Town of Woodruff, WI
Oneida County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Woodruff 2-11-1986 as Ch. 2 of the 1986 Code; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Ethics — See Ch. 55.
Government and elections — See Ch. 82.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 125.

§ 170-1 Membership; elections.

A. 
Membership. The Town Board consists of four Supervisors of the Town of Woodruff and the Chairperson.
B. 
Elections.
(1) 
Biennially in odd-numbered years, at the annual spring election, there shall be elected three members to the Woodruff Town Board, one of whom shall be designated on the ballots as Chairperson and the other two elected as Supervisors.
(2) 
Biennially in even-numbered years, at the annual spring election, there shall be elected two Supervisors.

§ 170-2 General powers and duties.

The Town Board of the Town of Woodruff has the specific authority, powers and duties, pursuant to §§ 60.10, 60.20, 60.22 and 60.23, Wis. Stats., and has, with authorization of the Town Meeting, additional statutory authority, powers and duties to manage and direct certain affairs of the Town of Woodruff. The Town Board of the Town of Woodruff has additional general and specific statutory authority, powers and duties established beyond Ch. 60, Wis. Stats., and as prescribed by this Code.
A. 
Charge of Town affairs. The Town Board shall have charge of all affairs of the Town not committed by law to another body or officer or to Town employees.
B. 
Charge of actions. The Town Board has charge of any action or legal proceeding to which the Town is a party.
C. 
Village powers. As authorized under § 60.10(2)(c), Wis. Stats., and § 82-2 of this Code, the Town Board shall exercise powers relating to villages and conferred on village boards under Ch. 61, Wis. Stats., except those powers which conflict with statutes relating to towns and town boards.
D. 
Pursue certain claims of Town. The Town Board shall demand payment of penalties and forfeitures recoverable by the Town and damages incurred by the Town due to breach of official bond, injury to property or other injury. If, following demand, payment is not made, the Board shall pursue appropriate legal action to recover the penalty, forfeiture or damages.

§ 170-3 Miscellaneous powers.

The Town Board may:
A. 
Joint participation. Cooperate with the state, counties and other units of government under § 66.0301, Wis. Stats., including cooperative arrangements involving the acquisition, development, remodeling, construction, equipping, operation and maintenance of land, buildings and facilities for regional projects, whether or not located in the Town.
B. 
Utility districts. Establish utility districts under § 66.0827, Wis. Stats., and provide that any convenience or public improvement in the district be paid for under that section. A utility district may be used when special services such as, but not limited to, streetlighting, sidewalks, sewers, water systems, etc., are to be installed in a particular area of the Town only.
C. 
Appropriations for civic and other functions. If authorized under § 60.10(3)(b), Wis. Stats., appropriate reasonable amounts of money for gifts or donations to be used to:
(1) 
Further civic functions and agricultural societies.
(2) 
Advertise the attractions, advantages and natural resources of the Town.
(3) 
Attract industry.
(4) 
Establish industrial complexes.
(5) 
Establish, maintain and repair ecological areas.
(6) 
Provide for the organization, equipment and maintenance of a municipal band or for the employment of other bands to give concerts and municipal entertainment in the Town.
D. 
Town industrial development agency. In order to promote and develop the resources of the Town, appropriate money for and create a Town industrial development agency or appoint an executive officer and provide staff and facilities for a nonprofit organization organized to act under this subsection. A Town industrial development agency created under this subsection and § 60.23(4), Wis. Stats., may:
(1) 
Develop data regarding the industrial needs of, advantages of and sites in the Town.
(2) 
Engage in promotional activities to acquaint prospective purchasers with industrial products manufactured in the Town.
(3) 
Coordinate its activities with the Regional Planning Commission, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and private credit development organizations.
(4) 
Engage in any other activity necessary for the continued improvement of the Town's industrial climate.
E. 
Cooperation in county planning. Cooperate with the county in rural planning under §§ 27.019, 59.54(4) and (4m) and 59.69, Wis. Stats.
F. 
Conservation of natural resources. If authorized by the Town Meeting under § 60.10(3)(a), Wis. Stats., appropriate money for the conservation of natural resources or for payment to a bona fide nonprofit organization for the conservation of natural resources within the Town or beneficial to the Town. No payment may be made to a nonprofit organization unless the organization submits and the Town Board approves a detailed plan of the work to be done. The plan shall include the name of the owner of any property on which work is to be performed.
G. 
Obstructions in non-navigable waters. Remove, at the expense of the Town, any obstruction located in the Town which prevents the natural flow of water in a non-navigable stream. One or more Supervisors, or a designee of the Board, may enter upon any land if necessary to remove the obstruction.
H. 
Emergency pest and disease control. Appropriate money for the control of insects, weeds or plant or animal diseases if:
(1) 
An emergency arises within the Town due to insects, weeds or plant or animal diseases; and
(2) 
The Board determines that any delay resulting from calling a Special Town Meeting to authorize the Town Board to appropriate money for this purpose under § 60.10(3)(c), Wis. Stats., would result in serious harm to the general welfare of the Town.
I. 
Bowling alleys, pool tables and amusement devices. Regulate, including the licensing of, bowling alleys, billiard and pool tables and other amusement devices maintained in commercial facilities. If a license is required, the Board shall establish the term of the license, not to exceed one year, and the license fee. The Board may suspend or revoke, for cause, a license issued under this subsection. Any person violating a regulation adopted under this subsection shall forfeit to the Town an amount established by the Town Board.
J. 
Reimbursement of school districts for providing transportation in hazardous areas. Reimburse a school district for costs incurred by the district under § 121.54(9), Wis. Stats., in transporting pupils who reside in the Town.
K. 
Exchange tax credit for county land. Authorize the Town Treasurer to exchange any credit the Town has with the county, arising from delinquent real estate taxes, for county-owned lands.
L. 
Associations of towns. Appropriate money to purchase membership in any association of town boards, town officials or town government for the protection of town interests and improvement of town government.
M. 
Vacation of alleys. Vacate any alley in the Town under § 66.1003, Wis. Stats. The Town Board may not vacate, under this subsection, an alley adjacent to land fronting a state or county trunk highway.
N. 
Cemeteries. Provide for cemeteries under Ch. 157, Wis. Stats.
O. 
Changing street names. Name, or change the name of, any street in the Town under § 82.03(7), Wis. Stats.
P. 
Use of firearms. Regulate the careless use of firearms and impose forfeitures for violation of the regulations.
Q. 
Fences in subdivisions. Require a subdivider to construct a fence under § 90.02, Wis. Stats., on the boundary of a subdivision, as defined under § 236.02(8), Wis. Stats., as a condition of plat approval by the Town. The fence shall be maintained under § 90.05(2), Wis. Stats., and repaired under §§ 90.10 and 90.11, Wis. Stats.
R. 
Disposition of dead animals. Notwithstanding §§ 59.54(21) and 95.50(3), Wis. Stats., dispose of any dead animal within the Town or contract for the removal and disposition with any private disposal facility. The Town may enter into a contract with any other governmental unit under § 66.0301, Wis. Stats., to provide for the removal and disposition. The Town may recover its costs under this subsection by imposing a special charge under § 66.0627, Wis. Stats.

§ 170-4 Powers and duties of Town Board Chairperson.

A. 
General powers and duties. The Town Board Chairperson shall:
(1) 
Preside at Board meetings. Preside over meetings of the Town Board.
(2) 
Preside at Town Meetings. Preside over Town Meetings as provided under § 60.13, Wis. Stats., and § 175-5 of this Code.
(3) 
Sign documents.
(a) 
Sign all ordinances, resolutions, bylaws, orders, regulations, commissions, licenses and permits adopted or authorized by the Town Board unless the Town Board, by ordinance, authorizes another officer to sign specific types of documents in lieu of the Chairperson. The Board, by ordinance, elects not to authorize the use of a facsimile signature.
(b) 
Sign all drafts, order checks and transfer orders as provided under § 66.0607, Wis. Stats.
(4) 
Assure administration of statutes. Supervise the administration of the Wisconsin Statutes relating to the Town and Town operations to see that they are faithfully executed.
(5) 
Act on behalf of Board. Act, on behalf of the Town Board, to:
(a) 
See that Town orders and ordinances are obeyed.
(b) 
See that peace and order are maintained in the Town.
(c) 
Obtain necessary assistance, if available, in case of emergency, except as provided under Ch. 166, Wis. Stats.
(6) 
Act on authorization of Board. If authorized by the Town Board, act on behalf of the Board to:
(a) 
Direct, as appropriate, the solicitation of bids and quotations for the Town's purchase of equipment, materials and services and submit the bids and quotations to the Town Board for approval. Although the Town Board may direct the Chairperson to solicit bids and quotations, the final decision as to which bid to accept or the decision to enter into a contract shall be made by the entire Board.
(b) 
Represent, or designate another officer to represent, the Town at meetings of, and hearings before, governmental bodies on matters affecting the Town.
B. 
Administer oaths. The Chairperson may administer oaths and affidavits on all matters pertaining to the affairs of the Town.
C. 
Other responsibilities. In addition to the powers and duties under this section, the Chairperson has the following responsibilities. The Chairperson shall:
(1) 
Nominate election officials when the Town Board disapproves the nominee of a party committee under § 7.30(4)(b)2, Wis. Stats.
(2) 
Serve as caucus official under § 8.05(1)(c), Wis. Stats.
(3) 
Sue on official bonds under § 19.015, Wis. Stats.
(4) 
Execute and sign a certificate of indebtedness in connection with obtaining a state trust fund loan under § 24.67, Wis. Stats.
(5) 
Appoint members of library boards under §§ 43.54(1)(a) and 43.60(3), Wis. Stats.
(6) 
Exercise the powers and duties specified for a mayor under § 62.13, Wis. Stats., if the Town creates a joint board of police and fire commissioners or joint police or fire department with a village under § 61.65(3g)(d)2, Wis. Stats., or a board of police and fire commissioners under § 60.57, Wis. Stats.
(7) 
Provide an annual estimate of funds necessary for any utility district established under § 66.0827(2), Wis. Stats.
(8) 
Publish annually a notice regarding noxious weeds and appoint one or more commissioners of noxious weeds under § 66.0517, Wis. Stats.
(9) 
Sign general obligation bonds issued by the Town under § 67.08(1), Wis. Stats.
(10) 
If authorized by the Town Board, represent the interests of the Town in connection with appearances before the State Tax Appeals Commission under § 70.64(5), Wis. Stats.
(11) 
Approve the bond of the Town Clerk delivered to the County Treasurer under § 70.67(1), Wis. Stats.
(12) 
Sign orders for payment of work performed and materials furnished on Town highways.
(13) 
See that all tunnels in the Town are constructed under § 82.37, Wis. Stats., and that they are kept in good repair.
(14) 
If applicable, serve as a member of the County Highway Committee under § 83.015(1)(d), Wis. Stats.
(15) 
If applicable, close county trunk highways when rendered dangerous for travel and notify the Highway Commissioner under § 83.09, Wis. Stats.
(16) 
If applicable, appoint members to airport commissions under § 114.14(2), Wis. Stats.
(17) 
Under § 167.10, Wis. Stats., enforce regulation of fireworks.
(18) 
Perform the Town Chairperson's duties related to stray animals and lost goods under Ch. 170, Wis. Stats.
(19) 
Perform the Town Chairperson's duties related to distrained animals under Ch. 172, Wis. Stats.
(20) 
Perform the Town Chairperson's duties related to animals that have caused damage in the Town under Ch. 172, Wis. Stats.
(21) 
If applicable, perform the Town Chairperson's duties related to municipal power and water districts under Ch. 198, Wis. Stats.
(22) 
If applicable, cause actions to be commenced for recovery of forfeitures for violations of Town ordinances that can be recovered in Municipal Court under § 778.11, Wis. Stats.
(23) 
If applicable, notify the district attorney of forfeitures which may not be recovered in Municipal Court under § 778.12, Wis. Stats.
(24) 
Approve bonds furnished by contractors for public works under § 779.14(1m), Wis. Stats.

§ 170-5 Preservation of order; attendance.

The Town Board has power to preserve order at its meetings, compel attendance of Supervisors and punish nonattendance.

§ 170-6 Regular meetings.

[Amended 5-11-2010 by Res. No. 07-2010; 3-22-2016]
Regular meetings of the Town Board of the Town of Woodruff will be held at the Woodruff Community Center Building on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month or as otherwise determined by the Town Board. Any regular meeting of the Town Board falling upon a legal holiday shall be held on the day designated by the Town Board. Any meeting of the Town Board, including any special or adjourned meeting, that is not held at the Community Center Building but at any other substitute location shall be designated by the Town Chairperson or his or her designee, in compliance with the Open Meeting Law,[1] by posting a proper written notice of the substituted location in at least one public place likely to give notice to person affected and placed electronically on an Internet site maintained by the municipality. This notice shall occur at least 24 hours prior to the meeting of the Town Board, unless in an emergency wherein the proper notice posting shall occur at least two hours prior to the meeting of the Town Board.
[1]
Editor's Note: See §§ 19.81 to 19.98, Wis. Stats.

§ 170-7 Special meetings.

A. 
Any special meeting of the Town Board may be called by the Chairperson or two members of the Town Board of the Town of Woodruff in writing, with the written call for the special meeting of the Town Board filed with the Town Clerk at least 24 hours prior to the proposed special meeting of the Town Board, with the time specified in the written call for the special meeting.
B. 
No special meeting of the Town Board shall be held unless the notice requirement of the State Open Meeting Law, pursuant to § 19.82, Wis. Stats., have been complied with by the person or persons requesting the public meeting.
C. 
The Town Clerk, upon receipt of the written call for the special meeting of the Town Board, shall immediately notify, in writing, each member of the Town Board by delivering the written notice or by having the written notice delivered personally to each member of the Town Board. If any member of the Town Board cannot be personally notified in writing, then the Town Clerk shall deliver or have delivered a copy of the written notice at the home of any such member of the Town Board in the presence of an adult member of the family of the Town Board member. If any member of the Town Board cannot be noticed in writing through an adult family member as noted above, then the Town Clerk shall post such special meeting written notice in the above-noted three usual and customary locations.
D. 
The Town Clerk shall file proof of service of such special meeting notice by filing an affidavit noting the time, place and location of authorized service of the special meeting notice upon the Town Board. If personal service upon any member of the Town Board was not completed, then the Town Clerk shall so state in the affidavit the type of service or written notice completed.
E. 
Special meetings of the Town Board may be held without such service and notice when all members of the Town Board are present in person or consent in writing to holding of any special meeting of the Town Board. Any consent by any member of the Town Board shall be filed by the Town Clerk prior to the beginning of any special meeting of the Town Board.
F. 
Special meetings of the Town Board attended by a quorum of the members shall be considered a regular meeting of the Town Board for the transaction of any Town of Woodruff business that may come before the Town Board if such regular Town business was so noted in the written notice to the public as required by the State Open Meeting Law, § 19.82, Wis. Stats.

§ 170-8 Open meetings.

All Town Board and official Town committee and commission meetings shall be open to the public and be in compliance with Wisconsin's Open Meeting Law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See §§ 19.81 to 19.98, Wis. Stats.

§ 170-9 Quorum.

A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may adjourn if a majority is not present. The Chairperson shall be counted in determining whether a quorum exists. If no legal quorum is present at the time of the initial roll call, the meeting of the Town Board shall be thereon adjourned by the members of the Town Board present to a specific date and hour.

§ 170-10 Presiding officer; absence of Chairperson or Clerk.

A. 
Chairperson to preside. The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Town Board when present.
B. 
Absence of Chairperson at call to order of meeting.
(1) 
If the Town Chairperson is not present at the time for the call to order, the senior member of the Town Board present, known as "Supervisor 1," based on date of original election as a member of the Town Board, shall call the meeting of the Town Board to order, call the initial roll call and shall preside until the Town Chairperson is able to preside at the meeting of the Town Board.
(2) 
If the Town Chairperson will not be able to, at any time, preside at the meeting, the Town Board shall make this determination after the initial roll call and then by motion elect an acting Town Chairperson for the meeting of the Town Board until the Town Chairperson is able to preside at the meeting.
C. 
Absence of Town Clerk at meeting. If the Town Clerk is not present at the time of the initial roll call of the meeting of the Town Board, the Town Chairperson shall appoint the Deputy Clerk or any other person present at the meeting to be the Town Clerk Pro Tem. The Town Clerk Pro Tem shall prepare and maintain minutes of the meeting of the Town Board. The Town Clerk Pro Tem shall deliver these minutes to the Town Clerk after the end of the meeting of the Town Board or when the Town Clerk Pro Tem is replaced during the meeting of the Town Board by the Town Clerk.

§ 170-11 Order of business; agenda.

A. 
Order of business. At all meetings, the following order may be observed in conducting the business of the Town Board:
(1) 
Call to order by presiding officer.
(2) 
Roll call.
(3) 
Reading and correcting the financial report and the minutes of the last preceding meeting or meetings.
(4) 
Comments from citizens present.
(5) 
Reports from committees.
(6) 
Unfinished business remaining from preceding sessions in the order in which it was introduced.
(7) 
New business; ordinances and resolutions may be introduced and considered.
(8) 
Reports of Town officers.
(9) 
Miscellaneous.
(10) 
Adjournment.
B. 
Agenda preparation.
(1) 
The Town Clerk shall prepare an agenda incorporating the matters comprising the order of business.
(2) 
There be included on said agenda a time for hearing citizens wishing to address the Board.
(3) 
No matter requiring research, investigation or decision shall be placed on the agenda of the Town Board unless a request to do so is made to the Town Clerk at least five business days prior to the meeting (except in emergency situations as determined by the Chairperson or Town Clerk), nor shall the agenda be amended to include said matter, prior to ordering the meeting, except when the members of the Board unanimously agree to the agenda addition.
C. 
Order to be followed; citizen comments.
(1) 
Any member of the Town Board may take up any business on the agenda in an order other than as described in the agenda unless there is an objection by any other member of the Town Board.
(2) 
Addressing the Board.
(a) 
At meetings of the Town Board no person, other than the members of this Board, shall address the Town Board or any member of the Town Board. This provision shall not apply to:
[1] 
The Town Clerk.
[2] 
The Town Treasurer.
[3] 
The Town Chief of Police.
[4] 
Any member of the Town Board.
[5] 
The Town Engineer or Town Attorney.
(b) 
This provision shall also not apply under the specific order of business established to recognize residents of the Town or other persons, under the specific order of business to recognize members of any Town office, Town committee, Town agency, Town commission or a special board or other Town officers, or except if the person has specifically requested the right to address the Town Board and then only after the approval of the presiding officer.
(c) 
The Chairperson or presiding officer may impose a time limit on the length of time citizens may address the Board, following the guidelines in § 170-14.
D. 
Roll call; procedure when quorum not in attendance. As soon as the Board shall be called to order, the Clerk shall proceed to call the names of the members of alphabetical order, noting who is present and who is absent, and record the same in the proceedings of the Board. If it shall appear that there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered on the journal and the Board may adjourn.

§ 170-12 Ordinances; disposition of communications.

A. 
Ordinances to be in writing. All ordinances submitted to the Board shall be in writing and shall include at the outset a brief statement of the subject matter and a title. All written material introduced shall be read and then discussed and acted upon as the Board deems appropriate.
B. 
Subject and numbering of ordinances. Each ordinance shall be related to no more than one subject. Amendment or repeal of ordinances shall only be accomplished if the amending or repealing ordinance contains the number and title of the ordinance to be amended or repealed, and the title of amending and repealing ordinances shall reflect their purpose to amend or repeal.
C. 
Notice.
(1) 
The Town Board may take action on an ordinance only if it appears on the written agenda for the meeting at which action is requested in order to provide proper legal notice.
(2) 
Ordinances will be placed on the agenda for Board action only if they are submitted to the Town Clerk in written form a minimum of two days prior to the meeting at which action is requested (except in emergency situations as determined by the Chairperson or Town Clerk).
D. 
Disposition of petitions, communication, etc. Every petition or other writing of any kind, addressed to the Board, Clerk or other Town officer for reference to the Town Board, shall be delivered by the Clerk or such other Town officer to the Chairperson or to the presiding officer of the Board as soon as convenient after receipt of the same and, in any event, prior to or at the opening of the next meeting of the Board following the receipt of the same.

§ 170-13 Conduct of deliberations.

A. 
A roll call shall not be necessary on any questions or motions except as follows:
(1) 
When the ayes and nays are requested by any member.
(2) 
On confirmation and on the adoption of any measure assessing or levying taxes, appropriating or disbursing money, or creating any liability or charge against the Town or any fund thereof.
(3) 
When requested by the Wisconsin Statutes.
B. 
All aye and nay votes shall be recorded in the official minutes.
C. 
Except as provided below, the Town Board shall, in all other respects, determine the rules of its procedure, which shall be governed by the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order, which is hereby incorporated by reference, unless otherwise provided by ordinance or statute, except when otherwise limited or modified by this Code:
(1) 
No Supervisor shall address the Board until he/she has been recognized by the presiding officer. The Supervisor shall thereupon address himself/herself to the Chairperson and confine his/her remarks to the question under discussion and avoid all personalities.
(2) 
When two or more members simultaneously seek recognition, the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.

§ 170-14 Procedure at public hearings.

A. 
The Chairperson shall call on those persons who wish to speak for the proposition. Each person wishing to speak for the proposition shall give his or her name and address.
B. 
Each person speaking on behalf of the proposition shall be limited in time of five minutes.
C. 
The Chairperson shall then call on those persons who wish to oppose the proposition.
D. 
Each such person wish to speak in opposition to the proposition shall give his or her name and address and shall also be limited to five minutes.
E. 
Any person wishing to speak in rebuttal to any statements made may, with the permission of the Chairperson, do so; provided, however, that such rebuttal statement shall be limited to three minutes by any one individual.
F. 
When the Chairperson in his discretion is satisfied that the proposition has been heard, he/she shall announce the fact that the hearing is concluded.

§ 170-15 Motions; voting.

A. 
Motions stated. Prior to any debate on a matter, the members of the Town Board shall be entitled to a clear understanding of the motion before the Town Board. The person making the motion shall clearly state the motion. There shall be a second to any motion prior to any debate or discussion of the motion. Motions made in writing by a member of the Town Board and provided to the Town Clerk prior to the meeting shall be provided priority in the appropriate order of business. The Town Chairperson may, if felt necessary, restate the motion prior to any debate and discussion. Any member of the Town Board, prior to a vote on the motion, may request that the motion and any amendments adopted to the motion be reduced to writing and submitted in writing to the members of the Town Board prior to the final vote on the matter.
B. 
Change of vote. No member of the Town Board may change his or her vote on any action item, business item, motion or question after the final result has been announced.
C. 
Motions with preference. During any meeting of the Town Board certain motions will have preference. In order of precedence they are:
(1) 
Motion to adjourn. This motion can be made at any time and has first precedence. This is a nondebatable motion.
(2) 
Motion to lay on the table. This motion may be made when the subject matter appropriate for tabling is to be debated or discussed. This motion is a nondebatable motion.
(3) 
Motion to call previous question. This motion may be made at any time after the debate or discussion commences related to an action item, business item, motion or question that is properly before the Town Board. This motion is a nondebatable motion. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question. The motion, if adopted, brings the Town Board to a direct vote, with the first vote on amendments, if any, and then to the main action item, business item, motion or question.
(4) 
Motion to postpone to a date certain. This motion may be made at any time after the debate and discussion commence on an action item, business item, motion or question that is properly before the Town Board. This motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question. This motion must establish a date and time certain when the debate and discussion before the Town Board will continue. The date and time established must be a date and time for a regularly scheduled or special meeting of the Town Board.
(5) 
Motion to a committee. This motion may be made at any time after the debate and discussion commence on an action item, business item, motion or question that is properly before the Town Board. The motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question. This motion, if adopted, forwards the action item, business item, motion or question to a committee for further review and discussion. The committee must be a committee of the Town Board.
(6) 
Motion to amend or divide the question. This motion may be made at any time after debate and discussion commence on the action item, business item, motion or question properly before the Town Board. The motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, divides the main action item, main business item, main motion or main question pursuant to the method described and adopted in the motion to divide.
(7) 
Motion to postpone indefinitely. This motion may be made at any time after debate and discussion commence on the action item, business item, motion or question properly before the Town Board. This motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, ends the debate and discussion at the meeting on the action item, business item, motion or question.
(8) 
Motion to introduce a matter related to the action item, business item, motion or question. This motion may be made at any time after the debate and discussion commence on the action item, business item, motion or question properly before the Town Board. This motion is debatable. This motion, if adopted, expands or adds to the debate and discussion new items related to the main action item, main business item, main motion or main question pursuant to the method described and approved in the motion to introduce a matter related.
D. 
Public directory votes. No member of the Town Board shall request, at a meeting of the Town Board, a vote from the general public unless the proposed vote of the general public is so noted by the Town Chairperson or the presiding officer of the meeting as strictly an advisory vote to the Board. Any vote taken by the general public at a meeting of the Town Board shall be considered by this Board only as an advisory vote and shall not be considered as a directory vote. Directory votes to require certain actions to be taken by the Town Board may occur at an Annual or Special Town Meeting.

§ 170-16 Reconsideration of questions.

It shall be in order for any member, if in the majority, to move for the reconsideration of any vote in question at the same meeting or at the next succeeding regular adjourned meeting. A motion to reconsider being put and lost shall not be renewed.

§ 170-17 Publication or posting of ordinances and resolutions.

A. 
General requirement.
(1) 
The Town Clerk shall publish as a Class 1 notice under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats., or post in at least one public place likely to give notice to person affected and placed electronically on an Internet site maintained by the municipality the following, within 30 days after passage or adoption.
[Amended 3-22-2016]
(a) 
Resolutions, motions and other actions adopted by the Town Meeting or in the exercise of powers under § 60.10, Wis. Stats.
(b) 
Ordinances adopted by the Town Board.
(c) 
Resolutions of general application adopted by the Town Board and having the effect of law.
(2) 
All ordinances and bylaws shall be signed by the Town Board and countersigned by the Clerk and, if any penalty or forfeiture is thereby imposed, shall be published as a Class 1 notice under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats., and shall take effect on the day after their publication or a later date if expressly prescribed. If there is no newspaper published in the Town, the Town Board may in lieu of newspaper publication have copies of ordinances and bylaws posted in at least three public places in the Town and proof thereof filed and recorded by the Town Clerk, and the same shall take effect the day after the proof of posting has been filed and recorded or at a later date if expressly provided in the ordinance or bylaw.
B. 
Requirement for forfeitures. If an ordinance imposes a forfeiture, posting may not be used in lieu of publication under Subsection A.
C. 
Effective upon publication. An ordinance, resolution, motion or other action required to be published or posted under this section shall take effect the day after its publication or posting or at a later date if expressly provided in the ordinance, resolution, motion or action.
D. 
Affidavit of posting. If an ordinance, resolution, motion or other action is posted under this section, the Clerk shall sign an affidavit attesting that the item was posted as required by this section and stating the date and place of posting. The affidavit shall be filed with other records under the jurisdiction of the Clerk.

§ 170-18 Amendment of rules.

The rules of this chapter shall not be rescinded or amended unless the proposed ordinance amendment or motion to rescind has laid over from a regular meeting, and then it shall require a vote of 2/3 of all the members of the Board.

§ 170-19 Suspension of rules.

Any of the provisions of §§ 170-13 through 170-16, inclusive, of this chapter may be suspended temporarily by a majority of the Board members present at any meeting.