[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Cottage Grove 9-3-1985; amended in its entirety 11-17-2003 by Ord. No. 14-2003. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
To ensure that the Village of Cottage Grove will be prepared to cope with emergencies resulting from man-made or natural disasters, an emergency government organization is created to carry out all emergency functions, other than functions for which the military forces are primarily responsible, to minimize and repair injury and damage resulting from fire, tornado or other natural or man-made causes.
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of the Village of Cottage Grove that all emergency government functions of the Village of Cottage Grove be coordinated to the maximum extent practicable with existing services and facilities of this Village of Cottage Grove and with comparable functions of the federal, state and County government and other political subdivisions, and of various private agencies to the end that the most effective preparation and use may be made of manpower, resources and facilities for dealing with any disaster that may occur.
Chapter 166 of the Wisconsin Statutes is herein incorporated in this chapter by reference.
How constituted. There is hereby created a Joint Emergency Government Committee with the Town of Cottage Grove. The Committee shall be a combination of appointive members, ex officio members and Committee-appointed members deemed necessary or desirable to carry out its functions. Two members shall be appointed by the Board of the Village of Cottage Grove. At least one of such appointees shall be a member of the Village of Cottage Grove Board. The Committee shall elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman. The Chairman of the Committee will serve as acting Director of Emergency Government until such time as a Director is appointed.
Duties of the Emergency Government Committee. The Emergency Government Committee shall be an advisory and planning group and shall advise the Village Board and Emergency Government Director on all matters pertaining to emergency government. The Emergency Government Committee shall meet once a month or on the call of the Chairman.
Appointment. The office of Director of Emergency Government is hereby created. The Director shall be the Chairman of the Emergency Government Committee until such time as the Village of Cottage Grove Board appoints a Director of Emergency Government.
Duties and authority of the Emergency Government Director.
The Director shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the emergency government organization subject to the control of the Village President and the Village Board. He/she shall coordinate all activities for emergency government within the Village, and shall maintain liaison and cooperate with emergency government agencies and organizations of other political subdivisions and of the County, and shall participate in County and state emergency government activities upon request, and shall have such additional authority, duties and responsibilities as are authorized by this chapter, and as may from time to time be required by the Village Board.
The Director, with the assistance of the Emergency Government Committee, shall prepare a comprehensive plan for the emergency government of the Village and shall present such plan to the Village Board for its approval. When the Village Board has approved the plan by resolution, it shall be the duty of all municipal agencies and all emergency government forces of the Village of Cottage Grove to perform the duties and functions assigned by the plan as approved. The plan may be modified in like manner.
In preparing and executing the emergency government plan, the Director shall utilize the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of the existing departments and agencies of the Village to the maximum extent practicable; and the officers and personnel of all such departments and agencies are directed to cooperate with and extend such services and facilities to the Director.
Whenever necessary to meet an emergency for which adequate regulations have not been adopted by the Village Board, the Village President and, in his absence, the Director of Emergency Government, may by proclamation promulgate and enforce such orders, rules and regulations relating to the conduct of persons and the use of property as shall be necessary to protect the public peace, health and safety, and preserve lives and property and to ensure the cooperation necessary in emergency government activities. Such proclamations shall be posted in a public place and may be rescinded by the Village Board by resolution at any time.
The Director of Emergency Government may, subject to the approval of the Village Board, enter into mutual aid agreements with other political subdivisions. Copies of such agreements shall be filed with the County Director of Emergency Government.
Upon declaration by the Governor, by the Village President or the Emergency Government Director in the absence of the Village President or by the Village Board of a state of emergency, the Director of Emergency Government shall issue all necessary proclamations as to the existence of such state of emergency and shall issue such disaster warnings or alerts as shall be required in the emergency government plan.
The emergency government organization shall take action in accordance with the emergency government plan only after the declaration of an emergency and the issuance of official disaster warnings. Such state of emergency shall continue until terminated by the issuing authority provided that any such declaration not issued by the Governor may be terminated at the discretion of the Village Board.
No person shall willfully obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the emergency government organization in the enforcement of any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to this chapter or violate any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to the authority contained in this chapter.