Town of Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Oconomowoc as Secs. 14.03 and 14.05 of the 1986 Town Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 108.
Mobile homes and mobile home parks — See Ch. 200.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 265.
The uniform address system of the Town shall be based on and become a part of a uniform address system for Waukesha County, as recommended by the County Board. All provisions herein relating to the establishment of a uniform address system for the County are hereby approved, and such provisions as are applicable to the Town, as more specifically set forth in the following sections, are hereby adopted by the Town Board.
There is hereby established a uniform system of numbering properties fronting on all streets, highways and rights-of-way in the Town, and all existing residences and places of business and all residences and places of business which are hereafter constructed shall be numbered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
A. 
Baselines, as recommended for a uniform county address system, shall be used for determining the numbering in the Town. The east-west baseline, as recommended shall be used for numbering along all streets running north and south. This baseline shall be a continuation of the east-west baseline used in Milwaukee County and shall be the north or top line of §§ 31 and 36, inclusive, in the Towns of Brookfield, Pewaukee, Delafield and Summit. Its numerical designation shall be "1." A north-south baseline, as recommended, shall be used for numbering along all streets running in a westerly direction. This baseline shall be the eastern boundary of Waukesha County and its numerical designation shall be "124."
B. 
Each property north of the east-west baseline and facing a street running in a northerly direction shall carry an address indicating its position west of the north-south baseline and its position north of the east-west baseline.
C. 
Each property south of the east-west baseline and facing a street running in a southerly direction shall carry an address indicating its position west of the north-south baseline and its position south of the east-west baseline.
D. 
Each property west of the north-south baseline and facing a street running in a westerly direction shall carry an address indicating its position either north or south of the east-west baseline and its position west of the north-south baseline.
E. 
Properties on diagonal or curvilinear streets shall be numbered the same as, or similarly to, properties on northerly or southerly streets if the diagonal or curvilinear streets run more from the north to the south; the same shall hold for diagonal or curvilinear streets which run more from the east to the west in that properties on such streets shall be numbered the same as, or similarly to, properties on westerly streets.
F. 
Where the general direction of a diagonal or curvilinear street has a deviation of exactly 45°, the direction of the street shall be considered as being northerly or southerly.
A system of invisible rectangular blocks shall be established as a control grid in the following manner in conformity with the recommended uniform county address system:
A. 
The established section lines shall form a basis for the block system and in a westerly direction from the eastern boundary of the county, the first five sections, extending through the Towns of Menomonee, Brookfield, New Berlin and Muskego, shall be divided into 16 blocks each. These invisible block lines shall have numerical designations of from "124" at the county line to "220" at the western town lines of Muskego, New Berlin, Brookfield and Menomonee. Westward through the remaining towns the sections shall be divided into 10 blocks each, and the block lines shall have numerical designations of from "220" to "400," the latter being at the west edge of the county.
B. 
In a northerly direction from the east-west baseline, the first and second rows of sections shall be divided into 11 blocks each, the third row into eight blocks, and the fourth row into nine blocks. From and including the fifth row northward to the north county line, the sections shall be divided into eight blocks each. These invisible block lines shall have numerical designations of from "1," the baseline, to "96" at the north county line.
C. 
In a southerly direction from the east-west baseline, the first row of sections shall be divided into 13 blocks and the second row into nine blocks. From and including the third row southward to the south county line, the sections shall be divided into eight blocks each. These invisible block lines shall have the numerical designations of from "1," the baseline, to "111" at the south county line.
A. 
One hundred numbers shall be assigned to each invisible block, regardless of discrepancies in block sizes. Properties on the north and east sides of streets shall bear even numbers, and properties on the south and west sides of streets shall bear odd numbers.
B. 
The number assigned to each property shall be composed of two parts. The first part, or street designation, shall be composed of a directional letter, "N," "S," "W," followed by the number of the appropriate block line.
C. 
The second part of the property number, the block and house designation, shall be composed of a directional letter followed by the number of the appropriate block line plus two additional digits indicating the relative position of the property in the block.
D. 
For a block which lies south of the east-west baseline, the designation of the block shall be by the block line numbers of its north and its east boundaries. For a block which lies north of the east-west baseline, the designation of the block shall be by the block line numbers of its south and its east boundaries.
E. 
Properties and street intersections contained within any block shall bear numbers and directional letters related to the point of intersection of the block boundary lines stipulated in the subsection next above.
The point from which any property shall be assigned its proper number shall be determined as follows:
A. 
Where land has been subdivided or platted into lots, the center point of the frontage line of each parcel shall be the point of determination.
B. 
In cases of farm residences or other residences or business places situated on large acreage or away from other development, the point of determination shall be the intersection of the center line of the principal driveway with the street or highway right-of-way line.
C. 
The proper number shall be determined and assigned by the Clerk.
A. 
Streets which are extensions of streets in Milwaukee County shall bear the name by which they are known in that county, except that directional prefixes, if any, shall be dropped. No directional prefix shall be used on any local street.
B. 
All numerical street names shall be abandoned and other names substituted.
C. 
A list shall be compiled by the Clerk of all existing street names in the Town, and no future street shall be given a name which duplicates or approximates an existing name. Cooperation shall be sought with all towns and municipalities in the county to the end that duplication of street names shall be minimized.
D. 
The Town shall cooperate with neighboring towns, villages and cities to the end that streets which are continuous from one municipality or town to another municipality or town may have but one name when such single name would be desirable.
E. 
The Town Board shall have authority to accept or reject proposed names of new streets and, where there is clearly a conflict or duplication in existing names, may direct the changing of one or more such names so that conflict or duplication may be minimized. The Board, if it sees fit, may hold public hearings at which interested property owners may express their views concerning the naming or renaming of a street or streets.
A. 
For the purpose of facilitating the establishment and continuing workability of a uniform address system in the Town, there shall be prepared and kept on file in the office of the Clerk a plat book showing the proper addresses of all residences and places of business within the Town. The Clerk shall inform any person applying therefor of the number or numbers and approved street names belonging to a lot or property. In case of doubt as to the proper address belonging to any property, the Clerk shall make the final determination.
B. 
Within 30 days after the final approval of any new subdivision or other division of land, the Clerk shall assign addresses to each new building site. Record shall be kept of the assignments and a copy shall be provided for the developer at his request.
[Added 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-1[1]]
A. 
Uniform emergency service signage. The requirements of §§ 85-1 through 85-8 shall remain in full force and effect; however, the requirement to place house numbers on posts within 75 feet of the main roadway shall no longer be required. Further, it is required that each property owner comply with the following uniform emergency service signage regulations for the purpose of public health, safety and welfare.
(1) 
Signs required. Uniform emergency service signs are required to be placed at the driveway entrance to all properties or at the intersection of private roads with main highways. Signs shall be placed initially by the contractor retained by the Town, with the cost thereof to be a special charge to the property owner pursuant to the provisions of § 66.0627, Wis. Stats. Replacement of signs shall be the obligation of the property owner and shall be at the property owner's expense.
(2) 
Style. Signs shall be 18 inches by six inches (small sign) or 20 inches by eight inches (large sign) in size, with blue reflective background and white reflective numeric characters and border for the assigned address. Where the speed limit at the subject property is 35 mph or greater, a large sign shall be installed. Where the speed limit at the subject property is less than 35 mph, a small sign shall be installed.
(3) 
Installation. Posts shall be a 6 1/2 foot steel channel post installed not less than 18 inches into the ground. Posts shall be used for address identification only. No other signs shall be placed on the address post.
(4) 
Primary location. Signs shall be installed approximately 15 feet from either side of the driveway, with the right side of the driveway being the priority side, and the left side of the driveway being the first alternate location. Signs shall be installed on the back edge of the road right-of-way no greater than 15 feet from the edge of the pavement.
(5) 
Alternate location. Alternative locations may be determined by the Public Works Superintendent if necessary due to foliage, lot line boundaries, the presence of utilities, or other obstructions that would compromise the effectiveness of the sign if installed in either the right (primary) or left (first alternate) location. Alternate locations do not include affixing the sign to any building or other permanent structure.
(6) 
The Town shall employ a contractor of its choosing to perform the installation of the new emergency service signs. The cost of the new installation shall be paid by a one-time special charge. The special charge shall be established through a separate Town resolution and shall be paid as a special charge on the next tax bill and shall be included in the current or next tax roll for collection.
(7) 
For all new construction subsequent to the adoption of this section, a separate fee shall be paid for the address number installation on said property at the time of obtaining a building permit. This fee shall be established through a separate Town resolution.
(8) 
Private roads shall be marked with Town-installed signs at the intersection of the private road and the Town road and at the primary location set forth in § 85-9A(4). Summary signs at the intersection of the private road and the Town road shall be at the cost of the Town.
(9) 
Unique properties. Condominium units in single structures shall have only an address sign at the access drive. Business sites with multiple units shall have one sign or summary sign at the intersection of the access drive and the Town road.
(10) 
Maintenance. Property owners shall maintain the address numbers located on their properties in good and visible condition at all times. No property owner may change the placement location of the sign after installation without the express written consent of the Public Works Superintendent. Maintenance shall include keeping the address numbers clear of organic growth, debris and other impediments so as to preserve a direct line of sight from the roadway.
(11) 
Replacement/new construction. The Town shall install replacement address numbers for a property owner at the property owner's expense. The property owner shall be charged the current fee for replacement signs and signs for new construction. For all new construction subsequent to the adoption of this section, a separate fee shall be paid for the address number installation on said property, in conjunction with obtaining a building permit. This fee shall be established through a separate Town resolution. The cost for a new/replacement sign shall be paid to the Town Clerk-Treasurer within 30 days of the date of installation of the new/replacement sign. In the event the special charge is not fully paid, the delinquent special charge shall become a lien on the property and shall be included in the current or next tax roll for collection as allowed by § 66.0627(4), Wis. Stats. The special charge shall be established through a separate Town resolution. The Town shall install replacement address numbers for property owners at the Town's expense in the event of loss or damage to any numbers caused by the Town.
(12) 
Administration.
(a) 
The Town Clerk, the Clerk's designee, or other person designated by the Town Board shall be responsible for maintaining the numbering system.
(b) 
The Town Clerk shall keep a record of all address numbers assigned. The Town Clerk shall maintain a plat book and/or map showing the addresses of all parcels in the Town.
(c) 
Upon completion of the assignment of a uniform emergency service sign, the Town Clerk shall instruct the Public Works Superintendent to erect a new sign at the designated location. The Public Works Superintendent shall monitor the placement and the condition of installed signs and posts, and when necessary advise the Town Clerk of the necessity to replace damaged signs or posts or correct unacceptable sign locations.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 85-9, Installation of numbers, as amended.
[Added 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-1[1]]
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any person found to be in violation of any provision of this chapter or any rule or order promulgated hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, of this Code.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 85-10, New buildings.
[2]
Editor's Note: Former §§ 85-11, Notice; failure to comply, and 85-12, Violations and penalties, were repealed 2-3-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-1.