[Adopted as § 1.002 of the 2000 Code; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III)]
Terms used in this Code, unless specifically defined in this Code, have the same meanings prescribed by the Wisconsin Statutes for the same terms, or if not defined in this Code or the statutes, then their usual and customary meanings.
In the construction of this Code, the following rules shall be observed unless such construction would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the ordinance:
Wisconsin Statutes. All references to "Wisconsin Statutes" or "Wis. Stats." mean the Wisconsin Statutes as of the adoption of this Code and as they may be amended from time to time.
Gender, singular and plural. Every word in this Code imparting the masculine gender may extend and be applied to females as well as males, and every word imparting the singular number only may extend and be applied to several persons or things as well as to one person or thing, provided that these rules of construction shall not be applied to any provision which contains any express language excluding such construction or when the subject matter or context of such provision may be repugnant thereto.
Person. The word "person" extends and applies to natural persons, firms, corporations, associations, partnerships or other bodies politic and to all entities capable of being sued, unless plainly inapplicable.
Acts of agents. When a provision requires an act to be done which may by law as well be done by an agent as by the principal, such requirement shall be construed to include all such acts when done by an authorized agent.
Tense. The use of any verb in the present tense shall not preclude the interpretation of the verb in the future tense, where appropriate.
Shall and may. The word "shall" is mandatory; the word "may" is discretionary.
As used in this Code, the following specific terms shall be defined as follows:
- Includes the failure or omission to do something which should have been done, or which was required to be done, under the circumstances then existing.
- The Village Board of the Village of Hobart, and similarly the title of any other official, board or commission shall refer to that of the Village of Hobart unless otherwise stated.
- The Village of Hobart Code (this Code).
- Brown County.
- An ordinance of the Village of Hobart and all amendments thereto included in this Code; and any ordinance passed and published but not yet included in this Code.
- Any natural individual, firm, partnership, trust, estate, club, association or corporation. As applied to partnerships or associations, the term includes the partners or members thereof; as applied to corporations, the term includes the officers, agents or employees thereof who are responsible for the act referred to.
- State of Wisconsin.
- Village of Hobart, Brown County, Wisconsin.