fire hazard exists which should be eliminated, it shall be his duty to give such directions for the abatement of such conditions as he shall deem necessary and, if such directions are not complied with, to report such noncompliance to the Village Board for further action.
(3) 
The incident commander is required, by himself or by officers or members of the United Fire and Rescue District designated by the Village Board as Fire Inspectors, to inspect all buildings, premises and public thoroughfares, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, or any violations of any law or ordinance relating to the fire hazard or to the prevention of fires. Such inspections shall be made at least once in six months in all of the territory served by the United Fire and Rescue District and not less than once in three months in such territory as the Village Board has designated or hereafter designates as within the Village or as a congested district subject to conflagration, and more often as the incident commander orders. Each six-month period shall begin on January 1 and July 1 and each three-month period on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year.
(4) 
Written reports of inspections shall be made and kept on file in the office of the United Fire and Rescue District in the manner and form required by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly the Department of Commerce). A copy of such reports shall be filed with the incident commander.
A. 
Damaging or driving over fire hose. No person shall willfully injure in any manner any hose, hydrant or fire apparatus belonging to the United Fire and Rescue District and no vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of the United Fire and Rescue District when laid down on any street, private driveway or other place to be used at any fire or alarm of fire without the consent of the United Fire and Rescue District official in command.
B. 
Parking vehicles near hydrants. It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle or leave any object within 10 feet of any fire hydrant at any time.
C. 
No parking near fire. It shall be unlawful for any person, in case of fire, to drive or park any vehicle within one block from the place of fire without the consent and authority of the incident commander or any police officer.
It shall be lawful for any fire fighter while acting under the direction of the incident commander or any other officer in command to enter upon the premises adjacent to or in the vicinity of a building or other property then on fire for the purpose of extinguishing such fire, and in case any person shall hinder, resist or obstruct any fire fighter in the discharge of his duty as is hereinbefore provided, the person so offending shall be deemed guilty of resisting fire fighters in the discharge of their duty.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Whenever there shall be a fire or fire alarm or the United Fire and Rescue District shall be out for practice, every person driving or riding in a motorized or other vehicle shall move and remain to the side of the street until the fire engine and fire truck and other fire apparatus shall have passed.
No person shall occupy any portion of such streets or alleys with a motorized or other vehicle between such fire engine or fire truck or other fire apparatus and any hydrant to which a fire hose may be or may be about to be attached.
A. 
Open burning prohibited.
(1) 
Prohibition. No person, firm or corporation shall build any outdoor fire within the corporate limits of the Village of Woodville excepting as set forth below in this section. This prohibition on burning includes burning of construction waste and debris at construction sites.
(2) 
Fire maintained in a building. The owner or occupant of any building or any person or corporation engaged either as a contractor, workman or in any other capacity in any work upon any building who or which maintains a fire in any building within this Village in a stove, salamander, or other similar contrivance without having some person at all times present in such building to attend such fire shall be subject to penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code, unless a fireproof substance is at all times maintained immediately under the same and unless the same is connected with the outside of the building by means of a noncombustible pipe or chimney in such manner that all of the smoke and gases arising from such fire are conducted directly to the outside of said building.
(3) 
Fires prohibited. No person shall kindle or start a fire in the open air within the Village without the use of a burner, as regulated in Subsection A(4), except in approved burning areas or as otherwise hereinafter provided.
(4) 
Cooking fires. Wood or other nonexplosive fuel may be burned for the purpose of cooking or preparing foods, only under constant supervision, not nearer than 10 feet to any building, in a substantial burner built of metal, concrete or brick.
B. 
Burning leaves, clippings or wood.
(1) 
No person shall burn any wood, grass, leaves, rubbish or other combustible materials upon the streets or alleys in the Village at any time, except as provided in Subsection D of this section.
(2) 
Except as otherwise provided in the Village ordinances, no person, firm or corporation shall burn any wood upon any property in the Village.
(3) 
Leaves and plant clippings may be burned on private property between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and sunset during the period running from the 15th day of April through the first day of June and the period running from the first day of October through the 15th day of November of each year, unless a county burning ban is in effect.
(4) 
At no time shall the smoke or heat created by such burning be an annoyance or discomfort to the neighborhood or the traveling public.
C. 
Transporting fire. No person shall carry, keep or maintain any fire in, through or upon any public thoroughfare or premises, except within an approved closed, secure pan, vessel or vehicle.
D. 
Restrictions. No person shall build or burn any bonfire or burn in the open any wood, grass, trash, rubbish or other material or permit the same to be done within the Village upon any street, court or alley or upon or in any premises, unless such burning activity is within the following exceptions:
(1) 
Fires set for practice and instruction of fire fighters.
(2) 
Interior fireplaces or woodburning stoves.
(3) 
Charcoal or gas grills used for noncommercial outdoor cooking.
(4) 
Woodburning portable outdoor fireplaces that are fully screened and covered.
(5) 
Special Village, school or church events involving outdoor cooking devices and bonfires as recommended by the incident commander and approved by the Village Board.
(6) 
In-ground fire pits no more than three feet in diameter (interior measurement of the ring) which are surrounded with an enclosure of rock, brick, cement block or a similar material. Such pits shall be located no less than 15 feet from a property line and no less than 20 feet from any structure. Any fire built in such a pit will be completely within the enclosed area, and no combustible material shall extend onto or outside of the enclosure.
E. 
Supervision and control. Any open burning shall be constantly attended by a competent individual at least 16 years of age. No open fire shall be left burning or smoldering unattended. Adequate materials for extinguishing any open fire shall be readily available to the individual attending the fire.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Amended 10-11-2011]
Individual property owners within the Village of Woodville receiving fire-fighting and fire-protection services will be charged a fee as set by the United Fire and Rescue District, per call, for actual fire-fighting and fire-protection services provided to their individual property plus any out-of-pocket expenses incurred for heavy equipment rented from third parties, nondistrict personnel for handling hazardous substances, etc.
[Added 4-13-2004 (Sec. 5-2-11 of the 1996 Code); amended 10-11-2011]
A. 
From and after the effective date of this section, each residence, place of business, or other primary building structure within the Village of Woodville shall be required to have assigned to it, from and through the Village, a street identification number.
(1) 
All such assigned identification numbers shall be placed:
(a) 
Upon a mailbox;
(b) 
Upon a signpost located at or near the front property line; or
(c) 
Upon a building (only if such building is located within 20 feet of the right-of-way) on or as close as possible to the entrance door.
(2) 
All such identification numbers shall be at least three inches in height, shall be of a contrasting color to the color of the surface to which they are affixed and shall be visible from both directions from the abutting public right-of-way. (Example: If the right-of-way runs north and south, then the numbers must be visible from north of the mailbox or signpost and south of the mailbox or signpost; on culs-de-sac, the numbers must be visible from all angles.)
(3) 
This section shall not prohibit the assigned numbers from being written out in addition to the numerical numbers required above.
B. 
Variances. The Village Board may grant variances from the terms of this section if a property owner can demonstrate that a literal enforcement of this section will be unduly burdensome or would defeat its purpose and intent.
C. 
Enforcement. Any person who shall violate the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalty specified in § 1-4 of this Code.
The following orders, rules and regulations of the Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly the Department of Commerce), all of which are set forth in the Wisconsin Administrative Code as from time to amended, are incorporated herein by reference and adopted as part of this chapter:
A. 
Chapter Comm 7, Explosives and Fireworks.
B. 
Chapter Comm 10, Flammable, Combustible and Hazardous Liquids.
C. 
Chapter Comm 14, Fire Prevention.
D. 
Chapter Comm 32, Public Employee Safety and Health.
E. 
Chapter Comm 40, Gas Systems.
F. 
Chapter Comm 43, Anhydrous Ammonia.
G. 
Chapters Comm 60 to 66, Commercial Building Code.
H. 
Wisconsin Electrical Code.
[Added 3-10-2015]
A. 
The Fire Chief shall hold the office of Fire Inspector, with power to appoint one or more deputy fire inspectors who shall perform the same duties and have the same powers as the Fire Inspector.
B. 
Whenever or wherever in the Village any inspection by the Fire Chief or their deputies reveals a fire hazard, the Chief or their deputies shall serve notice, in writing, upon the owner of the property, giving the owner a reasonable time in which to remove the hazard. If the fire hazard is not removed within the time allowed, it shall be deemed a nuisance. The Fire Chief or their deputy is authorized to have the same removed by the Village, and the cost of such removal shall be charged on the tax roll against the property.
C. 
The Chief shall keep a written record card of each property inspected which shall conform to the requirements of the Department of Commerce and shall make the quarterly report of inspections required by the Department of Commerce.
D. 
No person shall deny the Chief or their deputies' free access to any property within the Village at any reasonable time for the purpose of making fire inspections. No person shall hinder or obstruct the Fire Inspector in the performance of their duty or refuse to observe any lawful direction given by them.
E. 
The following provisions of the Wisconsin Administrative Code are hereby adopted by reference:
Wis. Adm. Code
Title
Comm 61 to 65
Commercial Building Code
NFPA 10
Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers
Comm 40
Gas Systems
Comm 10
Flammable and Combustible Liquids
NFPA 385
Tank Vehicles for Flammable and Combustible Liquids
NFPA 30
Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
NFPA 58
Liquefied Petroleum Gases
Comm 75 to 79
Existing Buildings
NEC 110-700
As recognized by Department of Commerce
NFPA 211
Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances
NFPA 13
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
NFPA 72
National Fire Alarm Code
F. 
Except as otherwise provided, any person found to be in violation of any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.