Town of Lawrence, WI
Brown County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Lawrence 3-12-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alcohol beverages — See Ch. 101.
Animals — See Ch. 107.
Open burning — See Ch. 130.
Explosives and blasting — See Ch. 152.
Hunting — See Ch. 161.
Nuisances — See Ch. 189.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 197.
The following statutes defining offenses against the peace and good order of the state are adopted by reference to define offenses against the peace and good order of the Town, provided that the penalty for commission of such offenses hereunder shall be limited to a forfeiture imposed under Chapter 20, Citations, of the Town of Lawrence.
A. 
Chapter 106, Apprentice, Employment and Equal Rights Programs.
(1) 
Section 106.50, Open housing.
B. 
Chapter 110, Motor Vehicles.
(1) 
Section 110.075(7), Motor vehicle inspection, producing/using inspection sticker fraudulently.
C. 
Chapter 134, Miscellaneous Trade Regulations.
(1) 
Section 134.06, Bonus to chauffeurs for purchases, forbidden.
(2) 
Section 134.65, Cigarette and tobacco products retailer license.
(3) 
Section 134.66, Restrictions on sale or gift of cigarettes or nicotine or tobacco products.
D. 
Chapter 167, Safeguards of Persons and Property.
(1) 
Section 167.10, Regulation of fireworks.
E. 
Chapter 175, Miscellaneous Police Provisions.
(1) 
Section 175.25, Storage of junked automobiles.
F. 
Chapter 173, Animals; Humane Officers.
(1) 
Section 173.10, Investigation of cruelty complaints.
G. 
Chapter 218, Finance Companies, Auto Dealers, Adjustment Companies and Collection Agencies.
(1) 
Section 218.0146, Motor vehicles.
(2) 
Section 218.0147, Purchase or lease of motor vehicle by minor.
H. 
Chapter 254, Environmental Health.
(1) 
Section 254.76, Causing fires by tobacco smoking.
(2) 
Section 254.92, Purchase or possession of cigarettes or tobacco products by person under 18 prohibited.
I. 
Chapter 285, Air Pollution.
(1) 
Section 285.30(2), Motor vehicle emissions limitations.
J. 
Chapter 450, Pharmacy Examining Board.
(1) 
Section 450.11, Prescription drugs and prescription devices, obtaining a prescription drug by fraud.
K. 
Chapter 939, Crimes – General Provisions.
(1) 
Section 939.32, Attempt.
L. 
Chapter 940, Crimes Against Life and Bodily Security.
(1) 
Section 940.19(1), Battery.
(2) 
Section 940.20, Battery: special circumstances.
(3) 
Section 940.225(3m), Fourth degree sexual assault.
(4) 
Section 940.32, Stalking.
M. 
Chapter 941, Crimes Against Public Health and Safety.
(1) 
Section 941.01, Negligent operation of vehicle.
(2) 
Section 941.10, Negligent handling of burning material.
(3) 
Section 941.12(2) and (3), Interfering with fire fighting.
(4) 
Section 941.13, False alarms.
(5) 
Section 941.20, Endangering safety by use of dangerous weapon.
(6) 
Section 941.23, Carrying concealed weapon.
(7) 
Section 941.235, Carrying firearm in public building.
(8) 
Section 941.24, Possession of switchblade knife.
(9) 
Section 941.26, Machine guns and other weapons; use in certain cases; penalty.
(10) 
Section 941.2965(2) and (3)(a), (c) and (d), Restrictions on use of facsimile firearms.
(11) 
Section 941.36, Fraudulent tapping of electric wires or gas or water meters or pipes.
(12) 
Section 941.37, Obstructing emergency or rescue personnel.
N. 
Chapter 942, Crimes Against Reputation, Privacy and Civil Liberties.
(1) 
Section 942.01, Defamation.
(2) 
Section 942.03, Giving false information for publication.
(3) 
Section 942.05, Opening letters.
(4) 
Section 942.06, Use of polygraphs and similar tests.
O. 
Chapter 943, Crimes Against Property.
(1) 
Section 943.01(1), Damage to property.
(2) 
Section 943.012, Criminal damage to or graffiti on religious and other property.
(3) 
Section 943.017, Graffiti.
(4) 
Section 943.07, Criminal damage to railroads.
(5) 
Section 943.11, Entry into locked vehicle.
(6) 
Section 943.125, Entry into locked coin box.
(7) 
Section 943.13, Trespass to land.
(8) 
Section 943.14, Criminal trespass to dwellings.
(9) 
Section 943.145, Criminal trespass to a medical facility.
(10) 
Section 943.15, Entry onto a construction site or into a locked building, dwelling or room.
(11) 
Section 943.20, Theft ($1,000 or less).
(12) 
Section 943.21, Fraud on hotel or restaurant keeper, recreational attraction, taxicab operator, or gas station.
(13) 
Section 943.22, Use of cheating tokens.
(14) 
Section 943.225, Refusal to pay for a motor bus ride.
(15) 
Section 943.23, Operating vehicle without owner's consent.
(16) 
Section 943.24, Issue of worthless check.
(17) 
Section 943.34, Receiving stolen property with less value than $1,000.
(18) 
Section 943.37, Alteration of property identification marks.
(19) 
Section 943.38(3), Forgery.
(20) 
Section 943.41(2), (3)(a) to (d), (4)(b), (5) and (6)(a), (b) and (d), Financial transaction card crimes ($1,000 or less).
(21) 
Section 943.45, Theft of telecommunications service.
(22) 
Section 943.46, Theft of video service.
(23) 
Section 943.47, Theft of satellite cable programming.
(24) 
Section 943.50, Retail theft; theft of services.
(25) 
Section 943.55, Removal of shopping cart.
(26) 
Section 943.61, Theft of library material.
(27) 
Section 943.70, Computer crimes.
P. 
Chapter 944, Crimes Against Sexual Morality.
(1) 
Section 944.15, Public fornication.
(2) 
Section 944.17, Sexual gratification.
(3) 
Section 944.20, Lewd and lascivious behavior.
(4) 
Section 944.21, Obscene material or performance.
(5) 
Section 944.23, Making lewd, obscene or indecent drawings.
(6) 
Section 944.30, Prostitution.
(7) 
Section 944.31, Patronizing prostitutes.
(8) 
Section 944.33, Pandering.
(9) 
Section 944.34, Keeping place of prostitution.
(10) 
Section 944.36, Solicitation of drinks prohibited.
Q. 
Chapter 945, Gambling.
(1) 
Section 945.02, Gambling.
(2) 
Section 945.03, Commercial gambling.
(3) 
Section 945.04, Permitting premises to be used for commercial gambling.
R. 
Chapter 946, Crimes Against Government and Its Administration.
(1) 
Section 946.40, Refusing to aid officer.
(2) 
Section 946.41, Resisting or obstructing officer.
(3) 
Section 946.42, Escape.
(4) 
Section 946.44, Assisting or permitting escape.
(5) 
Section 946.65, Obstructing justice.
(6) 
Section 946.67, Compounding crime.
(7) 
Section 946.69, Falsely assuming to act as a public officer or employee or utility employee.
(8) 
Section 946.70, Impersonating peace officers, fire fighters, or other emergency personnel.
(9) 
Section 946.72, Tampering with public records and notices.
S. 
Chapter 947, Crimes Against Public Peace, Order and Other Interests.
(1) 
Section 947.01, Disorderly conduct.
(2) 
Section 947.012, Unlawful use of telephone.
(3) 
Section 947.013, Harassment.
(4) 
Section 947.015, Bomb scares.
(5) 
Section 947.02(3) and (4), Vagrancy.
(6) 
Section 947.04, Drinking in common carriers.
(7) 
Section 947.06, Unlawful assemblies.
T. 
Chapter 948, Crimes Against Children.
(1) 
Section 948.015, Other offenses against children.
(2) 
Section 948.10, Exposing genitals, pubic area, or intimate parts.
(3) 
Section 948.11, Exposing a child to harmful material or harmful descriptions or narrations.
(4) 
Section 948.21, Neglecting a child.
(5) 
Section 948.40, Contributing to the delinquency of a child.
(6) 
Section 948.45, Contributing to truancy.
(7) 
Section 948.51, Hazing.
(8) 
Section 948.60, Possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
(9) 
Section 948.61, Dangerous weapons other than firearms on school premises.
(10) 
Section 948.63, Receiving property from a child.
U. 
Chapter 951, Crimes Against Animals, §§ 951.01 to 951.15.
V. 
Chapter 961, Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
(1) 
Section 961.38, Improper use of prescription.
(2) 
Section 961.41(3g)(b), Possess or attempt to possess other drugs generally.
(3) 
Section 961.41(3g)(c), Possess or attempt to possess cocaine, etc.
(4) 
Section 961.41(3g)(d), Possess or attempt to possess LSD, methcathinone, etc.
(5) 
Section 961.41(3g)(e), Possess or attempt to possess marijuana (THC).
(6) 
Section 961.573(1), Possession of drug paraphernalia.
(7) 
Section 961.574(1), Manufacture or delivery of drug paraphernalia.
(8) 
Section 961.575(1), Delivery of drug paraphernalia to a minor.
(9) 
Section 961.576, Advertisement of drug paraphernalia.
A. 
Loitering in school and playground areas. No person not in official attendance or on official school business shall enter into, congregate, loiter, wander, stroll, stand or play in any school building or in or about any playground area adjacent thereto within the Town between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on official school days.
B. 
Loitering after being requested to move.
(1) 
In groups or crowds. No person shall loaf or loiter in a group or a crowd upon the public streets or sidewalks or in adjacent doorways or entrances, on street crossings or bridges without invitation from the owner or occupant, after being requested to move by any police officer or by any person in authority at such places.
(2) 
In places of public assembly or use. No person shall loiter, lounge or loaf in or about any depot, theater, dance hall, restaurant, store, mall, public sidewalk, public parking lot or other place of assembly or public use after being requested to move by any police officer or by any person in authority at such place. Upon being requested to move, a person shall immediately comply with such request by leaving the premises or the area thereof.
(3) 
Obstructing highways. No person shall obstruct any street, bridge, sidewalk or crossing by lounging or loitering in or upon the same after being requested to move on by any police officer.
No person owning, harboring or keeping any animal or fowl shall allow the same to run at large within the Town.
A. 
No person shall throw, deposit, place or dump any glass, refuse, waste, filth, tires, wood waste, grass clippings, weeds, shingles, waste from cement trucks or any other litter upon the streets, alleys, highways, public parks or other property of the Town or upon any private property or upon the surface of any body of water within the Town.
B. 
No person shall place anything in a privately owned dumpster not owned by him. No person shall place nonrecyclables at a recycling center.
No person shall resist or interfere with an officer of the Town while such officer is doing any act in his official capacity and with lawful authority, nor shall any person refuse to assist an officer in carrying out his duties when so requested by the officer.
A. 
Presence prohibited during closed hours. All public parks and public playgrounds in the Town shall be closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. No person shall be in any public park or public playground in the Town between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
B. 
Exception. The Town Board or a designee may grant permission to any group wishing to use a specific public park or public playground to use such public park or public playground beyond 10:00 p.m. Permission shall be given in writing and shall contain the name of the group and the name of a responsible person in charge of the group and the date for which permission to use the specific public park or public playground beyond the closed hours is granted.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 197, Parks and Recreation Areas.
A. 
Purpose. The Town wishes to protect its streets, curbs, ditches, sewers and sidewalks from damage due to construction. The Town wishes to protect pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic from construction debris during and after construction projects. This section is written to require proper construction practices and to assure that the above-mentioned goals are met.
B. 
Mud, dust, brush, stumps, etc. No general contractor, building permit holder or owner shall cause, maintain or permit the littering of any public or private streets with mud, dust, brush, stumps, tree limbs, construction debris, piles of dirt after building landscaping is completed or other types of debris, nor shall such person cause damage to any public street, sidewalk, curb, ditch, gutter, sewerage system or property.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Daily cleanup. A general contractor, building permit holder or owner must clean up by 8:00 p.m. each day or at the end of the workday on that site, whichever occurs earlier, and the site must be kept clean as much as feasible during the day.
D. 
Debris in street or on sidewalk. Debris in the street or on the sidewalk that would injure a motor vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist must be removed immediately.
E. 
Disposal of debris at construction sites.
(1) 
No general contractor, subcontractor, owner, permit holder, municipality or municipal subcontractor shall allow any person to leave litter or building debris at a construction site which creates a nuisance. During the course of any construction which requires a permit within the Town, the contractor shall be responsible for having a covered dumpster or other suitable method to properly contain any construction-related debris on the site at all times while construction is conducted on the site.
(2) 
If a general contractor, permit holder or owner does create a nuisance, the Building Inspector shall revoke the building permit until he has complied with this section.
F. 
Damaging curbs, ditches or sidewalks. It is the responsibility of the general contractor, permit holder or owner to inspect all sidewalks, ditches and curbs prior to commencement of work. Any such damage must be reported to the Building Inspector or his designated agent prior to commencement of work. Any damage not reported in that time period will be attributed to the general contractor, building permit holder or owner. No general contractor, building permit holder or owner shall allow any person to run a vehicle over a ditch or curb in the Town, unless that curb shall have been properly blocked or ramped to ensure no damage to the ditch or curb. "Properly blocked" means adequately covered behind the curb with crushed stone to a sufficient depth to protect the back of the curb and a four-by-four planking in front of the curb. All tires crossing the curb shall be supported in this manner. This requirement may be waived by the Building Inspector for good cause.
G. 
Violations.
(1) 
If any general contractor, building permit holder or owner is convicted of three or more violations of this section within a six-month period, the Building Inspector shall have authority to withhold building permits from such general contractor, building permit holder or owner for a period of six months.
(2) 
If any general contractor, building permit holder or owner shall fail to pay any cost of any curb or ditch repair for damage to curbs or ditches caused by such person, the Building Inspector shall have the right to withhold the issuance of building permits to the general contractor, building permit holder or owner until such time as all bills are paid.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(3) 
In addition to any other penalties imposed by this chapter, any general contractor, building permit holder or owner convicted of a violation of this section shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-3 of this Code.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(4) 
In addition to the penalty provided in § 204-16 of this chapter, the Town may clean up or contract to clean up and charge the cost to the general contractor, building permit holder or owner who is found in violation of this section. If the bills are not paid for, the occupancy permit will be withheld.
H. 
Town compliance. The Town will comply with this section, but no penalty shall apply to the Town.
I. 
Liability. The general contractor, permit holder and owner are jointly and severally liable for violations of this section. It is the Town's intention to prosecute violations in the following order:
(1) 
First: general contractor.
(2) 
Second: permit holder.
(3) 
Third: owner.
No person shall run a vehicle over a curb in the Town, unless that curb shall have been properly blocked or planked to ensure no damage to the curb. "Properly blocked" means adequately covered behind the curb with crushed stone to a sufficient depth to protect the back of the curb and a four-by-four planking in front of the curb. All tires crossing the curb shall be supported in this manner. This requirement may be waived by the Building Inspector for good cause.
No person shall enter a motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft or any part thereof belonging to another without the consent of the person in lawful possession of the vehicle, aircraft or watercraft.
The Town hereby adopts § 256.35, Wis. Stats. Any person who intentionally dials the telephone number 911 to report an emergency, knowing in fact that the situation which he or she reports does not exist, shall be fined in accordance with the Town Municipal Bond Schedule.
A. 
Permission required. No person shall enter any building, structure, or business of another without the permission of the owner or person in charge.
B. 
Presumption. Permission to enter shall be presumed when the area is normally open to the public. Permission may be withdrawn by the owner or person in charge.
C. 
Authority to climb. No person shall climb any utility pole or any tower within the Town unless that person has been duly authorized by the Town and/or the utility. No person shall attempt to remove or remove from any utility pole or tower any Town property, including but not limited to flags and decorations, unless that person has been duly authorized by the Town and/or the utility.
[Added 9-22-2008]
A. 
Title and purpose.
(1) 
The title of this section is the "Town of Lawrence Sexual Offender Restrictions Ordinance." This section is a regulatory measure aimed at protecting the health and safety of children in the Town of Lawrence from the risk that sexual offenders convicted of an offense against a child may reoffend in locations close to where children congregate. Given the high rate of recidivism for sexual offenders, and that reducing opportunity and temptation is important to minimizing the risk of reoffense, there is a need to protect children where they congregate or play in public places. Therefore, the Town finds and declares that sexual offenders are a serious threat to the public safety of children if regulatory measures are not in place that prohibit their presence in specified areas designated as places children commonly congregate. The Town of Lawrence finds and declares that in addition to schools and day-care centers, children congregate or play at child-oriented facilities, such as parks and playgrounds.
(2) 
It is not the intent of this section to impose a criminal penalty but rather to serve the Town's compelling interest to promote, protect, and improve the health, safety, and welfare of the children of the Town by prohibiting convicted sexual offenders from loitering or being present in specified areas around locations where children regularly congregate in concentrated numbers. It is the further intent of this section to recognize that convicted sexual offenders must reenter the community, and the Town of Lawrence hereby accepts that it has a responsibility to convicted sexual offenders and the surrounding area municipalities to ensure that, in addition to promoting regulatory measures aimed at protecting children, its regulatory measures are not aimed at prohibiting convicted sexual offenders from being part of this society.
B. 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except when the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
CHILD
A person age 16 or younger for the purpose of this section.
DESIGNATED OFFENDER
Any person who is required to register under § 301.45, Wis. Stats., and is under court-ordered supervision by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for any sexual offense against a child, unless the person is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense and the offender was not tried and convicted of the offense as an adult.
LOITERING
Whether in a group, crowd, or as an individual, to stand idly about, loaf, prowl, congregate, wander, and stand, linger aimlessly, or proceed slowly or with many stops; to delay or dawdle.
MINOR
Any person age 17 or younger.
(1) 
Certain areas that are designated by the Town as areas children congregate, including but not limited to schools, parks, playgrounds, licensed day-care centers, or any other place designated by the Town as a place where children are known to congregate. Restricted zones will not expand beyond the real estate parcel or parcels upon which the building, park, or establishment is located that instigated the Town's designation of such restricted zone but will include contiguous parcels used for ancillary purposes, such as an athletic field located adjacent to a school.
(2) 
The two-hundred-foot radius surrounding all restricted zones.
(3) 
An official map, maintained by the Town, showing restricted zones designated in red and loiter-free zones designated in yellow (the "Restricted Zone Map"). The Town shall update the Restricted Zone Map at least annually to reflect any changes in the location of restricted zones and loiter-free zones. The Restricted Zone Map will be available at the Town's office and on the Town's official website.
C. 
Prohibited location and/or acts.
(1) 
Restricted zones.
(a) 
Restricted zone restrictions. It is unlawful for any designated offender to be physically present within a restricted zone under any of the following circumstances:
[1] 
When children are present or are reasonably presumed or known to be present;
[2] 
Monday through Friday, in a school or day-care center restricted zone and between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.; or
[3] 
In a park or playground restricted zone and between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
(b) 
Restricted zone exceptions. A designated offender may be physically present on any day or time within a restricted zone if all of the following are present:
[1] 
The designated offender has official business, which is determined by the reasonable person standard; and
[2] 
The designated offender is accompanied by another adult who is not a designated offender.
(2) 
Loiter-free zones. It is unlawful for any designated offender to loiter within a restricted zone or loiter-free zone.
(3) 
Holiday prohibition. It is unlawful for any designated offender to participate in holiday events involving children under 16 years of age, such as distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween, wearing a Santa Claus costume on or preceding Christmas or wearing an Easter Bunny costume on or preceding Easter. Holiday events in which the designated offender is the parent or guardian of the child involved, and no nonfamilial children are present, are exempt from this subsection.
D. 
Violations and penalties. A person who violates this section shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-3 of this Code.
[Amended 4-25-2016]
[Amended 4-25-2016; 10-9-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-2]
A. 
A snowmobile trail route has been designated on the north and south sides of Little Rapids Road for approximately 4,000 feet from the west right-of-way at the intersection of Mid Valley Road and Little Rapids Road to the east right-of-way at the northernmost intersection of Lawrence Drive and Little Rapids Road, for the purpose of traveling with a snowmobile. The designated trail route includes a portion on the roadway for approximately 550 feet immediately east of French Road and a portion on the roadway for approximately 550 feet immediately west of Lawrence Drive. The designated trail route includes a crossing of Little Rapids Road approximately halfway between French Road and Lawrence Drive.
B. 
The snowmobile club or snowmobile organization responsible for the snowmobile trail that leads to the roadway trail will be solely responsible for any and all road damages on the designated trail. The degree of damage shall be determined by the Town Board.
C. 
The Town of Lawrence Town Board has the right to rescind this section and close the designated trail on Little Rapids Road for the following reasons:
(1) 
Lack of compensation for needed road repairs due to snowmobiles.
(2) 
Safety issues.
(3) 
Any other issues deemed not to be in the best interest of the Town of Lawrence.
[Amended 4-25-2016]
No person shall throw or shoot any object, stone, snowball or other missile or projectile, by hand or by any other means, at any person or at, in or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public place within the Town.
[Added 6-28-2010; amended 4-25-2016]
The provisions of § 101.123, Wis. Stats., relating to the prohibition of smoking are hereby adopted and incorporated as if fully set forth herein.
Except as otherwise provided herein, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-3 of this Code. In addition to any penalty imposed for violation of this chapter adopting § 943.01(1), Wis. Stats., any person who shall cause physical damage to or destroy any public property shall be liable for the costs of replacing or repairing such damaged or destroyed property. The parent of any unemancipated minor child who violates this chapter adopting § 943.01(1), Wis. Stats., may also be held liable for the cost of repairing such damaged or destroyed property in accordance with § 895.035, Wis. Stats.