Town of Trenton, WI
Washington County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Trenton 11-7-1989 as Title 2, Ch. 5 of the 1989 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Officers and employees — See Ch. 94.
Town Board — See Ch. 130.
A. 
Composition. The Board of Review shall consist of the Chairperson and Town Board Supervisors. The Town Board may appoint an appointed Town Clerk who is a resident of the Town of Trenton to the Board of Review. An appointed Town Clerk who is not a resident of the Town of Trenton may not be appointed to the Board of Review. If the appointed Clerk is not a resident of the Town or if the Town Board does not wish to appoint a resident Clerk to the Board of Review, the Town Board shall appoint a citizen of the Town to serve on the Board of Review. At least one member of the Board of Review shall have taken Wisconsin Department of Revenue training.
B. 
Duties. The duties and functions of the Board of Review shall be as prescribed in §§ 70.46 and 70.47, Wis. Stats.
C. 
Meetings. The Board of Review shall meet annually on the second Monday of May at the Town Hall of the Town of Trenton, and notice of such meeting shall be published pursuant to the state statutes. The Board, through its Clerk, shall establish its meeting hours pursuant to § 70.47(3)(b), Wis. Stats. The Board may adjourn from day to day or from time to time, until such time as its business is completed, provided that adequate notice of each adjournment is so given.
D. 
Salary. The members of the Board of Review, except such members who are full-time employees or full-time officers of the Town, shall receive, as compensation for service on the Board, the per diem rate set by the Town Board for each day of service at Board hearings.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Membership. The Town Plan Commission shall consist of the Town Chairperson, or his designee, and six citizens, including one member of the Long-Term Plan Committee. There shall also be appointed to the Commission one alternate member who shall serve as a member of the Town Plan Commission in the event that any of the citizen members are unavailable. The alternate shall be appointed from the members of the Long-Term Plan Committee.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Term. Six citizen members shall be appointed by the Town Chairperson upon the creation of the Commission to hold office for a period ending one, two and three years, respectively, from the succeeding first day of May, and thereafter annually during April two such members shall be appointed for a period of three years. The members from the Long-Term Plan Committee shall hold office for a period of one year. All citizen members and members of the Long-Term Plan Committee, excepting the Town Chairperson and Town Supervisors, shall be appointed by the Town Chairperson, subject to confirmation by the Town Board.
C. 
Organization. The Town Plan Commission shall hold its organizational meeting during May of each year, at which time the following officer shall be elected: Vice Chairperson. The Town Chairperson shall serve as Chairperson of the Town Plan Commission when present. When he is not present, the Vice Chairperson shall preside in his stead and place. In the absence of both the Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson, the Commission may choose any member to preside at the meeting.
D. 
Quorum. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.
E. 
General powers. The Town Plan Commission shall have the following general powers to promote the orderly development of the Town:
(1) 
Recommend approval, rejection or conditional approval of subdivision plats, certified survey maps and road dedications.
(2) 
Make reports and recommendations relating to the planning and development of the Town.
(3) 
Recommend public improvement programs and the financing thereof.
(4) 
Recommend amendments to the Platting Code, Subdivision Code and other related ordinances of the Town.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 350, Subdivision of Land.
(5) 
Formulate a master plan for the development of the Town, including zoning districts, land use standards, parks, recreational, conservancy and environmental districts and other matters relating to the proper use and development of lands within the Town.
(6) 
Recommend amendments to the Building Code.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 174, Building Construction.
(7) 
Recommend acceptance, rejection or conditional acceptance of planned unit developments within the Town.
(8) 
Report and recommend on any matters referred to the Commission by the Town Board.
(9) 
Hold public hearings whenever required or deemed necessary on any matters referred to the Commission by the Town Board and perform the duties and functions of the Plan Commission set forth in § 62.23, Wis. Stats., insofar as the same are applicable to the Town.
F. 
Records. The Plan Commission shall keep a full record of all its proceedings, and the Recording Secretary shall cause a signed copy thereof to be promptly filed with the Town Clerk.
A. 
Membership. The Cable Review Committee shall consist of five members to be appointed by the Town Chairperson. The appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Town Board. All Committee members shall be appointed for two-year terms commencing with the first Town Board meeting after the annual spring election in any given year.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Duties. The Cable Review Committee shall perform the following functions:
(1) 
The Committee shall perform all tasks necessary to ensure that the terms of the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance[2] and the terms of the grantee's proposal are carried out.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A400, Cable Television Franchise.
(2) 
The Committee shall conduct all public hearings required by the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance. Notice of all such public hearings shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation at least 10 days prior to the public hearing. Written notice of all public hearings shall also be mailed to the grantee at least 15 days prior to the public hearing. Following a public hearing, the Committee shall draft a summary of the hearing, which will include any grants of approval or recommendations of the Committee regarding the subject matter of the hearing for submission to the Board.
(3) 
Within 12 months of the date of enactment of the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance, the Committee shall devise a system for handling and settling consumer complaints, provided that said system for handling and settling complaints shall not unreasonably burden the grantee.
(4) 
The Cable Review Committee shall examine the need for amendments to the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance and shall approve and recommend to the Board any amendments which the Committee deems desirable. Before approving an amendment and recommending an amendment to the Board, the Committee shall hold a public hearing on the amendment, pursuant to Subsection B(2) above. Said amendment shall come into force only upon approval of both a majority of the Committee and the Board.
(5) 
The Cable Review Committee shall promulgate a set of rules which will supervise the sharing of equipment by the grantee, pursuant to the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance, between users of the public access channel, provided that said set of rules shall not create procedures which unduly interfere with the activities of the grantee.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(6) 
If grounds for revocation of this franchise exist, the Cable Review Committee shall explore the desirability of penalties and sanctions not amounting to revocation and shall discuss said penalties and sanctions with the Town Board.
(7) 
The Cable Review Committee shall oversee the construction of the grantee's cable system to ensure technical compliance with the requirements placed on the grantee by the grantee's proposal and by this chapter and to ensure compliance with the fee schedule established in the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Consultants. The Cable Review Committee shall make recommendations to the Town Board regarding the hiring of any consultants, counselors, staff or other personnel functions. The actual hiring of any personnel shall be subject to the approval of the Board.
D. 
Inspection.
(1) 
The Cable Review Committee shall have the right to inspect books and records of the grantee which the grantee is required to keep.
(2) 
In addition to the specific rights of inspection contain in the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance, the Committee shall also have the right to make such inspections as it shall find necessary to ensure compliance with the terms of the Cable Television Franchise Ordinance and other pertinent provisions of the law.
E. 
Records. The Town Clerk shall keep on file all applications, proposals or other documents which have been or will be submitted to the Town by the grantee requesting the franchise to operate a cable television system in the Town.
A. 
Establishment. A Board of Adjustment shall be appointed as specified in § 62.23(7)(e), Wis. Stats. The Board of Adjustment shall consist of five members and two alternate members, appointed by the Town Chairperson, subject to confirmation by the Town Board. The members shall be compensated as determined by the Board and shall be removable by the Town Board for cause upon written charges and upon public hearing. The Town Chairperson shall designate one of the members Chairperson.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Powers.
(1) 
The Board of Adjustment shall have the following powers:
(a) 
To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Town's zoning ordinances.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 380, Zoning.
(b) 
To hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of Town zoning and floodplain zoning regulations upon which the Board of Adjustment is required to pass.
(c) 
To authorize, upon appeal in specific cases, such variance from the terms of the Town's zoning regulations as will not be contrary to the public interest where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement will result in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, so that the spirit of the zoning code shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured and substantial justice done; provided, however, that no such action shall have the effect of establishing in any district a use or uses not permitted in such district.
(d) 
To permit the erection and use of a building or premises in any location subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards in harmony with the general purposes of the zoning code, for such purposes which are reasonably necessary for public convenience and welfare.
(2) 
The Board of Adjustment may reverse or affirm wholly or in part or may modify any order, requirement, decision or determination appealed from and may make such order, requirement, decision or determination as in its opinion ought to be made regarding the premises. The concurring vote of four members of the Board of Adjustment shall be necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision or determination appealed from or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter on which it is required to pass, or to effect any variation in the requirements of the Town's zoning ordinances. The grounds of every such determination shall be stated and recorded. No order of the Board of Adjustment granting a variance shall be valid for a period longer than six months from the date of such order unless a zoning permit is obtained within such period and the erection or alteration of a building is started or the use is commenced within such period.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Meetings and rules. All meetings of the Board of Adjustment shall be held at the call of the Chairperson and at such other times as the Board may determine. All hearings conducted by said Board shall be open to the public. The Board of Adjustment shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question or if absent or failing to vote indicating such fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the office of the Town Clerk and shall be a public record. The Board shall adopt its own rules of procedure not in conflict with this section or with applicable Wisconsin Statutes.
D. 
Offices. The Town Board shall provide suitable meeting space for holding the Board of Adjustment's hearings.
E. 
Appropriations. The Town Board shall appropriate funds to carry out the duties of the Board of Adjustment, and the Board shall have the authority to expend, under regular procedures, all sums appropriated to it for the purpose and activities authorized herein.
A. 
Regular meetings; public notice. Every board, committee and commission created by or existing under the ordinances of the Town of Trenton shall:
(1) 
Fix a regular date, time and place for its meetings;
(2) 
Post or, when necessary, publish notice in the official Town newspaper in advance of each such regular meeting of the date, time and place thereof; and
(3) 
Post, on the front door of the Town Hall, an agenda of the matters to be take up at such meeting.
B. 
Special meetings. Nothing in Subsection A shall preclude the calling of a special meeting or dispensing with the publication of notice or such posting of the agenda, for good cause, but such special meetings shall nonetheless comply in all respects with the provisions of §§ 19.81 to 19.89, Wis. Stats.
C. 
Minutes. The secretary of each board, committee and commission shall file a copy of the meeting minutes of such board or commission with the Town Clerk.