Town of Trenton, WI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Trenton 11-7-1989 as Title 9, Ch. 4 of the 1989 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 289.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the waters and ice of all of the lakes or portions thereof within the jurisdiction of the Town of Trenton, Washington County, Wisconsin, and those portions of Wallace Lake within the jurisdiction of the Town of Barton in said county and state.
[Amended 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.11.02]
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The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the officers of the Town of Trenton and/or the Washington County Sheriff's department.
[Amended 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.11.02]
No person shall deposit, place or throw from any boat, vehicle, raft, pier, platform, structure or shore any cans, paper, bottles, debris, refuse, garbage, or solid or liquid waste on or into the water or ice of the lake.
No persons shall drive or park any vehicle upon the ice of any lake except as hereinafter provided:
A. 
Emergency vehicles. Vehicles required to perform emergency services or construction work may be driven or parked on the ice for the sole purpose of performing such services or construction, provided that the prior written approval of the Town Board having jurisdiction of the area adjacent to the place where such vehicle is to be used shall have been obtained.
B. 
Ice fishing. Vehicles used for ice fishing shelter when driven to the location from the shore and returned by the shortest route and vehicles required to tow an ice fishing shelter or shack onto the ice at the beginning and end of the season.
C. 
Skating area. Vehicles used to clear snow from ice for skating area.
Any person operating, using or parking any motor-driven vehicle designed to travel over snow or ice shall be permitted to use the ice surface of the lake only subject to the following regulations and provisions:
A. 
Lighting equipment. No such vehicle shall be operated on the iced surface of the lake between the hours of sunset and sunrise unless such vehicle is equipped with at least one operating headlight and at least one operating taillight.
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Other equipment. No person shall operate any such vehicle on the iced surface of the lake unless such vehicle is equipped with a fully operating muffler so as to prevent excessive or unusual noise at all times the motor is in operation.
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Traffic rules. No person operating such vehicle on the iced surface of the lake shall operate such vehicle within 25 feet of any person ice fishing, except at a speed of less than five miles per hour.
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Speed regulations. No person shall operate any such vehicle on the iced surface of the lake at a speed greater than 25 miles per hour. The operator shall, at all times, operate such vehicle at a speed so controlled as to avoid colliding with any object or person lawfully on the ice of the lake.
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Hours of operation. No person shall operate any such vehicle upon the ice of the lake between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., and during the hours between sunset and 10:00 p.m. such vehicles shall be operated at a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour and in a manner as to reduce noise to the extent practical.
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No person shall operate any such vehicle on the iced surface of the lake while under the influence of drugs or intoxicating beverages or in a careless, negligent or reckless manner so as to endanger the life, person or property of another.
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No person in charge or control of such a vehicle is authorized to permit the vehicle to be operated by any person who, by reason of physical or mental disability or the use of drugs or intoxicating beverages, is incapable of safely operating such vehicle.
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No person shall operate such vehicle in a circular course around any other vehicle or person unless such circular course has a radius of at least 200 feet from such vehicle or person.
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No person shall use such vehicles on the iced surface of the lake for any races, contests of speed against time, obstacle courses, jumping courses or other similar activities.
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No person shall operate, direct or handle such a vehicle in a manner so as to unreasonably annoy, unnecessarily frighten or endanger the occupants of his vehicle or other vehicle or person lawfully on the lake.
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Statutory definitions. The definitions in Ch. 30, Wis. Stats., are incorporated herein by reference.
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Additional definitions. The following definitions shall also be applicable in this chapter:
PERSON
Includes a firm, partnership, corporation or any other association of individuals organized together for any purpose whatsoever.
WATER-SKIING AND WATER-SKIER
Being towed or the one being towed, respectively, on water skis, inflatable, aquaplane, or some similar device, by a motorboat, jet ski, jet boat or other watercraft capable of towing same.
[Amended 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.11.02]
WATER TRAFFIC
All moving objects controlled by man or his agencies on the surface of the lakes.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 254-8, Traffic lanes and anchorages, as amended, was repealed 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.11.02.
A. 
Speed restrictions. The following restrictions shall apply to lake traffic subject to this chapter: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., 30 miles per hour maximum; 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., five miles per hour maximum.
[Amended 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.11.02]
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Miscellaneous speed provisions. In addition to the restrictions imposed by Subsection A above and the Wisconsin Statutes, the following restrictions shall apply to lake traffic subject to this chapter:
(1) 
When moving in waters that have not been designated the traffic lane, the operating speed shall be the minimum that the power source is capable of producing and in no event greater than five miles per hour.
(2) 
When moving in waters that have heretofore been classified as the traffic lane and it is necessary to approach closer than the prescribed distances set forth in this chapter to a moored boat, a slow-moving boat, a flag or marker warning of subsurface activity, or a swimmer, the operating speed shall be the minimum that the power source is capable of producing and in no event greater than five miles per hour.
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Persons in boat. No person shall operate a boat for the purpose of towing a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar device or permit himself to be towed for such purpose unless there are two capable persons in such boat.
B. 
Hours. No person shall operate a boat for the purpose of towing a water-skier or engage in water-skiing between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
[Amended 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.11.02]
C. 
Applicability. Persons water-skiing shall conform to all the provisions of this chapter pertaining to motorboats.
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Number of skiers. No motorboat operator shall tow more than one water-skier, nor shall any water-skier allow himself to be towed by any motorboat towing more than one water-skier.
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Swimming regulations.
(1) 
No person shall swim in the traffic lane unless he is accompanied by a manned boat for each swimmer.
(2) 
No person shall swim in the traffic lane between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise unless the accompanying boat is properly lighted.
B. 
Swimming beaches marked. All beaches used by the public shall be identified by markers placed on the outer perimeter thereof by the riparian owner; said markers are to be of a size no smaller than a thirty-gallon drum securely fastened by a chain heavy enough to keep the markers in place and painted as required by state law.
C. 
Boats prohibited from entering. All boats are prohibited from entering such swimming beach, except a boat used by a lifeguard or safety patrol unit.
It shall be unlawful for any aircraft, whether designed for taking off or landing on water or not, to use any part of any of the lakes, the activities on which this chapter regulates, for landing or taking off, except in the case of emergency.
The statutory provisions describing and defining regulations with respect to water traffic, boats, boating and related water activities and safety in §§ 30.50 through 30.80, Wis. Stats., and adopting § 30.80, Wis. Stats., as the penalty section, exclusive of any provisions therein relating to the penalties to be imposed or the punishment for violation of said statutes, are hereby adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter.
[Added 11-18-2014 by Ord. No. 2014.11.02]
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Declaration of emergency. During periods of abnormally high lake levels, the Town Chairman, Town Police Chief or his/her/their designee is authorized and directed to declare a high-lake-water emergency for Wallace Lake. Factors to be considered in declaring an emergency may be weather forecasts, shoreline erosion, neighborhood concerns, historical data, Department of Natural Resources information and other variables.
B. 
Orders. During high-lake water emergencies, the Town Chairman, Police Chief or designee is authorized and directed to issue slow-no-wake orders for Wallace Lake. Copies of such orders shall be posted at all public and private landings. When lake levels have returned to normal levels, the Town Chairman, Police Chief or designee shall declare a cessation of the high-level emergency and rescind the slow-no-wake order.
C. 
"Slow-no-wake" defined. "Slow-no-wake" shall mean that speed at which a boat moves as slowly as possible while still maintaining steerage control.