Village of Argyle, WI
Lafayette County
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[Adopted 12-7-2005 as Title 1, Ch. 1, Secs. 1-1-2, 1-1-6 and 1-1-7, of the 2005 Village Code]
The following rules or meanings shall be applied in the construction and interpretation of ordinances codified in this Code unless such application would be clearly inconsistent with the plain meaning or intent of the ordinances:
A. 
Acts by agents. When an ordinance requires an act be done by a person which may be legally performed by an authorized agent of that principal person, the requirement shall be construed to include all acts performed by such agents.
B. 
Code and Code of Ordinances. The words "Code," "Code of Ordinances" and "Municipal Code" when used in any section of this Code shall refer to this Code of Ordinances of the Village of Argyle unless the context of the section clearly indicates otherwise.
C. 
Computation of time. In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by these ordinances, the day of the act or event from which the period of time begins to run shall not be included, but the last day of the period shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday or a legal holiday. If the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than seven days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall be excluded in the computation. As used in this section, "legal holiday" means any statewide legal holiday specified by state law.
D. 
Fine. The term "fine" shall be the equivalent of the word "forfeiture," and vice versa.
E. 
Gender. Use has been made of masculine pronouns in these ordinances solely for the sake of brevity. Unless specifically stated to the contrary, this Code is gender neutral and words in these ordinances referring to the masculine gender shall also be construed to apply to females, and vice versa.
F. 
General rule. All words and phrases shall be construed according to their plain meaning in common usage. However, words or phrases with a technical or special meaning shall be understood and construed according to that technical or special meaning if such is the intent of the ordinances.
G. 
Joint authority. All words purporting to give a joint authority to three or more Village officers or employees shall be construed as giving such authority to a majority of such officers or other persons.
H. 
Officers. The term "officers" shall refer solely to local offices created by state statute.
I. 
Officials. The term "officials" shall mean all Village officers and employees.
J. 
Person. The word "person" shall mean any of the following entities: natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations, bodies politic or any other entity of any kind which is capable of being sued.
K. 
Repeal. When any ordinance having the effect of repealing a prior ordinance is itself repealed, such repeal shall not be construed to revive the prior ordinance or any part thereof, unless expressly so provided.
L. 
Singular and plural. Every word in these ordinances referring to the singular number only shall also be construed to apply to several persons or things, and every word in these ordinances referring to a plural number shall also be construed to apply to one person or thing.
M. 
Tense. The use of any verb in the present tense shall not preclude the interpretation of the verb in the future tense where appropriate.
N. 
Wisconsin Statutes. The term "Wisconsin Statutes" and its abbreviation as "Wis. Stats." shall mean, in these ordinances, the Wisconsin Statutes as of the adoption of this Code, as amended or renumbered from time to time.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
O. 
Wisconsin Administrative Code. The term "Wisconsin Administrative Code" and its abbreviation as "Wis. Adm. Code" shall mean the Wisconsin Administrative Code as of the adoption of this Code, as amended or renumbered from time to time.
P. 
Village. The term "Village" shall mean the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.
A. 
General penalty. Except where a penalty is provided elsewhere 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:
(1) 
First offense - penalty. Any person who shall violate any provision of this Code shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $25 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 such forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding 90 days.
(2) 
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 within one year shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $50 nor more than $1,000 for each such offense together with 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 of prosecution 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 Code shall preclude the Village from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of any provision of this Code.
C. 
Other remedies. The Village shall have any and all other remedies afforded by the Wisconsin Statutes in addition to the forfeitures and costs of prosecution above.
D. 
Court authority to impose alternative juvenile dispositions and sanctions.
(1) 
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 and this section.
(2) 
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 municipal court is authorized to impose any of the sanctions listed in § 938.355(6)(d), Wis. Stats., in accordance with the provisions of those statutes.
(3) 
This section is enacted under the authority of § 938.17(2)(cm), Wis. Stats.
E. 
Juvenile disposition alternatives for alcohol/drug offenses.
(1) 
If a juvenile is found to have engaged in underage drinking of alcohol, drinking of alcohol on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity, falsifying proof of age, possessing drug paraphernalia, delivery of drug paraphernalia to a minor in violation of Village ordinances, the Court may order any of the following:
(a) 
Penalties:
[1] 
A forfeiture.
[2] 
Suspension or revocation of the juvenile's driver's license.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: An original subsection pertaining to supervised work programs, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
(b) 
After ordering any of the above penalties, the Court may, with the juvenile's agreement, enter an additional order staying the execution of the penalty order and suspending or modifying the penalty imposed and may require the juvenile to do any of the following:
[1] 
Submit to an alcohol or other drug abuse (AODA) assessment.
[2] 
Participate in an outpatient AODA treatment program if an AODA assessment recommends treatment.
[3] 
Participate in an AODA education program.
(2) 
In addition to the dispositions listed above, the Court may order a juvenile to participate in a teen court program if the following conditions are satisfied:
(a) 
The chief judge of the judicial administrative district has approved a teen court program established in the juvenile's county of residence and the judge determines that participation in the court program will likely benefit the juvenile and the community.
(b) 
The juvenile admits or pleads no contest to the allegations that the juvenile committed the violation in open court with the juvenile's parent, guardian or legal custodian present.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
(c) 
The juvenile has not successfully completed participation in a teen court program during the two years before the date of the alleged violation.
(3) 
If the Court finds that a juvenile's parent or guardian is unable to provide or refuses to provide court-ordered AODA services for a juvenile through his or her health insurance or other third-party payments, the Court may order the parent or health insurer to pay.
(4) 
If payment is not attainable as described in Subsection E(3) above, the Court may order the municipality to pay for any AODA services so ordered.
F. 
Dispositional alternatives for other ordinance violations. The Court may impose one or more of the following dispositional alternatives against a juvenile found to have violated a municipal ordinance for which no penalty is otherwise provided, as follows:
(1) 
Counseling for the juvenile and/or the parent or guardian.
(2) 
A forfeiture not to exceed the maximum forfeiture that may be imposed on an adult for committing the same violation.
(3) 
If the forfeiture is for a violation that is only applicable to a juvenile, the maximum forfeiture amount is $50 plus costs.
(4) 
Suspend a fishing, hunting or driving license from 90 days to five years for failure to pay the forfeiture.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
(5) 
Order the juvenile to participate in a supervised work program or other community service work.
(6) 
Order participation in an AODA assessment, an outpatient AODA treatment or an AODA education program.
(7) 
Order participation in a pupil assistance program provided by the juvenile's school, provided the juvenile's school agrees.
(8) 
In addition to the dispositions listed above, the Court may order a juvenile to participate in a teen court program if the following conditions are satisfied:
(a) 
The chief judge of the judicial administrative district has approved a teen court program established in the juvenile's county of residence and the judge determines that participation in the court program will likely benefit the juvenile and the community.
(b) 
The juvenile admits or pleads no contest to the allegations that the juvenile committed the violation in open court with the juvenile's parent, guardian or legal custodian present.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
(c) 
The juvenile has not successfully completed participation in a teen court program during the two years before the date of the alleged violation.
G. 
Violation of juvenile dispositional orders. The Court may impose the following sanctions on a juvenile who has violated a Village ordinance and who has violated a condition of his or her dispositional order:
(1) 
Suspend the juvenile's operating privilege for a period of not more than 90 days.
(2) 
Detain the juvenile in his or her home or current residence for not more than 30 days without electronic monitoring.
(3) 
Order not more than 25 hours of community service work in a supervised work program.
H. 
Municipal court costs. Pursuant to § 814.65(1), Wis. Stats., as amended, the Village of Argyle authorizes the Municipal Judge to collect a fee of $23 on each separate matter, whether it is on default of appearance, a plea of guilty or no contest, on issuance of a warrant or summons, or the action is tried as a contested matter.
Whenever any standard code, rule, regulation, statute or other written or printed matter is adopted by reference, it shall be deemed incorporated in this Code as if fully set forth herein, and the Village Clerk-Treasurer shall maintain in his/her office a copy of any such material as adopted and as amended from time to time. Materials on file at the Village Clerk-Treasurer's office shall be considered public records open to reasonable examination by any person during the office hours of the Village Clerk-Treasurer, subject to such restrictions on examination as the Clerk-Treasurer imposes for the preservation of the material.