Oneida County, WI
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Oneida County. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended by Ord. No. 7-87]
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the statutory provisions in Ch. 23, Wis. Stats., describing and defining regulations with respect to all-terrain vehicles, Chapters 340 to 348, Wis. Stats., describing and defining regulations with respect to vehicles and traffic, and Ch. 350, describing and defining regulations with respect to snowmobiles, exclusive of any provisions therein relating to penalties to be imposed and exclusive of any regulations for which the statutory penalty is a fine or term of imprisonment, are adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by any statute incorporated herein by reference is required or prohibited by this chapter. Any violation of this chapter shall be identified with the prefix "7.01" and the applicable enumerated statutory provision in Chapters 340 to 348, Wis. Stats. Any future amendments, revisions, modifications, repeals and recreations or creations of the statutes incorporated herein are intended to be made part of this chapter in order to secure uniform statewide regulation of all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and traffic on the highways, streets and alleys of the State.
[Amended by Ord. No. 31-2000; Ord. No. 77-2000]
(1) 
Use Restricted. The Buildings and Grounds Committee shall designate those parking areas that shall be used only by persons who are attending County meetings or court functions, persons who are on County business or by County employees or officials who are engaged in County. These restrictions shall be clearly marked.
(2) 
Overnight Parking Prohibited. Except as permitted herein, no person shall park a vehicle overnight in the Courthouse lots. County employees and officials on County business may leave their vehicles in the Courthouse parking lots overnight after notifying the Buildings and Grounds Manager. Rules for such overnight parking shall be developed by the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
(3) 
Parking of Certain Vehicles. Specific vehicle parking stalls may be designated by the Building and Grounds Committee for certain vehicles for special purposes such as, but not limited to, mail delivery and prisoner transport. These spaces shall be clearly marked.
[Added by Ord. No. 77-2000]
(1) 
Restricted Parking. The southwest parking lot, adjacent to the inmate work release entrance, is restricted to work release inmate parking. The northwest parking lot, adjacent to the main entrance, is restricted to visitor parking. The northeast parking lot, adjacent to the employee entrance, is a restricted parking area for County Employees or officials who are engaged in County business.
(2) 
Overnight Parking Prohibited. Overnight parking in any parking lot at the Law Enforcement Center is prohibited unless authorized by the Sheriff's Department.
[Added by Ord. No. 77-2000]
Except as provided in §§ 7.02 and 7.03, and as provided in Chapter 14 Forestry, overnight parking in any parking lot maintained by Oneida County is strictly prohibited.
[Added by Ord. No. 39-83; amended by Ord. No. 77-2000]
Vehicle parking stalls shall be provided in all County parking lots as provided by law for vehicles displaying special registration plates or special identification cards. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Code, the statutory provisions in §§ 346.503 and 346.505, Wis. Stats., are adopted and by reference made a part of this Code as if fully set forth herein and shall be subject to the provisions of §§ 7.01, 7.10 and 7.11 of this chapter. The provisions of Trans § 200.07, Wis. Adm. Code, relating to the design and installation requirements for signs designating parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities are adopted and by reference made a part of this Code as if fully set forth herein.
[Amended by Ord. No. 31-2000; Ord. No. 77-2000]
Whenever the County Sheriff finds a vehicle parked in the Courthouse or Law Enforcement Center parking lots contrary to this section, the deputy shall cause the same to be removed by a towing company. Such vehicle shall be removed to a storage area of such towing company and kept there until the owner presents to the towing company a release from the County Sheriff's Department. The owner shall be responsible for all towing and reasonable storage costs. The Buildings and Grounds Committee and Sheriff's Department may dispose of such vehicles which have been stored pursuant to the same procedures set forth in § 19.27(4) of this General Code.
[Amended by Ord. No. 72-85; Res. No. 94-91; Res. No. 2-92; Res. No. 60-94; Ord. No. 107-99; Ord. No. 108-99; Ord. No. 77-2000; Res. No. 85-2000]
Based upon a traffic and engineering investigation, the maximum permissible speed at which vehicles may be operated on the following described highways, which is established as reasonable and safe pursuant to § 349.11, Wis. Stats., shall be effective, subject to approval by the State Highway Commission and upon erection of standard signs giving notice thereof:
(1) 
35 MPH.
CTH G, from the south corporate limits of the City of Rhinelander, southerly for a distance of 0.4 mile, and 45 mph from a point 0.4 mile from the south corporate limits of the City of Rhinelander to a point 300 feet south of the junction of the entrance road to the Lake Julia Campus of Nicolet College and Technical Institute and CTH G
CTH J, from its junction with US 51 to its junction with STH 47
CTH J, from STH 47 east to Fischer Landing Road
CTH J, from Pinewood Drive to North Rainbow Drive
CTH D, from a point 0.02 mile southwest of its junction with Bird Lake Road easterly to a point 0.19 mile east of its junction with Rainbow Road
(2) 
40 MPH.
CTH K, from its intersection with STH 47 easterly to the west corporate limits of the City of Rhinelander
(3) 
45 MPH.
CTH D, between the bridge over the channel between Chain and Echo Lakes and CTH H
CTH G, between its junctions with CTH Q and US 45
CTH J, from Fischer Landing Road east to the junction of STH 70
CTH Q, between its junction with CTH G and US 45
STH 13, between its junction with CTH G and US 45
STATION 134 to STATION 176, a distance of 4,200 feet
CTH D, from a point 0.08 mile northeast of its junction with West Bluebird Road easterly to a point 0.02 mile southwest of its junction with Bird Lake Road
CTH D, from a point 0.19 mile east of its junction with Rainbow Road easterly to a point 0.05 mile west of its junction with Elm Road
(4) 
If a highway is being constructed, reconstructed, maintained or repaired, temporary speed limits may be established as set forth in Wis. Stats., § 349.11(10).
[Added by Res. No. 27-2016]
(a) 
The Oneida County Highway Commissioner, or his/her designee, is authorized, at his/her discretion, to impose mandatory temporary speed limits under the continuing authority of this section and without need of further action by this body.
(b) 
Temporary speed limits shall be in accord with this section and shall be imposed by the posting of either portable or fixed temporary regulatory speed limit signs of the face size and design as permanent regulatory speed limit signs, Type R2-1, as described in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices as adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
(c) 
Signs may be posted on any highway under the jurisdiction of this authority when such highway is being constructed, reconstructed, maintained or repaired, but only in the immediate area of such work and of those persons engaged in performing such work.
(d) 
Any temporary speed limit imposed in an area where construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repair is being performed on the shoulder or within the traveled portion of the roadway, or where the highway construction or maintenance workers performing such work are necessary on the shoulder or what is normally the traveled portion of the roadway, shall be determined by, and at the discretion of, the Oneida County Highway Commissioner or his/her designee.
(e) 
No temporary speed limit shall be imposed when construction, reconstruction, or maintenance or repair work is being performed inside the highway right-of-way but not on the shoulder or the traveled portion of the highway.
(f) 
Any speed limits imposed under the authority of this section are temporary, and the signs imposing such limits shall be removed, covered or otherwise obscured when the highway construction or maintenance workers performing construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repairs and their equipment are not on the shoulders or traveled portion of the highway.
(g) 
The area in which any temporary speed limit is imposed shall be terminated by posting a regulatory speed limit sign informing the public of the specific speed limit outside of the area where construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repair work is being performed.
(h) 
Nothing herein shall prohibit the Oneida County Highway Commissioner from posting advisory speed limit signs, of the Type W13-1 as described in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, in areas of highway construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repairs suggesting such speed as he or she deems appropriate to promote the safety of highway construction and maintenance workers, pedestrians and highway users, and such advisory signs may also be posted in conjunction with the temporary mandatory speed limit signs, as described and authorized above.
[Amended by Ord. No. 77-2000]
(1) 
No person shall place or leave or allow to be placed or left any obstacle, structure or material on a public highway or highway right-of-way or any part thereof.
(2) 
This section does not apply to disabled vehicles or trailers parked off the traveled portion of the highway if such vehicles or trailers shall be removed within a reasonable time.
[Amended by Ord. No. 77-2000]
(1) 
Except for those exceptions specified in § 346.50, Wis. Stats., no vehicle shall stand, stop or park on any County trunk highway.
(2) 
Pursuant to § 349.13, Wis. Stats., the Highway Commissioner and the County Highway Committee shall determine where additional parking restrictions and prohibitions are necessary on County roads, and shall thereafter properly post and mark the same.
[Amended by Ord. No. 80-2011; Ord. No. 51-2015; Res. No. 37-2018; Res. No. 44-2018]
(1) 
ATVs are allowed to be operated on County trunk highways as designated by the Highway Commissioner and Highway Committee. The trails and routes that are to be on County trunk highways shall be reviewed and approved according to the "Oneida County Highway Committee Policy for ATV Routes and Trails," or any successor policy adopted by the Highway Committee. The following County highways are open to ATV/UTV use:
[Amended 1-15-2019 by Res. No. 6-2019, effective 2-7-2019; 5-21-2019 by Res. No. 52-2019, effective 6-13-2019]
CTH A: Open entire length
CTH B: Open entire length
CTH C: Closed from Chippewa Drive (STH 17) to North Faust Lake Road; open from North Faust Lake Road to 1900 CTH C at the East Stella Town line; closed in the Town of Stella
CTH D: Open from Highway 17 to Town of Lake Tomahawk Town line
CTH E: Open entire length
CTH G: Open Lassig Road to USH 45
CTH H: Open entire length
CTH J: Open from STH 70 to Woodruff Road, closed from Woodruff Road to US 51
CTH K: Open from US 51 to Sheep Ranch Road; closed from Sheep Ranch Road to STH 47
CTH L: Open entire length
CTH M: Open from Highway B to Forest County line
CTH N: Open entire length
CTH O: Open entire length
CTH P: Closed from Chippewa Drive (STH 17) to Faust Lake Road; open from Faust Lake Road to East Lake George Road; closed from East Lake George Road to USH 8
CTH Q: Open entire length
CTH W: Closed from the city limits by golf course to River Road; open from River Road to STH 17
CTH Y: Open entire length
CTH Z: Open entire length
(2) 
Bridge Crossings.
(a) 
Pursuant to Wis. Stats., § 23.33(11)(am)3, ATVs and UTVs shall be allowed to cross the following bridges in Oneida County:
1. 
Bridge over Crystal Lake on State Highway 45, Town of Three Lakes, and Federal ID Number C-43-08-98.
2. 
Bridge over Deer/Big Stone Lake on State Highway 32, Town of Three Lakes, and Federal ID Number B-43-031.
(b) 
ATV operators crossing any bridge listed in this section shall comply with the following conditions:
1. 
Cross the bridge in the most direct manner practicable and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing.
2. 
Stay as far to the right of the roadway or shoulder as practicable.
3. 
Stop the vehicle prior to the crossing.
4. 
Yield the right-of-way to other vehicles, pedestrians, and electric personal assistive mobility devices using the roadway or shoulder.
5. 
Exit the highway as quickly and safely as practicable after crossing the bridge.
[Amended by Ord. No. 77-2000]
(1) 
[Parking Fines.] The penalty for violation of the parking regulations contained herein shall be as follows:
Violations
Forfeiture
Abandoned vehicle
$20
Blocking private driveway
$20
Failed to remove after 24-hour notice
$20
Handicapped zone
$50
Obstructing traffic lane
$20
Parked across lines
$20
Parking on private property
$20
Prohibited area by sign
$20
Prohibited times
$20
Restricted zone
$20
All other
$20
(2) 
[Fines Doubled.] The above represents minimum penalties if paid within five days of violation. Thereafter, the penalties shall double.
(3) 
[Unpaid Fines.] The County shall follow the provisions of § 345.28(4), Wis. Stats., regarding suspension or refusal of vehicle registration for unpaid forfeitures.
(4) 
Nonmoving Violation Registration Program. Pursuant to the provisions of § 345.28, Wis. Stats., and Chapter Trans 128, Wis. Adm. Code, the County elects to participate in the nonmoving traffic violation and registration program with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and pay the cost established by the Department under § 85.13, Wis. Stats. Such costs shall, in turn, be assessed against the persons charged with nonmoving violations. The Sheriff shall be responsible for complying with the requirements set forth in § 345.28(4), Wis. Stats.
(1) 
Enforcement Procedure. This chapter shall be enforced according to §§ 23.33, 66.12, 345.11 to 345.61, 350.17 and Ch. 799, Wis. Stats.
[Amended by Ord. No. 7-87]
(2) 
Deposit.
(a) 
Any person arrested for a violation of this chapter may make a deposit of money as directed by the arresting officer at the Sheriff's Department or the office of the Clerk of Court or by mailing the deposit to such places. The arresting officer or the person receiving the deposit shall notify the arrested person, orally or in writing, that:
1. 
If the person makes a deposit for a violation of a traffic regulation, the person need not appear in court at the time fixed in the citation and the person will be deemed to have tendered a plea of no contest and submitted to a forfeiture and penalty assessment if required by § 165.87, Wis. Stats., a jail assessment if required by § 53.46(1), Wis. Stats., plus any applicable fees prescribed in Ch. 814, Wis. Stats., not to exceed the amount of the deposit that the court may accept as provided in § 345.37, Wis. Stats.
2. 
If the person fails to make a deposit for a violation of a traffic regulation or appear in court at the time fixed in the citation, the court may enter a default judgment finding the person guilty of the offense or issue a warrant for his arrest.
(b) 
The amount of the deposit shall be determined in accordance with the State of Wisconsin Revised Uniform State Traffic Deposit Schedule established by the Wisconsin Judicial Conference and shall include the penalty assessment established under § 165.87, Wis. Stats., and court costs. If a deposit schedule has not been established, the arresting officer shall require the alleged offender to deposit the forfeiture established by the Sheriff, which shall include the penalty assessment established under § 165.87, Wis. Stats. Deposits for nonmoving violations shall not include the penalty assessment.
[Amended by Ord. No. 7-87]
(c) 
The arresting officer or the person receiving the deposit shall issue the arrested person a receipt therefor as required by § 345.26(3)(b), Wis. Stats.
(3) 
Petition to Reopen Judgment. Whenever a person has been convicted in this State on the basis of a forfeiture of deposit or a plea of guilty or no contest and the person was not informed as required under § 345.27(1) and (2), Wis. Stats., the person may within 60 days after being notified of the revocation or suspension of the operating privilege, petition the court to reopen the judgment and grant him an opportunity to defend on merits. If the court finds that the petitioner was not informed as required under § 345.27(1) and (2), the court shall order the judgment reopened. The court order reopening the judgment automatically reinstates the revoked or suspended operating privilege.