[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Trenton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-7-1989 as Title 1, Ch. 1 of the 1989 Code]
These collected ordinances shall be known and referred to as the "Code of the Town of Trenton, Washington County, Wisconsin." References to the Code of the Town of Trenton, Wisconsin, shall be cited as follows: "§ 4-1 of the Code of the Town of Trenton, Wisconsin."
The following rules or meanings shall be applied in the construction and interpretation of ordinances codified in this Code unless such application would be clearly inconsistent with the plain meaning or intent of the ordinances:
Acts by agents. When an ordinance requires an act to be done by a person which may be legally performed by an authorized agent of that principal person, the requirement shall be construed to include all acts performed by such agents.
Code and Code of Ordinances. The words "Code," "Code of Ordinances" and "Municipal Code" when used in any section of this Code shall refer to this Code of the Town of Trenton unless the context of the section clearly indicates otherwise.
Computation of time. In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by these ordinances, the day of the act or event from which the period of time begins to run shall not be included, but the last day of the period shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday or a legal holiday. If the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than seven days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall be excluded in the computation. As used in this subsection, "legal holiday" means any statewide legal holiday specified by state law.
Fine. The term "fine" shall be the equivalent of the word "forfeiture," and vice versa.
Gender. Every word in these ordinances referring to the masculine gender shall also be construed to apply to females, and vice versa. The masculine gender is used herein solely in the interest of brevity.
General rule. All words and phrases shall be construed according to their plain meaning in common usage. However, words or phrases with a technical or special meaning shall be understood and construed according to that technical or special meaning if such is the intent of the ordinances.
Person. The word "person" shall mean any of the following entities: natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations, bodies politic or any other entity of any kind which is capable of being sued.
Repeal. When any ordinance having the effect of repealing a prior ordinance is itself repealed, such repeal shall not be construed to revive the prior ordinance or any part thereof, unless expressly so provided.
Singular and plural. Every word in these ordinances referring to the singular number only shall also be construed to apply to several persons or things, and every word in these ordinances referred to the plural number shall also be construed to apply to one person or thing.
Tense. The use of any verb in the present tense shall not preclude the interpretation of the verb in the future tense where appropriate.
Town. The term "Town" shall mean the Town of Trenton, Washington County, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Statutes. The term "Wisconsin Statutes" and its abbreviation as "Wis. Stats." shall mean, in these ordinances, the Wisconsin Statutes as of the adoption of this Code, as amended or renumbered from time to time.
[Amended 2-6-2007 by Ord. No. 2-1-2007]
Wisconsin Administrative Code. The term "Wisconsin Administrative Code" and its abbreviation as "Wis. Adm. Code" shall mean the Wisconsin Administrative Code as of the adoption of this Code, as amended or renumbered from time to time.
If the provisions of different chapters conflict with each other, the provisions of each individual chapter shall control all issues arising out of the events and persons intended to be governed by that chapter.
If the provisions of different sections of the same chapter conflict with each other, the provision which is more specific in its application to the events or persons raising the conflict shall control over the more general provision.
Code. The Code of the Town of Trenton, Wisconsin, shall take effect as provided by state law.
Subsequent ordinances. All ordinances passed by the Town Board subsequent to the adoption of this Code, except when otherwise specifically provided, shall take effect from and after their publication.
General penalty. Except where a penalty is provided elsewhere in this Code, any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Code shall, upon conviction of such violation, forfeit not less than $25 nor more than $1,000, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs of prosecution shall be imprisoned in the county jail until such forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding six months.
[Amended 2-6-2007 by Ord. No. 2-1-2007]
Continued violations. Each violation and each day a violation continues or occurs shall constitute a separate offense. Nothing in this Code shall preclude the Town from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of any provision of this Code.
Other remedies. The Town shall have any and all other remedies afforded by the Wisconsin Statutes in addition to the forfeitures and costs of prosecution above.
Whenever any standard code, rule, regulation, statute or other written or printed matter is adopted by reference, it shall be deemed incorporated in this Code as if fully set forth herein, and the Town Clerk shall maintain in his office a copy of any such material as adopted and as amended from time to time. Materials on file at the Town Clerk's office shall be considered public records open to reasonable examination by any person during the office hours of the Town Clerk subject to such restrictions on examination as the Clerk imposes for the preservation of the material.
[Adopted 2-6-2007 by Ord. No. 2-1-2007]
Pursuant to § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., the ordinances of the Town of Trenton of a general and permanent nature adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Trenton, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters and sections by General Code, and consisting of Chapters 1 through 380, together with an Appendix, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Town of Trenton," hereinafter referred to as the "Code."
This ordinance and the Code shall supersede all other general and permanent ordinances enacted prior to the enactment of this Code, except such ordinances as are hereinafter expressly saved from repeal or continued in force.
The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those of the ordinances in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinances.
A copy of the Code, in loose-leaf form, has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk and shall remain there for use and examination by the public for at least two weeks, in accordance with § 66.0103, Wis. Stats., and until final action is taken on this ordinance, and, if this ordinance shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified to by the Town Clerk, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of said Town Clerk to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.
Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code, when adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Town Board to make them a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the "Code of the Town of Trenton" shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code as amendments and supplements thereto.
The Clerk of the Town of Trenton, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published, in the manner required by law, a copy of this Adoption Ordinance. Sufficient copies of the Code shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The enactment and publication of this ordinance, coupled with the availability of a copy of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.
It shall be the duty of the Town Clerk, or someone authorized and directed by the Clerk, to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code required to be filed in the Clerk's office for use by the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances adopted subsequent to the effective date of this codification which shall be adopted specifically as part of the Code shall, when finally adopted, be included therein by reference until such changes or new ordinances are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.
Copies of the Code, or any chapter or portion of it, may be purchased from the Clerk or an authorized agent of the Clerk upon the payment of a fee to be set by the Town Board. The Clerk may also arrange for procedures for the periodic supplementation of the Code.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to improperly change or amend, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the Town of Trenton to be misrepresented thereby. Anyone violating this section or any part of this ordinance shall be subject, upon conviction, to a forfeiture of not more than $500, in the discretion of the Judge imposing the same.
Each section of the Code and every part of each section is an independent section or part of a section, and the holding of any section or a part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof. If any provision of this Code or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this Code and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
Each section of this ordinance is an independent section, and the holding of any section or part thereof to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other sections or parts thereof.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances of a general and permanent nature adopted and in force on the date of the adoption of this ordinance and not contained in the Code are hereby repealed as of the effective date of this Adoption Ordinance, except as hereinafter provided.
The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 1-18 of this ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
Any ordinance adopted subsequent to August 15, 2006.
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision prior to the effective date of this ordinance or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this ordinance in violation of any legislative provision or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this ordinance brought pursuant to any legislative provision.
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred.
Any ordinance providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing grade, changing name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place or any portion thereof.
Any ordinance appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond or other instruments or evidence of the Town's indebtedness.
Ordinances authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract or obligation.
The levy or imposition of taxes, assessments or charges.
The annexation or dedication of property or approval of preliminary or final subdivision plats.
Ordinances providing for local improvements or assessing taxes or special assessments therefor.
All currently effective ordinances pertaining to the rate and manner of payment of salaries and compensation of officers and employees.
Any legislation relating to or establishing a pension plan or pension fund for municipal employees.
Any ordinances adopting or amending a Zoning Map or otherwise rezoning property.
Any charter ordinances.
Any ordinance or portion of an ordinance establishing a specific fee amount for any license, permit or service obtained from the Town.
Planned development overlay agreements.
The adoption of the Code provided in § 1-7 includes the adoption of revisions to existing ordinances deemed necessary and authorized by the Town Board to bring the ordinances of the Town into compliance with current procedures and statutory requirements, as set forth in the Code on file in the office of the Clerk pursuant to § 1-10.
Editor's Note: In accordance with § 1-20, the chapters, parts and sections which were added, amended, adopted or deleted by this ordinance are indicated throughout the Code by a footnote referring to Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II. During routine supplementation, footnotes indicating amendments, additions or deletions will be replaced with the following history: "Amended (added, deleted) 2-6-2007 by Ord. No. 2-1-2007." Schedule A, which contains a complete description of all changes, is on file in the Town offices.
This ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication as required by law.