Village of Richfield, WI
Washington County
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As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMISSION or BOARD
A permanent body of the Village whose members are officially appointed and empowered to exercise designated governmental functions. When used in this article, the term "board" shall not include the Village Board.
COMMITTEE
An official body of the Village to which has been delegated particular duties which are to be performed in the expectation that such acts will be confirmed by the Village Board, or that its recommendations and advice will be of aid and assistance to the Village Board in determining what acts and functions the Village should perform. The Village Board shall set the duties and tenure of all committees. All committees of the Village shall have a sunset date set by the Village Board so that each committee accomplishes its goals and objectives in a timely manner. The Village Board may, at its discretion, extend the sunset date of a committee.
The following commissions and boards are created to perform such duties as required by the Wisconsin Statutes, rules and regulations, the Village ordinances, and as determined by the Village Board from time to time:
A. 
Plan Commission.
B. 
Park Commission.
C. 
Board of Appeals.
D. 
Board of Review.
E. 
Architectural Review Board.
F. 
Administrative Review Appeals Board.
[Amended 8-15-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-8-2]
As vacancies arise, the following process shall be used to fill those vacancies:
A. 
Notice of vacancy. Upon learning of any vacancy in any Village office, and prior to the expiration of any term of any Village government position, the Village Administrator or his/her designee shall provide a notice of a vacancy in the position. The notice shall encourage all eligible Village residents to apply.
B. 
Manner of providing notice. The notice shall be provided to at least two newspapers or publications having general circulation in the Village and be posted at all official Village posting locations. A paid publication is not required. The Village will also strive to communicate these vacancies in other available forums.
C. 
Timing of notice. The notice shall be provided annually no later than February 15 for all appointments made in April and May. Notice shall be provided at least 30 days prior to the date of the meeting at which the Village Board will consider the appointment to fill vacancies that occur during the year.
D. 
Application forms. Village residents at least 18 years of age may apply for the vacant position by completing an application, in a form provided by the Village. The Village Administrator or his/her designee shall distribute all such completed application forms to all members of the Village Board. The application form requirement shall be waived for incumbent members of all boards, commissions and committees, provided they contact the Village President prior to the application deadline and express their interest in the vacant position.
E. 
Village Board consideration. The Village Board shall review the applications received after initial summary by the Village President. If this Code or other applicable laws authorize the vacant position to be filled by the Village Board, the Village Board shall make the appointment upon consideration from only the applications received. If this Code or other applicable laws authorize the vacant position to be filled by the Village President, the Village President shall make the appointment upon consideration from only the applications received, and Village Board members may offer their recommendations to the Village President at their discretion. If this Code or other applicable law makes the Village President's appointment subject to Village Board confirmation, the Village Board may further consider only the applications received in deciding whether to confirm the appointment. All appointments shall take into consideration the qualifications for members of the specific commission, board or committee as established by the Village Board from time to time. All members of commissions, boards and committees must be residents of the Village and shall serve at the pleasure of the Village Board.
A. 
The Plan Commission shall consist of seven regular members, five of whom are residents of the Village who do not hold an elected office in the Village and are appointed by the Village Board. Subject to the confirmation of the Village Board, the Village President shall appoint the two other members. One or both of such appointees may be Village Board members. The Village President may include himself/herself as one of the Village Board member appointees.
B. 
The Village President may also be the Chair of the Plan Commission or may appoint a Village resident as Chair, for a one-year term in that capacity.
C. 
The term of office of an appointee who is a Trustee or the Village President shall be one year. The term of office of appointees who are not Village Trustees or the Village President shall be three years.
D. 
The Plan Commission shall elect a Vice Chair annually in June.
E. 
Initial appointments in May 2008 shall be staggered as determined by the Village Board.
F. 
The Plan Commission shall have the powers and duties as prescribed in the Village Code.
G. 
The Village Board shall establish annually the compensation to be paid to members to defray expenses related to service on the Commission.
H. 
A majority of the members of the Plan Commission shall constitute a quorum. If there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered in the minutes, and the meeting shall be adjourned.
A. 
The Park Commission shall consist of five members and two alternate members, six of whom are residents of the Village who do not hold an elected office in the Village and are appointed by the Village Board. The Village President shall appoint the seventh member, with confirmation by the Village Board. The member appointed by the Village President shall serve as Chair of the Park Commission.
[Amended 8-15-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-8-2]
B. 
None of the members shall hold any other public office in the Village.
C. 
Members shall be appointed to staggered three-year terms. Initial appointments in May 2008 shall be staggered as determined by the Village Board.
D. 
The Park Commission shall have the powers and duties as prescribed in the Village Code and such other powers as may be delegated from time to time by the Village Board. No expenditure may be made by the Commission unless the expenditure has been budgeted and specifically approved by the Village Board and Administrator. To the extent this power of the Village Board and the Administrator over expenditures of the Park Commission conflicts with § 27.08(2)(a) or 27.10(1)(b) or (4), Wis. Stats., the Village of Richfield elects not to be governed by such statutes.
[Amended 8-15-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-8-2]
E. 
The Village Board shall establish annually the compensation to be paid to members to defray expenses related to service on the Park Commission.
F. 
A majority of the members of the Park Commission shall constitute a quorum. If there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered in the minutes, and the meeting shall be adjourned.
G. 
If the Chair is absent from the Park Commission, the Administrator or his/her designee shall call the meeting to order and the Park Commission shall elect a Chair for the meeting.
A. 
The Board of Appeals shall consist of five regular members and two alternate members appointed by the Village Board.
(1) 
Four of the regular members and both alternates shall be appointed by the Village Board.
(2) 
The Village President shall appoint the fifth regular member, with confirmation by the Village Board. The member appointed by the Village President shall serve as Chair of the Board of Appeals.
(3) 
All of the members and alternates shall be residents of the Village who do not hold an elected office in the Village.
B. 
Alternate members shall act only when a regular member is absent or wishes to refrain from voting because of a conflict of interest. Alternates shall be designated as "first alternate" or "second alternate" and shall be selected for service, as needed, accordingly.
C. 
The Board of Appeals shall have the powers and duties as prescribed in the Village Code.
D. 
Members shall be appointed to staggered three-year terms. Initial appointments in May 2008 shall be staggered as determined by the Village Board.
E. 
The Village Board shall establish annually the compensation to be paid to members to defray expenses related to service on the Board.
F. 
No member of the Village Board shall be a member of the Board of Appeals.
G. 
If the Chair is absent from the Board of Appeals, the Planning and Zoning Administrator or his/her designee shall call the meeting to order and the Board of Appeals shall elect a Chair for the meeting.
H. 
A majority of the members of the Board of Appeals shall constitute a quorum. If there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered in the minutes, and the meeting shall be adjourned.
A. 
The Board of Review shall consist of five members and two alternate members.
(1) 
All of the members and alternate members shall be appointed by the Village Board.
(2) 
Two of the appointees may be Village Board members.
(3) 
All of the members and alternates shall be residents of the Village.
(4) 
The Village President shall name a Chair and Vice Chair from those appointed by the Village Board.
B. 
The Village Administrator or designee shall act as Clerk to the Board.
[Amended 8-15-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-8-2]
C. 
The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Review shall receive training as required by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue or its designee.
D. 
All members are appointed in April of odd-numbered years, for a two-year term. Initial appointments shall be for one-year terms.
E. 
The Village Board shall establish annually the compensation to be paid to members to defray expenses related to service on the Board.
F. 
The Board of Review shall have the powers and duties as prescribed to it under § 70.46, Wis. Stats., and other applicable state laws.
G. 
Alternate members shall act when a regular member is absent, wishes to refrain from voting because of conflict of interest or is removed by an objector. Alternates shall be designated as "first alternate" or "second alternate" and shall be selected for service, as needed, accordingly.
H. 
If the Chair is absent from the Board of Review, the Vice Chair shall call the meeting to order and the Board of Review shall commence. If the Chair and Vice Chair are absent, the fact shall be entered in the minutes, and the meeting shall be adjourned.
A. 
The Architectural Review Board shall consist of five members. At least one member shall be an architect. The remaining four members shall have experience in, but not limited to, the following fields: architectural products, real estate, construction, development, design or other specialties involving architectural design, site plan/technical specification reading and interpretation, development finances, etc.
[Amended 8-15-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-8-2]
B. 
The Village President, subject to confirmation by the Village Board, shall appoint one member, who shall be designated as the Chair, and the Village Board shall appoint the other four committee members. All appointments shall be for staggered three-year terms.
C. 
No more than one of the appointees may be a Village Board member. No more than one of the appointees may be a Plan Commission member. Initial appointments shall be staggered as determined by the Village Board.
D. 
The Architectural Review Board shall have the powers and duties of hearing, reviewing and acting upon items as brought forward by the Planning and Zoning Administrator and/or Building Inspector, to provide recommendation to the Plan Commission. The Board may call upon the review of other specialists, at the cost of the applicant, to determine the integrity and validity of the building and/or project.
E. 
The Plan Commission Chair and Village Board President and/or Village Trustee shall not serve as the Architectural Review Board Chair. The Village Board may delegate other duties and responsibilities to this Board on an as-needed basis.
F. 
The Village Board shall establish annually the compensation to be paid to members to defray expenses related to service on the Board.
G. 
A majority of the members of the Architectural Review Board shall constitute a quorum. If there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered in the minutes, and the meeting shall be adjourned.
H. 
If the Chair is absent from the Architectural Review Board, the Planning and Zoning Administrator or his/her designee shall call the meeting to order and the Board shall elect a Chair for the meeting.
A. 
The Administrative Review Appeals Board shall consist of the Village President who shall be its presiding officer, a Village Trustee, and a citizen member.
B. 
The Village Trustee and citizen member shall be appointed in May of odd-numbered years for a two-year term by the Village President, subject to confirmation by the Village Board. Initial appointments shall be for a one-year term.
C. 
The Administrative Review Appeals Board shall have the duty and responsibility of hearing appeals from initial administrative determinations or decisions of Village officials, employees, agents, agencies, committees, boards and commissions filed in accordance with § 68.10, Wis. Stats. In conducting administrative review hearings and making final decisions, the Administrative Review Appeals Board shall be governed by §§ 68.11 and 68.12, Wis. Stats.
D. 
The Village Board shall establish annually the compensation to be paid to members to defray expenses related to service on the Board.
E. 
A majority of the members of the Administrative Review Appeals Board shall constitute a quorum. If there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered in the minutes, and the meeting shall be adjourned.