City of Watertown, WI
Dodge / Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Watertown by Ord. No. 76-53 (§ 25.09 of the former City Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalties — See Ch. 1, Art. I.
[Amended by Ord. No. 90-7; Ord. No. 13-39[1]]
Pursuant to § 66.0113(1)(a), Wis. Stats., the City hereby elects to use the citation method of enforcement of all its ordinances, including ordinances for which a statutory counterpart exists.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
The citation shall contain the following:
A. 
The name and address of the alleged violator.
B. 
Factual allegations describing the alleged violation.
C. 
The time and place of the offense.
D. 
The section of the ordinance violated.
E. 
A designation of the offense in such a manner as can readily be understood by a person making a reasonable effort to do so.
F. 
The time at which the alleged violator may appear in court.
G. 
A statement which informs the alleged violator:
(1) 
That a cash deposit based on the schedule established by this chapter may be made and shall be delivered or mailed to the Police Department prior to the time of the scheduled court appearance.
(2) 
That if a deposit is made, no appearance in court is necessary unless he is subsequently summoned.
(3) 
That if the alleged violator makes a cash deposit and does not appear in court, he or she either will be deemed to have tendered a plea of no contest and submitted to a forfeiture, plus costs, fees and surcharges imposed under Ch. 814, Wis. Stats., not to exceed the amount of the deposit, or will be summoned into court to answer the complaint if the court does not accept the plea of no contest.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(4) 
That if the alleged violator does not make a cash deposit and does not appear in court at the time specified, the court may issue a summons or a warrant for the defendant's arrest or consider the nonappearance to be a plea of no contest and enter judgment under § 66.0113(3)(d), Wis. Stats., or the municipality may commence an action against the alleged violator to collect the forfeiture, plus costs, fees and surcharges imposed under Ch. 814, Wis. Stats.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II); this ordinance also repealed original subsection (g)(5), pertaining to the right to a jury trial, which was amended by Ord. No. 78-25 and which immediately followed this subsection.
(5) 
That if the court finds that the violation involves an ordinance that prohibits conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct prohibited by state statute punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both, and that the violation resulted in damage to the property of or physical injury to a person other than the alleged violator, the court may summon the alleged violator into court to determine if restitution shall be ordered under § 800.093, Wis. Stats.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
H. 
A direction that if the alleged violator elects to make a cash deposit, the statement which accompanies the citation shall be signed to indicate that the statement required under Subsection G has been read. Such statement shall be sent or brought with the cash deposit.
I. 
Such other information as the City deems necessary.
The form of the citation to be used by the City is on file in the office of the City Clerk/Treasurer and is adopted by reference.
[Amended by Ord. No. 78-25; Ord. No. 13-17[1]]
The cash deposits for the various ordinances for which a citation may be issued are included on the deposit schedule established by the Municipal Judge and approved by the Common Council, a copy of which is on file with the City Clerk/Treasurer as well as in the offices of the Chief of Police and the City Attorney.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Law enforcement officers. Any law enforcement officer may issue citations authorized under this chapter.
B. 
City officials.
(1) 
The following City officials may issue citations with respect to those specified ordinances which are directly related to their official responsibilities:
(a) 
City Attorney.
(b) 
Fire Chief.
(c) 
Health Officer.
(d) 
Building Inspector.
(e) 
Electrical Inspector.
(f) 
Water Systems Manager.
[Amended by Ord. No. 04-27]
(g) 
Truancy Abatement Officer.
[Amended by Ord. No. 04-34]
(h) 
Street Superintendent.
[Amended by Ord. No. 05-06]
(i) 
Assistant Street Superintendent.
[Amended by Ord. No. 05-06]
(j) 
Zoning Administrator.
[Added 7-5-2017 by Ord. No. 17-19]
(k) 
Plumbing Inspector.
[Added 7-5-2017 by Ord. No. 17-19]
(l) 
Community Service Officer.
[Added 7-5-2017 by Ord. No. 17-19]
(m) 
Building, Safety and Zoning Code Compliance Officer.
[Added 6-4-2019 by Ord. No. 19-8]
(2) 
Such City officials may delegate their authority to issue such citations to their subordinates.
[Amended by Ord. No. 88-3]
C. 
Police auxiliary officers. Police auxiliary officers may enforce regulations under Chs. 497 or 500, citable under the Police Department "Notice of Parking Violation" form of citation. This section does not authorize issuance of Wisconsin uniform traffic or nontraffic municipal citations.
[Added 7-5-2017 by Ord. No. 17-19]
Section 66.0113(3), Wis. Stats., relating to violator's options and procedure on default, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference.
A. 
Other ordinance. Adoption of this chapter does not preclude the Common Council from adopting any other ordinance or providing for the enforcement of any other law or ordinance relating to the same or other matter.
B. 
Other remedies. The issuance of a citation hereunder shall not preclude the City or any authorized officer from proceeding under any other ordinance or law or by any other enforcement method to enforce any ordinance, regulation or order.
[Amended by Ord. No. 78-25; Ord. No. 13-40]
Chapter 800 of the Wisconsin Statutes outlining the Municipal Court procedure is adopted by reference in this Code with the exception of § 800.10(1) and (2).